Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The incredibly versatile Renegade is a 2-channel powerhouse that gives you the tools to forge your sound and the power to move some serious air in any size venue. Channel 1 produces lush, 3-dimensiona... Read More

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The incredibly versatile Renegade is a 2-channel powerhouse that gives you the tools to forge your sound and the power to move some serious air in any size venue. Channel 1 produces lush, 3-dimensional clean tones with just a bit of grunt when you dig in. Channel 2 starts with a sweet, bluesy overdrive, but pushing the gain opens the floodgates, unleashing enough thick, harmonically rich distortion to satisfy the most demanding player. Both channels offer an independent 3-band EQ, Egnater's BRIGHT and TIGHT switches and a Wattage Selector switch that lets you choose between an intimate 10W or a wall-shaking 65W. Master Presence and Density knobs let you sculpt the high and low-end response.

At the heart of this tone machine, you'll find five 12AX7 preamp tubes and a power section fueled by two 6L6s and two EL34s. The Renegade Head features the ground-breaking TUBE MIX function on each channel, allowing you to blend the deep Californian character of the 6L6s with the aggressive British midrange punch of the EL34s. There are independent reverb controls for each channel, dual footswitchable master volumes and a speaker-emulated line out. The included 4-button footswitch controls much more than just channel switching. It also engages the on-board reverb, effects loop and secondary master volume with channel-assigning switches for all three. Run them on both channels or just the one you choose. Heavy Duty Cover Included.


Features
  • 65-Watt All-Tube Head
  • Two Independent Channels Each With:
  • Volume, Gain, 3-Band EQ
  • Tight and Bright Voicing Switches
  • 18w / 65w Wattage Selector Switch
  • Tube Mix Blends 6L6 and EL34 Power Tubes
  • Master Controls:
  • Presence & Density
  • Individual Reverb on Each Channel with "Spillover"
  • Main and Secondary Master Volumes
  • Four-Button Footswitch with Channel Select Plus:
  • Assign the REVERB, EFFECTS LOOP and MAIN 2 Volume to Just Channel 1, Just Channel 2 or Both - Right From the Pedal
  • Simple Master Bias Adjust with External Test Points
  • Buffered Effects Loop
  • Balanced XLR / ¼" Cabinet Voiced Line / Recording
  • Output:
  • 100V / 115V / 230V Voltage Selector
  • Heavy Duty Cover Included
Specifications
  • Renegade Tubes:
    6 x 12AX7
    2 x 6L6
    2 x EL34

    Dimensions: 25" (L) x 10" (W) x 10" (H)
    Weight: 35 lbs
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EgnaterRenegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

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Everything you need

I've had mine for about a weekend a half now, and every day seems to expose something new that I like about it. From the great design of the foot switch, the extensive...Read complete review

I've had mine for about a weekend a half now, and every day seems to expose something new that I like about it. From the great design of the foot switch, the extensive amount of features present- from the aesthetics to the tone--I can identify with everything this amp conveys. The clean is not the most pristine solid state type clean but with the Main 2 boost, that's not an issue at all because it raises volume not gain. My only gripe is that the clean channel could have been more dynamic and touch sensitive like the lead chan. Channel 2 has all the balls you could want/need. Its not say a death metal tone (there's more midrange than those guys would care for) but it has enough gain to do it almost. I mean really, there is QUITE a ton of gain in here. So for classic styles of metal to modern hard rock, the Renegade has you covered. The lead gain is juicy, thick and 'clanky' and somewhat of an approximation to some of Bogner's tones, especially on low notes. Really, this amp's only rival is the Bogner Alchemist, they are both similar in price and are both a boutique company's Chinese produced model. I'd say they are neck and neck with each other tonally BUT the Egnater is more functionally realistic. Sure, the Bogner has effects but The Egnater has the line out for live/recording, a TRUE master volume that lowers ONLY the output volume of the entire amp (not just a channel volume that would decrease/increase gain, a boost (assignable to any or both channels), and a tube mix function allowing you to hear the scooped 6L6 tone (accented lows and highs) or the midrange of the EL34s which produce slightly more perceived volume. The reverb is fine, it can be a little splashy, but I have not much use for reverb other than on the clean channel. But, I'm glad its digital reverb; I like its reliability compared to springs. I could go on and on, but the amp is indispensable considering the features and its tone to boot. Watch the Guitar World demo, Paul explains in fine detail, only missing a few minuscule points. After owning this amp I can't imagine ever having another amp without two overall volumes (one for the channel itself to boost power tube breakup and another to lower the overall volume of that if needed), or another amp that doesn't have a well designed footswitch. Egnater really thought this amp out well and it easily would've been up there with Mesa/Rivera prices had it been manufactured in USA. This amp may be Chinese made, but quality was not suffered; just like the Alchemist. One last good point about this amp is that even though its 18/65 which both are quite loud for home use, you can very easily pull fantastic bedroom volume without sacrificing tone; all because of that second master volume. I'm sure a lot of people could appreciate that..no need for a cheapo practice amp anymore for home while your tube head stays at the rehearsal space.

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Sounds great, but breaks REALLY frequently.

I have had this amp for a year or so now, and it sounds AMAZING but only when it works. I traded in a Fender Hotrod Delux for it and still have a Mesa...Read complete review

I have had this amp for a year or so now, and it sounds AMAZING but only when it works. I traded in a Fender Hotrod Delux for it and still have a Mesa head, and i wish every day I didn't trade them. I gig frequently and this thing breaks down about as much as i gig. I keep bringing it to the repair center (30 mile drive) and they fix it under warranty BUT it only stays fixed for a few days, whether it's tube sockets getting loose or a fan breaking or something ANYTHING it iwll just keep breaking. eventually after 7 months they gave me an entirely new head and GUESS WHAT same stuff kept happening. I am no fool, so i tried my Mesa for a few weeks exclusively to see if maybe I was being to rough or something. Mesa didn't ever fail me (and Mesa's are known to be a hair touchy) Now I'm stuck bring back this egnator head 30 miles every few weeks only to have it break again and again. Don't waste your cash.

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5.0

AMAZING

By Tristan Heinicke

from Orange County

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I go to Guitarcenter extremely frequently. If I could go every single weekend I could. So i was looking at amp reviews on YouTube and this amp came up. As always I made it down to Guitarcenter as fast as I could. The moment I plugged it in, I knew it was special. I couldn't believe that such a clean amp could do the kind of dirt this amp delivers. The mids are so crisp and the sound is the only tone that has ever brought a tear to my eye. I really wish there was a 6 out of 5 option for this review, and I also wish that I could have one to call my own. for $1000, worth your money every penny, I would pay a lot more for the sound.

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5.0

Tone Machine

By Howard Lamb

from Tennessee

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp about 6 months ago, and so far have been very impressed. I waited a bit to write the review because I had read several that said the amp started to wear down or break. So far, it has held up and kept right on trucking for me. I usually play it at the very least a couple of hours a week, being practices or gigs, it is fired up a couple of times a week regularily and I have noticed no sign of problems yet. Now on to the actual amp. My absolutely favorite part of this amp is the first channel. The clean tone you get is absolutely amazing. It also sounds good pushed a little bit with my Grestch/Strat ran through it. Gives you that real creamy bluesy sound you would expect from a good tube amp. The tube blend is also a great feature in that you can get CLOSE to the Vox chime or that classic fender clean tone with just the turn of a knob. Now on to channel two. Since most of the music I play is more contemporary/blues style music, I have not actually played through this channel live very much. When I do though, it is usually set to that classic rock type overdriven sound, which sounds great through this amp. Like a previous review has said though, if you are looking for a gain machine, go ahead and stop reading this review and look for another amp, because it just simply will not do it. Once the gain gets pushed so far it begins to get muddy and a little harsh sounding at times. This is a great channel if you are wanting that classic ACDC style dirt, but nothing too heavy. One thing that was very important to me as well, this amp takes pedals nicely. I run a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet with an OCD as well. I usually have the amp's channel one set as a very nice smooth clean sound, and use the FD2 as a slight boost in dirt to give me that "pushed" sound, and it works great. The OCD is set for a more modern gain setting, and it does not muddy up at all on channel one when kicked on, it is still very open and dynamic. Last, I have got to mention the only two things I don't care for with the amp. The main 2 and the reverb. The volume boost with the main 2 is just too touchy. You kick it on one time, and it doesn't give you enough volume and can sometimes decrease your volume, other times it is almost shattering the windows. The reverb is okay. It will do if you are wanting just a slight reverb. If you are wanting that good, big reverb sound though, I would probably look into getting a good pedal, maybe the Hall of Fame or the Holy Stain. It does its job, but it could definitely be better. Overall I would say if I had it to do over again I would definitely buy this amp again. If you are a guitar player that likes versatility from your amp, definitely get this.

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5.0

Why did I wait soooo long to try this baby

By Michael Masciotti

from New Rochelle, NewYork

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This baby has a lot go'n for her. 2 channels with plenty of options to tweak your tone. Great foot switch. But the best is the tube mix feature, plus the ablity to swap in alot of different type of tubes KT66 (JMT45), KT88 (Page SLPlexi), 6V6 (fender). Now the difference between tubes is not night and day, but you can hear and feel the difference. Ever want to hear the difference between those NOS tubes and current stock, this is the way with instance swaps so you don't have to remember, load them both and play away. This amp is not missing to much, one of the best bang for your dollars they give you a great 4 button foot switch and a very nice cover. The build is very good, very road worthy. I know made in China but the shop Egnater uses is tops.

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Sounds great, but breaks REALLY frequently.

By Joe

from los angeles CA

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have had this amp for a year or so now, and it sounds AMAZING but only when it works. I traded in a Fender Hotrod Delux for it and still have a Mesa head, and i wish every day I didn't trade them. I gig frequently and this thing breaks down about as much as i gig. I keep bringing it to the repair center (30 mile drive) and they fix it under warranty BUT it only stays fixed for a few days, whether it's tube sockets getting loose or a fan breaking or something ANYTHING it iwll just keep breaking. eventually after 7 months they gave me an entirely new head and GUESS WHAT same stuff kept happening. I am no fool, so i tried my Mesa for a few weeks exclusively to see if maybe I was being to rough or something. Mesa didn't ever fail me (and Mesa's are known to be a hair touchy) Now I'm stuck bring back this egnator head 30 miles every few weeks only to have it break again and again. Don't waste your cash.

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5.0

Great Head

By Blues Guitar Man

from Michigan

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've had my Renegade for almost 2 years now. It sounds FANTASTIC, once you play with the knobs enough to tweak your sound, and looks really nice as well. Very versatile, but at the same time, you can really dial in your own signature tone. I liked mine so much that I ended up purchasing another a few months ago to run along with my original Renegade. Most of my cabinets had Vintage 30's or G12 Heritage speakers, and it didn't really suit me. The Renegade is a bright head, and the V30's made it sound harsh and I got a LOT of beaming. I had to have my highs and presence down at like 9 o'clock. I ended up picking up a couple of the Tourmaster 212x cabs with the Celestion/Egnater Elite 80's and that made a world of difference. The Elite 80's really enhance the bottom end, but still have clarity, so I was able to again boost up my highs and get the sounds I was after. I've also replaced one of my V30 cabs with a Eminence Cannabis Rex/Red White Blues speaker combo and it sounds GREAT! Those speakers are only $75 a piece, and really make the Renegade sound phenomenal. All in all, a great piece: props to Bruce Egnater!

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5.0

Game-changer for me

By BSouther

from Houston, TX

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I've been playing guitar for more than 30 years now, always an acoustic and sometimes electric. I'm not a pro or especially gifted, but a solid rhythm player who's cursed with a discriminating "ear" and obsessive-compulsive tone disorder. Of course, I notice the difference in amps and have always preferred some over others, but I've generally focused more on the tonal qualities of guitars/pups than amps. This Egnater amp changed my thinking. While shopping for some higher-end Fenders and Gibsons recently, I plugged into this Egnater (with 410x cab) and couldn't believe how easy it was to dial in to the kind of sounds I love. The tones seemed huge regardless of volume. It was so good, and so much better (to my ear) than the other amp I had been using to try out guitars, that I immediately questioned whether it was more important to upgrade my amp instead of my guitar. In my case, I was happier playing a $500 Epi through this amp than I was playing a $2500 Gibson through a smaller Fender tube combo. For me, though, it wasn't just finding the sounds I wanted, but how fast and easy it was to get them. (I currently have a Vox Valvetronix, which is a good amp but requires a lot of tweaking to approximate the tones that seem intuitive with this Egnater and can never achieve its depth.) I plan to check out the Egnater combos and A-B some others before buying, but I think the only thing that might steer me from this one is budget. While I can't recommend as an owner, I would encourage anyone to plug in and try it. It was good enough to change my game plan.

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5.0

Awsome.

By Kevin

from Oxnard, CA

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I just got this head with the tourmaster 4x12 cab and it sounds amazing! This is my first tube amp but I tried alot of other brands (marshall, fender, etc.) for around 5 months before getting this amp and let me tell you it has THE best sounding clean channel ive ever heard. Channel 2 has plenty of gain even for metal but to get an even heavier sound i would buy a metal distortion pedal (Hardwire TL-2 is awsome). Overall i spent around $$$$ but i dont think theres another stack that can even come close to this beast! Recommend this to anyone that wants to upgrade to a tube amp

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5.0

Everything you need

By Mick

from GA

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've had mine for about a weekend a half now, and every day seems to expose something new that I like about it. From the great design of the foot switch, the extensive amount of features present- from the aesthetics to the tone--I can identify with everything this amp conveys. The clean is not the most pristine solid state type clean but with the Main 2 boost, that's not an issue at all because it raises volume not gain. My only gripe is that the clean channel could have been more dynamic and touch sensitive like the lead chan. Channel 2 has all the balls you could want/need. Its not say a death metal tone (there's more midrange than those guys would care for) but it has enough gain to do it almost. I mean really, there is QUITE a ton of gain in here. So for classic styles of metal to modern hard rock, the Renegade has you covered. The lead gain is juicy, thick and 'clanky' and somewhat of an approximation to some of Bogner's tones, especially on low notes. Really, this amp's only rival is the Bogner Alchemist, they are both similar in price and are both a boutique company's Chinese produced model. I'd say they are neck and neck with each other tonally BUT the Egnater is more functionally realistic. Sure, the Bogner has effects but The Egnater has the line out for live/recording, a TRUE master volume that lowers ONLY the output volume of the entire amp (not just a channel volume that would decrease/increase gain, a boost (assignable to any or both channels), and a tube mix function allowing you to hear the scooped 6L6 tone (accented lows and highs) or the midrange of the EL34s which produce slightly more perceived volume. The reverb is fine, it can be a little splashy, but I have not much use for reverb other than on the clean channel. But, I'm glad its digital reverb; I like its reliability compared to springs. I could go on and on, but the amp is indispensable considering the features and its tone to boot. Watch the Guitar World demo, Paul explains in fine detail, only missing a few minuscule points. After owning this amp I can't imagine ever having another amp without two overall volumes (one for the channel itself to boost power tube breakup and another to lower the overall volume of that if needed), or another amp that doesn't have a well designed footswitch. Egnater really thought this amp out well and it easily would've been up there with Mesa/Rivera prices had it been manufactured in USA. This amp may be Chinese made, but quality was not suffered; just like the Alchemist. One last good point about this amp is that even though its 18/65 which both are quite loud for home use, you can very easily pull fantastic bedroom volume without sacrificing tone; all because of that second master volume. I'm sure a lot of people could appreciate that..no need for a cheapo practice amp anymore for home while your tube head stays at the rehearsal space.

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5.0

Sweet Tube Head

By Tyler

from Eagan, MN

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I exchanged my other tube head for this bad boy, it is sweet! The best feature is the tube mix which means you can blend the tubes to get different sounds with more punch or more rhythm style of play. The other cool deal is that you get a Main 2 Channel which is a boost for solos and whatever you want. The clean channel is superb you can get an awesome crunchy sound or a very warm sound. Also you have tight and bright switches and normal and deep which you can play around with and get just the soun d you are looking for! Very very versitle amp would highly recommend this to anyone with a wide range of musical backround!

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5.0

Very versatile

By Mark S.

from Northern Illinois

Comments about Egnater Renegade 65W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Have owned this amp for around 6 months with no problems. Typical gig/studio set-up is through a Marshall 4x12 AX cab w/75w Celestions. Plenty of gain and headroom available with this amp... good f/x loop which I run a TC G Major through. EL34/6L6 blend control is a nice option, also. I prefer an actual Marshall JMP, SL or VM for lead tones but it's all preference and opinion. I get extremely nice clean and dirty Tele sounds from ch.1 but myself find channel 2 as not as pleasant on the ears, regardless of guitar type and gain/saturation settings. I sometimes use ch.2 strictly for lead voicings as opposed to rhythm ... usually reserved for work with a LP. I would highly recommend this amp but as we all know, there is no such thing as an "all-in-one" type amp. Would I buy again? Yes. Bruce Egnater designs great gear.. and although Chinese made, the QC must be pretty good. BTW: Reverb? ... use an alternative... IMO

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