Alex Skolnick on his Signature Budda amp
Testament guitarist demos the AS Preceptor head.
Perhaps best known as the guitarist for the multi-platinum band Testament, Alex Skolnick is a stylistically versatile player, performing in a variety of other projects including his jazz trio, The Alex Skolnick Trio, and a forthcoming world music project, Planetary Coalition. The new Budda AS Preceptor™ suits his demanding tonal requirements.
With three completely independent channels, a 120-Watt power section driven by four EL-34 tubes, and a preamp consisting of seven dual triode 12AX7 tubes, the AS Preceptor also features dual 5U4 rectifier tubes and a solid-state rectifier. Budda's patent-pending PowerPan™ variable rectification control allows players to open uncharted tone territory by selecting tube rectification, diode rectification, or anywhere between the two.
All three of the AS Preceptor's independant channels - Clean, Rhythm and Lead - include separate three-band EQ, Reverb, Resonance, Presence, and true bypass effects loop with send and return levels. Each channel also features OVER-BOOST™, a stompbox-style lead boost that engages an additional tube-driven gain circuit to give players a supercharged boost. The effects loop on channel 2 can also be used as a global loop for incredible versatility in effects routing.
|3 channels, clean, rhythm and lead
|Rear panel impedance selector
|MIDI control over channel switching with MIDI IN/THROUGH jacks
|Footswitchable Master Boost with user defined boost level
|Separate effects loops on each channel with send and return level adjustments. Channel 2's loop can be used as global loop
|LED indication of correct output tube biasing
|Power amp can use 6L6Gc or EL34 tubes (plus KT66, KT88 5881 and 6CA7 with re-biasing)
|Rectifier can use 5U4, 5A4 or GZ34 tubes
|Silent LDR MIDI channel switching
|High quality audio grade resistors and poly caps throughout
|Slave output plus Power-amp input/Pre-amp output
|Massive custom designed output transformer
|High and low level 1/4" inputs
|Ceramic tube sockets
|Separate spring reverb control on each channel
|Specially designed 10-button multi-function footcontroller (included)
|'Overboost' feature on each channel
|Stores 9 custom presets, and provides extensive MIDI control for automation
|Separate resonance & presence controls on each channel
|Separate 3 band passive EQ on each channel
|4xEL34 120w power section, 7x12AX7 preamp section and 2 5U4 rectifier tubes for rectifier tube failure back-up
|Patent pending PowerPan rectifier selector knob
|Weight Unpacked: 59.30 lb(26.9 kg)
|Weight Packed: 73.85 lb(33.5 kg)
|Width Packed: 18.25"(46.355 cm)
|Height Packed: 32"(81.28 cm)
|Depth Packed: 14.5"(36.83 cm)