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Menatone - The King

e-flat

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I just received my The King...freakin awesome...I've had a few different versions of the KOTB/WMB and this is all the good things of those pedals rolled into one small enclosure...tons of interaction between all the controls...very wide gain/tonal range...stacks well with other pedals...I just got a new small box Fish Factory as well...those 2 together are an insane combo...I feel like I could do any gig into any amp with those...

There's also an internal Vintage/Modern switch...Vintage is a little looser/bassier(JTM45/Bassman style)...Modern is a little tighter and focused(Plexi/JCM style)...both seem to have about the same amount of gain...clean up to semi high gain...

Brian was great to deal with and since I ordered The King right before my Fish was supposed to ship he hooked me up with The King at the same time(no wait)...his communication/follow through was lightning fast...super stoked on the whole experience...
This officially has me curious now... I've loved the KOTBs I've owned (7 knob & PTP small box 4 knob) but I always wished I could loosen them up a bit in the lows--- reach in and swap a tube rectifier for the KOTB's solid state rectifier, if you know what I mean. This internal switch sounds ideal...
Flantrax, would you mind touching on how the Vintage mode compares to WMBs you've played? I liked the dark, chewy quality of a 5 knob WMB I borrowed from a friend a long time ago, but at the time I found it a little TOO loose if I opened the gain up.
 

flantrax

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This officially has me curious now... I've loved the KOTBs I've owned (7 knob & PTP small box 4 knob) but I always wished I could loosen them up a bit in the lows--- reach in and swap a tube rectifier for the KOTB's solid state rectifier, if you know what I mean. This internal switch sounds ideal...
Flantrax, would you mind touching on how the Vintage mode compares to WMBs you've played? I liked the dark, chewy quality of a 5 knob WMB I borrowed from a friend a long time ago, but at the time I found it a little TOO loose if I opened the gain up.
The SS/Tube Recto reference is exactly what I was thinking when I was messing with mine...that's how I'd describe it...we must think alike...

I had both a 5 knob and 8 knob WMB...the Vintage mode on The King is more usable in the bass frequencies...I found on my WMB's that I pretty much had to have the Bass almost off on most settings(when using some gain)...I can easily run it at 12:00 and have unity bass...there's way more of a sweep in the control with a lot of sweet spots and controllable low end...it has a nice SAG to it but doesn't get too squashed out...basically what I found with both it and my new Fish Factory is that Brian fined tuned them to the perfect spot learning from all of the previous versions...they have much wider sweet spots and are usable throughout the full gain/EQ ranges...I'm really happy with both...
 

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The SS/Tube Recto reference is exactly what I was thinking when I was messing with mine...that's how I'd describe it...we must think alike...

I had both a 5 knob and 8 knob WMB...the Vintage mode on The King is more usable in the bass frequencies...I found on my WMB's that I pretty much had to have the Bass almost off on most settings(when using some gain)...I can easily run it at 12:00 and have unity bass...there's way more of a sweep in the control with a lot of sweet spots and controllable low end...it has a nice SAG to it but doesn't get too squashed out...basically what I found with both it and my new Fish Factory is that Brian fined tuned them to the perfect spot learning from all of the previous versions...they have much wider sweet spots and are usable throughout the full gain/EQ ranges...I'm really happy with both...
Yes the new FF is a really terrific box. Been digging mine as well.
Thanks for the WMB (Weapon of Mass Bassman? ;) ) comparison, flantrax!
 

flantrax

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Weapon of Mass Bassman = joke ;)
Oh yeah, I was just posting for guys unfamiliar with Menatone pedals so they'd know what we were talking about...

I like your version for WMB better...Brian needs to do a pedal like that...
 

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Oh yeah, I was just posting for guys unfamiliar with Menatone pedals so they'd know what we were talking about...

I like your version for WMB better...Brian needs to do a pedal like that...
Maybe a WMB voiced a bit more like a Tweed Bassman with a boost circuit? Now we're talking!
 

coolcat2

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Anybody else get this pedal yet? I found some 15 second clips posted on his Facebook page but would love to hear more.
 

fred_

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Bumping this thread to say i just ordered the King! Looking forward to it, and based on the remarks in this thread, it seems like a great one to pair with the Red Snapper i have and really like.
 

sstweed

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I'm currently down to just a half a dozen or so Menatones, but it's a little embarrassing how many I owned over the years. At last count I think it was 31 pedals. He really offers a wide pallet.

Has anyone tried the new "The Bark and The Bite"? I saw them on ebay. I think they are exclusive to one dealer maybe?
 

Trubble888

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I have a Red Snapper, King of The Britains, Wreckt, Howie ( 2012 Small Box ) , Great White Buffalo ( nabbed one before the name change ), and just this past weekend bought a Fish Factory... big fan of his stuff

I did see a custom shop Bark n Bite pedal at TrueTone Music but couldnt get a description of exactly what it is, I think its an FET based overdrive but not sure, anyone else know about this pedal??
 

Clifton82

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I have the Fish Factory - and next week I will have a Top Boost in A Can - I love the sounds of an AC30 cranked - do any of you have experience with a TBIAC?
 

sstweed

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I have the Fish Factory - and next week I will have a Top Boost in A Can - I love the sounds of an AC30 cranked - do any of you have experience with a TBIAC?
I've had a couple of them, but I've never owned an AC-30. I think you'll like it.
 
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Would love to see a comparison with KOTB.
I love my MK3 KOTB.
same...i tried the 4 knob kotb at my local yesterday, and loved it. would have bought it then and there if i had space for it on my board. the king will fit nicely. but as long as i like it as much/more than the one i played.

they said they should be getting it in soon as they're about to place an order with menatone...i would buy direct but since the exchange rate is so awful at the moment, i'd rather pay a few dollars more to shoot out the pedals first and support the store.
 

King Rat

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same...i tried the 4 knob kotb at my local yesterday, and loved it. would have bought it then and there if i had space for it on my board. the king will fit nicely. but as long as i like it as much/more than the one i played.

they said they should be getting it in soon as they're about to place an order with menatone...i would buy direct but since the exchange rate is so awful at the moment, i'd rather pay a few dollars more to shoot out the pedals first and support the store.

isn't the kind like much cheaper direct?
 
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isn't the kind like much cheaper direct?
the 4 knob is AUD$265...direct, the king is USD$149 + $32 shipping, which places it around AUD$233, and that's just XE rates, not the dearer paypal ones. assuming the king will be at or below the rate of the 4 knob kotb, i'd be happy to pay an extra $30 to see and try it in-store.
 

macmax77

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What do you mean? I had a pedal fixed by Brian and shipped to and from Australia.. it was mostly easy and pleasant... Would not hesitate to reach out again.

sometimes i'm not the happiest artist selling his wares..
u were lucky.
 




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