Love the King Snake
Thanks to the hard work of my Sweetwater sales advisor Bob Mondok, I received my King Snake yesterday! I play out professionally part-time, and have done so since the 80's. At home this amp joined my other 5:50 Express, Mini-Recto, Orange AD 30, Marshall JCM 2000, Fender Super reverb, Hot Rod deluxe, Line 6 and Peavey 5150. (I share with you my amps not to impress you, but to impress upon you I know a good sound when I hear it!) When I opened the box, this is very high quality, the fit and build of this amp is fantastic, Really a cool look, better than the pictures show, I also noticed how easy it was to load in my car, (compared to my other amps). When I plugged it in I was wowed! Really great tone clean and dirty. Also, the presence knob and Blackface/Tweed options are huge! Reverb excellent! I rate this 5 out of 5, only 400 are being made, mine is number 40! Oh, as with any tube amp, you can blow a tube at some point, especially with the bone crunching volume I play at--so--this is cool, the 12" speaker cable that plugs into the back of the amp is long enough, so on gigs I will bring my mini Recto, and if I ever have a tube problem, the mini can sit on top of the King Snake and I can plug the Snake's speaker right into the Mini-Recto. Lastly, read the review in the January cover story in Guitar Player Magazine about the history of this amp! it's a fun story to tell your friends, then show them Carlos Santana's and Randy Smith's signature on the serial number plate! It doesn't get better than this!