PRS HDRX 50 review

Based on Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock amp, this non-master volume 50-watt head has that vintage tone magic and then some, and might well be your next bucket list purchase

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Guitar World Verdict

The HDRX 50 truly delivers some of the most desirable amplifier tones of all time while offering guitarists an even wider tonal palette than the original it is based upon.


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    It's loud.

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    Blendable Treble and Bass channels.

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    High-mid boost switch puts extra oomph into solos.

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    No effects loop but excellent performance with pedals.


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    It's loud.

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For a considerable majority of electric guitarists, one of their top three holy grail/bucket list guitar amps is a Marshall JMP 100- or 50-watt plexi head from the late '60s. Some of the most beloved performances of all time by players that include Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen were recorded using Super Lead amps from this era.

These days Marshall JMP Model 1959 100-watt Super Lead heads in original, unmodified condition can cost nearly $10,000 (or more, if you can even find one), while the 50-watt JMP Model 1987 cost only a little less.

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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.