Nothings More Satisfying Than
a Great Old Tube Amp
Except a Fleet of Great
Old Tube Amps. And Thats
Exactly What the Road King™ is.....
Progressive Linkage provides five different
all-tube power amplifiers which you can harness
in any combination to
the Kings four preamp channels to create not
a cyber mock-up, but the real, authentic circuits
found in those classic amplifiers.
Once in a while
a product comes along that redefines its genre, changing
the way we think, and ushering in a new era. The Road King™ does just
This seriously over-the-top Recto® offers four discreet channels that each
house an incredible three modes of hyper-tuned pre-amp expression. Yet as if
all this shaping power wasnt enough, the Road King goes on to revolutionize
amplifier design by offering a unique dimension in channel switching: Progressive
This simple yet powerful concept allows you to
assign different power amplifiers to each pre-amp
and footswitch between them.
You can match any power amp to each channel and create
your own fleet of dedicated, all-tube amplifiers
from input jack to speaker, from 30 watts to 120.
The Road King even lets you assign a choice of speaker
cabs per channel!
Colored LEDs on the
front panel keep you informed of your channel selection
combinations. But theres more to power than wattage and tube types alone. Its
all about the feel. And part of providing a perfect
power response is selecting the proper rectifier.
This is the device that converts high voltage AC
into Direct Current for the power tubes. And two
of the Road Kings eight patents cover the rectifier
choices available and the way they track.
Choosing Rectifier-Tracking in any channel
matches the power harness you have selected to
the perfect amount of juicy rectifier sag for
the number of output tubes in use. Heres how
it works: When you select
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one per channel, repeat like a console so its
simple to learn and easy to use. Here you assign
Loops, Cabs, Rectifier Status and most important,
Progressive Linkage which offers these five power
choices: 2x6L6, 2xEL-34, 2x6L6 plus 2xEL-34,
4x6L6 and 4x6L6 plus 2xEL-34.
of output tubes, either 6L6s or EL-34s,
Recto Tracking brings
up one 5U4 rectifier tube for enhanced low power
bounce. When selecting two pairs of output tubes, both 5U4
rectifier tubes are engaged to support the increased
power and retain the dynamic feel. And finally,
selecting all six power tubes triggers the tighter
sounding, more efficient silicon diode rectifiers to
produce an authoritative 120 watts of headroom. And
just like the famed Dual and Triple Rectifiers®, you
can over-ride Recto-Tracking anytime by merely selecting
the Silicon Diodes.
Imagine a bubbly Clean sound, using the incredible dynamics of a 50 watt pair of tube-rectified 6L6s. Now footswitch to the threshold-clean Brit voice on Channel 2, driving a pair of EL-34's for a chiming power clip. Or, if you need alternate clean sounds, set Channel 1 to Tweed and Channel 2 to Fat, choosing power amps for each that best suit your style.
Applying Rectifier® Logic
further, Channels 3 and 4 each include Raw,
Vintage and Modern modes, just like the fabled
Dual and Triple Rectos. But with the Road King
you can combine each mode with any of five different
power sections. For example, try strapping Raw
to a pairing of ELs and 6Ls for a snarling
harmonic spread with British attitude. Or run Vintage,
through four 6L6s, to cop the Dual Rec Solo Head
exactly. And if you can stand more, hit Modern
six power tubes, diode rectified, for a new frontier in crushing gain.
These few examples
offer a mere glimpse into the incredible domain
by the Road King™ with Progressive Linkage™. Take the world tour of classic all-tube circuits from vintage to modern and on into the future. Understand, the Road King IS what modeling technology wants to be. Not algorithm simulations, rather combinations of the original circuits, using the real technology, to create the actual amplifiers.
What would you rather
cyber mock-up? Or a fleet of real, hand-made,
all-tube amps. The Road King™ is the new
frontier, in authentic tube tone.
| KingKontroller™ Twenty four inches of toe-tapping tone control accesses Channels, Reverb, Tuner Mute, Loops and Solo functions. This is one King size, gig-ready pedal!
owned or played every Mesa/Boogie production amp to date, and the Road
King eclipses them all.
It has a ridiculously good clean channel and an indescribable range of
gain and tone options, plus its fine-tuned circuits and progressive-linkage
power section are the best Mesa has ever produced."
Guitar World Magazine
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Handbuilt in Petaluma, California
Multi-Watt™ Channel Assignable Power Amp with Progressive Linkage™ (patent 5,559,469) featuring 4x6L6 & 2xEL34,
which allows you to select either 2x6L6, 2xEL34, 2x6L6+2xEL34, 4x6L6
or 4x6L6+2xEL34 for Power Ratings of 50, 100 & 120 Watts! / 6x12AX7,
Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance
4 Fully Independent Channels with 12 Modes
(Channel 1 =Clean, Fat or Tweed™, Channel 2 =Clean, Fat or Brit, Channels 3 & 4=Raw,
Vintage High Gain or Modern High Gain)
Each Channel features Independent Gain, Treble,
Mid, Bass, Presence, All-Tube Long Spring Reverb, 5 Position Progressive
Power Tube Select (choices listed above), Channel Assignable Dual Rectification
with Recto Tracking™ (Diode or Tube Tracking – Patents 5,168,438 & 7,193,458),
Speaker Output Select (Speaker Out A, B or A+B), FX Loop 1 and 2 Select (2-Series
Loop On/Off Switches per Channel or Footswitch Assignable)
Output Level Control (over all channels when activated)
Footswitchable Solo Level
Control –Patent 6,724,897 (over all channels when activated)
Bold/Spongy “Variac”Switch (Patent
True “Hard” Bypass Switch that removes FX Loop, Output Level & Solo
Level Controls from signal path
Turner Output with Footswitchable Mute
Slave Out w/Level Control
External Switching Jacks for Channels 1, 2,
3, 4, Solo, Reverb, Loop 1, Loop 2 & Tuner Mute
9 Button Footswitch (Channel 1, Channel 2,
Channel 3, Channel 4, Tuner Mute, Reverb, Loop 1, Loop 2 & Solo)
Head (Width 27-3/4 inches)
2x12 Combo • C90 Speakers •Casters (Width
Optional Custom Finishes: Please Visit our Custom Design Gallery
Dual Series Effects Loops,
include Master Send Level. All Loop circuitry can be hard bypassed. Run
separate processing for Channels 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 or run Delay in Loop1 and Chorus in Loop 2…the
possibilities are endless.
Power Status LEDs keep you informed of your pre-assigned Power Tube and Rectifier combinations per channel. Other front panel LEDs show Channel and Loop status.
1 & 2
3 & 4
A La Mode… Each
Channel offers 3 Mode choices. The two pairs of Channels (Rhythm 1 & 2 and Lead 3 & 4) are duplicated so you can use similar pre-amp sounds with different Power Tube, Rectifier and Wattage configurations. Channels 1 & 2 offer CLEAN, FAT & BRIT. Channels 3 & 4 provide RAW, VINTAGE & MODERN.
a unique Road King™ feature, includes load protection and lets
you dedicate specific cabs for clean and overdriven sounds. Also works
great with our split-chamber Road King™ cabs
which include separate open and closed sections.
Built In Variac (patented) lets you further tune the power section to your style. Kick the A.C. voltage down for a looser, scoopier feel or hit Bold for maximum headroom and low-end tightness.
Tuner Out jack provides a tuner feed: Tuner Mute Switch on the King Kontroller provides a silent tuning feature.
External Mute jack allows control of the Tuner Mute feature from an external master switcher.