PRS have had a fair amount of success with their amplifier range which was never going to be easy as people tend to stick to buying instruments from instrument builders and amplifiers from well you get the idea. Having a few notable artists on the roster certainly helps and Derek Trucks was an early adopter. As you know PRS guitars have been a favourite among the heavy metal crowd for a long time now so it makes sense to offer a high gain amp for these players. Two guitarists who immediately spring to my mind when I think PRS and Metal are Mark Tremonti and Emil Werstler and lo and behold I saw a live rig video posted the other day and Mark was using the new PRS Archon in his multi-amp setup. Also Chimaira’s Emil Werstler talks about the Archon in the video below:
Ok now for some details from the press release:
In the world of high-gain amplifiers, modern players demand aggressive overdriven tones and ample headroom with sparkling cleans. The new PRS Archon amplifier offers all of the above in a high-design 100/50-watt package (via a half-power switch). Greek for “ruler” or “lord,” the Archon has already earned the endorsement of several top artists, including Dustie Waring (Between the Buried and Me), Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge and Creed), Emil Werstler (Chimaira), and Zach Myers (Shinedown).
The Archon’s lead channel was designed with five gain stages before the master volume, delivering full, lush distortion, or as Frederick Åkesson of Opeth describes it, “a warm, punchy gain.” The clean channel provides ample headroom with rich clear tones that retain clarity even at high volume and are an excellent platform for pedals. Utilizing a ‘no flash or trash’ approach, the Archon’s control layout features volume and tone controls for each channel, a global depth control to add a thunderous low end, and a presence control to effect the high end chime. A footswitch controls effects loop bypass and channel selection.
Features and specifications include:
- Two Channels
- Four 6L6GC Power Tubes
- Six 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
- Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, and Master Volume Controls for each channel
- Global Presence and Depth Controls
- Series Effects Loop
- Fixed Bias (Adjustable)
- 4, 8, 16 Ohm Selection
- Black Tolex with Charcoal Burst Maple Fascia (additional optional tolex coverings and maple fascia stains can be seen on PRS’s website)
For more info and audio samples – http://www.prsguitars.com/archon/