PRS Guitars announces new additions to Archon amp range

archon 50 PRSPRS Archon amps have made a strong impression with players of modern heavy rock and metal since their launch in 2013, and new 50-watt head and combo incarnations with a switchable half power mode promise to bring stellar cleans and crushing gain tones to players who don't need the volume of the 100-watt model.

Now the company has added a 50 watt version of the super-versatile amp to the range, expected to be available in Europe by October 2014.

Keeping the original Archon's lush gain and remarkable clean channel, the Archon 50/25 continues the amp's promise of delivering expansive high gain tones, while offering a clean channel that players of all genres will appreciate.

With 50 watts – switchable to 25 via the amp's back panel – the Archon 50 breaks up at a lower volume, resulting in a more classically driven tone than its predecessor.

The added option of 6L6 or EL34 power tubes allows players to further personalise the tone and feel of the Archon 50/25.

6L6 tubes offer plenty of versatility and warmer, more balanced tone across the full range of frequencies.

They will also push with less saturation for a bit of a sweeter, smoother tone.

EL34 tubes offer focused, tight, punchy gain - they run a little hotter, distort earlier, and deliver a wider range of overdriven, crunch tones that are great for rock distortion.

Stock of the new Archon 50/25 in Europe is expected by early October 2014, with pricing TBC.