A pint-sized amp that packs up to 50 watts of power and Red Box cabinet simulation.

St. Wendel, Germany (October 6, 2020) -- Hughes & Kettner has released its first family of micro amps with the new Spirit Nano series. Based on the company’s award-winning Spirit Tone Generator technology, these three models deliver the rich sound and response of traditional tube amps. With up to 50 watts of output power, a built-in Red Box cabinet simulator and the groundbreaking Sagging control, the new Spirit Nano heads are micro-marvels of utility that are sure to bring delightful tone and astonishing powers of expression to any rehearsal, recording and gigging situation.

Spirit Nano uses Hughes & Kettner’s proprietary Spirit Tone Generator, which faithfully recreates the glorious interactive nature of traditional tube amp circuits in a strictly analog way to deliver the rich, responsive tone discerning players demand.

The second secret ingredient in Spirit Nano’s recipe for tone is the Sagging control. This exclusive feature dials in those sweet spots of power amp saturation that account for so many legendary guitar tones – seamlessly and independently of the volume level.

The Spirit Nano series comprises three specialized units, each echoing an entire chapter in the history of legendary guitar sounds. Hughes & Kettner´s Senior Product Manager Rüdiger Forse says: “With the new Spirit Nano Series, we condensed the spirit of legendary tones into three small sized but huge sounding amps”. The Spirit of Vintage serves up the full spectrum of shimmering clean sounds and rockin’ rebel crunch tones typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Spirit of Rock head takes players on a journey through time to the era of iconic power riffs to pump out signature brown sound. Spirit of Metal delivers everything from beefy ‘80s metal sounds to the bombast of modern metal tones.” Despite their wealth of tones and muscular output, Spirit Nano heads are surprisingly small and light, easily fitting into any gig bag or briefcase.

The Spirit Nano family will ship in October 2020 at a SRP of €199 each. Find more information on hughes-and-kettner.com.


  • Nano Head with up to 50 watts @ 4 ohms
  • Spirit Tone Generator technology
  • Fully analog sound generation
  • Available in three different sound models: Spirit of Metal, Spirit of Rock, Spirit of Vintage
  • Sagging control for volume-independent power amp saturation
  • Headphones Out with the TubeMeister18’s RedBox emulation
  • Non-frequency compensated Line Out, excellent for software cab sims
  • Ultra-portable, miniature 9 x 9 x 19 cm format
  • Weighs just 1.1 kg with and 725 grams without power supply

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