Tone King Guitar Amplifiers, Boutique Valve Amps

Tone King guitar amplifiers are hand made in the USA and have a reputation for generating a vintage tube amp tone that emulates the sounds of the 50s and 60s. These high quality boutique valve amplifiers are made to a high standard and include modern features like a power attenuator (power soak). that can be used to reduce the power while retaining the valve pre-amplifier sound shaping characteristics. Tone King manufacture both valve head guitar amps and valve combo guitar amps. Check out below a range of all tube guitar amplifiers manufactured by Tone King.

Tone King guitar amplifiers are supplied via the USA therefore expect to pay a shipping price, however, that is only a minor issue when you consider the valve guitar amplifier tone that is available. On our website we access the separate web pages of different suppliers and list the products to make comparing the prices easy. You can then click through to the chosen supplier and buy the product, hopefully making a nice saving as well.

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Guitar Amplifier Types Explained

There are many styles of guitar amplifier on the market, as can be seen from the list above. Each amplifier type is designed to either work with a specific type of guitar eg Bass guitar amp, Lead guitar amp, Acoustic guitar amp etc. There are also different styles of circuits used to generate the overall sound that is produced. The biggest difference being between vintage valve guitar amplifier circuits and solid state guitar amplifier circuits which became popular in the 70’s. These include silicone chips or IC’s and transistors. The type of sound generate by a valve amplifier and a solid state are very different.

Read our guide to the different types of guitar amplifier to see how each style is made and used. When choosing a guitar amplifier it is best to first decide how it will be used as this will dictate the power output required. For instance a 5W practice amplifier will be perfect for use at home but a waste of time if you plan to tour and have gigs. Guitar amplifiers are available with power outputs from 2w up to 200w and beyond. The next consideration should be the sound type and the type of instrument to be used. On our web site we have some guide pages related to valve guitar amplifiers, especially push-pull designs using matched output tubes.

Read our guitar amplifier valves explained page to understand more about how the valves work in the circuit and the different types of valve that can be used. The general rule being more valves more power. In a push-pull guitar amplifier design one valve is pushing the speaker cone and one is pulling it. As the sound generated by the speaker cabinet is reliant on a clean signal it is important that the valves push and pull in equal measure. Read our guitar amplifier technical pages on the design of a Push Pull Valve Amplifier and also a Single Ended Valve Amplifier to understand how the technology works. We have also explained the role of the guitar amplifier pre-amplifier valves and the guitar amplifier power output valves. We have also done tests to see how different pre-amplifier valves compared and how they can shape the sound generated by the amplifier.

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