Tone King Gremlin Guitar Combo Amplifier (5 Watts, 1x12")

Every studio needs a secret weapon. Plug into the rhythm input for a blackface-era tone or rip a solo through the lead channel for tweed-era tones.

There's nothing quite like the sounds of a cranked-up blackface or tweed-era guitar amplifier. But getting those tones at the reduced volume levels modern players often encounter has been increasingly difficult. Until Tone King created the Gremlin 1x12" 5-watt all-tube combo, that is.

Whether you're picking at home or keeping up with a drummer, the Gremlin dishes out enough vintage-vibe to inspire. The amp's two inputs and simple control layout make finding your tone an intuitive process. Plug into the Rhythm channel for a more blackface style tone with bell-like highs and increased headroom. Or maybe the Lead input's tweed-style drive is more your flavor. Thanks to the Ironman II power attenuator on the back, you're able to enjoy all of the juicy goodness of maxed power tubes at a level that won't wake the neighbors. If you're drawn to the American side of cranked vintage amps, your tone is in the Gremlin.

Vintage U.S. Amp Tones

It's brilliant, the variety of tones you'll get from this unassuming combo tube amp. Whether you prefer cleaner tones as a pedal platform, or live for pushing your amp into sweet-sounding overdrive, the Gremlin's got it. Plug in an optional A/B/Y footswitch, and it's all yours on-demand.

On-board Ironman II Power Attenuator

Even at 5 watts, the Gremlin is plenty powerful to keep up with most drummers. But Tone King put their Ironman reactive load power attenuator right on-board to get that same sweet amp drive at bedroom levels. Experience the screaming read more tube tone we all crave, at a volume everyone will agree on.

Deceptively Massive Tone

Tone King went to great lengths to design a cabinet and custom Celestion 12" 870 speaker that deliver the wide dynamic range of a larger tube amp, while always retaining the Gremlin's vintage character. All in a size that will easily fit in your car, bedroom, or even a cramped performance stage.


- Rhythm and Lead channels are voiced for blackface and tweed tones
- Rhythm offers more headroom, while Lead is a more driven voice
- Select your input or jump the channels with an optional A/B/Y footswitch
- On-board Ironman II power attenuator
- Reactive load reacts and feels just like your amp at any volume
- Get the same tone whether performing live or playing quietly
- Custom-voiced Celestion 870 12" speaker
- Compact cabinet engineered for clear highs and a big low end
- Convenient size is perfect gigging guitarists
- Baltic Birch USA construction
- Tubes: 1 x KT66 and 2 x 12AX7
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, 5 Watts
Shipping Weight: 35.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 21 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Gremlin Combo-BlacK
Brown Beige, 5 Watts
Shipping Weight: 35.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 21 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Gremlin Cmbo-Br/Beig
Warehouse Resealed, Brown Beige, 5 Watts
Shipping Weight: 35.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 21 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Gremlin Cmbo-Br/Beig
Turquoise, 5 Watts
Shipping Weight: 35 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 21 x 14 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Gremlin Combo-Turquo

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Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 1 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted June 25, 2021 by a customer from
"Just don’t."
Overall: 1 out of 5 stars
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This is the second Tone King I’ve bought in the last year and a half. It pains me to say it, but these aren’t the Tone King’s they’re riding the name of. I’ve most recently bought the Falcon Grande and then the Gremlin. Both have a super robust chassis and cabinet. And when they’re working, they sound good. The problem is that what’s inside the chassis is NOT robust: cheap pots; and flimsy sockets that have to be mounted to the PCB. So if you ever want to change the tubes, be prepared to feel the actual construction at work. And the noise problems in both the Falcon Grande and the Gremlin are unbelievably troublesome. If it’s not grounding and hum, it’s noise from both the tubes and circuit. The RF noise and bleed from the KT-66 in the Gremlin is just too much. I’ve loved Tone King for a decade or more. But these last two amps bear all the hallmarks of PBG products: great sound for 2 to 8 months, and then the bottom falls out of them. I don’t know if other modern companies are making their amps last longer than a year without a problem, but nobody has reviewed this, so I had to say something. Will the new Tone Kings sound great in the store? I’m sure they do. But both of mine have had serious gremlins in them, and that’s not a pun — it’s the exact word for it. This is just one person’s experience, but these amps are built for profit, not sound. I’ll just leave it at that.

8 months.

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Manufacturer Support
Helped with the first amp. Near Impossible to reach. Sounded like they had better things to do than deal with me (I’m sure they did.) The whole operation is spread so thin that customer or technical support is basically nonexistent.

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