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The Egnater Tweaker-40 tube guitar amp head is an expansion of the award winning Tweaker-Series and is packed with the features tone tweakers have been asking for. The Tweaker-40 head offers the class... Read More

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The Egnater Tweaker-40 tube guitar amp head is an expansion of the award winning Tweaker-Series and is packed with the features tone tweakers have been asking for. The Tweaker-40 head offers the classic tonal characteristics of the original Tweaker with more than double the power, 6L6 tubes, and two independent channels, each with an expanded set of Tweaker switches.

The Tweaker-40's 11 onboard Tweaker switches provide a wide range of vintage tones, from ultra-pristine cleans to oversaturated leads. Use the USA/AC/BRIT switch to dial in your choice of American, British, or VX EQ. The Hot/Clean selector takes you on a journey from low to high gain, while the Vintage/Modern switch transforms the amp's feel from classic rock to modern edge. The Mid Cut switch sculpts the critical midrange while Egnater's signature Tight and Bright switches let you shape the low and high-end.

Features
  • 40-watt, all-tube amp head
  • Premium tubes: 2 - 6L6 & 3 - 12AX7
  • Bass, Middle & Treble Controls
  • AC, British or American voicing switch
  • Two channels with Independent Volume & Gain, Tight & Bright voicing switches, Vintage/Modern amp voicing switch, Clean/Hot gain selector, and Mid Cut switch
  • Buffered effects loop with level selector
  • Footswitch for channel select and effects loop
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3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most notably a feature that captured my attention is the footswitch. It allows you to change channels from 1 to 2 (of course), but it also has a switch that turns on or...Read complete review

Most notably a feature that captured my attention is the footswitch. It allows you to change channels from 1 to 2 (of course), but it also has a switch that turns on or off the effects loop route. So, I can put my delay or reverb pedal on the amp in the loop and turn it on or off from the footswitch from 20 feet away. The switches aren't just gimmicky. Each switch adds a unique change in the tone. The EQ is shared but I feel they are more used to shape the overall output, not each channel. The two channels are actually exactly the same circuitry path. So, you could have clean/clean, clean/heavy, heavy/clean or anything in between. If you wanted you could make channel one dirty and channel 2 dirtier and just use it like a 'boost'. If you want a "fender" sound and a "marshall" sound, you can bounce between them. You're not 'stuck' with either clean or dirty on either channel. Very cool! For a solid tube amp, there are so many eye-opening features which are sweet for a guy like me who is always desiring different sounds. The build construction is sturdy. The head is heavy in a good way, but not awkward. Feels solid. Looks beautiful, with that "orange amps" looking weaved baffle. The power tubes are "ruby tubes" 6L6GC with Egnater painted on them. I don't know what the AX7s are because they are covered in shields and I haven't opened the amp yet. I think they sound fine. They are quiet, no humming, noticeable microphonics or cracking/thumping. The knobs feel firm unlike other budget tube amps I've owned. The various tweaker switches feel firm. Looking into the amp, it's built solid with a simple layout. I'm very satisfied with the quality/build. For whatever reason, I had been shying away from Egnater, just glossing over it as I read reviews and looked at products. I just didn't identify with the branding and couldn't decide how I felt about it. Yet, so many forums have people raving about the Tweaker. So, I went to the store and I plugged into the Tweaker 40 and realized what all the fuss was about. It's is really impressive for the price. I've owned a VOX AC15CC1, Blues Jr. III, Jet City 2112RC, VOX AC4, ValveKing, and Peavey Classic 50, and the Tweaker is my all-time favorite for one main reason. All the amps above, I can dial in very similar 'feel' and tone with the Tweaker 40. It's as if I have all those amp's characteristics at my fingertips! If you haven't played a Tweaker, do yourself a favor, take the time, drive as far as you have to, and play this amp. Bring your money. You just might need it!

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Failed in three days.

I hate to write a review like this, but I have to warn people and get the word out. The sound was great, although I don't have a lot of experience to compare...Read complete review

I hate to write a review like this, but I have to warn people and get the word out. The sound was great, although I don't have a lot of experience to compare it to. It was pretty versatile, the channel switching was great, and it was fairly tweak-able during the limited time I had to try it. The cleans were crisp and warm, and the overdrive covered a good amount of range up to AC/DC kind of stuff. The amp was responsive to volume control on the guitar. It looked nice too, aside from the giant logo. Here's the problem. I had read about two people who had theirs just die on them within a week or so. I figured I would take the risk anyway. I was sure it wouldn't happen to me. Well it did. 3 days into owning it (I'd never even turned it past 1/3 volume yet) the amp totally died. It did nothing but dim the lights and blow fuses when turned on. Luckily, this didn't happen to me during a gig, or the consequences could have been a lot worse. I'm a firm believer that when it comes to amps, reliability is the most important factor for the working musician. In that regard, the Tweaker 40 just doesn't cut it. If you want to take the risk, you are offered some degree of protection by Guitar Center's 30 day return policy. But I ask you if that's a risk that's really worth taking. After the 30 days elapse, you are stuck trying to ship it back to the manufacturer for repair or replacement. Because of my experience and the apparent lack of quality control or reliability, I cannot recommend this amp head to anyone.

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2.0

Great tone - lousy reliability

By Thomas

from Livermore, CA

I downsized from a Fender Blues DeVille to an Egnater Tweaker 40, plus two Rebel 112x cabs, so I could save my aching back but still have that wonderful 6L6 tone. As other reviewers have commented, the amp sounds great - when it works. Within four months of purchase (Dec. 2013) it started popping loudly, but intermittently. No extended warranty - never needed one before. Had repairs performed, $200 into a $600 head. About two months later it stopped making any sound at all. Tubes light up, fuse intact, but nada. To make a long story short, I believe it is a well designed amp with quality tone that has been built from substandard components to save money. I would advise against buying it.

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2.0

AT YOUR OWN RISK

By ROB CROWE

from richmond, va

I'm in the same boat with several other customers on this one. I bought this head a little over a year ago to use with my 2x12 cabinet. Sounded great overall, (a little noisy on the clean channel)lots of features, (including a selector switch for ohms which was nice to match with whatever cab) but what worried me was all the bells and whistles built in. Despite this I purchased one. I got 9 great months out of it and then it just blew up. Unfortunately I didn't buy the extra pro coverage so I tried to contact Egnater for help since it was still under factory warranty. The customer service at Egnater was like talking to Peggy... If they would answer at all. Ended up the power transformer had blown and I still haven't been able to get it repaired. My advice is buy something else or at least pay for the coverage.

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2.0

short lived

By hector bruno

from chicago,Il.

I bought mine only seven months ago,was happy with it then all of a sudden it went off I mean completely off,no warning signs,now I am trying eggnater to respond to mine inquiries about warranty,still waiting.This shop I took the amp to be fixed said repair won't be cheap,$300.00 or close.Be aware.

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5.0

Precision, Clean, You Name It...

By Robert Gilbert _

from Hartford County, CT

Usually, my first reaction to a less expensive, cost-effective priced amp is, "How does it sound?" For those who want an amp head that offers plenty of clean headroom, as well as British and Modern amp settings, look no further... The Egnater 40W Tweaker amp head is a top choice of guitar enthusiasts on a budget who still want quality and soulful tone that they can practice and gig with. This amp can take you from jazz cleans, to blues crunch, to singing sustain in seconds with either a knob adjustment or footswitch click. Nice touch is the FX loop, many times absent on budget-priced amps. Not so with this amp. The tone is, in my humble opinion, warm, clean, reminiscent of boutique modded amps that cost much more. Have not needed to deal with Egnater Customer Service at this writing...will provide further details if concerns arise...

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3.0

Great Head...

By john raffaghello

from nj

The head sounds great, however i had the amp for 6 mons and the transister blew. Egnater took forever to get the replacement part. Other than that its very flexable in tonality, may be worth a shot the new transisters were redesigned and im sure hold out better.

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4.0

Very Flexible, Great Tone, No Reverb

By Justin Brown

from Long Beach, CA

I have had mine for about a year now and it was a great choice for my first tube amp head. It gives a chance to "zero in" on what I like. I keep it mostly on a Marshall style setting, so when I become independently wealthy, that's probably what I'll end up getting. The big negative that knocks a star off this is that the amp does not have built in reverb. I'm not a big effects guy, but when I play on amps w/ reverb on other amps, it makes a huge difference (plus it seems to be a pretty standard on amps these days). Good for blues to hard rock, don't think it's what you would need for metal though.

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5.0

Ooh La La

By Graham Ford

from Akron Ohio

Just recently purchased this tweaker head and I absolutely love it. I traded in a fender hot rod deluxe III for this thing and the only thing I miss about the fender is the built in reverb! It is very easy to dial in the EXACT tone you are looking for, and they all sound great. When I first got the head home it really did not sound that great, and I ended up taking it back to guitar center to have it looked at. Only to find that it was perfectly fine? The guys at the store explained to me that I could have shaken some tubes loose or something during my drive home from the store. This does have me concerned and perhaps I should have docked the head a star for sketchy construction (as another user had mentioned) but I absolutely love this thing it sounds awesome! I easily put 700 dollars into pedals to put in front of my hot rod, and still couldn't get tones out of it that come out of the tweaker with ease. If you are interested in buying one, PLAY ONE! they sound amazing when compared to tiny terrors/night trains

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3.0

Out Cold

By CHRIS ABBRUZZI

from Newport, RI

Well purchased the Tweaker 40 from GC and after about 60 days of in home playing it went dead. Fuse was fine. Didn't get the GC extended warranty-now have to deal with Egnater. Amp sounded great but was in fear of the quality issue that many have seemed to have with this brand made for GC. Hopefully their service (Egnater) is not as bad online sources say. Although they were right about the quality issues.

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1.0

Failed in three days.

By Theorist Music

from Concord NH

I hate to write a review like this, but I have to warn people and get the word out. The sound was great, although I don't have a lot of experience to compare it to. It was pretty versatile, the channel switching was great, and it was fairly tweak-able during the limited time I had to try it. The cleans were crisp and warm, and the overdrive covered a good amount of range up to AC/DC kind of stuff. The amp was responsive to volume control on the guitar. It looked nice too, aside from the giant logo. Here's the problem. I had read about two people who had theirs just die on them within a week or so. I figured I would take the risk anyway. I was sure it wouldn't happen to me. Well it did. 3 days into owning it (I'd never even turned it past 1/3 volume yet) the amp totally died. It did nothing but dim the lights and blow fuses when turned on. Luckily, this didn't happen to me during a gig, or the consequences could have been a lot worse. I'm a firm believer that when it comes to amps, reliability is the most important factor for the working musician. In that regard, the Tweaker 40 just doesn't cut it. If you want to take the risk, you are offered some degree of protection by Guitar Center's 30 day return policy. But I ask you if that's a risk that's really worth taking. After the 30 days elapse, you are stuck trying to ship it back to the manufacturer for repair or replacement. Because of my experience and the apparent lack of quality control or reliability, I cannot recommend this amp head to anyone.

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4.0

Great versitile ampe

By nathan rowell

from Germantown, MD

I've had this head for over 6 months. I absolutely love it. The cleans are fantastic, and it takes pedals very well. the "tweaker" switches absolutely make a difference in the tone. I find the "hot" switch to be a little weak. It's an ok over drive, but becomes much better when pushed with a tube screamer. No metal here, but a good heavy rock. That being said, I have it set up for cleans with the Les Paul on one channel, and cleans on the strat with the other channel for the most part. I also use a line 6 M5 with this, mainly in the tube driven effects loop, for reverb or delay. BUT the heavy line 6 distortions sound fantastic through this amp, when face melting is called for. Now the bad. The Ruby tubes in this amp suck. Hands down, worthless. I did not know how bad until i replaced the power tubes with JJ's. This amp came alive. the bass response is much better, and the sounder is fuller over all. Just to note, i play this on a 1x12 Mesa open back cab. Sounds fantastic. Finally, the Egnater customer service sucks worse than the Ruby tubes. When i bought the amp, there was a power tube that was extremely noisy. it took over 3 months, emails, then finally complaints on their FB page to get a response. The warranty on the tubes is 3 months...... To be fair, once i got in touch with the tech, he was a great help. he helped me isolate the issue and was supposed to have tubes sent out. over 6 months later, still no tubes. I ended up just buying my own JJ tubes. Glad i did, as this made the amp sound so much better overall. To sum it up, this is a great solid amp. You can dial in a ton of sounds, it's loud enough for most applications, takes pedals like a beast, and sounds fantastic. Make sure you switch out the tubes, and pray you don't have to deal with customer service. I highly recommend this head.

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