What is the difference between AMP1 Silver Edition and the AMP 1 Mercury Edition?
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The following has changed in the AMP1 Mercury Edition compared to the AMP1 Silver Edition:
The tonal spectrum of the CLEAN Channel from the classic “American Clean” to the modern, crystal clear and transparent “Sparkling Clean” for 7-string guitars has been expanded. Depending on the position of the Clean Tone Custom Control knob, the Tweed sound (left extreme) now provides even more warmth and the modern sound (right extreme) even more transparency and definition.
The classically-tuned VINTAGE Channel has retained its dirty and smoky JTM45 character, but has been tuned to be a little tighter.
The CLASSIC Channel covers the ultimate British rock sounds, from Plexi to JCM 800. A newly tweaked fine-tuning gives this channel a little more punch and bite and makes it a "hot-rodded" version of these legendary British rock amps.
The MODERN Channel offers huge gain reserves and a whole range of sounds, from warm, singing lead tones à la Santana to completely crushing modern metal sounds - the polar tonal opposite, in fact! This channel has been tuned more dynamically, which means that it offers more expression when soloing and more tightness with metal riffs.
Last but not least, the reverb algorithm has been revised and optimized.
With the appearance of the AMP1 Mercury Edition, the so-called Expert Features were introduced. These are special functions and operating modes for those users who want to make their AMP1 even more flexible. While PRESET MODE was also used in the AMP1 Silver Edition, the AMP1 Mercury Edition is also equipped with the following Expert Features:
- HALF POWER MODE
- LOW GAIN MODE
- Switching the FX Loop on and off
- Switching the FX Loop on and off via MIDI
- INDIVIDUAL CHANNEL GAIN
Lettering on the device
The AMP1 Mercury Edition is visually clearly identifiable by the MERCURY EDITION lettering under the fan on the rear of the case.
If the unit's serial number, which can be found on the bottom of the device, consists of 10 digits, then the fifth and sixth digit tell you the production year of the amp. While the AMP1 Silver Edition has 14, 15, 16 or 17, the AMP1 Mercury Edition has 18 or 19.
However, if the serial number contains a sequence of letters and numbers (similar to this: SZXSCN_AMIF20...), it is definitely an AMP1 Mercury Edition.
In Academy of Tone episode 75, Thomas Blug compares the two AMP1 models in detail: