After nearly four years of close collaboration with master amp designer Doug Sewell, PRS Guitars introduces the highly anticipated PRS tube amp line at Winter NAMM.
"I met Doug Sewell at the Dallas International Guitar Show several years ago and needed an amp for that evening's performance, so I borrowed one of his and was floored," said Paul Smith. "We started working on this series and tried every conceivable component and circuit combination. Derek Trucks, David Grissom and several other known amp tone artists are now using this new amplifier line both live and in the studio. We're pleased to be working with Doug and to have him leading the PRS amp team."
Paying homage to both classic American as well as British amps, Sewell and Smith directed the PRS team to produce a line that covers the needs of varied playing styles while providing some uniquely different tonal possibilities.
The Dallas, Blue Sierra, and Original Sewell models make their official appearance at 2009 NAMM in Anaheim.
Producing clean tones that overdrive nicely, the Dallas harkens to the classic American reverb amps with more useable gain and slightly fuller midrange. Its percussive attack, sweet highs, and solid lows produce open, three-dimensional tone and huge sounding cleans.
Guitarists seeking classic British and American tones with what Doug Sewell calls "Texas attitude" will likely latch on to the Blue Sierra. With gain structured for equally great cleans to medium gain overdrive tones, the Blue Sierra works well with both single coils and humbuckers. Medium gain settings allow aggressive cleans to crunch easily and are controllable with pick attack.
Recalling '50's American amps but with very wide gain structure, the Original Sewell model PRS amp provides expressive tone centering in the medium to medium high range. Tones are warm and harmonically rich giving an expressive quality to lead work. Smoothness is emphasized with sweet highs and tight lows surrounding a fat, warm midrange.
The PRS line of amps will be prominently displayed at NAMM in PRS booth #5320 and demonstrated at performance volume in the PRS Studio (on the second floor of the Anaheim Convention Center - room # 212). Amp demonstrations are scheduled in the PRS Studio at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. A special press only new product demonstration is scheduled in the PRS Studio room #212 at 3:00 p.m. directly following the PRS Guitars new products press conference scheduled for 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. on Friday in booth #5320.