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Fender's first solid-state amplifier designed for pedal steel.
The 200W (at 4 ohms) Steel-King features a genuine Fender Custom 15" driver; an all-new preamp design tailored specifically for clean, versatile tone shaping; XLR line output with level control, ground lift and pre/post EQ; effects loop and tuner output with mute; limiter with on-off button (prevents distortion when playing hard); genuine Fender long-spring reverb by Accutronics; and three-button footswitch. This new amplifier also works anywhere clean full-frequency instrument amplification is desired, from jazz guitar to country finger picking styles to Latin American electric guitar styles and reggae or "world beat" guitar. It can even be used for vintage electric piano.
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I have used this on stage for the past two and a half years and it has performed flawlessly. This is Fender quality at its finest. Great pedal steel amp--everything you need and nothing that you don't. The Steel King has lots of power, with a clean and crisp sound. IMHO, way too clean for a regular guitar w/o some effects to dirty the tone up a bit. I especially like the deep low-end that the 15" Eminence puts out. Additionally, the reverb on this thing can't be beat. Highly recommend it.
I play acoustic/ electric guitar in rock bands, so the challenge is to stay clean and loud. I decided to try solid state after years of tube amps and direct boxes to a PA system. I have had the Steel King for several years and it has served me well. It is currently being used as a bass amp in my practice space.
First, the good points: Cabinet size and portability are excellent for an amp with so much power and resultant headroom. The reverb is the classic, lush long pan Accutronics unit. The control layout is excellent...the high-low voicing pot being particularly useful for quick global adjustment, compensating for room, and/or change in instruments. The Eminence 15 is very good, and is essential to achieving a fat steel tone. I bought this amp from MF around 3 years ago and have used it in live and studio settings. The direct out is terrific for live, and the amp mics up well in the studio. The only negative is the weight...although it is as light as could be expected given the beefy power amp and speaker. Would be interesting to save 10 pounds with substitution of an N/DYM magnet speaker. Although it has a huge power amp, Fender seems to have dialed in a low damping factor, so the amp isn't too tight. It sings nicely!
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