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Guitars & Gear Live: Sweetwater's Mitch Gallagher demos the PRS Archon

  • PRS Archon

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.

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



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

Starting with the Ultimate Speaker Demo, an ever-increasing number of the GearTunes audio  clips are being tracked using the Radial JCR Reamp. The Reamp was invented by my good friend and colleague John Cuniberti who engineered/co-produced many of Joe Satriani's most infamous recordings.

For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.

For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.

I am tremendously excited about being able to share GearTunes DI Clips with you as you journey on your quest to find right gear for the music you play! Cheers ~ Doug:)

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