ENGL E645 PowerBall Head
ENGL E645 PowerBall Head

E645 PowerBall Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from ENGL in the Powerball series.

iamqman 07/07/2011

ENGL E645 PowerBall Head : iamqman's user review

« metal man »

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Engl is a German company that has a distinct German metal tone in their amps. These amps are build pretty much for metal players and hard rock guitar guys. These amps say they are versatile but the voicing within these amps are without a doubt metal. They are very good at what they do though and the construction of them in phenomenal.

This amp has four channle of metal power. They have a good clean tone but nothing Fender would ever make. There crunch channels are excellent and can get a decent mild rock tone. However, this amp lives in the high gain modes.


Technical specifications:

4 channels: Clean, Crunch, Low Gain Lead, High Gain Lead, 2 Bright/Bottom switches, Extra Crunch Treble
control, 2 EQs, each 4 band, one for channel 1/2, one for channel. Volume controls for each channel. 4 x ECC83 preamp tubes

Master Section:
100 watts (1 x ECC 83, 4 x 6L6GC power amp tubes), Master A/B, Presence, Depth Punch controls.

Integrated Noise Gate for high gain channels, threshold control, fx loop control (parallel to serial), 2 x Z-4 or Custom Z-5 footswitch ports, Speaker Outs (2 x 4, 2 x 8,
1 x 16 Ohms).

Dimensions & Weight:
71 x 27 x 27cm, 20 kg


The tone of this amp is pretty good for metal guys tastes. They excel at drop tunings and lower tuned guitars. They have a great bottom and chunk that makes it easy to get a warm thick tone. These amps by nature are very thick and fat sounding. You can get a heavy chugga chugga type rhythm with ease with this amp.

This amp excels with guitars with humbucker pickups installed. Sure a Fender Stratocaster will work too but this thing was meant to be set ablaze and a single coil guitar simply will not go low and angry.


At new these amps come in at around $2100, which isn't a bad price for a high quality four channel amplifier. You can cover a good amount of tonal ground with this amp but it really leans towards the metal side of music.

I would recommend this amp to a metal and not a blues player. This is fitting for the player that has dropped tuned guitar and angry playing style.