Looking for a 25-watt nano amp that fits in your gig bag? If so, the Hughes & Kettner Spirit of Rock deserves a close listen. Voiced for rock, this 2.5-pound guitar amplifier head delivers stadium-sized, decade-spanning tones that are guaranteed to shake a few rafters. The Spirit of Rock sounds — and feels — remarkably tube-like, thanks to its bionic Spirit Tone Generator. And since it doesn’t employ digital modeling, you get true analog, no-latency performance. You also get a Sagging control, which dials in power amp saturation with tube-like compression. A headphones output with a Red Box cabinet emulator makes practicing fun, while an unfiltered line output makes using cab IRs a piece of cake. Beyond that, the H&K Spirit of Rock’s flexible speaker outputs accommodate most cabinets, including full-sized 412 cabs. Whether you use it for practice or as the ultimate micro-sized backup amp, every rock guitarist should have one of these!
Tube amp emulation without digital modeling?
From thunderous riffs to soaring solos, the Spirit of Rock delivers everything from British leads to the coveted brown sound without digitizing your signal. And how does it achieve this? It’s called the bionic Spirit Tone Generator, and it actually mimics a tube amp’s topology via analog components. Tubes get all the glory, but every component in a tube amplifier plays a huge role in the final sound, and the Spirit of Rock's Spirit Tone Generator deploys the components that are necessary to re-create the sound of a raging tube amp.
Dial in power amp saturation with a built-in Sagging control
Many players love to buy amplifiers for the way that they sag and compress when you hit them hard with your guitar signal. The Hughes & Kettner Spirit of Rock’s built-in Sagging control fine-tunes this crucial aspect of your amp's response. The Spirit of Rock faithfully replicates the feel and sound of a real tube amp recovering from a big drop in voltage, and you're in control over how it responds.