#1
Hey guys, I just got new hughes and kettner switchblade 50 combo. It is great! Tone galore, tons of features, does not sound very processed at all! The amp is great for high gain, and has a very crisp clean. The clean can also be very warm and jazzy.

The high gain is crushing, and can support almost anything. Highs Mids Lows, everything, the knobs are very sensitive, so you can get tons of different sounds. The leads are also simply liquid smooth and killer. Effects are great, though the modulation is ok, (i'm not a big fan of modulation anyways so I'm biased). The delay and reverb is plentiful and the tap delay on the footswitch is great. Only real thing is the lack of warmth with the crunch channel, but I'm sure a tubescreamer will fix that.

I used musicians friend and I live in Canada. The customs was alot, but the shipping was free, and 3 day delivery! Can''t complain

There is a slight problem though. Is it normal for a tube amp to smell like burning plastic near the back? Also the metal grill above the tubes is getting very very hot. I'm scared that something is going wrong back there? I don't want to damage any goods, and the threads I've searched have mixed feelings. It could be the tubes getting broken in (normal), or it could be something melting (horrible ) in the back. So I don't know f it is normal or not.. ? Please help.

Also the D channel on the footswitch takes several clicks to switch too, can I send it back to musiciansfriend and have them send me a new one, or what do I do...?

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#2
I think I read over at Harmony Central that they're very unreliable. :\
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#3
In what way^?
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They go up in smoke.
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#6
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Hughes+&+Kettner/Switchblade+50+W+Combo/10/1

Just what I read there. If you're worried it's not working you could try giving Musicians friend a ring and maybe swap it?
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#7
There's no actual smoke, just a smoky plastic burning smell, and it really bothers me, to the point where I'm scared to play it. Should take it into a shop to make sure everything is good?
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#9
Well I ALWAYS get a slight burning plastic smell on new electronic products (including when I got my 6505+), so I'd say as long as it works fine, leave it for a little while, and get it checked if it persists.
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^ yeah I'm just scared that if I continue playing the amp and the tubes have blown, or if somethings getting melted, that my amp might be damaged beyond repair. I'm thinking of maybe getting it checked out but it would be stupid to do that and waste money if its normal. The metal grill above it was getting pretty damn hot, is that normal? Yeah the smell is pretty much melting plastic/smoke smell, but no actual smoke, and the tubes are an orangey-yellowish glow which is normal I presume? I might just be worrying too much, but I love this amp to death and I would hate to ruin it with something stupid. It might just be the tubes being broken in.
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help?
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#12
i just got a usMasters 30w amp, and as soon as i fired it up i picked up a burning plastic smell.

i asked slats and dave and they said thats pretty normal.

i check inside with a flashlight to make sure no wrapping got caught up in there. the tubes are glowing and the amp sounds good.

it's been a week, i still smell the plastic, i think it's not as strong.

but you know, i figured these guys are right. and if i'm going to break it, id want to do it within the 30 days return. so i'm playing mine.
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#13
Yeah I just called the shop and they said it wasn't normal for them to be smelling like that, yet tones of ppl online are saying that it is just getting broken in? Is the shop trying to jip me? Or is it just a common misconception about the breaking in?
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im not sure. i mean, like i said. i asked these guys and i even called my shop, they all said some smell is normal. (you could call ur customer servive)

but there's always a chance it isnt. i would definately look in the amp, make sure no plastic got in there.

and if you are really this upset over it, find a guitar shop you trust, walk in with the amp, and ask an opinion.

i wouldnt expect this guy could identify a smell over the phone.
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#15
Not over the phone but good thing my video phones have smell-o-vision . Anyways, yeah the customer service for musiciansfriend wouldn't help with this stuff, and I know there isn't wrap on the tubes cause I can see'em. So I mean I think I'm gonna be safe and check it out.
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#16
Ugh the warranty is void if I take it into a shop, now I gotta email H and K to see where their service center is in canada...I might just play it and not worry about it for now. The footswitch D channel is messed, so I have to send it in either way.
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#17
Leave the amp on for a few hours (with supervision). Then, move the amp to a room where you can't detect the burning smell. Turn it on again. If the smell persists, that should be a red flag. I know the smell you speak of; Ive had it with all my tube amps. But it always dissipated quickly.
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#18
pretty sure this is normal with any new tube amp....

I was running a marshall TSL100 and the same thing.

As soon as I fired it up for the first time.... smoky/burning smell on the grille above the tubes, and it got hot as hell. No need to worry I would say, and if it does blow up, I'm pretty sure H&K has a killer warranty.
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No need to worry I would say, and if it does blow up, I'm pretty sure H&K has a killer warranty.


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But in all seriousness, I think it's probably fairly normal for your amp to be exhuming a little fume. Cover it with scented candles, or one of those plug-in smelly things.

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^yeah I'm a noob at posting pics. Would a fan be a good idea or what? I appreciate all the help though guys, I think it should be ok.

Now for my footswitch problem.....
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#21
i would check the footswitch with a different amp, if it's shoddy then call MF and have them send you a return label for the switch. swap for new.


also you can take it into a shop for an opinion. i wouldnt expect you would need to pay to have them use their sense of smell.
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