We were lucky enough to attend a press/dealer only presentation at NAMM 2017 in California, where Paul Reed Smith and John Mayer introduced the J-MOD 100 amp to the world. John spoke so well about his relationship with the amp and how it came about and also you can see that John and Paul really enjoyed working together and obviously pushed each other pretty hard on the design of this amazing amp.
A year in the making, the J-MOD100 is a deliciously simple powerhouse designed to cater for the full spectrum of Mayer tones, from his slick solo work right through to his work with Dead and Company. It's a one size fits all masterpiece in tone.
Despite being only a single channel amp, the J-MOD100 packs in some great features. With a switchable gain stage you can get rich harmonics and a real cut throat bite, perfect for delivering that crisp drive that Mayer needs for his blues infused trio work. The bright switch adds some definition for a really premium tone while the presence control boosts the high end in the power section. This gives you a more complete, kind of frisky vibe.
There is no reverb on the J-MOD100, Mayer prefers to use external reverb units and instead requested an effects loop to run them through. Footswitchable, the effects loop is great for placing your effects after the gain stage. Loaded with four 6L6 tubes, this thing is going to kick out clinical, glassy cleans. Mayer has always said that he likes his amps to effectively act as a giant microphone for his guitars, that he like to build his sound externally and deliver it with crystal clear clarity through his amp.
Hand-wired at PRS in Maryland, USA the J-MOD100 is definitely worth checking out, a demo video will be on the way featuring our very own John so stay tuned for another cracking run down!