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When Quality and Tone is a Must


"RK 18 Head & Combo"


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2 channels 4 inputs (high & low)
Normal channel volume & tone
Trem channel volume, tone, speed & intensity
2-Matched JJ EL84 power tubes
3-JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes
1-NOS EZ81 rectifier tube
Heyboer transformers (original radiospares spec)  (120/240 volt primary)
4, 8 or 16 ohm selector
Two speaker outputs
Plexi panels
Two speed Trem Pedal
Allen Bradley carbon comp resistors
dijon "mustard" caps
Aluminum chassis
Handwired point to point (Teflon wire)
Baltic birch cabinet
Post PI master volume and Tube-diode rectifier switch Mods are now Standard on all 18 Watt Amps at no additional cost if desired.
Your choice of:
Celestion Speakers:
12" G12H30
12" Greenback
12" Vintage 30
Mojotone Speakers:
12" BV30H

20"h x 24"w x 9"d
5 year limited warranty.
1 yr speakers 90 days tubes

Price:  $1895

20"h x 24"w x 9"d
5 year limited warranty.
1 yr speakers 90 days tubes

Price:  $1895

20"h x 28"w x 9"d
5 year limited warranty.
1 yr speakers 90 days tubes

Head Version:
Price:  $1695

same chasis as combo but in 3 different head cabinet sizes

9" h x 26"w x 8 1/4" d
9" h x 24"w x 8 1/4"d
8" h x 20" w x 8 1/4" d

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Retro-King 18 Watt Combo Amplifier Demo by Greg V

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Custom 2x12 18 Watt Combo made for Billy Gibbons ..
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Optional Tolex:
Optional Grill Cloth:
Adjustable line out:
add $50.00
Celestion Speakers:  
Celestion Blue:
add $150.00 ea
Celestion Gold:
add $180.00 ea
Celestion Gold 10":
add $80.00
Heritage Series G12M:
add $100.00 ea
Heritage Series G12H:
add $80.00 ea
Other makes and models of speakers available by request.

A replica of the hard to find, 1960's Marshall
18 watt lead combo amplifier with two channels (4 inputs) with a tremolo unit operating on channel two. You can order this amp with an optional rectifier switch it allows you to switch between the tube rectifier and a solid state diode rectifier.

The 18 watt is for the player who needs vintage tone and reliability in a amp that every sound man will thank you for.

If you desire an amp with great touch sensitivity, sweet even-order harmonics and outstanding dynamic range in a combo or head this amp is for you.




Shown with Snake Skin Tolex and Black Grill Cloth
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Shown in Purple Levant Tolex
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Hi Chuck, not that you need anymore endorsements or testimonials but after 2 months with the 18 watt (1-12) combo you custom built for me, I must say it's an addictive piece of gear! The more I play it, the more I want to play it!! It amazing that such a simple design in an amp can provide the tone it does. At lower volumes you get the chime and just a little bit of grit but with clarity, articulation, and even balance across all strings. But the fun really begins getting this up between 5 and 6 on the Master Volume with the Volume dimmed. It still retains all the aforementioned qualities but now it fills in with that Marshall (Old Marshall amp that is) crunch, balls, and sustain. And at first I thought the 18 watts may not be enough, but it is a loud 18 watts and perfect for my particular needs. There is just something about this 18w design that sounds sweeter than any of the amps I have had, and that covers about 40 years and who know's how many amps. Keep in mind that in the past I have had numerous 18 watt combo's to include the Marshall 1974x reissue, GDS, Reinhardt, BlockHead First Born, Bacino, Ceriatone etc. etc. All are good amps but the Retro-King has the magic dust. My gear acquisition syndrome has reached an end finally! That is until I order one of your JTM45's. Keep up the great work and thanks for building such a fine amp.

Best Regards,
Scott from Ohio

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