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.