Archon - I Finally Played One

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  1. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    I don't mind the shared controls on the 50 watter, but could see where plenty of users would. I run the Blue channel with the gain around 6-7 for house safe volume levels. I never used the Green or Red channels and the similar would be said if I owned and Archon. The gain would be around 6-7 and I'd never touch the clean channel.

    I fully agree with your statements.
     
  2. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    You know, I've lived with shared tone and gain controls on a 3 channel amp (Boogie MkIII, one of the first 3 channel amps if not THE first) for decades and have lived to tell the story. :biggrin: Your EVH "spoke to me" and that took me completely by surprise. Heavy amps, to me, need flexibility because I don't play in any heavy music bands, but not only was the EVH flexible, the range of heaviness was huge. And it sounded great with a crazy variety of guitars (even a Trussart SteelCaster...who would have thought??!!). I was impressed.

    Have you you ever owned a Deluxe Reverb? It seems that every dirt and distortion pedal on the planet is designed to sound great thru that amp. Just curious to know if you had tried any of the Bogner pedals thru something like a DR and if the Archon fits in that tonal space?
     
  3. Tosca

    Tosca Zombie 10, DFZ

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    I'm begining to wonder (from descriptions and personal experience) if an Archon (for clean and high gain channels) and an HXDA (everything in between) might be the ultimate "three-channel amp".
     
  4. yankeebulldog

    yankeebulldog I don't like to get that specific

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    Another interesting amp would be the Archon but with a voice/mode switch kind of like the new Friedman JJ Cantrell model. Goes from hot rodded M tones to raging doom (kind of the default mode). For most applications, I'd like that better than 3 channels since I never switch between those tones within the same song.
     
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Pincher of Harmonics

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    Shared EQ is the biggest shortcoming of the EVH 50-watter, it's really a shame. The Blue channel is just so nice, with such a distinctly different voicing from Red. But if someone wants to legitimately use the clean channel in a live situation, there is no chance of using the Blue. And IMHO, the Blue channel is where most of the true 'EVH' tones reside. Red channel is just crazy fire breathing death tones, which have their place as well.

    It was painful to sell the 50-watter and upgrade to the 100, but very glad that I did.
     
  6. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    I didn't realize the EVH spoke to you. Interesting. You can find the 50 watt version used for prices well within most budgets.

    I have never owned a Deluxe Reverb and do not own any dirt or boost pedals at current time. I generally just run an amp. For recording I use software or an amp and a Two Notes unit.
     

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