PRS Updates the Archon Amplifier

PRS's updated Archon amplifier
(Image credit: PRS Guitars)

After getting pulled from the PRS lineup at the beginning of 2021, the Archon amplifier is back.

Featuring two channels – clean and lead – this new Archon is available in the form of a 50-watt 1x12 combo or a 50-watt head with matching 1x12 and 2x12 cabinets.

The lead channel's gain controls aim to offer tones ranging from tight, traditional rock punchiness to blistering metal roar. The clean channel, meanwhile, boasts significant headroom, making it a perfect pedal platform.

The Archon features volume, bright switch, treble, middle, bass, and master controls for each channel, in addition to global presence and depth controls. It's powered by two 6CA7 power tubes.

“The Archon gets a lot of attention for the very high gain on the lead channel. What people might not realize is that it has a great clean channel too," Paul Reed Smith said in a press release. 

"There are several country players using Archons. Doug and the team did a great job of making sure the Archon not only kept its quality and versatility, but they made significant improvements. That’s not so easy.”

PRS's updated Archon amplifier

(Image credit: PRS Guitars)

The price and release date for the PRS Archon 50 amplifier have yet to be announced as of press time.

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