Egnater 20 Rebel Half Stack

I have had quite a bit of time to crank up this amp and see what it can do, and I am very pleased with it so far. When I first started looking at amps I was of course deciding between stacks and amps. Now I have had big combo amps before, I owned a peavey bandit for a while and one problem I had was that it was just so heavy. Now I know not all combo amps are heavy but it was something that stood out to me. Another thing I liked about having an amp and a cabinet is that I can buy a different head and use it with the cabinet or buy another cabinet, but since this cabinet has a celestion speaker, I’m not really temped to get another one.  I also decided no on a solid state amp because I wanted that tube warmth and all those wonderful qualities that come with tubes.

Specs

So one thing that is probably a big turn off for many people is that there is only one channel, and there aren’t any effects in the amp. It was described to me as somewhat of a one trick pony, but ignored that and still bought it.

However, there are a few really cool things about this Egnater amp.

20-Watts (there is a Rebel 30 which is a 30-Watt, but in my apartment 20 watts was plenty of power)

Power Tubes

2 x 6V6 tubes – These are for the American tones, because these tubes were popular in fender amps

2 x EL84 tubes- British tubes found in Marshalls

So if you notice on the front plate there is a dial that goes in between the two sets of tubes. If you want you can have all British or all American or a blend of both “Canadian”

Preamp Tubes

3 x 12AX7 tube

Seven tubes in all

Variable Wattage Control from 1W to 20W – This is another cool dial, it cuts down the power so you can overdrive the tubes. I usually hook up a Danelectro Fab distortion because I can get more distortion at lower sounds, but if you turn it up this amp has a lot of good gain.

Tight and Bright Voicing Switches – These switches are nice, I usually use the bright to get a little more jangle and the tight for a little compression

Cabinet

Rebel 112x – It was sold together with the head as a half stack, and I am happy with it

1 x 12 Celestion elite 80 speaker – like I said before it’s great and I’m less likely to buy another cabinet

Closed back and birch ply construction – I have seen some reviews online and the little metal caps on top were shaking so the guy took them off, they look solid to me and no rattling.

Generally, I play Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, and a little bit of R and B, and this amp works for me. This is the best amp I have ever bought and so far it’s served me well. I hope to have it for decades. I know the tiny terror by Orange and a popular comparison and I really like both. I tested one out with the reverend guitar and I’d say it would be one of the next heads I get. There are also some great new 5 watt heads that have come out from Hughes and Kettner and VOX. Also fender has come out with some Pawn shop series amps called the Greta and the excelsior. Esquire reviewed the Greta as a good father’s day present, but it seemed like they recommended it more as a book stop than for amp use.

Here is a link to the Egnater page

http://www.egnateramps.com/EgnaterProducts/Rebel/Rebel20/Rebel20Head.html

http://www.egnateramps.com/EgnaterProducts/Rebel/Rebel112x/Rebel112x.html

Photos

Front of the the Amp head

Front of the the Amp head

Half Stack

Half Stack

Egnater Grill

Egnater Grill

Back side of the Amp Head

Back side of the Amp Head

Just look at all of those tubes

Just look at all of those tubes

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Gretsch Releasing a New Line of Folk Instruments

Exciting news! It looks like Gretsch is starting a folk/bluegrass line of instruments. There are a few dobros out, and there is a line of open back and resonator banjos. I can’t seem to find them anywhere but it looks like they are coming soon. I tried calling a few store and it seems like they can order them but most don’t have them in stock. I am hoping that I can play one of them in the next few months.

In case you don’t know who Gretsch is they make some of best guitars in the world. Chet Atkins, George Harrison, Brian Setzer and Duane Eddy are just a few of the many Gretsch player and there seems to be a big upswing in not only Gretsches, but also rockabilly music. It makes me very happy. They all look very retro and very cool.

Here is a link for the roots collection

http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/rootscollection   It’s even made to look Old Timey

Following this, two my next posts will be

Finally Egnater rebel half stack

My newest guitar a used SG Special, and the upgrades I made to it.

Bob Taylor talks about Ebony and sustainable wood

This video just came out and I believe this is one of the most important topics in music. He is speaking mostly about ebony, but it is all about sustainability. You can see that he cares so much about wood. I greatly respect Bob Taylor. This isn’t just a topic for music and guitars but for conservation in general.

http://www.taylorguitars.com/about/sustainability

http://www.taylorguitars.com/about/sustainable-ebony?utm_source=June+2012+Insider&utm_campaign=June+Insider+2012&utm_medium=email

Behringer 8 Watt Thunderbird

I have been looking to amps a lot more than I used to and I know I said a while ago that I’d be writing about my egnater, and I will. However, first ill write about my thunderbird bass amp. I’ve had this little thing for a while and I like it a lot. It’s small, portable and for jams it good but throw a pedal in and it’s good. I have bought a few Behringer products but I am happiest with this one. The other think I bought was the guitar link USB interface and eventually I just got an M audio mobile pre. However, I record using Cubase that I got from my zoom pedal, but I digress. This is a good little amp and for a while it was the only amp I had. I have walked with it 10 block to go jam and it doesn’t weight me down.

Here are the specs

-8″ speaker

-solid state

-4 knobs gain, bass, mid and treble

The amp has the ability to play mp3s through the back and I tired using a 1/4″ to stereo cable from my iPod and it didn’t work that well. I suggest you just play. The other reason I got it was because it is inexpensive. I don’t remember exactly what I paid but it looks like its around $100 new. 

In the photos below you will see that it has a really cool vintage look to it. That is definitely what sold me on it. The bass amp I had before this one was a crate. I ended up breaking it but up until that point it was a pretty good amp, and since I don’t play shows I haven’t had the need to buy a big amp. 

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Knob ViewImage

 Just look at that grill

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Backside of the amp, you can really see the dust on it.