Kensington has been set in these ways in all clips to recreate the sound of Brian May Vox AC30:
Clean sound with no active pedals at all.
Kensington on. No other pedals used.
Kensington on. In conjunction with: Rock You Treble Booster.
Kensington on. In conjunction with Wembley Treble Booster.
Kensington on. In conjunction with QueenMaster Treble Booster.
Kensington on. In conjunction with Ingot Treble Booster set this way:
Rock You Level: 10/10 – Wembley Level: 4/10
Kensington Supreme is a custom pedal including the circuitry of our glorious Kensington to evoke the tones of the Normal channel of a Vox AC30 amplifier with the addition of an adjustable Master Volume to split the rhythms and solo lines when more volume is needed. Also integrated is a treble booster to be chosen from all the models in our catalog (with the exception of the Ingot model).
Not so many guitarists know how much a Treble Booster is so important, the first pioneers adopting this particular effect were Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton and Brian May. Just the latter has made a “trademark” of its sound by using this small unit in every song recorded with Queen and also in his solo albums.
The 3 Colombo Audio Electronics Treble Boosters has been extremely inspired by Brian May’s sound.
What about Kensington?
We’re talking about a preamp/overdrive pedal capable to reproduce the sound of a Vox AC30 “Normal channel”, replicating both the tone-work of preamplifier, and the sound qualities of the power amp evoking the harmonious details of its characteristic “no-negative feedback distortion”.
Brian May is undoubtedly the source of inspiration and his incredible sound has accompanied him since the 70s; Kensington pedal has the advantage of being played at any volume and with any real amplifier.
One of the most famous and eclectic guitar sounds in rock history is undoubtedly that of Brian May. Legend has it that Brian first saw the legendary Vox AC30 live with his friend Rory Gallagher. The “Guitar -> Treble Booster -> Vox AC30” configuration was then used by countless guitarists of those times, although Brian May is undoubtedly its greatest exponent.
The only problem with this setup is that it has a very high volume. With Kensington by Colombo Audio Electronics it has never been easier to have THAT SOUND at even very low volumes.
Controls and knobs
Just like in a real VOX AC30 amplifier, the controls available are the same. Its unique circuitry recreates the no-negative feedback character and push-pull of 4 EL34 tubes in a truly effective combination.
Treble Boost: Enables or disables the built-in Treble Booster.
Gain: Sets the amount of distortion, just like in reference amps.
Cut: as in the real thing (Vox AC30), this control filters the high frequencies: low values offer a brighter tone generating more bite, high values cut the high frequencies giving more warmth and a mellow tone. This control also allows you to perfectly balance the pedal with the type of amp being used, allowing full use either in the front of your amp input or in a power amp.
Level A: Sets the overall output volume when the Level Footswitch is set to A.
Level B: Sets the overall output volume when the Level Footswitch is set to B.