Paul Reed Smith Demos the PRS SE Amplifiers

Modern sounds with vintage heart   26-May-12

It's great to see somebody like Paul Reed Smith taking a hands-on approach to promoting his company's products, in this case the PRS SE amplifiers. He's obviously in it for the absolute determination to find great tone and provide good old American products to the world.

In this video he plays the PRS SE amps and demonstrates the tonal range available through these nifty little blighters. You can't help but smile when you see Mr PRS talking about the SE 20, SE 30, and SE 50, it seems genuinely off the cuff and not over rehearsed.

He's also the exact opposite of your usual over-enthusiastic product demonstrator which actually makes things a bit easier to watch. The SE series of amps is billed as a more affordable range of high quality and pretty sweet sounding amplifiers aiming to sit in between a classic vintage amp and a hi-gain modern amp.

That's a strong statement, almost a 'best of both Worlds' claim, but at least in this video from PRS you can make your own mind up about the claims and learn a little something from Paul along the way.

The spec for these amps is as follows:

 

PRS SE 50

  • 50 watts
  • 2 "JJ" EL34 Tubes
  • 12AX7 Preamp Tubes - Clean and Lead Channel Preamp
  • 12AT7 Preamp Tubes - Loop, Reverb and Phase Inverter
  • All Pots, Jacks and Switches are Chassis Mounted. Tube Sockets are Board Mounted.
  • 2 Channels (Lead and Clean)
  • Lead and Clean Master Volume Controls
  • Global Reverb
  • Independent Volume, Treble, Mid, and Bass Controls and Bright Switch for each Channel
  • Effects Loop with Line or Pedal Level Selector Switch
  • Fixed Bias with Test Jacks and Adjustment Pot
  • 4, 8, 16 Ohm Selection with Two Output Jacks
  • Robust Black Vinyl Covering
PRS SE 30
  • 30 watts
  • 2 "Tungsol" 5881 Tubes
  • 12AX7 Preamp Tubes - Clean and Lead Channel Preamp
  • 12AT7 Preamp Tubes - Loop, Reverb and Phase Inverter
  • All Pots, Jacks and Switches are Chassis Mounted. Tube Sockets are Board Mounted.
  • 2 Channels (Lead and Clean)
  • Lead and Clean Master Volume Controls
  • Global Reverb
  • Independent Volume, Treble, Mid, and Bass Controls and Bright Switch for each Channel
  • Effects Loop with Line or Pedal Level Selector Switch
  • Fixed Bias with Test Jacks and Adjustment Pot
  • 4, 8, 16 Ohm Selection with Two Output Jacks
  • Robust Black Vinyl Covering
PRS SE 20
  • 20 watts
  • 2 "JJ" 6V6 Tubes
  • 12AX7 Preamp Tubes - Clean and Lead Channel Preamp
  • 12AT7 Preamp Tubes - Loop, Reverb and Phase Inverter
  • All Pots, Jacks and Switches are Chassis Mounted. Tube Sockets are Board Mounted.
  • 2 Channels (Lead and Clean)
  • Lead and Clean Master Volume Controls
  • Global Reverb
  • Independent Volume, Treble, Mid, and Bass Controls and Bright Switch for each Channel
  • Effects Loop with Line or Pedal Level Selector Switch
  • Fixed Bias with Test Jacks and Adjustment Pot
  • 4, 8, 16 Ohm Selection with Two Output Jacks
  • Robust Black Vinyl Covering
What's your view on the PRS SE series, does it fill the gab between modern and vintage amps?

 

 

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