Quantcast Ryan's Guitars: Ordered a Kingsley ToneBaron Amplifier!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ordered a Kingsley ToneBaron Amplifier!!

Wow! I am so excited about this amp. :) Trawling through The Gear Page forums, as I normally do, I came across a posting about Kingsley Amplifiers and was intrigued. So I went to the website to hear some clips and I was floored by the tone and versatility of these boutique amps. I normally play and prefer a compressed 80's type of distorted tone... sort of an EVH "brown sound" meets Metallica black album. Lately, however, I have turned my taste towards a more harmonically complex, more refined tone (a la Eric Johnson).

I want an amp that has an impressive clean channel that accepts pedals well (in which case I can almost turn it into any sort of amp depending on the pedals used), but one that also has a usable gain channel without the fizz and "fuzz face" ragged/woolly distortion many tube amps seem to have when pushing the preamp to distort. The ToneBaron has something similar to the Dumble/Two Rock/Fuchs style distortion going on with all the sustain, harmonics and overtones (without the fizz) while still retaining its own unique voice as an amplifier.

I am very excited about this amp, and I cannot wait until I get it. Simon Jarrett, a phenomenal guitarist, makes each of his Kingsley boutique amps by hand using point to point wiring, so it can take a little while to get one after you've ordered. I am hoping mine will arrive in the next several weeks. I ordered the head version for use with my Bogner cabinet. I still need to decide which color tolex I want the amp covered with. :)

I'll be getting clips up as soon as I receive it and get it dialed in. In the meantime, you can go here for clips from Simon's web site: Kingsley ToneBaron Audio Clips

5 comments:

  1. Donald2:48 PM

    Quit playing your guitar and get out and ride!

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  2. Donald said...

    Quit playing your guitar and get out and ride!


    Ha! Ha! I need too. :) Lately I've been riding the trainer but not nearly enough. Time to get crackin'.

    Ryan

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  3. It looks like you are suffering from gear addiction. Be careful of that!

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  4. No kidding! :) I am going to have to take a step back for a little bit and enjoy what I have already. It is easy to get sucked in.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog, vintagep! I'll add you to my blog roll.

    Talk to you later,

    Ryan

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  5. Anonymous8:43 AM

    I assume you've gotten the amp by now. What are your impressions. I to am looking hard at Simon's amps. I'm trying to decide between the Deluxe 32 and the ToneBaron. Thanks

    Ed

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