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Tone King Royalist MkIII - '60s Marshall Tones at any volume

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The Tone King Royalist MkIII is made in the USA boutique Marshall style Non-Master Volume amp and is available as either a  40-watt 1×12” combo amp or as a 40-watt head with matching 1×12” and 2×12” cabinets.

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Royalist MkIII 

These new Tone King Royalist MkIII are as the name suggests pretty regal and high-end.

If a boutique hand-wired Marshall Non-Master Volume tube amp is something you require, then Tone King has what you need right here.

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’60s Marshall Tones

Tube Tone

The Royalist MKIII features an all-tube signal path with three 12AX7A preamp tubes and two EL34 power tubes.

In addition to the output tubes, a 5AR4 rectifier tube delivers the authentic “sag” feel and response.

These are top-end amps and use high-quality components and construction. For example, the cabinets are built from Baltic birch and loaded with speakers made for Tone King by Celestion.

Tone King Royalist MKII Stack

Tone King Royalist MKII Stack

Iron Man II

What really makes these tube amps even more desirable is the fact that they have an Iron Man II attenuator * for each channel.

Tone King Ironman II Attenuator

Tone King Ironman II Attenuator

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Tone King Ironman II Mini Attenuator

Tone King Ironman II Mini Attenuator

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This tube amp is super versatile and able to handle every type of situation, from home, studio, and stage.

Especially, as these 40-watt amps with no master volume are loud.

Plus, the HF switch rolls off the high end, making single-coil pickups sound smoother and adding a little push in the mids.

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Vintage Voices

Each amp has a three-way voice switch that selects from classic vintage 1964, 1967, and 1970 Marshall voicings.

Royalist MKIII

Voice Switches

The 1964 is voiced like a classic JTM45 or BluesBreaker model, the 1967 is a Plexi voicing, and finally, the 1970 offers Super Lead voicing. That covers all the super desirable Marshall tones and allows access to all of them without lugging around three vintage amps.

FAT Mode

There is also a FAT mode that will add more low frequencies to the first gain stage of the preamp. Perfect for beefing up your tone.

FAT Switch

FAT Switch

Twin Channel

The amps themselves are two-channel and these channels are footswitchable. On the amp front panel, there are controls for the channel select toggle switch, along with independent volume controls for Channels A and B.

Both channels have a pull function that activates the FAT mode. Plus, those three-way voice switches, one for each channel. Finally, the Treble, Midrange, Bass and Presence controls allow the user to dial in the amp’s voice to taste.

Tone King Royalist MkIII - '60s Marshall Tones at any volume

Tone King Royalist MkIII – ’60s Marshall Tones at any volume

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Combo

Rear Panel

On the back, users will find controls for the 1/4” unbalanced line out with a level control for sending to a mixer or DAW.

Plus, a speaker impedance rotary dial for the 4, 8, or 16 Ohms outputs, a footswitch input for the channel switching, and the power and standby switches.

Verdict

These are great-looking amps and Tone King already has a solid reputation for making high-end tube amps.

These new Royalist III models cover a lot of ground and they have a very flexible set of features that could benefit any guitarist looking for a do-it-all vintage voiced Marshall-style tube amp.

MSRP – Head USD 2495/EUR 2699 *,  Combo USD 2695 /EUR 2995 *, 1×12 Cabinet is USD 695, and 2×12 Cabinet  USD 995.

Tone King Royalist MKIII Head BK

Tone King Royalist MKIII Combo BK

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  • FAT Switch: Tone King
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  • Combo: Tone King
Tone King Royalist MkIII - '60s Marshall Tones at any volume

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