Entertaining my imagination. Amp question

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Elliot, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    Does PRS make an amp that switches from 20ish watts to 5ish watts? Kind of like the mesa boogie express?

    if not, what else is out there besides mesa/boogie for something like that?
     
  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The MT15 goes from 15W to 7W. So pretty close, if you like that style of amp.
     
  3. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    have you tried one les?
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Not yet; high gain isn’t my thing, but if I have the opportunity to try one, I sure will.
     
  5. Elliot

    Elliot Gandalf the Vintage Yellow

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    I figured. High gain not my biggest interest either. I would like to play more metal eventually.
     
  6. bodia

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

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    On the cheap, you can't beat the MT-15. There is a ton of gain, but you can dial it back to more moderate levels. The cleaning channel is really good. Nothing in the price range ($650) beats it, IMO. If you're looking to spend a little more, an Archon 50w head is killer. You can do half power to 25w. The cleans are really good, and the gain channel can get you from AC/DC to the most modern of metal.

    Outside of PRS, the Bogner Atma does 18, 5, and 1w. It's a glorious sounding amp. A little pricey, and the clean channel is only ok. IMO, one of the best low wattage amps out there. I have an Archon, MT-15 and Atma and wouldn't trade any of them. All killer, no filler.
     
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  7. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    "Cleaning channel...?"
     
  8. bodia

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

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    Damn auto fill! :mad:
     
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  9. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    Would help a little bit to know what kind of sound you want to be going for. Just stating 20 to 5 ish watts doesn't help too much.

    If you're after anything classic/vintage marshall ballpark I'd put forward the Bluguitar amp 1 designed by Thomas Blug. I've been very impressed by his demos of it. Technically it's a 100W amp, but it is powered by a class D amp and can basically be set to any volume level you like (and it doesn't need a speaker load so you can go direct to headphones/line level if you want). Can do anything from bedroom to stadium and is tiny and light
     
  10. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I world throw the mini rectifier/rectoverb 25 in there as well. Definitely designed for classic rock as well as heavy. 25W/10W.

    My Archon 100 also sounds great at low volume.
     
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  11. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs

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    You have permission to use my "Spelldork" designation whenever you'd like. :p
     
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  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Quiet guitar amps make me sad.
     
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  13. bodia

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

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    Thanks, bro!
     
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  14. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I go a different route. Guitar amp into load box into small powered monitors. Best tone you'll get at low volume. Great speaker IR models available cheap or free.
     
  15. strat63

    strat63 New Member

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    Seeing as you mentioned a Mesa Express, is there something you don't like about those? There are a ton of amps out there with low power options so you have a lot of choices. Even finding a more powerful amp with a good master volume can work well. A lot depends on why you want a 5 watt amp. They can still be painfully loud for home use if you turn them up.

    The PRS Archon 50 has a good MV as does a Mesa Mark V.
     
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  16. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I remember the days when amp makers would BRAG about how loud their amps get.

    We are living in very, very sad times, my boy. Very sad times indeed.
     
  17. mad monk

    mad monk New Member

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    I particularly like the Peter Denenberg, Davey Knowles "trouser flap technology" analogy from one of the Experience events. It referred to standing in front of your cabinet, and the volume being such that the air being pushed by the speakers "made your trousers flap".
    I haven't felt that since 1982.
     

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