Archon - New Version

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  1. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    It seems the mystery of the disappearance of the Archon from the catalog has been solved. It's been replaced by a new version of the Archon.

    https://prsguitars.com/products/archon

    Sounds like a wider range of gain. Looks like a 50W max. Head and combo versions, plus 1x12 and 2x12 Archon cabs.

    And it's a couple bucks cheaper.

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  2. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Just saw a Moore Guitars video pop up on my YouTube feed ...sounds like an Archon
     
  3. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Doesn’t look as cool though. I suppose it helps only having to make one chassis for heads and combos though...
     
  4. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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  5. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Made in Indonesia, interesting. I don’t have a problem with that, but it makes me wonder what the amp team is up to, hopefully some new Maryland made amps are coming too.

    The MT15 was really close to perfection, if they cleaned up those issues it had with this amp, it should be a home run.
     
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  6. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I'm a little Meh at the non-US-manufactured bit.

    Yeah, price is "appropriate" for the source, I suppose.

    But I really like my US-made PRS amps, I even avoid the import cabs due to the woods/plywoods used.

    I'll stick with my 100W head + 2x12 cab and 25W combo I guess.
     
  7. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs "Hold on to your butts" - Samuel L Jackson

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    Really want a rackmount version..
     
  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Oof!
     
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  9. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I'll hang on to my USA made Archon
     
  10. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I didn't see the Indonesia bit when I watched (I tried to see on the back panel). That helps explain the price drop.

    But there was never any danger of my paisley Archon going anywhere.
     
  11. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I guess the tip off was the SE QC guy doing the video.
     
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  12. Bernardo Gui

    Bernardo Gui New Member

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    As soon I saw the the price drop, I knew it was a Asian amp.
    So glad I never sold my Amerikan Archon amp.
     
  13. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Jesse at Ish covers the comparison US to Indonesia.



    A little different tone with a 6CA7 (EL34 type) tube, but sounds good.
     
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  14. FunkyFreeman

    FunkyFreeman Moo Panuwat

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    Loving my original 50 combo and excited at first moment that I knew this v.2. But honestly, the terms Made in Indonesia troubles be a lot as having seen so many issues with Indonesean-made SE guitars. Does it really worth sellling my US-made Archon for the new Indonesian one? I'm not sure and I need a very long time to make decision...
     
  15. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I like the new look, but not so wild about the chassis above the tubes.

    I think the EL34 is a good way to go with this amp. The 6L6 version is brutally huge in the lows.
     
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  16. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid Other Alan!

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    This sounds great! But it doesn't really sound like the original Archon to me. I feel like they should have gone with it being a new model.
     
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  17. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Yeah, like “Archon Badlander”
     
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  18. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 2011 Road Glide Custom

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    Just saw this today on the PRS web site and I can't wait to geek out studying all the specs and differences.
    So far I noticed the new control layout is on the top instead of the bottom and most of the knobs are in different places.
    My initial questions about the new version of the Archon that I'll be searching for answers to are these....

    The new Archon (50w) has 5 gain stages, so how many gain stages did the original Archon have?
    Where is it made? (Indonesia is still WAY better than China).
    Is it still considered to be a "hand wired" amp? In other words, is it still 100% point to point wiring with no printed circuit boards (so that it can be repaired easily).
    The new version looks like it has different tubes... is this true and if so WHY?
    Has the transformer changed? If so, how?
    Does the new Archon 50 bear any resemblance to the Blistertone?
     
  19. WEDGE

    WEDGE Zombie five, DFZ

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    Sounds nothing like the blistertone, at least by my memory
     
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  20. John

    John https://deathbenotproud.bandcamp.com

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    Same, especially since they didn't try adding any nice QOL additives like MIDI, record out, IR loader, built in gate, among a variety of other cool things that sets newer tube amps apart as far as I care, in these days. I can't say I'm expecting that much all at once from an import line, not that it's impossible. But if other folks like Revv, MESA, Driftwood Dankest Nightmare, Laney, among others can, then I don't see why PRS can't at least try throwing any of that around somehow and somewhere in their lineup. Especially with the prices the 100w US heads were starting to ask for right before production ceased.
     
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