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This Menatone The King is in great shape and working condition.
You can get a convincing Rolling Stone bottom heavy chunky distortion right up to a classic 70,s Metal and beyond that to a modern tight sounding Metal. This pedal has nailed the basic sounds that it was designed to do. I do not know of any (even the best) that have nailed the gutsy clean/dirty Stones sound
What makes it easy to get accurate distinct voices is how the drive and gain knob work. If you set the drive low ...the gain reacts with less crunch ...but with the correct balance of the two. For example if you are trying for an early Plexi 100 watt amp. The drive is set low but the gain now reacts to the natural gain which that kind of amp being emulated has. So ...you then get a Hendrix 'The Wind Cries Mary' sound or a very 'Stones' like sound
The 3 way EQ then sets up your sound to perfection.
It does not end there either...pull off the back and you have even more control! A trim pot to zero in a 60''s thru 70's voicing....and a modern /vintage switch.
I think a lot of Marshall OD's are really giving you a Marshall plus Boss SD-1 sound because hundreds of classic recordings were made with that combination...nice ...but not accurate. I have these pedals and some are my essential tools. BUT...I would love to get a pedal with the correct voicing too. The King can do this.
The most impressive thing is something one does not generally buy a Marshall pedal for.
A dead accurate clean sound with the sound of the amp just before it breaks up.
Think about it... this sound is the root sound of a real amp.
If this can be done dead on. The distorted sounds are based off a real amp...not someone's imagination.
This pedal is really an accomplishment ..."
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