A powerful and imposing high-gain amplifier with a clean channel not normally found in amps with this much crunch.
The PRS Archon amplifier has the impact and flexibility suited for today’s heavy music.
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.
The added option of 6L6 or EL34 power tubes allows players to further personalize the tone and feel of the Archon. 6L6 tubes offer plenty of versatility and warmer, more balanced tone across the full range of frequencies. They will also push with less saturation for a bit of a sweeter, smoother tone. EL34 tubes offer focused, tight, punchy gain. They run a little hotter, distort earlier, and deliver a wider range of overdriven, crunch tones that are great for rock distortion.
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.
Learn more about the PRS Archon
|Watts||100W/50W (Half Power Switch)|
|Power Tubes||(4) 6L6GC or (4) EL34|
|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)|
Volume/Treble/Middle/Bass/Master for each channel
Bright Switch for each channel
Global Presence & Depth
Half Power Switch, Impedance Selector
Accessible from Back Panel
Channel and Loop Bypass Switches (Two button, LED)
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Hear the Archon in action
"Everybody owes it to themself to plug into this amp. This is a do-it-all, standalone amplifier." – Mark Tremonti
“If you’re looking for an amp that has a very distinct voice and is basically idiot-proof in terms of settings, then the PRS Archon is where it’s at.” (video review link)
- Gear Gods
“The Archon is a real exciting amp. Whether you need a nice bell like clean, rock crunch or a super saturated metal tone, it can do it all. Not to mention that it's as pretty as any PRS guitar!”
- Dustie Waring, Between the Buried & Me
“The Archon delivers a crystal clear clean tone at an unbelievable volume! On stage, I crank the master and dial in the pre-amp for a punchy sound that is responsive to every note with extreme clarity. It’s perfect for allowing my pedals to color the tone while maintaining an unparalleled richness and sparkle without any break-up from the amp”
- Donna Grantis, Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL
“Finding the right amp can be a life-long journey. There always seems to be an imperfection in design covered up by excess features. For the multi-genre player, It is nearly impossible to find one amp for all styles until now. The ARCHON delivers the best clean and dirty channels I've ever heard in one amp. Finally, I get to just plug in and play.”
- Emil Werstler
“I really enjoy playing the amp. Not many amps have that warm punchy gain.”
- Fredrik Akesson, Opeth
“Great sounding amp!! Beefy cross between a Marshall and a Mesa. Really nice design job by Doug and your amp folks!! Lovin it!”
- Tom Johnston, Doobie Bros.
“The Archon has one of biggest tonal spectrums of any amp I've ever used. For distorted or clean tones this is a amp I will keep in my arsenal forever.”
- Trevor Young, SOJA
“For bands with one guitarist, sometimes finding the fullness from the layered tracks on your record can be a pain live. You'll always be looking for that blend of amp heads or guitar pedals to replicate that perfect tone. Paul Reed Smith's Archon is finally an amp head that can achieve that, and with so many options, you aren't limited to one particular sound. This amp does it all from crystal clear cleans to raw heaviness; it caters to the needs of literally any type of player. PRS really knocked it out of the park with this one! It's definitely found a permanent place in my live rig!”
- Ryan Johnson, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show