Retro-King’s 45 watt combo is based on the famous Bluesbreaker 2x12 combo that was built during the 1960s. This amp isn’t a reissue—it’s more like a replica. It is all hand wired point-to-point on a vintage style turret board, unlike the reissued version of the Bluesbreaker, and it is built exactly like the original. It uses a double 32mf cap for filtering in the first cap and a double 16mf cap in the second, just like the original, and it uses an output transformer with a 6.6k primary plate load, which is perfect or the KT66 power tubes this combo uses. When it comes to great plexi tone and sound this amp delivers..
The 45 Watt Combo features two channels, a normal and a high treble. It has four inputs, a high and a low for each channel. Two volume, treble, bass, mid, and presence controls let you adjust exactly how your music sounds. Under the hood you’ll find two matched KT66 power tubes and 3 JJ 12AXY preamp tubes. The amp also uses a GZ34 rectifier tube. You can select between 4, 8, and 16 ohm modes. The amp is housed in a Baltic birch cabinet. The combo is priced at $1,895 while the head retails for $1,645.
The 18 Watt Combo by Retro-King Amps is a two channel powerhouse that can pump out some awesome sound. It’s a Class AB cathode biased amp that is a remake of the classic 1966 Marshall 18 watt combo and if you're in the market for that sound this Retro King can save you a lot compared to the original vintage Marshall. This amp really captures the Marshall’s sound and flexibility, so you’re not losing anything tone wise.
The 18 Watt Combo has two channels, a normal channel and one with a tremolo unit. Each channel has two inputs, high and low, plus a volume and tone control. The tremolo channel has an extra speed and intensity control. In addition to everything under the hood, you can also add an optional rectifier switch that lets you switch between the tube rectifier and a solid state diode rectifier.
The amp uses two matched JJ EL84 power tubes and three JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes. For the rectifier, it uses a NOS EZ81. It has two speaker outs, a 4, 8, or 16 ohm selector, a two speed Trem pedal, and more. The entire amp is hand wired and comes in a Baltic birch cabinet. It retails for $1,169 (1x12 cabinet) or $1,595 (head version). Other versions available include a 2x10 ($1,750) and a 2x12 ($1,795). The optional rectifier switch is extra.
Retro-King Amplification offers a number of different amps for players who want a real old school authentic tone. One of their most well-known and best-selling amps is the Retro-King 18 watt 2x12 combo. Modeled after the 1966 Marshall™ 18 watt lead combo this 2 channel amp has four inputs (high & low) and Trem channel volume, tone, speed & intensity. Judging from feedback on the forums more than a few players have fallen in love with it's unique blend of vintage Marshall era sounds.
Chuck Dean, the man behind the machine at Retro-King has played guitars for years, and he has worked on amps for more than 20 years. His passion is for amps built during the 50s and 60s. After watching prices skyrocket he knew there would be a lot of demand for newer amps that produced the same tone as their vintage counterparts.
One thing he didn’t do was copy the circuits of these older amps exactly. Although Dean does recognize that this is a perfectly good way of creating vintage sounding amps, it’s not how he works. Instead, he hand-tunes each amp for the individual player, adjusting the circuit as needed to capture their unique tone. He adjusts the high end, adds or takes out gain, and subtly adjusts the normal channel to fit each player.