Quantcast Ryan's Guitars: New Amp!! Kingsley ToneBaron

Friday, March 21, 2008

New Amp!! Kingsley ToneBaron

Well, my Kingsley ToneBaron is finally here! The amp I have been waiting for since before X-Mas has arrived and I am so excited. :) Simon and I decided to make some last minute changes to some of the features of the amp, and I can't wait to try them out.

I received it yesterday afternoon and played it for about 5 hours straight (I only had a couple of momentary distractions). I got up this morning and played it again for a few hours and then off and on all day for a couple of hours at a time.

My first impression is, yep, this thing sounds just like it does on the website. Which is good, because that is why I wanted one in the first place! ;) The tone sounds so good and so organic (for lack of a better word). It has a lot of natural compression, or sag (maybe?)... which I could hear clearly in the OD clips on the web, but wasn't sure how much it would come out playing it in person (it does). I really like this sound... it almost "folds in over itself" in manner of speaking. Very cool, indeed!

The cleans are gorgeous... very fat, round and sustainful. I was really impressed with how loud I can play without ear fatigue. This amp gets loud without seeming loud, if that even makes any sense.

There are so many tones and options for sounds on this thing that it will take me a while to explore it all. Add to that how different it reacts (as you would expect) to different guitars with different PUs and you've got a recipe for lots of long weekend afternoons chasing tone.

I do, however, have a pretty good grasp on the main features of the amp and the controls, so I'll be ready to do a full review soon. I have gotten to hear it in the mix playing with some backing tracks and some of my own stuff and it simply sounds amazing with accompaniment. It is also a very easy amp to record.

More to come as I continue to dig in.

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