in the gut. It really has a tight low end thump. Even at low volumes. Paired with a closed PRS 2x12 cab with V30's, it's a really nice and useable gig combination. Scoop the e.q. just a bit and you can chugga-chugga with the best of them. If you don't scoop it, it's sort of a JVM-ish gain tone thing, but with the added tight low end I always wished the JVM had. Played through a 1960BHW with G12-55's, this thing is obscene. Too much so for what I play, but it's as cool as can be, and certainly leaves an impression.
I guess most people would probably compare it with a Mesa. I don't know though. The Archon is not all that similar to me. Once you get high enough in gain, who can really tell I guess. But set with reasonable (to me) gain on the Archon, it definitely has a different personality than any Mesa I have (though the Roadster on channel 3 or 4 is the closest.)
The clean channel was surprising. It's really (really) good, but that wasn't the surprising part. The clean side has what seems to be an infinite amount of headroom. Even with the clean volume fully cranked, it's just....well...clean. Two-rock chimey and deep clean, but you're not going to get hair out of it. That's fine, because it seems to like my OCD. But if you're looking for the amp to do a classic rock crunch on the clean side without a pedal, you won't find it. And classic rock crunch on the lead side isn't really its bag.
It's in the rotation now. Practice was great, and I'll play it out next weekend, but I'm sure it'll work great. We're starting to get a little more modern with the material that we're doing, and I think that the Archon will fit into that quite nicely...