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    PRS announces the high-gain Archon amplifier

    Got two emails today, one from PRS, and one from Guitar Player magazine on a new high gain amp.

    PRS announces the high-gain Archon amplifier
    http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/...plifier/153634



    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 PRSís website)

    The PRS Archon will be a featured product at the 2014 Winter NAMM show.

    For full specifications, sound clips, and demo videos, visit www.prsguitars.com/archon. - See more at:
    http://www.prsguitars.com/archon/

    And the YouTube video:


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    PS, I am liking this, as I like a separate master volume, and a volume for each channel.
    That is the way my Carvin V3M is setup.
    This way I can get nice dirty/distorted sounds at low volume.

    Ohhhhhh sheist
    I guess it was already up in this thread that I missed until now.
    http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthre...n-Stevensville

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    Lots of us talking about this here. It's looking good and mine is preordered.
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    I'm digging this...think it will be my next amp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    I wish there was a lower wattage one offered.
    Not all of us play on stage.
    A nice 5 watt one would be great, kind of like my Blackstar HT5R-H.
    I have been BEGGING for a lower wattage fire breather for a long time............
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    I have been BEGGING for a lower wattage fire breather for a long time............
    Right there with you guys. Maybe 2015? I hope.

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    Back to the Archon for a moment, that has to be one of the very nicest sounding high gain amps I've ever heard!

    I'm not a metal player, but I'd put one of those in my studio any day of the week. Good sounding heavy tones and a nice clean channel as a bonus?

    That is a deal.
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    Almost was a FG22 owner.. WEDGE's Avatar
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    Whoever gets one of these first.....Jesse........we need to hear what the medium gain tones are in it, is it versatile enough to do METAL and then back off for a classic rock or 80's tone........if it is all that I need one........if it comes in a combo version eventually...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Whoever gets one of these first.....Jesse........we need to hear what the medium gain tones are in it, is it versatile enough to do METAL and then back off for a classic rock or 80's tone........if it is all that I need one........if it comes in a combo version eventually...........
    Medium gain? Anyone know what he's talking about here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Medium gain? Anyone know what he's talking about here?

    That's like "slightly pregnant".
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    Medium gain? Anyone know what he's talking about here?

    Maybe like an AC/DC crunch, or like Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath?
    Nice tones, but not super metal like Pantera or other high gain groups, Metallica, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    Maybe like an AC/DC crunch, or like Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath?
    Nice tones, but not super metal like Pantera or other high gain groups, Metallica, etc?
    Exactly........funny how the bar gets raised......when I started black sabbath was metal and now their tone is not near the heaviest but still kills.
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    They really sound like awesome amps at a great price. Unfortunately for me, it would be like a Ferrari I can't take out of the garage. I don't get enough opportunities to shake the walls at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Exactly........funny how the bar gets raised......when I started black sabbath was metal and now their tone is not near the heaviest but still kills.
    Yes, some of my favorite tones are Angus Young and Tony Iommi.
    They have lots of overdriven sound, but not super high gain and sustain like say Tremonti, Avenged Seven Fold, etc.
    I like both sounds, but crunch, and the nice ringing sustain of Tremonti and Avenged.

    I would like to see this amp offered up pretty much like my Carvin V3M.
    50 watts, 22 watts, and 7 watts, all with the flip of a switch.
    I can only run my Carvin on the 7 watt setting, and even then it is turned way down in my apartment as it can get loud and rattle stuff

    Offer up this new amp in a lower wattage head and as a combo with a 1x12 in it.
    Carvin also offer my V3M as a combo with a 1x12.

    I would like to have this new PRS amp, but 50 to 100 watts is just to much overkill for me.
    Gosh even my Blackstar HT5 at 5 watts is overkill in my place, I can barely turn it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Exactly........funny how the bar gets raised......when I started black sabbath was metal and now their tone is not near the heaviest but still kills.
    Gain doesn't mean heavy.

    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    They really sound like awesome amps at a great price. Unfortunately for me, it would be like a Ferrari I can't take out of the garage. I don't get enough opportunities to shake the walls at home.
    Neither do I.
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    Can't wait to jam on one of these! Love my Kemper but still have that love burning for a good tube amp, sucks I sold off most of my effects stuff but I could easily just snag a used G-Major II and be covered for everything I'd need! Hmmmm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    They really sound like awesome amps at a great price. Unfortunately for me, it would be like a Ferrari I can't take out of the garage. I don't get enough opportunities to shake the walls at home.
    Can someone direct me to the pricing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strat63 View Post
    Can someone direct me to the pricing?
    i have heard $1800 MSRP, but I haven't been able to confirm that.

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