In the realm of overdrives, the King wears purple. The Analogman King of Tone takes any rig into pure, overdriven tube territory, perfect for classic rock, shoegaze, and blues. As a company, Analogman keeps production numbers low which has resulte...
"Sid showed my his Boss pedal board with the modified DS-1/Pro he is using. Sid installed the JRC inline chip himself (not easy!) as he initially had our SUPER mod but was not really happy. Now he likes the PRO a lot, and after their practice he gave me another of his DS-1 pedals to modify for him. If you check out Sid's board now you should see our King Of Tone pedal and Sunface NKT on it too."more
"I finally got a little time off and broke out my '73 Super Lead and the KoT pedal. MAN, I grabbed a '63 strat and just cranked it, mostly using the clean boost side of the KoT. It IS ridiculous! I thought that was good till I grabbed the Jerry Jones Baritone Guitar… then I was just plain stunned… I love that pedal! It goes great with an old Marshall!"more
"I left a present for Brad, our new King Of Tone pedal, and Greg told me he used it at their next gig at Madison Square Garden: All I can say is he really likes it, and has been using it on almost every song!!! I noticed him using the yellow channel for rhythm and red for lead on the same song... We hope to have some available for sale very soon!"more
At 5:27 into this video, Scott Holiday shows his Analog Man King of Tone, saying, "I use both settings, one for a bit of brightness and sparkle, and one for a bit of a boost and drive..." Also, in [this article](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/guitars/rig-tour-rival-sons-605763/12) he says, "Right above the wah is the Analog Man King Of Tone. It's the version four King Of Tone, which is coveted. It's a wonderful overdrive - beautiful,"more
On the Analog Man [website](http://www.analogman.com/kingtone.htm), it says : "Bernard Allison got a KOT in early 2013 and said "It gives me the clean rich tone on the yellow channel, and adding the red channel gives me that amazing overdrive I've been searching for. Analog Man you're in a class of your own, Excellent handwired work!""more
Sid has both channels set to the CLEAN setting. He has the TREBLE BOOST trim pot turned up a bit, to keep his 50s strat bright and clean on the bridge/middle pickup position which he uses for noise reduction. He uses the volume control on his strat to either get a REALLY clean sound, or cranked for some drive. He goes to his Boss DS-1/Pro (analog man PRO mod) for even more distortion. His DS1/pro is set for minimum gain so it's still not very distorted. The SIDTONE tweed deluxe clone he made does not have a lot of headroom, so it does not need much gain from pedals. But the King of Tone pedals works great for it.more
At 21:00 in this Rig Rundown for Tommy Henriksen of [Warlock](http://equipboard.com/band/warlock), [Mojo Gurus](http://equipboard.com/band/mojo-gurus), [Clear Static](http://equipboard.com/band/clear-static), [Benedictum](http://equipboard.com/band/benedictum), [Cavo](http://equipboard.com/band/cavo), [Emphatic](http://equipboard.com/band/emphatic), [China](http://equipboard.com/band/china), [Hyper Crush](http://equipboard.com/band/hyper-crush), and [Revis](http://equipboard.com/band/revis), his gear is displayed, showing his Analog Man King of Tone.more
In the realm of overdrives, the King wears purple. The Analogman King of Tone takes any rig into pure, overdriven tube territory, perfect for classic rock, shoegaze, and blues. As a company, Analogman keeps production numbers low which has resulted in a many months long waiting list for pedals like the KoT. This also means that used examples that come up for sale tend to sell very quickly, making the King of Tone one of the hottest used pedals on the market.
It is a very interesting overdrive, as I believe it's so transparent it adapts to the sound of the amplifier you're playing through. If you're playing through a Fender, it sounds like a cranked up Fender, and if you're playing through a Marshall, it will sound like a cranked up marshall, just a little bit more open and rich.
Excellente pedal, overall.
If you're in the market, or waiting your turn on the list, you already know what you need to know about the sound of this pedal. So I've pasted my comment on that below this. So here's what you need to know- First, get the toggle switch option. Yeah its $50, but being able to switch between Clean, OD, and Distortion modes without getting a screwdriver and then looking up how the dipswitches work again is worth every penny and then some. Second, as far as high gain goes, get it on the red side only. In my opinion this was meant to be played with clean boost on the yellow side, so save the ten bucks. Besides, one side high gain and the other side normal basically gives you 6 different pedals in one box. Finally, I thought I needed the four jack option, but I'm not sure I'd put anything in between now. You can't go wrong with more options though.
Oh, and keep your tube screamer too. Put it after the KoT and go crazy. If you want to know what that sounds like check out Kenny Wayne Shepard's Rig Rundown.
Okay, the review: My title isn't fair. There are plenty of great substitutes out there. That said, the King is in a class by itself. If you're looking for an overdrive that's going to hit you in the face, you'll be disappointed. Sure, you can do that, but it's gonna take a lot of cranking. That's not the point. The range of this OD is what its all about. From subtle to full blast, the KoT covers all the ground without doing anything drastic to the EQ. The distortion setting retains the smooth character of the OD, with extra bite. The clean boost is one of the loudest things you'll ever hear if you manage to get everything cranked.