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Tone King Imperial..oh my!

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Booman, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Booman

    Booman Tele-Holic

    Sep 23, 2005
    North Cali
    Saving for a Carr Rambler and I have to go and play through one of these. A bit cheaper too. Anyone own and care to share an opinion?

  2. Jack

    Jack Tele-Meister

    Oct 30, 2003
    Chesapeake, Va.
    I just traded my Tone King Falcon and extras for one. She's about three months old and is awesome! I've only had it for a few days and I'm still experimenting, but will share my thoughts so far.

    Pristine cleans on the rhythm channel. However, with the stock tubes and speaker it has a bit of a hard edge on the highs. I installed all RCA grey plates and it helped allot, but it might be just a little too thin sounding. I'll continue to roll tubes until I get it figured out.

    I have a Weber 12F150 and Signature 12 Alnico on hand so I'm sure I'll roll speakers at some point as well. However, even though the highs sting a little with the stock speaker it also very fast and articulate and that's how a good clean amp should be. I keep the treble and bass around five and just roll back the treble on my guitars, especially my Tele.

    The lead channel is awesome too. The highs are similar to the rhythm channel, but otherwise it's totally different. The more the mid bite is turned up the grittier it gets. Or keep the bite down and go from blackface clean to tweed.

    The reverb and tremolo are also very good. The tremolo is even smoother than my SR.

    I'll fool with it until I get things the way I like, but bottom line; this is a really great amp. I don't normally keep anything too long, but this amp will be the exception.

  3. Sbax

    Sbax TDPRI Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Just got a Imperial 20th Ann with the Creamback. I do not hear any problem with the treble. Sounds unbelievably smooth with my strat. The neck, middle, and bridge pickups sound very different. Never heard that much dif in any other amp.

  4. Booman

    Booman Tele-Holic

    Sep 23, 2005
    North Cali
    Thanks guys. If you have played through a Carr Rambler how would you compare?

  5. BiggerJohn

    BiggerJohn Friend of Leo's

    Jun 1, 2009
    I personally do not own either. However I have friends who do own a rambler and a tone king. Both sound great and appear to be well made. I would say you can't go wrong with either.

  6. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2010
    Toronto, Ontario.
    I have played both, and at one time contemplated getting one or the other. I ended up with a Swart AST Master MKII 112 combo, but that's just me.

    Both of them are excellent amps, built by two of the finest builders in the business. Carr uses true point to point, and Tone King uses either printed circuit board or turret board. I believe the turret board version is more money (which would make sense) but maybe someone else can chime in and clarify that. Of the two, I was partial to the Rambler, and if my memory serves me right, it was not as bright as the Tone King and that is what I liked about it.

    If you have a bad back, the Tone King will blow your mind at how light it is. If you are in the market for an amp worth that kind of money, and you like both of those amps, why not check out the Carr Viceroy, another really good amp by Carr. I'm surprised Getbent hasn't chimed in, he has owned the Imperial for years and loves it.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

  7. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I'm dreaming of either an Imperial or the new Sky King. I'd have to do some gear unloading, but how many amps do I really need?

  8. FiddlinJim

    FiddlinJim Tele-Holic

    Mar 28, 2006
    Well, one more of course.

  9. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    A few years ago, I narrowed the field to the carr rambler and the TK Imperial. I picked the Imperial. I've been super happy. It is an amp I keep finding sounds in... it is a 'double deluxe' in the sense that it is a tweed, click a switch, it is a black face.

    it has a knob that allows you to bring in some marshally type sounds.... the tremelo is amazing and deep and it has the best reverb I've every heard.

    For me, I've been able to sell of a bunch of amps and for gigs now it is TKI or TKI + SM57

  10. Sbax

    Sbax TDPRI Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    oh yeah. I never use tremolo but that sound is nothing that I've never heard before.

  11. slippin slider

    slippin slider Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 30, 2013

    I am thinking of a number. What is the magic number?

    This many, of coarse ;)

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