The Heart of Vintage Tone


Welcome to Retro-King Amplification.  Our goal is to provide Musicians with the finest quality vintage amplification available today!  Our attention to detail, custom modifications and authentic TONE are guaranteed to meet the highest of demands.



Tom Shemer guitarist for "The Damn Truth" with his Retro-King 45 combo


7 Watts of Total Bliss

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ToneQuest Report April 2015
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Love my Retro-King!!!! It's all over my new record and the tracks I did for Duck Dynasty!!!!

I Used my Retro-King in this video

Tony Pasko

Retro-King & ZZ Top
Custom made 2x12 18Watt Combo
for Billy Gibbons

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Retro-King Donates AMP
to Camp Liberty, Baghdad, IRAQ
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Retro-King Amps Wins Premier Guitar Award

2008 Premier Gear here


ALL NEW!! The new Retro-King "Catalina Reverb". Based on the 60s Black Face Princeton Reverb circuit, but with increased tremolo depth, a slight increase in mids, and lows voiced to bloom into a sweeter breakup and avoid farting out when pushed. Handwired, point to point on eyelet board.
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I have been a guitar player for most of my life and I have owned most of the best amps made during the 50's and 60's.   I have repaired, moded and designed amps for over 20 years.   I know what they should look and sound like.

I build these amps with the same quality and tone as you would expect from these great amps.    I use the best components available in production today and take the time to test and tweak each amp I build, as if it were my own.

A lot of boutique amp builders will copy the original circuits exactly.  This is fine, I can do that to, but in the real world of the guitarist that circuit might have too much mud in the normal channel or too much high end in the bright channel or not enough gain or they wish they could have more flexibility in shaping there tone, even if it is subtle.  That's where I come in.  As a working guitarist I understand this and build your amp for your desired tone.

Feel free to call or e-mail me I would love to build one for you."

Retro-King 18 Watt Combo Amplifier Demo by Greg V

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Premier Guitar Ad SEPT 2008
Check out this page of Premier Guitar - September 2008!!


Customer Review:
" My 2x12 18 watter is one hell of an amp. It has replaced my vintage Blackface Super Reverb. I've gigged with it twice, both in close quarters to a loud drummer & both times this amp has held its own. I plug into the normal channel (2nd input) with either my Strat or Les Paul, & the sound is very tight & clean. In ...fact, at times I prefer the the clean on the Retro King to my Super Reverb. The overdrive on this sucker is killer. I never thought I'd be able to get an SRV (Little Wing) tone & a very convinceable Santana sound all from the same amp. The sustain on this thing is bad ass. Master Volume feature is a definite must for those enclosed gigs. Chuck Dean is totally helpful & the most patient guy out there. He knew what I wanted even if I wasn't able to explain it myself. Chuck, U are the man! Retro King, U are the amp!"
 Neil ManapuaMaker Terrado


Customer Review:
Charles Dean, maker of Retro-King amps is responsive,  understanding, easy to work with and easily accessible. Try getting this kind of service from Marshall in England or makers of other similar amps.  Amp was built in the exact time specified, delivered as expected and works perfectly.

Not trying to reinvent the wheel.....just making damn sure it will ROCK & ROLL!


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