Whether you’re pushing cabs onstage or in the bedroom, the power amp you choose to drive your modeling rig has a massive influence on the overall tone. So, Mark Holcomb recently sat down to talk about and demo Seymour Duncan’s new PowerStage amplifier. Playing in Periphery basically requires you to be an Axe-Fx connoisseur of sorts, and the power amps they use to drive cabs live are a big part of the onstage/front row audience sound. In other words, dude knows what he wants from a power amp.
The PowerStage 700 is designed specifically for guitarists who use digital modelers and effects processors. Duncan had this to say about it:
With discrete stereo ins and outs you can reproduce your carefully crafted amp sounds in massive detail, with power, clarity and a warmth that will take even state-of-the-art modeled tones to the next level. And with the True Cab Circuitry (TCC)™ on the XLR line outputs, you can send your tone direct to the front of house—with all the feel and response of a speaker—even as you monitor through a cabinet onstage.
Another huge benefit of the PowerStage is its musically voiced 3-band EQ. This allows you to fine-tune your sound, quickly and with precision, without scrolling through menus or editing patches. Such a powerful and intuitive tone shaping tool at the very end of your signal chain makes it easy to maximize your tone for any situation.
It also weighs in at only 6.3 pounds, which is pretty tight if you’re actively gigging or going to and from the practice space a lot. And no joke, that 3-band EQ is totally making me rethink my current Matrix GT1000FX…
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