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By Lvz77, 12/11/2013
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.

Perfect! But make sure you choose the right power amp and a good speaker!

By Negens, 07/05/2013
Already low and the product.


The configuration is very simple.
I did not have the manual as bought used, and I've never needed it.
It is relatively easy to get a good sound with. Let me explain the "relatively" in the following section ...


I play between other metal, but this preamp can do anything.
I would like to moderate the notice below that says this preamp sounds all the time.

The E530 is highly dependent on the power amplifier and the speaker you put him behind.
In some cases, it will give a more qu'affreux sound.
However, with the right channel, the sound will be wonderful!
Its former owner sold it to me because he thought the sound was not terrible. And actually, in retrospect, it was his power section and speakers who were not well coupled to the E530.

For my part, I need it to register, and I use it with Two Notes solution (Torpedo Torpedo CAB and WOS), with speakers:
- In saturated => a mixture of pregnant Engl, Diezel and Elmwood. According to the speaker, the power section is set from EL84, 6L6 or KT88.
- In clean => a mixture of pregnant Marshall and Hiwatt, all with EL34

For guitars is an Agile Intrepid Standard 828 mounted SD Blackouts, a Jackson Soloist 1987, and from time to time an Agile st-802 (Strat alder) or SX Strat (Ash).

The clean sound is beautiful. Those who say otherwise do not know the address or have the wrong speaker.
It is both deep, pure and crystalline. Button brings the bright side it is a very rock slamming through a Fender sound (Strat / Tele) or a modern edge through a guitar humbuckers.
It suits perfectly for Jazz sounds also.

The crunch is one of the most versatile I've ever heard. Hard to describe so it offers opportunities, blues to rock through the stoner. Wonderful in all conditions.

Its lead in the low gain is a bit like the crunch but more edgy, we are in the hard rock and early metal. it feels dry and surly side we did not on the clean channel.

The lead sound in hi gain is the area in which we recognize the grain Engl. A kind of temperamental very pleasant growl in the low-medium, with a great view and severe acute well punchy. Besides, do not overdo the acute! Beyond 12, it starts to make your ears bleed and becomes unbearable.
Contour button acts as a boost attendance and mediums. I think its questionable usefulness. Personally, I do not use it and it gives me nothing I could need. I think we can really do without.
2 knobs low-medium and upper medium is a great idea, and very useful to sculpt the sound to his desires.
With a guitar with enough gain, needless to push the preamp gain beyond 13h. There's enough. If you do not have enough gain, rather look if yours guitar follows.

It also has an output of 1 watt amp that can be nice to repeat quiet home.

There are also two output frequency offset, simulating speakers. This is very correct to troubleshoot in a repeat or if a baffle Live loose, or to record a demo, but it is to forget for a serious recording.


I have not tried other preamps before. My experience was limited to heads.
I needed a machine that big win can do without power section, so you can use it at any time without a fight with neighbors.
As lovers of grain Engl, and considering the price at which I found was seen everything for me!

I liked:
- The extensive connection
- The typical sound Engl
- Versatility

I did not like:
Uh ...?

Given the price I got it, the price / quality ratio is very good

With experience, it is a choice I would do gladly!

déday's review

By déday, 30/12/2011
Everything is shown below and on product details.

Preamp lamp.


The configuration could not be easier, you branches, t'allumes, you let heat 5 minutes and forward!

There are two manuals, one German and one in English, but honestly it is more of a flyer that reads the toilet, or while the animal warm.

What is stunning is that this amp has great turning knobs in every sense, the sound is still stunning, even with the settings to "bite me knot". Obviously the correct setting is even more stunning.


It should be quite to my style of music => Metal, funk, rock, blues etc. ...

I play an ESP Eclipse-mounted EMG.

The clean sound is superb, many people find it all too little expressive, I find myself slamming perfect, round, warm, and above it fully complies with the guitar. It's like making love with her baby, both soft and enchanting, but can hide a demon just waiting to escape.
The Bright added a little button next to tame the beast that carries with it a crystal clear sound, I almost forget that fit my emg active guitar.

The crunch is terrible to him when he saturates chouillat too can be a (not insurmountable playing with the knobs of the guitar and the gain of the preamp), but we mean well, ENGL'm not too much lace, and Register modern I must say that I am fulfilled.

And is the drama!

The soft lead is surly a wish, it restores the attack well, the sound is clear and right ca drool too perfect to play the small metal alone, and to do solos. It's clean!

Hi Lead is itself the hallmark of ENGL, the sound is huge thick, strikes ca, ca moves tripe, resonates ca. The knobs dedicated to the lower and upper Middle Middel is an indispensable asset in the pursuit of its straight but not too cold, I think it's one of the major forces préampli.Pour perfect solution it is necessary add a small équalo. The Mxr 10 bands that I have my sound turns into a kind of killing that is comparable to big names like the Hi Lead Mesa Boogie, VHT, and others. I got the sound I tried a modern distortion, which throws!

The grain is unique and can not appeal, in my case I am satisfied.


I use only a few hours and I'm about to c **! I am optimistic for the future when I master the beast!

I have tried many amps that are close to perfection but at a price unfortunately ... A 500 euros nine this preamp is cheap (relatively) full well screwed. The value for money is unbeatable in my opinion. In addition, finish is good, although sensitive knobs can build his own sound and the more it looks very solid.

Its only flaw is the specific optional footswitch, but I prefer a good footswitch optional and comes out a preamp sound of madness, rather than having a footwitch with a product not great.

At the moment I do it again this choice as the possibilities are enormous. Of course, if I could afford, I live on a Powerball typed or small Framus Cobra. But if its working properly his, he has the means to beat your little hearts of metalheads soaked in beer! :)

Let's Rock baby!

Nice rack!

By iamqman, 21/07/2011
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.
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ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock tech. sheet

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

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