Randall in connection with Peter King and Nuno Bettencourt set out to capture a new amp for Nuno. This is not an amp that goes back to the tones of Portnograffitti days or even Extreme 1, but more of a newer sound. This amp has a very distinct look to it. It doesn't look like anything that you have ever seen before. Yo have a two tone front grill baffle with Nuno's tattoo signature design on the front left side. In addition to that You have a giant master volume knob that is about three times the size of the normal control knobs.
NB KING 112 Combo Amplifier
Nuno Bettencourt signature 1 x 12" Combo. Same Preamp as NBKING100 but with (4) EL84 powered 30w power section and Celestion 25w Greenback speaker.
The tone of this amp is nothing spectacular. It sound like a Marshall with a Rat pedal in front of it. However, you will get a better tone in my opinion than the head version. I think either it has something to do with the lower wattage or the El84 power tubes. Not sure but it does sound a bit better than the head version. The gain is thick and up front but it just lacks something that is not explainable. When You hear it there is a tonal quality that just sounds strange to my ears.
You basically get a clean channel and a distortion channel and the optional solo boost. You have almost three channels because the solo boost has a gain control knob so you can set that where you want and it's like having a shared EQ third channel. This is an ok amp for the price but its not anything that jumps out at you. The VU meter that shows you power and voltage is a nice touch on the front of the amp. I have always like that on the front of electronics and thought that would be cool to see on a guitar amplifier and now it has happened.
At new these amps come in right at around $1299. Not a bad price for this amp but not the best amp i the world either. For this price you could own a used Splawn Streetrod which is head and shoulders tone wise above this amp. You won't sound like Nuno with this amp. If you want to sound like him on Extreme's second album then go get an ADA MP1. If you want to sound like him on the first album buy a used Marshall JCM800 and slap a Boss SD-1 in front or a Rat distortion pedal.
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ZeGlobox's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
It is an all-tube amp 30 watts using 4 EL84 power tubes
It has a MIDI input, an effects loop in series with slection-10db level (pedals) or 0dB (rack pro) ...
3 channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead
It is equipped with a Celestion Greenback
Simple to use ... but delivered without manual .. So for the midi .. be sought on the net
Channel 1 (clean) is a marvel! Clear sounds wonderful, and if lon pushes the drive, you get a good saturation with a kernel approximates normment of the album III Sides to Every Story or Waiting for the Punchline dExtreme. Saturation singing, and Dfine crmeuse wish .. Only default: one would like to push the gain even more! For a, it is obligatory in a pedal doverdrive facade.
Channel 2 (crunch) gives a saturation (unfortunately) completely Different. This gives a rich saturation particulirement, very oriented on low medium, but unfortunately (and one BIG black dot cest of this amp) with acute Completely tufts! As if a knob of presence (unfortunately nonexistent) silent hidden somewhere, and put zero! The sound is very very dark and therefore not particulirement enjoyable play.
Channel 3 is a channel 2 ba .. with just an adjustment of gain and volume DIFFERENT (for leads).
Add a volume knob dune progressiveness not top top, at least early in the race: either mean nothing or cest already too strong to play at night by Journe cons , it goes
on the other hand, Nespres noodle and not see the seen-too Maître move home so the 30 watts anonce are HUGE! Clearly enough to play on stage and a battery cover (even more dailleurs! Lol)
So what about this amp?
Those who want a hand amp cl style: one branch and it sounds! forget!
It is almost a mandatory dgalisation pedal in the loop deffet to enjoy channels 2 & 3! And once the acute reassemble, yes, a ring!
And what about channel 1? " Absolutely beautiful! But still, we need a overdrive to boost the saturation level!
So I note this amp 9 / 10 with pedals ...
5 / 10 'au naturel' ... (I am trying to contact Randall for details .. maybe my amp is faulty! .. I shall publish my opinion based on ...)
I use it now for almost 2 months ...
What I like most: channel 1! a true wonder!
What I like least: having to use pedals to really get out of the sounds I want.