Post Number: 3679
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 10:59 am: |
I played my new Pritchard Amp with my band "Stonetrout" last night. This was the first time I've played it with other people as I've only had it a week. The Pritchard is a very unusual and unique amp. It's solid state (gulp!!! no tubes! heresy for a guitar player!!! close the shutters, bar the doors, get the kids in the root cellar!!!!). It is analog, not digital.
It has 9 different voices on two different channels, (6 voices on each with some common voices) including Fender, Marshall, Vox, Mesa, and even an acoustic voice along with a pair of little horns that I can turn on with a footswitch to accompany the single 4 ohm 12 (yes, 4 ohms!) for a tone that rivals any good acoustic guitar amp. The cab has what Pritchard calls a "tunnel back" design which is sort of like a port in the back that acts as a natural crossover with highs generated from the front of the amp and lows from the back.
The wattage is variable from almost 0 to 90 clean/180 dirty. Not only does this thing sound like a tube amp, it sounds like several really good tube amps!
It has two different DIs: one with speaker emulation for recording or to plug into a P.A. The other DI is a line level that can be plugged into another guitar amp as a slave. Additionally, the Pritchard has a "practice jack" where you plug the speaker to get bedroom level volume with full tone. All in a package that's approximately 16" tall, 18" wide, 10" deep and weighs only about 35 lbs! And this thing can really get LOUD.
Though I don't think it's up on the web site yet, Eric Pritchard is working on a bass amp. I suspect it will be awesome. Eric is a great guy. You can call him up and he'll spend lot's of time explaining the amp or answering questions. I'm looking forward to taking this thing for a spin with a dead jam I'm playing in on Easter.
Post Number: 58
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 1:40 pm: |
I was checking out the website, and see that Pritchard has several models. Which one did you get? And, out of curiosity, when you play in a Dead jam, do you do Jerry or Bobby stuff, or both?
Post Number: 3680
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 3:13 pm: |
I got the Sword of Satori with a 12/2horn tunnel back cab. The 2 horn model isn't on the web site yet, it's new. He does have a 12/ 2 5" speaker version on the site. I usually fill the "Bobby" chair, though I like to stretch out on some leads sometimes. I also mess around with a guitar synth sometimes.
Post Number: 443
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 4:28 pm: |
OK, Bill, I've heard a few S/S amps that sound OK w/humbuckers, but I've never heard one that sounds good with a Fender - does this one actually work for single coils? Is the world ending?
Post Number: 3681
|Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 9:14 pm: |
Son far the guitars I've put through it are my Further, Series I 12 string, and a Martin D-28. The 12 string has single coils and it sounded great, but, then again, it is an Alembic. So I can't definitively state whether the world is ending. Maybe I'll bring something with passive singles down to the studio this weekend. I suspect it will still sound great. This thing really is amazing. It doesn't just sound like a tube amp, it sounds like a REALLY GOOD tube amp (or, more accurately, several amps).