There's no denying that Mark Baier has been building some of the best modern 'Tweed Era' amplifiers available on the market for the better part of 30 years. But his pedigree and prowess doesn't stop there.
Fans of the underrated yet equally tone-tastic Gibson amplifers of the same vintage recognize the GA-40 Les Paul amp as one of the best sounding tube combos of all time, and for good reason! With its twin pentode preamp section, large cabinet and luscious tube tremolo, the GA-40 has long since given the Fender Deluxe and Tremolux a run for its money.
The Electro King is Victoria's take on the GA-40, albeit featuring a major upgrade in component quality, construction, and reliability. Thick, syrupy clean tones emerge at lower volumes, with some ferocious drive and bite further up the dial. The 5879 preamp tube offers up more overall gain and a touch more added harmonics than a 12AX7, and the Electro King's magic comes alive at those higher volumes. Tube tremolo driven by the 6SQ7 (just like the original GA-40s) reminds us a little of the early Fender tube-driven tremolo combos of the late 50s, but gives up a deeper, richer throb. These amps are great for early jump blues, western swing, and country, but can undoubtedly offer up a great voice in R&B, Americana, and good old fashioned Rock n Roll. We LOVE the sound of a great Telecaster into one of these!
Aesthetically? What more could you want!? The gorgeous two-tone look of the brown faux Alligator tolex atop the smooth Blonde tolex is a sure standout. Let's face it- those original Gibson two-tone cabinets are nothing but class, and Mark has carried over that look into his own amps.
If you're a big fan of the tweed sound, but like to separate yourself from the pack a bit both tonally and aesthetically, the Electro King is a great fit for you!
- 15 watts of power
- 1957 GA-40 Type Circuit
- Cathode Bias Class A Push/Pull Output
- Standard Speaker; American Made 12″ Eminence
- Standard Covering: Brown Alligator/Smooth Blond Tolex
- Tubes: 1-5Y3, 2-6V6, 2-12AX7, 1-6SQ7, 2-5879
- Cabinet Size(HxWxD): 20.5” x 23.5″ x 10.5″
- Weight: 42 pounds