Today we have an Egnater Tweaker 15watt head and cab to suss out.
Starting with looks, the Tweaker is a fairly compact unit, a bit smaller than your average 15 watt tube amp (smaller than a Laney Cub Head or a Marshall Class 5 etc). With its black tolex and beige coloured grill cloth it has a ‘Vintgey‘ look about it.
Egnater Tweaker 15watt Tube Head and Egnater 1 x 12 Cab
The head cab itself has some pretty cool design features, like how you can easily change valves from the back (good idea!). Also on the back, the Tweaker has a pair of sockets for its series effects loop and two more for loudspeaker cabinets, along with an impedance changer so for versatility and for people who like to ‘mix and match‘ it is well designed.
The effects loop is great, for your delays, choruses/modulation so you can crank the amp and not get distorted delay or modulation which sounds horrible! I will add upfront that this amp is not cheap, retailing anywhere from $500 to $750 here is Australia and it is Chinese made, although made under Egnater’s strict conditions.
A local guitar/amp retailer told me that they don’t stock them and need to be ordered in on request as they are perceived to be pricey for a Chinese made amp.
Okay let’s check out the wide range of versatility you can get. Some material I am using here is technical or specs and I will be using stuff from Egnater etc for the ‘dry stuff‘.
The Tweaker technically is a single channel amp, with controls for gain, three-band EQ and master volume. However that’s where the simplicity ends!
There are also five small toggle switches on the front panel that really do give a wide range of tones. It is marketed as being an amp that if you fiddle with it, you can cover most grounds musically and I would say this is true to a degree. So if you don’t want to ‘tweak‘ then the Egnator Tweaker may not be for you, unless once you find that ‘sweet spot‘ you just leave it. Continue reading