ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock

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E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock, Tube Guitar Preamp from ENGL.

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  • Manufacturer: ENGL
  • Model: E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
  • Category: Tube Guitar Preamps
  • Added in our database on: 05/08/2007

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ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 20 reviews )
 15 reviews75 %
 5 reviews25 %
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iamqman's review"Nice rack!"

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
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 is one fantastic preamp from the guys over at Engl. This is one rack space which is great for saving room on your rack gear. This allows you to keep from moving things around and in and out. Most preamps are much larger and take up at least two racks spaces and and can be extremely heavy to lug around from gig to gig night after night.


4 channels, Clean, Crunch, Soft Lead, Heavy Lead, 3 band EQ for Clean/Crunch, 4 band EQ for Soft/Heavy Lead, separate channel
volumes, preamp defeat switch, Bright switch, Contour switch.

Power Amp:
2 x 1,5 watts solid state

Stereo fx loop, stereo outputs, stereo
recording outputs, 2 x dual footswitch jacks (Z-3, Z-4)

Dimensions & Weight:
48 x 4,4 x 26 cm, 4 kg


This preamp is a four channel preamp that has a clean, crunch, lead one, and lead two. There isn't much in the tone spectrum that this preamp will not be able to achieve. If you have any desire to have a good clean tone then this amp will get you their in spades. If you want to have a decent crunch tone for classic rock or mild rock applications or if you even play in a cover band and the set list can change from genre to genre night after night then this crunch channel will be your ticket to staying in the groove. You can access AC/DC or Led Zeppelin type tones with this channel very quickly and easily. Next you have a soft lead which is anything but soft. You will get a great rock n roll tone good for 80's music all the way up to today's modern rock. Then the fourth channel will allow you to get the uber modern rock and metal tones from many of today's' leading metal bands.


At new these preamps come in right at around $599, which is a steal of a price for a solid sounding and user friendly rack preamp unit. This unit will have you exploring multiple tones with just the flick of the channel switch. I recommend this to anyone who has limited space on their rack and needs a versatile rack preamp.

Hatsubai's review"Great 1u preamp"

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
The ENGL E530 is a 1U preamp made for people who need to save space but still want that signature ENGL sound. The preamp is a two channel preamp that features two 12AX7 tubes, independent EQs on both channels with a lo-mid and hi-mid knob on channel two, a bright switch, a contour switch to alter the mid frequency, hi/lo gain switch, clean lead switch, preamp defeat switch, effects loop, line out and even a headphone jack.


There's a ton of stuff crammed into this small 1U preamp. In some ways, it's great, but in others, I wish they would have added more. First of all, it's a very versatile preamp thanks to the various mini switches they implemented into its design. I'll help describe what they do later down the review. One big thing they're missing, however, is MIDI. MIDI is something that every preamp out there should have, in my opinion. It's one of the main reasons to go rack, and the lack of MIDI means you'll need to switch it with a separate MIDI switcher. I'd rather they took out the effects loop and added MIDI since effects loops aren't really needed with preamps.


Most people want to know about how the gain sounds with this thing, and let me tell you, there's a ton of gain on tap. You can get brutal metal sounds no problem with this thing, and there's no need to boost it like certain other amps out there. The contour switch also gives it some extra versatility as it switches the mid frequency. This is great if you want a rhythm channel and lead channel all in channel two. The lo-mid and hi-mid knobs add additional tone shaping elements to really dial in the tone you're looking for without ever losing that signature ENGL sound. The clean on this thing is also really good. It's sparkles and blooms like a nice clean should.


If you're in the market for a high gain 1U preamp, this will probably be my number one recommendation. It's cheap enough to where you don't need to sell a left kidney to afford it, and it sounds good enough to where it'll probably be your main gigging rig. If you have a chance, check it out.
S. Durson03/15/2008

S. Durson's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
Pramp lamp, etc ...
line out, line simu HP (which I find not bad at all), FX loop, connections for 2 switch ...


The config is simple, the sound is immediately l. And what a sound!
I do not have the manual and I do not need (the pir, it is available on the website Engl)


Claricir be a point on the gain.
I play extreme metal which bcp demand distortion.
I reu with Engl lamps. I had enough Adi distortion.
I put a Tung-Sol on channel 2 ... almost need the Hi Gain ...
So if like me you hesitate because you are afraid that a lack of saturation, and although we can do about it ... So, even more than the metal saturation zone, but except that it was the sound lamp !dropoff window
The clean sound is very good too.
And even if it is written "Modern Rock" may very well get her the old Darkthrone, Celtic Frost and others.


2 days.
I like everything, except that I have not the pedal ...
Bought secondhand, qualitprix unbeatable.
I buy it back without any hesitation.

Lvz77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" 1U happiness"

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
This is a pre-tube amp with two channels.

It can be plugged directly into a cabinet because it has a power amplifier (transistor) integrated 1.5W. It's cute but we do not hear much.

It has a clean channel / lead switch and low / high. It has four channels somehow.
Gain, volume, bass, middle, treble and a bright switch for the clean. Gain, volume, bass, LowMid, HighMid, and treble contour switch the lead.

You can pair it with another preamp and "bypass" the switch "preamp defeat" not to do if you have the poweramp tube 50W maximum. Useful in the studio.


The presence of lowmids and highmids is rather disorienting at first.

The possibilities are numerous and very interesting when these two settings are better controlled.

With its stereo effects loop can be really fun (right phaser, delay left, etc. ..) with a looper rack it should be enjoyable.


This is a typical metal amp then it's not clean Fender. But it is not left with at least one suitable guitar. With my G & l with single coils it's good for what I did (jazz, blues, funk, country, etc. ..) is not there a better but cheaper .

The overdrive channel is very good and really great reserve. To exceed 4 High gain is not know how to set his amp. I use the normal lead channel (up by against) with a Maxon OD808 for boost and a Schecter 7-string and I have often remarked that I had the butcher.

The receiver is marked "modern rock" it is not for nothing. Once heard and even played Mesa seems you have a vintage grain. CAE can only overweight modern level.


This is an excellent preamp more versatile than it seems, very fun but also very thorough, the 4-band EQ on lead and "switch" preamp make a good studio instrument.

There is no reverb forcing us to buy one, I do not know if it's a bad or good because many amp is equipped with very passable reverb.

The footswitch is not provided, the costs really more expensive.
I do not understand this decision Engl the limit of acceptability.

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