Budda AS Preceptor - Now Shipping
Budda amplification announces that the AS Preceptor Alex Skolnick Signature Amplifier is now shipping.
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This 3-channel high-gain amp is built to meet the demands of Skolnick's versatile and genre-bending playing style.
Although popularly known for his metal guitar playing as part of Testament, Alex has spread out stylistically to play other music styles, including jazz, blues and even world music. .
This means that aside from giving him his bread and butter metal tones, his amp has to give him the jazz sensibilities he needs when playing with the Alex Skolnic Trio and unique tone flavors for his upcoming world music project called Planetary Coalition. Budda successfully took on the challenge and is now shipping the Skolnic-approved AS Preceptor amp.
Alex Skolnick comments: "For years, I've dreamed of an amp that brought together the quality of a fine vintage amp with modern hi gain technology, user friendliness, reliability and diversity; an amp not locked into classic tones, easily allowing guitarists to hone in on their own sound and that players of any genre could appreciate. After much collaboration between myself and the amazing team at Budda Amplification, I'm happy to say it's finally here: the Budda AS Preceptor is that amp".
He put the amp to the test and showcased his multi-faceted playing style in this video demo:
The amp has a 120-Watt power section that is driven by four EL-34 tubes, while the preamp section is driven by seven dual triode 12AX7 tubes. Budda's patent-pending PowerPan variable rectification control is also included, which lets you change your tone by using dual 5U4 rectifier tubes or a solid state rectifier, or anywhere in between.
To give Alex the tone shaping control he needs, Budda equipped three channels - Clean, Rhythm and Lead - with independent controls for EQ, Resonance, Reverb, Presence and each one has a true bypass effects loop with send and return levels. A tube driven gain circuit is also available for providing boost when needed called Over-Boost.
Completing the amp package, Budda ships the AS Preceptor with a 9-button foot controller. This lets you switch the three channels digitally via MIDI as well as engage other features that include reverb, boost and effects loop. For situations where you need to tame the volume without affecting the tone, Budda equipped the amp with a half-power switch operating the amp in 60 Watt mode.
Pricing information will soon be available. For complete specifications and other details, you can visit Budda.
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