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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iamqman 07/21/2011

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

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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 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.