Archon

A powerful and imposing high-gain amplifier with a clean channel not normally found in amps with this much crunch.

The PRS Archon amplifier has the impact and flexibility suited for today’s heavy music.

  • 100W/50W (Switchable) |
  • 2 Channels |
  • 6L6GC Power Tubes

High-Gain Heavyweight

Greek for “ruler” or “lord,” the PRS Archon is a commanding and versatile 2-channel amp with aggressive overdriven tones and sparkling cleans with plenty of headroom. The Archon’s lead channel was designed with five gain stages before the master volume, delivering full, lush distortion. The clean channel provides ample headroom with rich clear tones that retain clarity even at high volume and are an excellent platform for pedals. The Archon has remarkably responsive tone with incredible note separation, whether you’re playing on the clean channel or chugging on the lead.

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 half-power switch allows players to choose either 100 or 50 watts of output adding to the Archon’s extreme flexibility.

Photos

  • Maple Fascia
  • Archon Knobs
  • Archon Back View
  • Archon Stacks
  • Archon Head
  • Emil Werstler, Zach Myers, Dustie Waring and Mark Tremonti

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Specifications

Watts 100W/50W (Half Power Switch)
Channels Lead/Clean
Power Tubes (4) 6L6GC
Preamp Tubes (6) 12AX7
Output Jack Configuration 4/8/16 Ohm Selectable
Fixed/Adjustable or Cathode Bias Fixed Bias (Adjustable)
Dimensions 21.570"L, 10.500"H, 10.000"D (nominal)
Weight 43lbs (nominal)
Covering/Fascia Stealth/Charcoal

Features

Front Panel Controls

Volume/Treble/Middle/Bass/Master for each channel

Bright Switch for each channel

Global Presence & Depth

Rear Panel Controls

Half Power Switch, Impedance Selector

Bias Jack Terminals

Accessible from Back Panel

Footswitch

Channel and Loop Bypass Switches (Two button, LED)

Effects Loop

Series

Inside the Amp

Amp Internals

Audio

Accolades

"Everybody owes it to themself to plug into this amp. This is a do-it-all, standalone amplifier." – Mark Tremonti

“Finding the right amp can be a life-long journey. There always seems to be an imperfection in design covered up by excess features. For the multi-genre player, It is nearly impossible to find one amp for all styles until now. The ARCHON delivers the best clean and dirty channels I've ever heard in one amp. Finally, I get to just plug in and play.”

- Emil Werstler

“The Archon is a real exciting amp. Whether you need a nice bell like clean, rock crunch or a super saturated metal tone, it can do it all. Not to mention that it's as pretty as any PRS guitar!”

- Dustie Waring, Between the Buried & Me

“For bands with one guitarist, sometimes finding the fullness from the layered tracks on your record can be a pain live. You'll always be looking for that blend of amp heads or guitar pedals to replicate that perfect tone. Paul Reed Smith's Archon is finally an amp head that can achieve that, and with so many options, you aren't limited to one particular sound. This amp does it all from crystal clear cleans to raw heaviness; it caters to the needs of literally any type of player. PRS really knocked it out of the park with this one! It's definitely found a permanent place in my live rig!”

- Ryan Johnson, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show

“I really enjoy playing the amp. Not many amps have that warm punchy gain.”

- Fredrik Akesson, Opeth