Tone King Imperial MKII - Cream


Tone King

The new Tone King Imperial MKII Combo is the latest update to the Imperial line and compiles all the best features of its predecessors. Over 20 years of engineering have gone into the making of this amazing amp. It features a Handwired Board Construction that utilizes the best component placement and wire routing to optimize the sonic clarity, thick tone and dynamics. This construction gives you a better bass response, complex harmonic mids, and smooth chime high frequencies. It also incorporates an AC line filter to eliminate interference from electronic device, giving you a constant clear tone. 

The new Imperial MKII also has the new Ironman II compensated power attenuator built in with an added attenuator bypass switch. The attenuator bypass switch allows you to match the volumes of your cleans with the overdriven lead channel. When engaged the attenuator bypass switch automatically turns off the attenuator on the rhythm channel. Another feature that Tone King has added with the Ironman II attenuator is the HF Compensation Switch, which allows you to tailor the compression, presence and brightness of your attenuated tone. The Ironman attenuator is known for its incredibly transparent tone and its ability to maintain the thick tones of the amp at low volume. With these added features the Imperial's integrated Ironman II attenuator makes this amp even more versatile than before!

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/dirty range 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.


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
Weight: 36.2 lbs
Dimensions: 22-1/2 W x 19-1/4 H x 10-1/2 D
Speakers: 1 x12", 8-Ohm Ceramic Magnet Tone King 33 Made by Eminence

Built-In Ironman II Compensated Power Attenuator
Precision Tuned Reactive Load
Volume Level Compensation
Dampening Factor Compensation