Tone King Amps

Tone King is one of those little known vintage amp companies that doesn’t go for big name recognition.  Instead, they focus on building the best quality amps they can.  Each and every piece has to be the best or it’s not going into a Tone King.  tone-kingEvery Tone King amp is hand built by Mark Bartel, the designer for the company.  He puts his all into each and every amp, so you know you’re getting a true masterpiece that’s going to sound amazing.  This means, however, that getting a Tone King amp can take quite some time since the products are not mass produced.

Tone King currently offers two different amps for sale The first is the Imperial.  This amp delivers all the great sounds of the 1950s and 1960s, and it looks the part, too.  It brings players that slightly spongy feel and raw tone that an amp this old should provide, but it is made with only the finest modern parts.  The Imperial is a 20 watt amp that is pretty lightweight.  It has two preamp channels, tremolo, and reverb, and it’s a very nice amp for small gigs or practicing at home.

The other Tone King amp is new for 2009, and it’s called the Metropolitan.  Tone King describes it as their finest amp ever, and it’s a completely new sound and design for the company.  It features a three-dimensional sound, a warm resonance, and a nice midrange chime.  The new cabinet design gives it an interesting new look, and the state of the art Phase-4 output power control, a Tone King exclusive, allows you to change the power level from 0.1 watts to the maximum of 40 watts for both the power tube overdrive and the distortion.

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Tone King Imperial All Tube 20 Watt Guitar Combo Amplifier
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Tone King Royalist 45W Amplifier Head
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TONE KING IMPERIAL LIMITED 20TH ANNIVERSARY 20W 1X12 COMBO AMP TURQUOISE
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Tone King Imperial 20th Anniversary LE 2014 Black
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Tone King Metropolitan 1x12 Combo Amplifier Amp Brown
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BRAND NEW Tone King Imperial 20th Anniversary LTD 1x12 Combo Amp FREE US SHIP
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Tone King Sky King 35W Combo Amplifier Amp Brown
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Tone King Falcon 12W 1x10 Combo Chocolate Cream
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TONE KING SKY KING 2 CHANNEL 1X12 COMBO 35 WATTS ATTENUATOR REVERB TREM
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Tone King Imperial Amplifier Black
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BRAND NEW Tone King Falcon 1x10 combo amp 12 watt amplifier FREE US SHIPPING
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Tone King Sky King 35W 1x12 Combo Brown
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TONE KING METROPOLITAN HEAD BLACK 1W 40 WATTS 2 CHANNEL REVERB
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Tone King Falcon Amplifier Black
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Tone King Falcon 12W 1x10 Combo Red
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Tone King Sky King 35W 1x12 Combo Cream
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Tone King Metropolitan 1x12 Combo Brown and Cream
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Tone King Sky King Black
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TONE KING METROPOLITAN BROWN BOUTIQUE COMBO AMP 2 CHANNEL REVERB
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Tone King Imperial LE 20W 1x12 Brown Cream
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Tone King Royalist 45 1x12 Combo 2014 Black
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Tone King Sky King 35W 1x12 Combo Black
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Tone King Imperial Combo
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New Tone King Royalist 45 Head 45 Watt EL34 Tube Guitar Head Amplifier
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Tone King Amps Royalist 45 watt tube head and 2x12 guitar speaker cabinet NEW
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Tone King Majesty 45 Watt Tube Guitar Head with Ironman Attenuator
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Tone King Imperial R18 Red
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Tone King Royalist 15W 1x12 Combo w Custom Eminence Speaker
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BRAND NEW Tone King 40W 1x12 Metropolitan BROWN Tube Combo Amp FREE USA SHIPPING
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Tone King Royalist 45W 1x12 Combo w Custom Eminence Speaker
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New Tone King Royalist 15 1x12 112 Combo 15 Watt EL84 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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Tone King Falcon Combo in Turquoise and White with Built in Ironman Attenuator
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Tone King Imperial R18 Black
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Tone King Metropolitan Combo
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Tone King Galaxy 60 Watt Head Turquoise and White
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Tone King Galaxy Amp Head Black
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Tone King 35W Sky King Guitar Amplifier SKYKINGBB
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Tone King Majesty 45 Combo Amplifier MAJESTY45C
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Tone King Falcon
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Tone King Falcon
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Tone King Royalist 2X12 Speaker Extension Cabinet
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New Tone King Royalist 2x12 12 212 Speaker Guitar Amplifier Cabinet
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Tone King Galaxy 2x12 Cabinet in Turquoise with Built In Ironman Attenuator
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Tone King Galaxy 2x12 Speaker Cabinet Black
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Tone King Majesty 1x12 60W 8Ohm Cabinet w Custom Designed Eminence Speaker
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Tone King Sky King 1x12 Combo Black
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Tone King Royalist 45 Watt Combo Black
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Tone King Sky King Guitar Amplifier Combo
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Tone King Imperial Amplifier - Black Tone King Imperial Amplifier - Black

(This product is available for world wide purchase) Released first in 1993, the Imperial was designed to capture the raw tone and loose feel of a genuine well-worn vintage amp, and take that sound even further than an original vintage amp. Over the years, it has proven to be a favorite among pros and amateurs alike, and can still be found on stage with many A-list acts across the country and abroad. Each Imperial is built one at a time by designer Mark Bartel in his Baltimore, MD shop. The dedication to quality workmanship is unmistakeable in all the details, inside and out. It's the kind of work that you would expect from a skilled artisan who performs all of the woodworking, upholstery, chassis assembly, and wiring operations himself, with care and precision. The Imperial delivers the authentic sound of the 1950s and 1960s. It has the same raw, slightly unrefined tone and spongy feel of a genuine 40-year old vintage amp. With two preamp channels, reverb, and tremolo, the lightweight (30lbs), low power (20W) Imperial is the ideal small gigging amp.

Tone King Imperial Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Combo Amp, Brown/Cream Tone King Imperial Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Combo Amp, Brown/Cream

Happy Anniversary. Meet a limited edition tribute to the 20 year-old vintage tone classic that started it all for amp master builder Mark Bartel and the Tone King brand. Builds on the Imperial's magic tonal recipe with hand wiring and a built-in Ironman attenuator (6 levels of attenuation, from 0db-36db) . No tweaks to the main signal path, but you'll find the reverb especially spacious and the trem especially smooth. The Ironman makes this the ultimate home or club amp. Loaded with the new Celestion G12M65 Creamback speaker. Rhythm Channel : The rhythm channel really delivers the classic blackface sound, instantly reconizable to fans of the Princeton or Deluxe Reverb, but with a more organic feel, like a really good vintage tweed deluxe. It gives you the shimmery clean tones and gritty, ringing overdrive that this style of amp is known for, but with an improved ability to control the timbre and expression of the notes with your fingering and pick attack. Lead Channel : The unique and effective Mid-Bite control makes the Lead Channel a lot more versatile than you would expect from a channel with only 3 controls. The Mid-Bite control is an exclusive Tone King design feature which does a lot more than simply adjust the midrange level - it completely transforms the overdrive character. With Mid-Bite fully off, the Lead Channel reacts much like a tweed deluxe. When played clean, the woody resonance of the cabinet, liveliness of the 5AR4 tube rectifer, and the expressive dynamic response of the cathode-biased output stage work together to give you the raw midrange, silky top end, and loose feel of a genuine well-worn tweed deluxe - perfect for honky tonk or blues rhythm playing with a tele.

Tone King Falcon Amplifier - Black Tone King Falcon Amplifier - Black

(This product is available for world wide purchase) Tone King's all new 12W, 1x10 Falcon channels the simplicity and grease fired glory of pure old-school guitar tone. Inspired by the rounded, burnished tones, syrupy overdrive, and chunky grit of vintage tweed and pre-tweed era amps, the Falcon is a whole new type of Tone King amp. A stripped-down single channel preamp means that more pure tone makes its way from your guitar through to the speaker. This new preamp is built around a raw, tweed-meets-supro tone with beefy mids and a sweetly burnished top end. A 3-position voicing switch allows you to tailor this basic voicing to be a bit cleaner and brighter (rhythm) or a bit tighter and gainier (lead). The all-new 2x6V6 output stage is where the real magic happens. Using a unique ultralinear configuration, cathode biasing, and zero negative feedback, this totally old-school output stage gives you a feel and response that can't be had from more conventional designs. Single notes swell with weight and authority. Overdrive comes on gradually, with a huge range of tonal variation between clean and overdriven. You can actually hear the tone evolve from soft and warm to angry and aggressive as you hit the strings harder, all before any grit even starts happening. When the 6V6s do start to growl, they break up with a consonant set of even ordered harmonics. This means that, instead of buzzy or hashy grit, you get chunky, syrupy, candy-coated overdriven tones. Authentic old-school tone requires a special kind of speaker cabinet, and the Falcon's speaker cabinet is something truly unique. More than just a simple resonant box, the Falcon's cabinet is tuned for a voice that recreates the vibe and mojo of a genuine vintage cabinet that's aged for 50 or 60 years.

Tone King Imperial Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Combo Amp, Turquoise Tone King Imperial Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Combo Amp, Turquoise

Meet a limited edition tribute to the 20 year-old vintage tone classic that started it all for amp master builder Mark Bartel and the Tone King brand. Builds on the Imperial's magic tonal recipe with hand wiring and a built-in Ironman attenuator (6 levels of attenuation, from 0db-36db) . No tweaks to the main signal path, but you'll find the reverb especially spacious and the trem especially smooth. The Ironman makes this the ultimate home or club amp. Loaded with the new Celestion G12M65 Creamback speaker. Rhythm Channel : The rhythm channel really delivers the classic blackface sound, instantly reconizable to fans of the Princeton or Deluxe Reverb, but with a more organic feel, like a really good vintage tweed deluxe. Lead Channel : The unique and effective Mid-Bite control makes the Lead Channel a lot more versatile than you would expect from a channel with only 3 controls. The Mid-Bite control is an exclusive Tone King design feature which does a lot more than simply adjust the midrange level - it completely transforms the overdrive character. With Mid-Bite fully off, the Lead Channel reacts much like a tweed deluxe. When played clean, the woody resonance of the cabinet, liveliness of the 5AR4 tube rectifer, and the expressive dynamic response of the cathode-biased output stage work together to give you the raw midrange, silky top end, and loose feel of a genuine tweed. Reverb : The Imperial's reverb circuit uses the same 12AT7 driver tube, 12AX7 receiver tube, and long-format 2-spring pan as those classic amps from the 1960s, to give you that same authentic spring reverb sound. Tremolo : The Imperial uses a vintage tremolo circuit which creates the tremolo effect by modulating the bias current of the output tubes. Compared to other methods (e.g. the opto-coupler method used in the Fender "blackface" era amps), this method creates the most gradual, smoothest, and roundest tremolo effect.

Tone King Metropolitan Head Guitar Amp Tone King Metropolitan Head Guitar Amp

Music Store Live is proud to present this Tone King Metropolitan Head! From a player's point of view, it's hard to to say what this amp doesn't give you. This two channel amp gives you some of the best clean and overdriven tube tones you can find on the market today with layout that let's you play any club, big or small, while easily dialing in the output power of both of your channels. The reverb is sublime as well. This is THE amp for any gigging and recording professional who wants it all under one hood. No matter if you're playing at your local club, in your bedroom or Madison Square Garden, this amp is gonna turn heads with the sound it puts out and keep you smiling every time you lean into it. We whole heartedly approve the Metropolitan!

Tone King Metropolitan 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head Brown Tone King Metropolitan 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head Brown

The Tone King Metropolitan 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head is a refined take on vintage sound. Its Rhythm channel goes beyond its roots in '60s American tone by giving you more focus and detail, dynamics, and clarity.With an ample amount of headroom, the crystalline clarity of the rhythm channel lets you clearly discern all the notes of even the most complex chords, and every nuance of single note playing. The Lead channel, with its unique "mid-bite" control, can serve up anything from a tweedy honk to a searing metal crunch, and it does it with its own unique style - a bit more aggressive, a bit thicker through the mids, and with a bit more harmonic richness.The tube-driven, 6-spring reverb is voiced for a smoother, deeper, longer-tailed response - more in the style of a great vintage plate reverb. And to help get these great sounds at any volume - from stage to bedroom - the Metropolitan includes Tone King's proprietary "Phase-4" output power control circuitry, which gives you the sound of natural power tube overdrive and distortion at any power level from 0.1W to the full 40W.

Tone King Galaxy 60W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black Tone King Galaxy 60W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black

Tone King's Galaxy 60W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the ultimate in authentic vintage tone and feel. Its 4x6L6GC output stage (cathode biased) is tweaked and voiced for chime, warmth, and a spongy, swampy, organic feel like no other Tone King amp. It is designed with an ultra-pure signal path that squeezes every last drop of tone out of its tubes. Check out the matching Tone King Galaxy 2x12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet to double your fun.

Tone King Imperial - Black Tone King Imperial - Black

Mark Bartel put himself and his company on the map in 1993 with his Tone King Imperial. Mark wanted to build and design an amplifier that could capture the all-out raw tone of a well broken-in vintage amp and yet still have room to expand on the sounds you get from those old classics, his desires brought forth the Imperial. Mark is the soul builder/designer of the Tone King amplifiers and he makes every Imperial one-by-one in his shop in Baltimore. ItÕs obvious when you play through this amp that Mark Bartel is a genius sound engineer and a master amp builder.The Tone King Imperial features a Rhythm channel designed to represent that classic ÒblackfaceÓ combo tone, making this a great channel for smooth clean tones and a creamy, light overdrive. The Lead Channel was designed to really ÒdriveÓ the output stage of the amp with a clean preamp that canÕt be overdriven. The idea was to utilize the rich tone of the power tubes to provide killer tones that are tight on the bottom, pleasingly aggressive in the mids and pristine in the highs. To top it off the Tone King Imperial has a unique Mid-Bite Control that provides a wide range of tones; anywhere from classic ÒTweedÓ to fat ÒEnglishÓ tones. WhatÕs left to add? Nothing, for the Tone King Imperial comes equipped with Tube Drive Spring Reverb and a Tremolo that is reminiscent of older ÒBlackfaceÓ amps.

Tone King Galaxy Amp Head - Black Tone King Galaxy Amp Head - Black

(This product is available for world wide purchase) Tone King's Galaxy is the ultimate in authentic vintage tone and feel. Its 4x6L6GC output stage (cathode biased) is tweaked and voiced for chime, warmth, and a spongy, swampy, organic feel like no other Tone King amp. It is designed with an ultra-pure signal path that squeezes every last drop of tone out of its tubes.

Tone King Falcon 1x10 Tone King Falcon 1x10" Combo Amplifier Chocolate Brown/Cream
List Price: $1,795.00

It's no secret that a tube amplifier sounds at its absolute best when its cranked up to the point where the tubes are breaking up, giving you that natural overdrive. The problem with that, is that tube overdrive comes with unbelievably loud volume, which is most of the time too much for the bedroom or apartment.

October 6, 2009
Posted in Boutique Amps,Tone King Amps — anthony @ 7:23 pm

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