Synergy preamp modules are unique little 'tone pods' used to tap into your favourite amp sounds. Slide a preamp into your Synergy hardware of choice; either the classic amp, desktop or rackmount configurations and dial in the legendary valve characteristics squeezed into the module.
Every Synergy preamp module contains two classic amp channels powered by two 12AX7 tubes. Installation is extremely simple and does not require any amp building knowledge. All that's left is to let your imagination run wild in your quest for great guitar tone. Collect more modules to expand your tonal possibilities.
Here's what Synergy say about the Steve Vai Signature Preamp Module:
Steve Vai has become synonymous with tone, technique, and all aspects of the electric guitar with tenacious, creative energy that explodes through his music, performances, and especially his signature gear designs. When it came time for Steve to evaluate a new amplifier to endorse, he played them all and after months of consideration - he chose Synergy.
The Synergy system allowed Steve to play an all tube system with the versatility of having pre-amps from Friedman, Soldano, Bogner, Diezel, ENGL, Morgan, Fryette, Metropoulos etc. “Why play one great amp, when with Synergy I can play them all.”
The blue channel (bottom) delivers everything from sparkling cleans to slightly broken up American tones. The FAT and BRIGHT switches let you fine-tune your sound. The top red channel offers everything from the drop-tuned rage of “Bad Horsie” to the opulent harmonic sustain of “For the Love of God.” And with mini toggle switches for BOOST and BRIGHT you’re sure to find your own signature tones.
Cathode Select Switch
The VAI module features a three-position switch on the PCB which allows you to configure the input tube bass response to match the original circuit of the selected module. This will affect the feel and tightness. Each amp designer has a specific combination of components that makes up their input tube circuit. We have selected the three most popular combinations which you can access with this switch.
Dual/Single Slide Switch
The VAI module features a secondary switch allowing the new Synergy modules to be used in older single channel Egnater and Randall modular amps/preamps that do not accept the dual channel modules. This allows access to either of the module channels when that slot is turned on.
- Built in the U.S.A.
- All-tube preamp module custom-designed by Synergy and Steve Vai
- Two channels offer switching between clean and overdrive to distortion tones
- Channel Blue: Clean - Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Fat & Bright Switches
- Channel Red: Overdrive - Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Bright & Boost Switches
- 2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes ensure rich harmonic performance
- Easy to install and remove from Synergy preamp docks
- Dual/Single switch allows the module to be used with older Egnater and Randall hardware
- Three-position cathode select switch allows you to configure the input tube bias setting