Rock band Slayer are responsible for the creation of a brutal genre of metal of which they're still the masters. Guitarist Kerry King's instantly identifiable sound is an integral part of that and his new Marshall Signature 2203KK Head delivers every bit of his trademark tone. "To me Jim Marshall is the ultimate rock star because he makes us all sound better," King states. "It's an incredible honor to have my signature on an amp right next to his."
Throughout his career, King has relied on a mid-'80s 100-Watt JCM800 2203 head he calls "the Beast" as the very heart of his sound. He's also always used an outboard, 10-band graphic EQ to boost the mids in his guitar signal and drive the input of "the Beast" a little harder. This signature EQ curve/boost is built into the front-end of the 2203KK and its intensity is adjustable via a control aptly named "Assault." King also always employs a Noise Gate to ensure total silence when he's not playing. The 2203KK boasts a built-in, studio-quality noise reduction which is both fast and adjustable. A quartet of KT88 power valves also adds what King refers to as "warmth and girth."
The 2203KK has now replaced "the Beast" as King's main and only amp. "The 2203KK punches like Mike Tyson in his prime," the legendary Slayer guitarist concludes. "It's definitely the coolest thing I've ever been in the presence of."
The Kerry King Signature JCM800 2203KK Head will be available in Spring 2007 with pricing TBA shortly.
Marshall Amplification is exhibiting at Booth #6440 during the 2007 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.