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❌SOLD❌ Tone King Imperial 1×12 Combo Amp Turquoise-White, 2010


Built in Baltimore Maryland, the Tone King Imperial is a 6V6 based, 22 watt 1×12 tube combo amp with a built in power attenuator for use at any volume!

Here we’re looking at a Tone King Imperial sporting Turquoise / White dress and in great condition. This amp was hand built in Mark Bartel’s Tone King shop in Baltimore, MA. In 2010, Premiere Builder’s Guild had just purchased Tone King, which they held till they closed in 2016, ending Bartel’s association with the brand. Tone King is now part of Boutique Amps Distribution, and from 2017 Mark Bartel builds amps under his own name.

This hand built, two channel amplifier features a Birch ply cabinet with a very nice two-tone covering. For tubes, four 12AX7’s and one 12AT7 run the preamp, reverb and trem circuits, with a 5AR4 rectifier and a pair of 6V6GT power tubes providing 22 watts. It is in great shape with no signs of being roaded. The original Tone King footswitch, controlling Tremolo and Channel switching.

Here’s what the builder has to say about the current Tone King Imperial (Mark II):

“When we released our original Tone King Imperial combo 20 years ago, we felt we had made one of the best-sounding American-voiced amps on the market. But… thanks to the experience and knowledge that two decades of amp building offers, we knew we could do better.

Tone King is proud to offer the new and improved Imperial MKII. Everything you know and love about the original is still there. The spanky blackface-style voice, the gritty tweed tones, all of it; however, the MKII takes it all a few steps further.

Its two channels have been tuned for better-sounding overdrive, a smoother top end, and more harmonic complexity. The amp’s vintage-voiced tube reverb and tremolo will cause you to question whether you’re actually playing a vintage amp.

Thanks to the Imperial MKII’s onboard Ironman II power attenuator, you can get all of these tube-driven tones at any volume. “


Price: $2250 CAD
  • Model: Imperial
  • Year: 2010 |
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 200-307
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Date Posted: 10/09/2019

  • This item has sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Weight: 31lbs 14.1kgs
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