Hughes and Kettner Statesman 6L6 Combo review

  • £1099

The 60-watt Dual 6L6 model shares the front panel as the Dual EL34 head.

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Our Verdict

Players who love the Fender clean tone but want an extra smooth punch and a modern versatile overdrive tone should plug into the Dual 6L6.

For

  • Overall build quality; wide range of tones; great clean sound and overdrive dynamics.

Against

  • Huge gain gap between the two channels; dead reverb niggles.
Buying options

It's a partly closed-back combo, running on 6L6 power valves synonymous with what we'd think of as the classic American sound.

It is loaded with two 12-inch special-design Eminence Rockdriver Cream speakers, which according to the company were specifically designed to bridge the gap between an American and British speaker voicing – for example, a sonic cross between the Celestion Vintage 30 and the lower powered Greenback.

Aesthetically, it shares the same retro-classic styling of the other Statesmen; the Tolex is well finished and nicely tucked in around the sharp corners of the cab. It's also relatively light so lifting the 2 x 12 back into the car boot isn't too much of a worry after a long set.

Accessing the valves in the Statesman is a straightforward task, but no more so than with any other classic amp design.

The Dual 6L6 is not one for bedroom blazers. This combo is loud, and needs to be played loud to get the best from it.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginGermany
Device TypeAll-VAlve, two-channel combo with solid-state rectification
Available ControlsBass Clean Channel Volume Gain High Master Mid Treble
Available Inputs1/4 Inch Jack
Cabinet MaterialPremium Ply