PRS Paul Reed Smith Sonzera 20 Combo Amplifier (20 Watts, 1x12")

Loosely translated from Portuguese, "Sonzera" means "awesome sound." That's exactly what you'll get from PRS's two-channel, 6L6-powered guitar combo amp.
The PRS Paul Reed Smith Sonzera 20 is a 20-watt combo amplifier with two independently controlled, footswitchable channels designed for maximum versatility and in the spirit of vintage amps that allowed you to control your tone instead of the amp being in control.

In this video, zZounds paired the PRS Sonzera 20 with the EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral reverb:


The clean channel delivers full, 3D tones reminiscent of American 1960s and '70s amplifiers. The lead channel is related to the clean channel circuit-wise, so that it can be set up to act as a boosted clean channel or manipulated to make the channels sound like two completely different amps (the lead channel can be set from slight to very heavy distortion by simply using the volume and master controls). The bright switch on the lead channel has been carefully tailored to deliver familiar high-end snap and is particularly effective on the low strings, neck pickup settings, and with singlecoils, while the low-end response of the lead channel is full, tight, and clear.

Both channels on the Sonzera are designed to maximize note clarity and definition. The global presence control and the tone stack allow players to dial in a variety of tones from bell-like chime to warmer, thicker tones. The Sonzera 20 Combo also features global reverb control that is designed to enhance notes without clouding them. The reverb can be turned on and off via the footswitch. The addition of a built-in effects loop allows players to read more use all their time-based effects with ease without negatively impacting the overall tone of the amp.

In addition to its versatile tone, the Sonzera 20 Combo is also designed for reliability and serviceability. The power tube sockets are mounted directly to the steel chassis, and no push-on connections are used -- all wires are soldered.

With robust construction, a wide range of tones, and steadfast controllability, the Sonzera 20 Combo is a solid gig- and studio-worthy amplifier.
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- Watts: 20 (nominal)
- Channels: Two
- Power Tubes: 2 x 6L6GCMS
- Preamp Tubes: 1 x JJ ECC83, 3 x 12AX7AC5
- Output Jack Configuration: Two 4 and 8 Ohm parallel jacks, one 16 Ohm jack (5 total jacks)
- Bias: Fixed (adjustable)
- Dimensions (unboxed): 19.5" W x 10.5" D x 18" H
- Weight: 42 lbs.
- Colors: Stealth with Black and Cream grill cloth
- Effects Loop: Series
- Speaker: 12" Celestion V-Type
- Controls: Front Panel
- Clean Channel: Volume, Treble, Bass
- Gain Channel: Drive, Level, Treble, Mid, Bass, Bright Switch
- Global Controls: Reverb and Presence
- Included Accessories: Footswitch - channel control and reverb on/off
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 49.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 23 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRS SONZERA20C
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (410) 643-9970
Email: custserv@prsguitars.com
(5 ratings)
Submitted August 22, 2017 by Nicholas
"Takes Pedals Well!"
Written by one of our gear experts!
This is a great and compact 1x12" combo for gigging and studio musicians. I use this mostly as a studio amp and for taking pedals through the clean channel. I was very impressed with the tone of the amp, reminded me of a more vintage Marshall sound than something like a Fender or Vox tone. There is some dark tonality much like a JTM45 or other plexi-style amps. Overall I was very satisfied with the amplifier at this price and think it's a perfect foundation for any rig, including one's with OTHER PRS gear in it.
Musical Background:
Studio Guitarist
Musical Style:
Rock
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