PRS Amps

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  1. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member

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    Anyone own, play or familiar with PRS amps? I'm must admit right up front, I'm not a PRS fan. Oh, I'm not talking about his products, I have no experience with his amps and guitars. I'm just not a big fan of him, but that besides the point. Are these amps worth the price that's on the tag? Mostly I'm referring to the PRS J-Mod, the John Mayer designed 100 watt amplifier head. This amp is on Sweetwaters web site selling for $10 shy of $6000.00!

    I listened to a YouTube video of him demoing his amp and it sounded terrible imo. Now to be fair, a online video is not the best representation of the amplifier, I realize that, but it is something. My question is,...is this amp worth $6000?!?

    Anyone have any comments on this amp, or any PRS amp?
     
  2. ampmadscientist

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    Clean it sounds like a Fender (and probably is).
    Distortion sounds muddy, overloaded, dark. I agree that this amp is completely unremarkable and bland. In fact fizzy.
    I have no clue what justifies a $6K price tag.....I mean, for what?
    OK don't even tell me that this will compete w/ a Marshall amp.
    Yes a Bugera sounds much better IMHO.
     
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  3. Matthews Guitars

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    I have yet to be impressed by any PRS amplifier. I saw one almost literally thrown off a stage a few months ago, and replaced with a Marshall JMP 2203 which sounded much more right. That PRS Archon amp sounded pretty BAD, actually. Overly midrangey and harsh.

    That was at the Rick Derringer gig where I rented my Marshall to him. Some other guy wanted Rick to try out his PRS amp and it didn't take long for Rick to say, "Get that thing off the stage. Can we get that Marshall up here?". The 2203 easily won the night.
     
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    Derek Trucks was using an Archon last time I heard and he gets great tone. Also saw a guy playing their cheapy amp - sonzera? - and that sounded pretty good too. I'm not really a PRS fan though. Possibly because I'm cheap...
     
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    The dirty channel on the Sonzera was muddy and undefined when I had a chance to play on one... The bottom end wasn't tight enough for chug riffs....
     
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    i like this one for sure.

     
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    I tried the lunchbox amp, priced fairly low about $550, its very high gain compressed modern sounding so I didnt like it.
     
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    As a matter of fact, I think the PRS amp at the Derringer gig was a Sonzera.
     
  11. Bluemoon78

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    I've got the MT15. The high gain sound is what I like so it suits me perfectly. Good clean channel and I use a TS or a purple plexi pedal for other other sounds. I have to attenaute it at home as it's louder than I expected. All in all it's a keeper for me.

    Not sure How the Jmod can justify it's price though unless it turns me into David Gilmour!
     
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  12. scozz

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    Oh, ok, I wouldn't like it either then. Our taste in "Marshall Tones" is similar Pedecamp. I don't play any heavy R&R, no Metal,....mostly Classic rock from the 70s and Blues. :cool:

    I like a slightly driven guitar for rhythm guitars tones mostly, and heavier tones for soloing. I think I enjoy many guitarists solo tones from the 70, guitarists like Leslie West, Paul Kossof, Carlos Santana, Beck, Clapton, to name a few.
     
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    The MT15 is the best lunchbox made but if you want a 100 watt version be patient. There is a new MT100 on the way soon.
    :agreed:
     
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    That's a great tone, and I like it too... I've heard it described as 'clean dirt. '
     
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    When I tune an amp:
    That's exactly the type of sound that I AVOID. Half way between a fart in a bathtub, and a jet plane with asthma.
    These people think this PRS amp sounds "good?"
    I think PRS needs to go back to roadie school, and buy some ear wax removal kits.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    So are you looking for another amp for some tonal variety, maybe another brand? What other amps do you have?
     
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  17. scozz

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    Haha, no Pede I’m not. After re-reading my own post I can see why one might be be led to believe that! :D I’m just curious about PRS amps,....I’m very happy with what I own.

    In fact I’m doing just the opposite, I’m downsizing. My SC20 does everything I want from an amplifier so I’m in the process of selling all my other amps.
     
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    scozz Well-Known Member

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    Interesting,....sounds like an oxymoron,....
    :D
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    What amps are you selling?
     
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  20. Filipe Soares

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    I like the MT15 too...
     

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