PRS Archon 100 - 100-watt Tube Head - Stealth Black

2-channel, All-tube 50/100W Guitar Amplifier Head with 3-band EQ, Presence, Depth, FX Loop, and Maple Fascia
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A Metal Amplifier from PRS!

The commanding PRS Archon tube guitar amplifier head gets its name from the ancient Greek word for lord or ruler, and it more than lives up to its lofty title! Thanks to its unique preamp design, which utilizes five cascading gain stages and six 12AX7 preamp tubes, the Archon's lead channel gives you a lush and creamy distortion unlike any amplifier we've had the pleasure of carrying at Sweetwater. And when you want to play clean, you'll discover a rich and flattering clean channel onboard that offers all of the headroom you or your pedalboard could ask for.

PRS Archon 100-watt Tube Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Two channels of sonic mayhem
  • Powerful EQ controls let you sculpt your tone
  • Professional features and high-class tone
Two channels of sonic mayhem

The amp gurus at PRS decided it was time for an amp that excels at the heavier side of music. The Archon is a 100-watt behemoth that offers killer metal tones. From drop-tuned chugging to over-the-top shred solos, the Archon delivers the heavy sounds you need with extreme clarity. Every note of every chord is clear and defined, no matter how heavy your distortion. On the other side, many of today's top rock players have commented that this is one of the cleanest amps they have ever played. The clean channel goes from warm jazz tones to pristine clean. Rarely has an amp been able to encompass both sides of the spectrum this well. And if you cut the power down to 50 watts, you get the same killer tone at volumes more appropriate for smaller venues or recording.

Powerful EQ controls let you sculpt your tone

Matching front-panel layouts for both channels - complete with a 3-band EQ, bright switch, and volume control - deliver a ton of tonal versatility to the PRS Archon amp head. Add to that global depth and presence controls, and you can totally define your sound. What's more, each channel even has its own master volume control, making it easy to balance the levels between your clean and distorted tones. So whether you're chugging away on the lead or playing a clean rhythm, your audience will catch every note with perfect clarity.

Professional features and high-class tone

The PRS Archon guitar amplifier head is easy to integrate into virtually any guitar rig. You've got a switchable 4-/8-/16-ohm speaker output, so you can easily connect whatever type of speaker cabinet you prefer. And just like every PRS amp, the Archon has easy-access bias points on the back panel for easier tube maintenance.

PRS Archon 100-watt Tube Amplifier Head Features:
  • Modern metal amplifier with features designed for the professional gigging guitarist
  • All-tube design for superior tone
  • Master volume for each channel really lets you fine-tune your tonal combinations
  • Amazingly responsive and dynamic with no loss of high frequencies when you turn down your guitar's volume
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes and 6L6 power tubes
When you need to rule the stage, the PRS Archon head is the tube amp you want to have!

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Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 50W/100W
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 6 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 2 x TS
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 10.5"
Width 21.57"
Depth 10"
Weight 43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AMARHD_U1LL-_STCB

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Killer clean and killer lead.

One of the best cleans ever. Among the best distortions out there. This may sound crazy but do not get the matching prs cab with this. I feel it sounds bad through it. It sounds epic through any Engl pro cab, orange ppc cabs and mesa 4x12. Do not sleep on this one.
Music background: 16 years
5/5

seriously!

46 years playing rock and roll on many different amps and rack set ups. I only had to turn it on and start playing. Took 5 minutes to dial in what I have searched for all this time. My band and fans are amazed at the clear open headroom and chord/ note articulation, clarity and depth, even my pedals sound better! It will be the last amp I will need to buy, thank you PRS!
5/5

A VERY VERSATILE AMP....

I'm a pro musician living in the Washington D.C. area & just purchased this amp & a matching 2X12 cabinet a week ago. This amp is being billed as a "Metal" amp. It could be that...AND ALOT MORE.The clean side of this amp is VERY special. I'm talking LOUD Fender Twin Reverb cleans. This I suspectis because of the 6L6 power tubes. The cleans are pristine. Rarely will you find ANY 100 watt tube amp that has a clean channel like this amp. The clean channel on this amp is the exception rather than the rulefor 100 watt tube amps. The distortion channel is BRUTAL....tons of creamy beautiful distortion......wow !But here's the deal, you can get less distortion & make the amp "less" brutal. You can actually leave the distortion behind & enter into the realm of overdrive.....NICE. I am a former employee of PRS (85-89) &I remember his last foray into amps....."The PRS Harmonic Generator" This was a solid state amp that "kinda" sounded like a tube amp. The amp did not sell & PRS almost lost his butt over it.Now he's selling REAL handwired tube amps that sound good & are quality products. I bought the Archonand I love it. I ADORE the clean channel & the distortion channel rules, hence the name Archon.The PRS Archon is not a home run, it's a grand slam....buy this amp & prepare to be blown away !
5/5

PRS Archon 100

Been playing for about 30 years. Owned countless amps and rack rigs. This amp is one of the best I've ever played. Easy to dial in and just sounds incredible. Running it through 2 Marshall 1960B Lead 4X12 cabinets. Main style covered in the bands I play with is in the 80's metal style and the amp fits the part perfectly. No regrets buying this. Currently have an expansive rack rig sitting unused because this just sounds so good.
Music background: 30+yrs playing guitar, play in/have played in numerous bands.
5/5

Fantastic Clean ----> Fantastic Dirty

There is NO hype here. When Sweetwater said this is one of those Amp heads that gives you pristine cleans, and blistering Dirt, they couldn't have said it any better...Used this baby for Solo work, and for my Rick 360 12-string on an acoustic song. Very pleased. Couldn't have asked for a better sound both ways!Get off the fence and don't think for a minute that the PRS Archon is just a metal amp. It can do it all!
Music background: Songwriter, long-time musician, Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Most guitar amps that can deliver crushing high-gain tones at high volume levels suffer from a similar malady: they're no good at delivering clean tones. The cleans are always a compromise and often end up sounding honky, muddy, and cloudy. The cure for this common illness? The PRS Archon! With the Archon, PRS set out to create an amp that can not only produce a ripping gain-saturated onslaught, but that can also put out a chiming, crystalline, transparent clean sound. The Archon is driven by six 12AX7 preamp tubes and has four 6L6 power tubes. You can set the power output to 50 or 100 watts. There are two footswitchable channels, each with its own volume (gain), 3-band EQ, bright switch, and master volume controls. But even though the channels have similar control layouts, the voicings are totally different; one is optimized for clean and the other for high gain. There's a master presence control for both channels, and a master Depth control. The Depth control lets you shape the low end exactly how you want it. From tight and controlled like an open-back 1 x 12" cabinet to huge and chunky like a massive 4 x 12" -- I wish every amp had this control! Around back, you have access to tube bias points (hooray!) and an effects loop, which can be switched in and out from the footswitch. Though this amp is clearly aimed at metal monsters -- there's gain for days, powerful punch, screaming sustain, and massive chunk -- that stellar clean channel makes the Archon quite versatile; you could easily cover a jazz or country gig with the Archon! But this amp wants to rock. It's a dynamic amp that will draw the best out of your playing and your guitar. It's a total beast!
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