Sound King 300B tube guitar amp
Class A 25 Watt / 55 Watt Peak
300B output tubes
6K7G mesh plate tube
2x 6SL7, 6SN7 preamp tubes
83 mercury vapor rectifier tube
Xfrmr-less tube driver reverb
Low impedance FX Loop
Preamp/line out - Poweramp in
Sprague Vitamin Q paper/oil tone capacitors
Carbon composition resistors
Sprague ATOM TVA filters
Point to point terminal cloth wiring
NOS tube sockets
Aluminum chassis 12 ga.
Handmade in USA
I just played my first gig with the Sound King and it sounded AMAZINGGGGGGG! It's so juicy and rich and pure - it's like a Siegmund amp times 100!
It is such a magical amp and I can't wait to really explore all of the musicality of it!
This amp is so versatile and with so many tonal options.
It has a very congealed unified midrange, kind a sugary and creamy like your Midnight Blues amp but with added low and top end being more hifi.
Even at quieter levels its really unbelievable.
I just love this amp. So thank you again for your work, cos its so special.
The SK is now my main amp. I fell in love with the reverb and use it a lot. I think you really did your homework with the reverb.
It is almost like having delay the way I can get the notes to trail off and create space. I find it is not really that splashy Fender reverb that sounds more like an echo in the hall.
I have been running the master volume high and the volume low to get max headroom out of it and using one or two pedals for lead tones.
I find this amp takes pedals, dare I say, better than just about anything I have ever played. When we play clean it is usually straight in, guitar-amp, and I like the clean tones a lot.
The voice and resonance are really useful too. I have an old Sola MK II that I experimented with this past weekend and the two are a match made in heaven!
The clean up and tone is unreal for me. I got a set of Callaham Fralin Real 54's in that work out well for me and seem to match up well.
I am pretty excited by the amp. It is really responsive and responds well to playing dynamics, almost like a having a volume knob on the end of your pick. Ha!
The Sound King is a king in the sound department. It continues to impress me every time I plug in and, other than the Midnight special, it has been the only amp I have played
since I got it. You really struck gold!
I am finding that I am able to coax more and more out of this than I thought possible. It is almost like it is reading my mind.
I knew it was going to be good but not this incredible. Right now everything is paling in comparison.
----- 4 years later -----
That Sound King has to be the most intuitive amp I have ever played in my life. It almost like it is reading my mind when I want to dial in any tone.
So far, I have been able to get anything out of it I have ever wanted.
My best regards,
This has taken quite a while but I would like you to know that the Sound King is a fabulous amplifier.
I'm not sure if it needs a long break in period, but recently every guitar I play through it sounds terrific.
A Special Beauty to each note, especially on the Tails. I would call it "Magical"
Having the Midnight Special & new version Diamond, I didn't see or better yet hear a major difference from their strengths, but my SK seems to mesh the two & take it to another level, call it Magicality.
PS The custom 2X12 might be part of it, I'm not sure...Just keep on making Magic...
Zane Carney playing 'Snow' on his Sound King
and recorded by Brian Boozer - Aum Studio Productions
Brian's comment: If one thing can be said here, and I think Ryan mentioned this when playing, is that the tone of the actual guitars are coming through in a big way.
Each sound clip sounds 100% different from the other. Yet, it was being played through the same amp. And all of my EQ settings are exactly the same across the board.
I guess what I'm getting at is that the amp is so transparent, you're hearing all the tone the guitar has to offer, for better or worse.
Maybe one sound clip sounds better than another and it seems that's completely attributed to which guitar was being played. Pretty wild!
Recording signal path:
Shure SM57, Beyer M88, AKG C414 (blended in a close mic position) --> Focusrite ISA828 Preamp --> Black Lion Audio/Digidesign 002 A/D Converter Interface
--> Pro Tools Software
You are hearing the pure, natural sound of the Sound King amplifier. There was no processing, effects, or studio tricks used in recording these audio clips.
CLIP 1 - Fender USA 1962 reissue - Amp settings: max. clean Volume (no bright switch), 1/3 Reverb, 2/3 tone controls, max. Master, 4 Resonance, 1/2 Voice, FC dynamic
CLIP 2 - Amp settings same as Clip 1 with EQ bypassed
CLIP 3 - Siegmund Suspense with P90 pickup - Amp settings: Volume set to Overdrive, rest of controls as before
CLIP 4 - Siegmund Suspense with Lipstick pickup - Amp settings: Volume set to Distortion, rest of controls as before, after 30sec EQ bypass
CLIP 5 - Siegmund Soulman with Unbucker pickup - Reverb demo: starts out with Reverb bypassed, then slowly increased
CLIP 6 - Siegmund Soulman with P90 pickup - EQ demo: starts with all Tone controls in center position
0-18sec: Treble sweep to roll-off then boost to max. then back to center
18-30sec: Middle sweep to roll-off then boost to max. then back to center
30-50sec: Bass sweep to roll-off then boost to max. then back to center
50sec: EQ bypass
1:02min: Bright switch On
CLIP 7 - Siegmund Soulman with Unbucker pickup - Resonance demo: Knob is switched higher every 5 seconds, showing all 5 settings from low to high.
CLIP 8 - Fender USA 1962 reissue - Field Coil modes: First half shows the speaker in compression mode - after 30sec dynamic mode.
CLIP 9 - Gibson ES335 with Seymour Duncan 59 PAF pickups - Speaker demo: Amp settings same as Clip 1 with JBL D130 speaker.
CLIP 10 - Amp setttings same as Clip 1 with 2x12 Tone Tubby Alnico H1 cone speakers.