The PRS Archon 50 mkII Guitar Amp Head is powered by two 6CA7 power tubes, which fall between EL34 and 6L6 tubes, offering the best of both worlds. 6CA7’s are warm, full, and articulate with smooth high end and tight low end. They chug, distort, and get heavy without over-saturating, and they sing without becoming harsh.
Utilizing a ‘no flash or trash’ approach, the Archon’s control layout allows for detailed and intuitive tone shaping. Each channel features volume, treble, middle, bass, and master volume controls as well as a bright switch. The 3-band EQ lets players better dial-in their desired tone, while the volume and master controls work together to command the amp’s distortion and loudness. The bright switch acts almost as a treble boost, putting a shine on the amp’s high-end without going into icepick territory. The global presence and depth controls in the Archon’s power amp section both work to modify the feedback network of the amp to unleash the potential of the high- and low-end respectively. Turning up the Presence control releases more high- mid and treble frequencies, bringing the amp’s tone forward. Depending on the tone stack and volume settings, the Presence can change the gain/ texture and loudness of the high-end, making your tone wilder and more 3-dimensional (or more “present” sounding). In addition to adding low-end, Depth adds a resonance to those frequencies that more 3-dimensionally shapes the Archon’s tone.
Bottom Line: The Archon 50 delivers full, lush gain, a remarkable clean channel, and a versatile control layout that players of all genres will appreciate.
- Wattage (nominal) 50
- Output Transformer 19H01-OPT
- Power Tubes 2x JJ 6CA7
- Preamp Tubes 6x JJ ECC83S
- Preamp Positions V1: Input, V2: Clean, V3&4: Lead, V5: Loop, V6: Phase Inverter
FRONT PANEL CONTROLS:
- Lead Channel Controls Volume, Bright (off/on), Treble, Middle, Bass, Master
- Clean Channel Controls Volume, Bright (off/on), Treble, Middle, Bass, Master
- Global Controls Presence, Depth
BACK PANEL FEATURES:
- Inlet IEC w/ integrated fuse
- Effects Loop Series tube driven
- Bias Adjustable
- Channels 2
- Output Jack Configuration/Ohm Selection 2x4 parallel, 2x8 parallel, 1x16
- "Shell" Material Covering Black Textured Vinyl
- Grill Cloth N/A
- Piping Black Embossed Welt
- Trim Panel Brushed Black Aluminum
- Amp Width 21.5"
- Amp Depth 10"
- Amp Height 10"
- Amp Weight 32.4 lbs
- Footswitch 1-Button, for Channel Switching
- Cover N/A
SUGGESTED CABINET PAIRING:
- Archon 1x12, Archon 12x1