ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock

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

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Lvz77 11/12/2013

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock : Lvz77's user review

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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.