200 watt (RMS) 2U rack-mount stereo guitar amp from one of the legends of solid state guitar amplifier design, Dan Pearce. Continues to be state of the art years after its introduction. I’ve got the amp itself, the power cable, the foot-switch, and a printed copy of the manual. Reading the manual is crucial because this amp has so many cool features.
Cosmetically in good condition, a bit of rack rash/scratches. Face is clean. No scratchy pots.
Two inputs, with three levels of gain at the input: 0, +10db, and +20db.
100 watts (RMS) per channel into 4 ohms, 65 watts (RMS) per channel into 8 ohms, or 200 watts (RMS) mono into 8 ohms. Channel 1 is overdrive. Gain dial takes you from just a touch of overdrive all the way through full-on chunks of doom. Channel 2 is clean and/or crunch, with a built-in limiter. Depending on how you set it, the built-in limiter can mimic tube compression or allow you to get crazy loud without a hint of breakup. Run each channel independently or run them in parallel for really unique sounds. Two DIP switches per channel allow you to customize the quality of your overdrive.
Pre-overdrive parametric mid control between 200Hz and 6KHz. Also Bass, Treble, Presence, Drive, Volume knobs. The sound is responsive to minor changes, and you can emulate many classic amp sounds by tweaking away.
There are separate effects loops for each channel as well as a master stereo effects loop.
Built-in Alesis Effects
Each channel also has its own independent bank of Alesis digital reverbs and delays. The digital effects are the only weak link in the chain. In general, they are tolerable, but a modern reverb or delay in your effects loop(s) would definitely be an improvement. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll note that Pearce G2R is known for somewhat flaky ribbon cables connecting to the Alesis effects. I have experienced intermittent issues with them a couple of times, but other than the effects, the amp works perfectly. An amp tech told me that he could replace the ribbon cable, but I haven’t bothered since I prefer to use more modern effects in the effects loop.