Tre­monti comes good on his vi­sion of value

Total Guitar - - GEAR OF YEAR -

Ayear and a half be­fore we ever saw it, Mark Tre­monti sur­prised us with the ad­mit­tance he’d used a pro­to­type sig­na­ture amp with PRS for most of his work on Al­ter Bridge’s The­las­thero al­bum. Even more eye­brow-rais­ing than the fact it was small 15-watt head was his talk of po­ten­tial price. We nod­ded along in hope, se­cretly ques­tion­ing if such an amp could sur­face on the mar­ket at the price point he was sug­gest­ing. But then it ap­peared at NAMM at the start of the year, and it was ev­ery­thing he said. And more…

We said: “The clean chan­nel’s Fender-in­spired high head­room is per­fectly suited to ef­fects – flip­ping this chan­nel into boost mode adds a dose of ex­tra gain that’s per­fect for blues and clas­sic rock crunch – while the lead chan­nel utilises no less than five gain stages for one of the thick­est, most mas­sive dis­tor­tion tones we’ve ever heard from any rock amp… if you play mod­ern rock and metal, it’s like hav­ing all your Christ­mases at once.”

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