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PRS 30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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The PRS 30 guitar amp head is the first 30W cathode biased amp in a series of lower wattage amps from PRS Guitars. The 30 tube head features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a simple control layout. Pumpi... Click To Read More About This Product

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The PRS 30 guitar amp head is the first 30W cathode biased amp in a series of lower wattage amps from PRS Guitars. The 30 tube head features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a simple control layout. Pumping 30W of power, the PRS 30 also includes reverb, a bright switch, and plenty of headroom for playing in a small club or your practice den.

Go from a nice, clean rhythm tone, and crank up the guitar for semi-overdriven lead tones. Bring up the mids and turn down the volume for distorted '60s classic rock tones. Back it off a bit for clean, chimey tone. Even with hot pickups, you're getting clean and classic rock tone. Playing harder or softer on the guitar gives you lots of options in the response, so you can control your tone through your instrument. It sounds great for Texas blues, as it responds dynamically to harder touches or strokes on the guitar.

These spanky, percussive tones you achieve could make you change the way you play guitar, giving you multiple dimensions on what you can do. Thanks to its headroom, response, and spank of the EL84 tubes, you're able to do a lot of different things and go in a lot of different directions. Other features on the PRS 30 amplifier head include reverb and a special master volume that's dialed out of the circuit as the amp's volume is at max setting.

Includes 5-Year warranty (90 day warranty on tubes).


  • EL84 Power Tubes
  • Reverb
  • Bright Switch
  • Cathode Biased
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Manufacturer's Warranty
2 year warranty on parts, hardware, cases, and electronics. Limited lifetime warranty on all other products.

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PRS30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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prs 30 vox copy

By guitar nut

from howell, n.j.

Comments about PRS 30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I played this at a G.C. to compare it to my sweet 16. The pros are it can mimic the vox ac 30 relatively well. The reverb is really nice(although not as airy as a fender or vox) and the knobs are easy to see in darker environments. It also has a fender type tone with a strat plugged in which i think this amp is better suited for. The minor con is that there isn't a lot of break up at low volumes. you need to crank it to get the overdrive that other amps get at lower volumes. The sweet 16 is a better choice for low volume venues. The bright switch has a very subtle affect and probably the only thing that is lacking on this amp. You don't get the same fender twin, bright switch affect with this amp. That also is true for my sweet 16. I think this amp is well suited for clean type players in jazz,country and maybe blues. The price is a bit steep in my opinion but, that's up to you to determine.

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big tone

By mike

from portland oregon

Comments about PRS 30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

big sweet EL84 tone. this amp does sweet cleans to equally sweet overdriven tones. its 'hand wired' but it is not point to point like the matchless amps, which i think are better sounding amps but the PRS amp is less money. i use this amp and have no regrets.

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Somthing new to the table

By Nicholas Lincoln

from Santee, CA

Comments about PRS 30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I always wanted to try out the new PRS amps as soon as i heard about them. i played this head through the matching PRS 1-12 speaker cab with a custom shop strat and gibson les paul. this amp definitlly brings somthing new to the table. you get the higher gain tone you would get with a Vox or Marshall but not as chimmy or britle but you can easly get that tone if you wanted to. it has a great reverb. like a black face fender reverb amp. this amp definitly has a new tone in it that i can only discribe as a PRS tone. the sweet 16 has more of a warm american voice, which i preffer, but i was blown away by the 30. definitly worth trying.


Very High Quality Rockin' Amp

By Ross Whitney

from Irvine, CA

Comments about PRS 30 30W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've had this exact same amp twice from GC because I had to return it due to finances. Even though I've gone through numerous great amps in the interim, I still missed the PRS 30 and am glad to have it back again. It doesn't really sound like a Vox to me, though it has some similar characteristics. It has a sound of its own, which is another reason I chose it over Orange, Marshall, Mesa TA-30, et al. The clean isn't pristine, even with a strat, it's an edgy clean without breakup. The OD can get to classic rock or maybe even hard rock aggressive, even at low volumes. The reverb is smooth and subtle, on the dark side, though the amp itself is pretty bright. The eq is exceptionally sweet, and it never gets harsh. I only use it for recording original rock tracks, never in a band situation. It's perfect for a lively, responsive, touch sensitive, classic rock recording amp. I use it with a 2x12 cab with V30s. It would probably be great for alt/indie/pop-rock bands. I don't hear it for jazz or country-pop, or anything that needs to be real smooth and sweet. I was actually out to get a Marshall type amp and compared it to the Marshall 50th Anniversary Jubilee 25/50w 2553. Surprisingly, I actually preferred this amp at lower volumes for my purposes. It's not dead quiet, but it's not too noisy either. I like that I don't have to re-bias when changing tubes. This seems to be a relatively unknown treasure for rockers.

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