It’s the first signature model from Synergy – who makes a modular amplifier system, which allows for different preamp section modules to be swapped in and out of a power-amp housing.
Other amp makers, such as Friedman, Soldano, Bogner, Diezel, ENGL, Morgan, Fryette, Metropoulos have also made Synergy modules – meaning space and time-saving swapping out of preamp tones. It was this versatility that attracted Vai to the brand, as he explains:
“why play one great amp, when with Synergy, I can play them all.”
The amplifier itself is an all-tube design, loaded with two 12AX7 preamp tubes. The two channels on offer let you change between clean and distorted, with each featuring controls for gain, volume, bass, middle and treble. The clean Blue channel; offers switchable ‘Fat’ and ‘Bright’ modes, while the overdriven Red channel; offers ‘Bright’ and ‘Boost’ switches. For finer control over low-end response, a three-position cathode select switch allows you to configure the input tube bias setting. This also will change how much input gain there is.
The amplifier is available now, and lists for $399. Find out more at synergyamps.com.