Review: PRS Mark Tremonti MT 15 Head

(Image credit: PRS Guitars)

There are a lot of great-sounding mini and “lunchbox” amps on the market these days, but, as good as many of these products often are, most seem like they were designed while “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones was playing in the background. Models that have excellent high-gain distortion tones often lack strong clean tones and vice versa, while other models may compromise key performance features to compensate for smaller chassis sizes. The response from manufacturers is usually a bemused shrug followed by a recommendation for a full-size amp they offer.

When PRS and Mark Tremonti joined forces to design his first signature amp, Tremonti apparently said to hell with compromise. As a result, the PRS Mark Tremonti MT 15 is a lunchbox-style amp head that is truly equivalent to many larger amps in every way, other than its smaller size and — best of all — lower price. The MT 15 is a two-channel amp with two fully independent and individually voiced channels and several other features not commonly found in this class of guitar amps. The MT 15 is versatile enough to be the perfect studio workhorse, particularly when paired with the PRS MT 1x12 Closed Back speaker cabinet, but it’s also powerful enough to use on stage with a 2x12 or 4x12 cabinet.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.