Kemper Profiler Stage review

Kemper combines its Profiler head preamp and Remote foot controller for a pro-standard, roadworthy floorboard

Kemper Profiler Stage review
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A pro-quality piece of kit that will reward those looking to embrace digital with a set of features, tones, resources and support with profound creative potential.

Pros

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    Replicates any amp

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    Solid and robust build

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    Improved onboard effects

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    Cheaper than buying separate Profiler Head and Remote

Cons

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    Small mono display

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    No mobile app

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    Ground lift switching only in software

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The arrival of Kemper’s Profiler digital head in 2011 was a game-changer for many guitarists, allowing them to digitally recreate the sounds of their own guitar amps, as well as download amp profiles from other users via Kemper’s online portal. 

The Profiler Remote foot controller was added to the range a few years later as the Profiler’s popularity grew. Kemper has now taken the next logical step, integrating its Profiler Head and Remote foot controller into a compact, stage-ready preamp appropriately called the Profiler Stage. 

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.