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I'm not sure what the difference is though.
The AH100 has shared gain, V, B, M, T on the OD/HOD channel. Where as the AH100 Deluxe has separate gain and volume controls for OD and HOD channels, the Deluxe also has an added NFB control and Resonance control.
I opted for the Deluxe because of the separate gain and volume controls for the od/hod channels. Just makes the amp that much more versatile.
 

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I just looked up that AH Dlx and it seems like a awesome amp, 3 ch with tons of extras. $1750 new.
It's Nik's take on a BE100
From everything i read about it before ordering mine, people say it's like a less polished sounding BE. A little more agressive and nasty than how pristine the BE sounds.
I would love to hear it in person and check out all the functions it has.
 

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The AH100 has shared gain, V, B, M, T on the OD/HOD channel. Where as the AH100 Deluxe has separate gain and volume controls for OD and HOD channels, the Deluxe also has an added NFB control and Resonance control.
I opted for the Deluxe because of the separate gain and volume controls for the od/hod channels. Just makes the amp that much more versatile.
If they are the same price I wonder why anyone would get the non-Deluxe amp?
 

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Here are a few snapshots of my new KK, lot's of very nice features. So far it's incredible, ton's of balls, ton's of option's, nice rugged little foot switch. 2 ch. + solo boost, all 3 seem to work together but time will tell. The clean ch works very good and can be pushed into some great blues. The dirt ch has a lot of a Chupacabra's DNA in it, but again I haven't had enough time on it yet. I can tell already it's one of the best amps I have ever played. Now it's just a matter of getting some time on it and figuring out what does what.
 

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OK I got a little time in on the KK. So far it's a real keeper, very much like the Chupa is. They both just have this "thing" about them, they sound so good it makes you a better player. In this case you have the ability to jump twice, cleanish to dirt to a bump up in the dirt, and it works real good. It's got a lot going on in both ch's so if your looking for simple this might not be for you. Even the Chupa has enough on it to make you learn what does what, but when you do, whooo Lordy Lordy. You can even switch from 100w to 50w, and everything is fine tunable. I'll know more by the end of the weekend, if you want to know something about it ask away. For the most part it's the custom amp I wanted Nik to make in the 1st place.
 

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OK I got a little time in on the KK. So far it's a real keeper, very much like the Chupa is. They both just have this "thing" about them, they sound so good it makes you a better player. In this case you have the ability to jump twice, cleanish to dirt to a bump up in the dirt, and it works real good. It's got a lot going on in both ch's so if your looking for simple this might not be for you. Even the Chupa has enough on it to make you learn what does what, but when you do, whooo Lordy Lordy. You can even switch from 100w to 50w, and everything is fine tunable. I'll know more by the end of the weekend, if you want to know something about it ask away. For the most part it's the custom amp I wanted Nik to make in the 1st place.
Im courious if you can get the EXACT Chupa sound, from the KK, or is it slightly different.
I do mean EXACT!
Thanks in advance.
 

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OK I got a little time in on the KK. So far it's a real keeper, very much like the Chupa is. They both just have this "thing" about them, they sound so good it makes you a better player. In this case you have the ability to jump twice, cleanish to dirt to a bump up in the dirt, and it works real good. It's got a lot going on in both ch's so if your looking for simple this might not be for you. Even the Chupa has enough on it to make you learn what does what, but when you do, whooo Lordy Lordy. You can even switch from 100w to 50w, and everything is fine tunable. I'll know more by the end of the weekend, if you want to know something about it ask away. For the most part it's the custom amp I wanted Nik to make in the 1st place.
Man it looks great safe at home. Interestingly, I noticed that the front baffle has the same cutouts just like the rear baffle. You can kinda see the tubes thru the grillcloth in the pic. Does it look like that in person? I think that's kinda cool! Also, how clean does it get?
 

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Im courious if you can get the EXACT Chupa sound, from the KK, or is it slightly different.
I do mean EXACT!
Thanks in advance.
That will take a little more time Scooter, I need to know just how to set both. Luckily I have a 100w Chupa sitting under it now. (Hold on I need to wipe the shit eating grin from my face) As of so far I'm going to say yes, I am going to contact Nik on that exact question to see if the parts are all the same. The clean side is also very nice, it's a Plexi with an overdrive knob and it can sound just like the dirt side. When you change ch's they both sound the same, just one has more balls / drive. (If that's what you want, of course you can adjust it different.) This amp has so much going on that it will take a little time to know it well. So far it's the most impressive amp I have EVER played. From what I have learned so far, I'm going to say yes on it being a true Chupacabra. However give me a week to make sure.
 

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Man it looks great safe at home. Interestingly, I noticed that the front baffle has the same cutouts just like the rear baffle. You can kinda see the tubes thru the grillcloth in the pic. Does it look like that in person? I think that's kinda cool! Also, how clean does it get?
Yes, the front you can see thru the amp. It has a stiff cloth on it which I like and it lets air flow thru the amp. The amp can do very nice clean's even at high volume, the clean or channel 1 is a 100w Plexi. However they have added a gain knob as well as an era switch so it can get pretty gritty or bluesy. Channel 2 is a Chupa, but they to can do a very sweet clean. I think a lot of people think the Yeti and Chupacabra family of amps won't do a clean sound but they do a great job at it. I was surprised how well the clean's worked when I got my 50w Chupa. By the way, there is a 1/2 power switch on the back of this amp that works perfect.
 

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There is a 50 watt KK for sale on TGP by a well known member for $1,200
If you like 50w amps that is a good deal. Is it in real good shape? The 1/2 power switch on that one would drop it down to a 25w amp. Plus if you gig a lot or are always moving the amp, the 50w one can be your friend. (The 100w one is heavy) Here are some questions I asked Nik yesterday.


1) Yes, that’s normal indeed. The presence is wired like vintage marshall, so there'd be DC there. It'd pop initially, and perhaps after you leave it a while. (The Bite switch pops the 1st time you switch it, and the Res. & Pres. both sound scratchy Chupa too.)

2) The preamp is very much the Chupa. However, Chupa has individual bias, so the PI is a bit different. The bias splitters are not same between Chupa and KK. But it makes the amp a bit fuller sounding, vs the more raspy/dry Chupa.

3) The clean channel is pretty much Plexi except the cathode cap is bigger (1uf vs 0.68uf), and there's also the era switch for the clean master (which makes it thicker sounding even in 60s position). So in essence, it's like a Plexi, but thicker sounding.

Great! I am glad to hear you love it!

Do let me know how it goes!

Once again Nik comes through and answers my stupid questions, I don't know how he finds the time.
 

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Im courious if you can get the EXACT Chupa sound, from the KK, or is it slightly different.
I do mean EXACT!
Thanks in advance.
Scooter, to my ears I can make both amps sound the same, are they "dead perfect", probably not. However they are so close it's hard to tell. The versatility of the amp way more than makes up for any tiny differences anyway. This is where I would say to think about. If you want the best balls to the wall amp and you mostly play with a good amount of drive running, go for the Chupa. Order it with the buffered loop, and if they can do it, try to get a solo boost installed with a foot switch. The Chupa will do very good cleans and all the way up to blazing leads, and it to is very versatile.

If you need an extremely versatile amp with 2 very good ch's that are foot switchable, the KK is VERY hard to beat. You can make the 2 ch's sound the same but with one being cleaner than the drive ch. and the solo boost is ideal for leads. It's hard to describe just how much the KK can do and do well. As I said before it is very close to a Chupa, along with a Plexi glued on. The ERA switches give you 3 different drive styles for each channel, and 1 for the solo boost. The clean ch also has a drive knob on it that can give you very nice rhythm sounds and great blues tones.

It is a very hard call, if you stick to one sound all the time I would say get the Chupacabra. If you like trying all kinds of cool tones, look very strongly at the KK. Either way you can't loose.
 

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Great purchase. But I'd get ready to save some some money for this
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Im courious if you can get the EXACT Chupa sound, from the KK, or is it slightly different.
I do mean EXACT!
Thanks in advance.
Scooter, I have been trying to see how different the dirt side is in these amps.
Using the same guitar and 2-12” cab, I ran both from soft to cranked using the same settings and going by ear. I would have to say the Chupa is just a little rawer when everything is the same. Slightly brighter as well. Both are outstanding amps and both are very versatile, I would say it would boil down to the way you play. For me, if I could only have one it would be the KK. If you tend to be more of a guy that finds his sound and sticks with it, or a guy that lives for the punch of a hot amp, the Chupacabra is an incredible amp. Very tough call.
 


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