In terms of guitar amps, there are brands which deliver what they think the users want, and then there are who deliver what users really want. Egnater is a brand that falls withing the latter category.
They’ve been in the business for a while, and it seems that their company policy revolves around keeping an ear out and listening to what the guitarists want to have in a premium amp. This approach helped them build a substantial following.
They are not Marshall famous, but they also attract a completely different type of guitarists.
One of their more popular models is the Egnater Vengeance amp head. This thing is just packed with power that is just barely wrangled into something that guitarist can use. The result is a perfect gain delivering machine that blows many competing amps out of the water.
Today we are doing an Egnater Vengeance review, so stay get comfortable.
Being in the business for as long as Egnater has, means that you have to read the market. You need to sense where it is going, and what the new trends are. When the guitar sound began shifting from overdrive to high gain distortion, Egnater was there with a perfect solution.
They delivered an amp that offers a “rekto” type tone with a lot of gain, all of which was done using good old tubes.
In a time when everyone is trying to emulate the vintage style of guitar amps, Egnater went the opposite way. This amp looks sinister with its all black design, and matte black mesh in the front. Build quality is impressive, and this thing should have been named ‘The Tank’ instead. If you need a reliable and strong touring amp, this is the type of build quality that will get the job done.
Under the hood you will find four 6L6 tubes and six 12AX7 tubes. Combined, these push out 120 Watts of power. The channel has two independent channels, a clean and overdrive one, which both have their own sets of controls. These include gain, reverb, volume, and a three-band EQ.
On top of that, you also have switches for tight, bright and gain, as well as a switch for mids. The tight and bright switch change the voicing. The mid switch is your mid scoop control which can either cut or boost the mids. It’s a similar story with the gain switch as well.
Aside from these, there is a Master Control section where you will find presence, density, main and secondary volume knobs. Egnater Vengeance comes with an attenuation switch that allows you to go from 120 Watts to 60 Watts.
The range of tones you can get from this amp is impressive to say the least. Starting with the clean channel, you can expect to hear crisp and defined clean tone that can be pushed to slight overdrive if you work the tubes right. If that is not enough for you, the second channel will have you covered.
The range of distortion you can get goes anywhere from a bluesy light overdrive, to high gain face melting distortion. Needless to say, you can play a wide range of genres with this amp.
The reverb is pure quality. It’s not really a spring reverb, but it sound very organic and natural. One of the best things about this amp is the amount of control you have over the tone. Aside from the standard three-band EQ, all of those additional switches really boost the versatility of this amp.
What we like
Everything. This amp is simply great. No matter what genre of music you’re playing, or what type of sound you’re going for, this amp will most likely have you covered.
What we don’t like
There is really nothing we can say is bad enough that it needs to be mentioned.
This short Egnater Vengeance review doesn’t do this amp justice. The best way to see just how impressive this thing is, would be to play it and hear for yourself. Nowadays the price of this unit has become pretty affordable all things considered.
So if you’re looking for a capable amp that has a mean tone, you should check this head out.