Tone King Imperial 20th Anniversary Amp - Cream
The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Imperial is all handwired and comes loaded with a 12" Celestion G12M Creamback. It's built using a hand-wired circuit board like the older model Tone Kings of the early 90's. Rest assured, all the same dynamics, tone, and responsive feel of the amp is still retained in this commemorative edition.
To top it off, Tone King has included a model specific built in Ironman attenuator, normally a $750 upgrade! The attenuator gives you 6 different levels of attenuation all the way down to -36db, making it suitable for those seeking "bedroom levels."
Since the Imperial LE is essentially the same amp as the non-LE version, I've included below the description from the regular Imperial (which for all practical purposes, is equally astonishing!)
The Tone King Imperial Amp recreates the tone and vibe of a vintage Fender amp and builds upon that even further. This 20 watt, all tube, combo truly captures that classic blackface sound in it's rhythm channel. The tone is easily identified by the Princeton or Deluxe Reverb lovers, but with more of an organic feel, like a classic tweed deluxe. You get the expected shimmery cleans, but you also have the gritty overdrive that this type of amplifier is known for. With that, you get an improved ability to control the timbre and expression of the notes with your fingering and pick attack.
The Imperial features two channels, the Rhythm Channel, and the Lead Channel. We'll break these down for you:
1) Rhythm Channel - Controls are Volume, Treble, and Bass. Here is where you'll find those beloved lower wattage Fender Blackface tones, such as the Princeton or the Deluxe Reverb. You'll get everything from clean to dirty based upon your pick attack, just like a well tuned tweed deluxe. One of the things that so many people love about the Imperial is that it's a much more user friendly amp than some of the vintage amps, allowing you to control your dynamics and expression more easily.
2) Lead Channel - Controls are Volume, Tone, and Mid-Bite. The Mid-Bite circuit is exclusive to Tone King and it allows you to completely change the overdrive character. When off, the amp reacts like a Tweed Deluxe, with all the dynamics and clean/dirtyrange you'd expect. Play soft, and you get those nice silky cleans, but dig in hard with your pick, and the amp starts to growl in a very controllable way, if that makes sense. Crank up the volume, and the tone gets fatter, thicker, looser, and just downright nasty. Just the way you want it!
Now, as you turn up the Mid Bite control, the low end starts to tighten up a bit, which gives it more of a British feel. The chords become somewhat chunky like the early Marshalls. Nice!
Reverb: Have we mentioned the reverb yet? Nothing spared here! It's utilizes an all tube reverb circuit with a dual spring long tank for a phenomenally thich and lush reverb.
Tremolo: I love this... Tone King uses Bias Modulation Tremolo. What this means is the current to the output tubes is modulated to give the volume fluctuations. Honestly, this is one of the nicest sounding trems on the market, and absolutely cannot be replicated by a mere pedal. If you're into tremolo, as many of you are, this is a authentic as it gets in my opinion. It can also be turned on and off via the supplied footswitch.Specs:
Output Power: 20W
Power Tubes: 2 x 6V6
Preamp Tubes: 4x12AX7, 1x12AT7
Rectifier Tube: 5AR4
Preamp Channels: 2 (Rhythm, Lead)
Rhythm Channel Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass
Lead Channel Controls: Volume, Tone, Mid-Bite
Reverb: Tube driven, full-size 2-spring long pan
Tremolo: Bias modulation type (YES!)
Footswitch: Included; controls both channel switching and tremolo
Cabinet: Dovetail jointed birch with solid pine baffle board
Dimensions: 22"(w) x 10"(d) x 19"(t)