Egnater Amplification: The Tweaker 40 Head and Combo
The Egnater Tweaker 40 takes the control layout of its 15 Watt predecessor and adds more power and expanded functionality.
I’m a huge fan of the original Egnater Tweaker amp, so I was very pleased to see that Egnater has left the original control layout virtually untouched. Functionally, the Tweaker 40 works like having 2 Tweaker 15 amps stuffed into a single chassis. The Tweaker 40 is a 2-channel 40 Watt amp, each channel with its own set of identical controls. Rather than confine either channel to a “clean” or “overdrive” setting, both channels offer the same fantastic range of gain; from crystal-clear cleans to intense hi-gain distortions. This level of flexibility makes the Tweaker 40 an incredibly practical amp that will appeal to a wide range of players.
Anyone who is familiar with the original 15 Watt version of the Tweaker will feel right at home with the Tweaker 40′s controls. There is a 3-band EQ shared across both channels, with a master “US / AC / BRIT” voicing switch. Each channel then has its own gain and volume controls, as well as mini-toggle tone switches for “Tight/Deep”, “Bright/Normal”, “Mid Cut/Normal”, and “Hot/Clean”. A 2-button footswitch is provided to allow channel changing and effects loop on/off.
On the back panel, the Tweaker 40 offers an effects loop with Instument or Line level settings, Extension speaker outputs with impedance selection (4, 8, or 16 OHMS), and a voltage selector. The amp is powered by a pair 6L6 tubes, with 3 12AX7s in the preamp. The Tweaker 40 is also available in several formats: as a 1×12 Combo (featuring a custom Celestion GH-50 speaker) or as a stand-alone head.
Specs are great and all, but how does the Tweaker 40 sound? Well, it sounds a lot like the original Tweaker…. which is a very good thing. The 3-way voicing switch still impresses me with how convincingly it recreates the characteristics of a classic Marshall, Fender, or Vox amp, without digital modeling. This helps make the Tweaker 40 feel very natural and responsive, with great sensitivity to touch dynamics. I do find the amp has a slightly more compressed, “dialed-in” feel than the 15 Watt version, which is to be expected thanks to the higher power output. Above all else, the Tweaker 40 is a very fun and satisfying amp to play. It sounds great the moment you turn it on, and can provide an impressive range of tones and gain levels quickly and easily. The 2-channel functionality and greater headroom will definitely give the Tweaker 40 an edge over its 15 Watt little brother, but the slight sacrifice in touch sensitivity means some players will still prefer the wide-open tonal nature of the original.
Who am I kidding. I want them both.
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