Warp 7 212 review by Hughes & Kettner

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (20 votes)
Hughes & Kettner: Warp 7 212

Price paid: A$ 300

Sound — 10
This is where the amp really shines for modern metal players. It provides a deep low tone with which you can feel every note as you play. I use both a B.C. Rich Draco and an Ibanez RG7321 with this amplifier, and with both, I can get a very good low tone. My preference is to use a Boss ML-2 Metal Core as opposed to the on-board sound settings, but with either one, I can achieve a low tone (I still prefer the pedal). It can be seriously loud, I can generally have it between one and two and I will have trouble hearing other people (Note that that is mainly in small rooms though) and when I am at band practice, it is more than easily heard among the others. With the clear tone, it occasionally distorts on the higher tones, and as expected, there is background noise when on the distorted channel, unless you are using a noise suppressor on the effects loop. The overall volume is loud so it is great for gigs, the amp was sold for to me because the owner couldn't keep it because it was too loud and his neighbors would complain every time he tried to play on it. The overall sound is brilliant and with plenty of low end for that serious punch.

Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression of this amp is that it is a great amplifier and easily worth the money that I payed for it. If it was stolen I would happily purchase another one. I love the reliability, the power and the low end that the amplifier provides, but I do with that it had more effects. I would more than happily recommend this amplifier to any player for a low tone, modern metal sound. It is great when combined with either extended range or down tuned guitars, and if set right, can be a fairly versatile guitar. Video from YouTube:

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Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is a beast generally. It's really quite reliable and I would have no problem playing without a back up. The worst that has happened to it is that at some point, the channel switcher seems to have broken and it won't switch the channels properly. The amp has also taken a few hits and it has survived without a problem. The amp has also survived being left in the car (i.e. it's been raining, then I didn't have the opportunity to get it out the next morning, so it got a little car ride to work). Overall I trust this amp, it is tough and reliable.

Features — 9
The Warp 7 212 is a Solid State amplifier from Hughes and Kettner. I'm not very sure when the amp was made, my best guess would be circa 2000. The amp isn't really designed for much else from metal, but the clean tone is nice, and you can work in some lower overdrive tones if you play with it. It has an effects loop, headphone jack as well as a channel switcher. (I've only really had the chance to test the headphone jack). It would be nice if more effects were on board, but it isn't too much of a problem. A reverb effect wouldn't go amiss, but hey, it isn't a modeling amp so I can't really complain.

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