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Amp Settings of the Tone King Imperial on Privateering Tour

Aa I included the Tone King Imperial amp settings of the last tour (Get Lucky, 2010)  in this blog post, I did not want to miss the opportunity to take a photo of the amp on this tour (I was in Cologne on July 3). Of course the Reinhardt amps are used for most songs, and the Tone King only on some songs, mostly with a clean Fender-like sound (e.g. Postcards From Paraguay or Our Shangri-la).

A new Tone King Imperial (black tolex instead of turquoise), and new Marshall cabinets
A new Tone King Imperial (black tolex instead of turquoise), and new Marshall cabinets. Just like on previous tours, the two Reinhard amps are just dummies . The Reinhardt amps in use are located behind the keyboard riser and are adjusted for each song by Mark’s guitar technician Glenn Saggers.

Unfortunately the pictures are not as sharp as I wished but the quality is good enough to see the positions of all relevant controls. Here is a zoom on the amp.

imperial-settings

It seems this year the left (Lead) channel was not used at all (all controls down to zero). The three controls on the clean channel are volume, treble, and bass (from left to right, compare with the picture from the manual below).

Volume seems to be at 6 – 7, treble on 3, and bass on 4 – 5.

imperial-controls-1

The reverb (third control from right)  and tremolo (last two controls) seem not to be used (the reverb normally comes from the mixing desk).

3 thoughts on “Amp Settings of the Tone King Imperial on Privateering Tour

  1. Interesting article!
    Looks like the clean channel is the best, and that’s not surprising at all. But why did he use low treble? That’s surprising me.
    I want to see more MK guitar style and licks on this page. I loved the article about the “Telegraph Road” live lick from 1992 and the foghorn chord in “Down to the Waterline”.
    Carry on with the good work Ingo.

  2. Hello Ingo, I always like your reportages from the concerts. I would ask you if you could see what kind of tone king imperial it is. I discovered in youtube that tone king has made the new tone king impperial 20th anniversary which has an attenuator incorporated hich I find it very useful. I was asking myself if Mark Knopfler has one of these..
    thanks
    ciao from Italy
    Maurizio

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