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PRS Ampire Expansion – Sweet 16 Amp

16 October 2009 Leave a comment


Ahhh, sweet, low-wattage valve tones.

Paul Reed Smith’s efforts to take over the world continue apace with this, the Sweet 16.

We’re talking a 16 watt head powered by 6V6 valves.  It’s a master volume amp with a full treble/middle/bass stack and a built in reverb.  The amps are handwired (albeit to printed circuit boards) in the US.

All pots, switches, jacks, and power tube sockets are chassis-mounted which bodes well for reliability.

Tube-wise, the 6V6s are cathode biased, in push-pull, to near class A.  The preamp tubes are a little unusual.  There are four preamp valves – two 12AT7s, an ECC83S and a 12AX7.  PRS reckon it will maximise clean volume and provide ‘thick crunchiness’ at higher volumes.

It certainly looks handsome and there are a couple of cabs available for it too – you can get a 1×12 or 2×12 cabinet in similar livery should you wish.

At the moment, the Sweet 16 is only available in the US and Canada.

See PRS for info.

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