Luker Tiger 40 Watt Reviews
This is a custom 40W combo built around the beginning of 2010. It's a solid pine cabinet with dove-tail joints, wheat grills and amazing attention to detail. All points of contact are solid and well glued. Measurements are all superb and the cab does not rattle in any way, yet it remains to weigh only 37 lbs. Pretty sweet.
The amp section is all point to point and hand wired with some of the best quality electronics on the market. Ken Luker and I opened it up once to attempt to detect and assess a tiny audible garble that turned out to be a preamp tube and the inside of his amps are beautifully built. All top quality power blocks, caps, resistors, pots, wiring, and tubes throughout. (I'd comment more specifically, but I'm not in the mood to go back and do the research needed to label each brand, but never mind, because the parts are top notch.)
From left to right on the back is: a Removable power cable slot (The removable power cable is super convenient! And it's standard, so replaceable.), Fuse, 3-way On/Off toggle switch for Tube or Solid state rectifier, Standby switch, (3 speaker outs) One 8ohm, One 4ohm, One 2ohm, and then a Line-out jack with adjustable level control (can be used with headphones too).
The speaker cabinet of the amp is the first of it's kind from Ken. He mentioned using a closed and ported cabinet design with a front mounted speaker. I love it so much that he is currently building me an extension speaker cab built the same way. The speaker I chose is a stock Eminence 1258. I did days of research and AB-ing tons of choices and this one seemed to fit my range of styles the best.
The front of the amp goes as follows: (L-R) High gain input, Low gain input, Volume, Effects loop (S,R), Treble, Bass, Mids, Presence, and an optional Master volume. The front also displays a beautifully designed logo and a small, red jewel style indicator light. It's simple and classy. I love the look of Ken's amps this way, but he offers mass amounts of custom options too.
The handle is a standard plastic strap with chrome ends style and there are rubber feet on the bottom that are soft. The grills are wrapped beautifully too.
Ken and his wife are both very attentive to their customer's needs. Music is a very personal thing for people and they respond well to other's recognition of that, which the Luker's seem to know very well. Ken is a musician himself and understands, not just the workings of an amp, but the workings of a musician. These points were another main selling point for me in deciding to work with them. When I've had questions or issues to work out with Ken he has been right there for me ready to take however much time and energy needed to solve the problems at hand... he's like an 'Amp Builder Super Hero', hahaha. Anyway, the amp is amazing and they are very personable and understanding. The customer service we recieve from Luker is the best kind: Personal.Brandon Woody rated this unit on 2010-06-03.
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