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    Packed with cool and innovative features, the REBEL-20 doesn't just defy authority, it is the authority!

    Sure it's tiny, but do not mistake it for a toy. The Rebel-20 from Egnater is a truly professional amp head with features and sound that are anything but small. Inside you'll find 3 GrooveTubes 12AX7 preamp tubes, a pair of GrooveTubes EL84 power tubes, and a pair of GrooveTubes 6V6 power tubes. Not only do you get the signature Egnater TIGHT and BRIGHT voicing switches, you also have wide-range gain control that lets you go from bluesy clean up to roaring high-gain lead all using a single gain knob.

    The Watts control lets you turn the Rebel 20's power from 20 watts to 1 watt for bandstand to bedroom volume. This guitar amp head also includes a professional-quality effects loop that doesn't "suck tone." But the coolest feature of the Egnater Rebel-20 is the TUBE MIX control—an Egnater first. With the TUBE MIX knob turned counterclockwise you get the classic American sound of the 6V6 power tubes. Set the Rebel 20's knob full clockwise to experience the more aggressive, British sound of the EL84 tubes. For the first time, you can blend the 2 types of tubes in any proportion you wish to create a truly signature sound.

    Features
    • 20W all-tube head
    • Variable wattage control from 1W to 20W
    • Tube mix blends between 6V6 and EL84 power tubes
    • Master volume, gain, 3-band EQ
    • Egnater Signature Tight and Bright voicing switches
    • Effects loop
    • Powered by Groove Tubes
    • 100V/115V/230V switchable
    • Rugged shoulder bag Included
    • Dimensions: 14.25"W x 7.5"H x 8.25"D
    • Weight: 16 lb.
    Tubes:
    • Powered by GrooveTubes
    • 3 x 12AX7
    • 2 x 6V6

    Modern features take tube tone to new levels of versatility. Order now!

     
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    EgnaterRebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.7

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Easy to use (3)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Good power output (3)

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      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Small, versatile little amp

      If you're looking for a very portable amp that runs well at bedroom levels, moves to the practice room, and even handles small to medium stages, this is the ticket. It can do...Read complete review

      If you're looking for a very portable amp that runs well at bedroom levels, moves to the practice room, and even handles small to medium stages, this is the ticket. It can do a close impression of both a Deluxe Reverb and an AC15 -- at the same time -- plus venture into high-gain territory. Thats a lot to ask out of any amp, especially one under $600. It takes a little time to learn how the controls interact, but once you do it's possible to coax a lot of different tones out of this puppy.
      I let my lead guitarist use it last night at practice, and he had a big grin on his face all night! He might get one yet ...
      All the usual suspects: Gain, Master, Bass, Mid, Treble. Bright switch does what's expected; Tight switch is kinda useless at low gains, but cleans things up nicely at high gain. The Gain control has an almost ridiculous range: like an AC30 gain control up to 12:00, then it heads for Soldano/5150/etc. territory. (It hisses a lot above 3:00.)

      Two controls that are NOT expected: Tube Mix and Watts. The Tube Mix knob pans between a pair of 6V6's and a pair of EL84's -- both of which are always on and ready to roll. The effect is subtle when driven lightly, more noticeable when driven hard, but not 'night and day.' Still it gives the ability to pan between Fender-ish and Vox-ish tone.

      The Watts control does kind of what it says, sometimes in conjunction with the Master knob. Unlike most amps, the Master doesn't go down to zero -- more like 50-60% volume. But the sound of both knobs all the way to the left tells me it's a low-watt amp, and the sound of both to the right sounds about as loud as a 22W Fender Deluxe Reverb. It has 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm outputs, so it should match up to just about any set of speakers you can throw at it.

      It comes with a nicely padded shoulder bag that keeps the amp safe when taking it to gigs and jam sessions.

      The only thing that this amp needs is reverb, which is why I gave it a 9. It does have an effects loop, though.
      Overall, the amp seems well-built. The Power and Standby switches are old-school heavy ones, and the knobs have a solid feel when turned. One minor gripe: Mine was a reconditioned unit, and the nut on the Standby knob was loose -- enough that the switch wiggled when flipped. I would have hoped that QC would have caught something like that.

      There are a couple of things I don't love about the design: 1) The Bright and Tight switches are tiny; I hope they last; and 2) the handle, while apparently well reinforced, feels cheap and flimsy. I may replace that eventually, although the mounting holes are less than 6" apart, so a regular Fender/Marshall/Peavey handle isn't going to fit without mods.
      I got mine reconditioned, which made it a fantastic buy, but even at the regular price, you're going to be hard pressed to find another amp that offers the features and playing volume range of this amp. It definitely plays soft enough for bedroom use, but unlike the Vox AC4TVH that I replaced, this amp will handle small gigs without mic'ing. I've paired it with a Lopo 1-12" cab with a Celestion Alnico Gold, but other efficient 12's like the Eminence Wizard would probably sound great, too, while delivering the same volume range.

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      Not worth the price

      I purchased this amp new along with the Egnater 2 x 12 speaker combo a year and a half ago. When new, it was dead quiet with no input even when running wide...Read complete review

      I purchased this amp new along with the Egnater 2 x 12 speaker combo a year and a half ago. When new, it was dead quiet with no input even when running wide open. The amp developed a hum at the one year mark. I replaced all of the final amp tubes at the recommendaztion of Egnator customer service. The hum decreased somewhat, but never went away completely. One month ago the amp developed a noticeable hiss when it is running above half power. The WATTS control appears to have no effect on the output level or tone. All effects must be added via a mixer board at the input. I've never played with this amp set beyond half-power so it's never been abused. My friends asked me why I didn't buy a Marshall instead. I should have.

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      5.0

      Oh my heck.....

      By Stratdude67

      from Winchester, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I've been reading about these amps for a while, and have been slightly intrigued but never enough to actually own one. A couple of weeks ago I found one on craigslist for a killer price, so I brought it home with the 1X12 cab. Quick background: I've owned several Marshalls, MESA/Boogies, Laneys, Vox AC15... you name it. I'm a gear junkie. Really, the only amps I've owned that I felt had a "signature sound" were the Marshalls and the Vox. The Egnater Rebel 20 is a very versatile amp with two power sections (6V6 and EL84) and you can select which one you want to use, or a little of each. I have not been able to exactly duplicate the Marshall sound (no other amp can, actually), but switch the "tube mix" to the EL84s, set the gain to 50%, treble to 50%, mids to zero, bass all the way up, bright switch on.... you've just created an AC15. No joke. The "chime" is there. Set the distortion to full blast and it has more gain than an AC15, and the distortion takes on that Marshall character - you know what I'm talking about: the nasty, gutsy, medium-gain, singing distortion of a cranked JCM 800. Not exactly the same tone, but the same type of sound, if that makes any sense. There is a lot of clean headroom also, but normally I never play clean. I have a reverb pedal so the absence of a built-in reverb tank is no big deal. Bear in mind that the unique tone-shaping controls (tube mix, watts) make a bigger difference at high volume settings, while more of a subtle difference at low volumes. The EL84 power section is more aggressive-sounding with more grit and gain; the 6V6 is smoother and warmer. You can even blend the two power sections together. This particular model does not produce enough preamp distortion to play stuff like metalcore, but Egnater makes other amp heads that do just that. The Rebel 20 is more of a medium gain tone monster than anything else. It takes pedals nicely also. BONUS: It looks friggin' cool also!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pleasantly surprised!

        By kirikintha

        from Lakewood, CO

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        Pros

        • Cool Tone
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Worried About The Handle

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Rocking Out

        Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I got turned onto this head about 3 months ago, and I was hesitant to buy it. I have owned Fender, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Line 6 and a number of other boutique amps, and I have great success with all of them. I love my marshall stack, it is still my favorite.

        However, I must admit that the Rebel 20 has made me a fan. I paired this with a Rebel 112X 1x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet and I could not be happier. Frankly, I was worried that I could not hear myself but I was surprised about how loud this is. I turned down for the first time at practice in ages, and I play with a pretty loud set of players.

        One thing that you have to remember about this amp is that it is all about subtly. I brought out a number of surprising tone changes by making some basic flips of a switch, but all in all it sounds like it sounds. If you read the manual, they pretty much say the same thing. But, this thing has instant one - I love it.

        If you are looking for another tone (digital, super overdrive), of course you are going to have issue. If you want a full stack that is a god-like metal driven OD, then yes you will have issues. If you want something that is like a Roland clean channel, not for you. But for me, playing in a fun bluesy rock band this thing is really awesome. Cuts though, allows you to hear yourself, sounds great. What more do you need?

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        5.0

        Gig worthy Rebel 20 outstanding tone!

        By Tuberattler

        from Kennewick, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Cuts Through On Stage
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Flexible
        • Good Warmth
        • Light weight
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Better For Gigs
        • Tolex Is Thin

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Live Shows
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This is a wonderful lead guitar amp. I bought this one used almost 3 yrs ago and have gigged it fairly steady since. I play in a Country/rock band and use a Marshall 2-12" cab with a V30 and Heritage in it for our bigger out door shows. Cuts through nicely and sets really well in the mix. Sounds fantastic with several cabs that I've tried it with. I use a single 12" Greenback in a cab for most of the smaller venuues...

        This amp rocks, if you need easy to use, light weight rockin' little amp with tone flexibility this one is for you!

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        (6 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Lets be honest

        By ROCKING RON

        from West Dundee/ near Chicago Il.

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        Pros

        • It has a carry bag

        Cons

        • Gain Tone is Terrible
        • High Gain Uncontrollable
        • Limited Functions
        • Most overrated Tube Head
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Terrible Tube Tone

        Best Uses

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I saw all the positive reviews so I gave this amp a real try out. All aspects of performance it failed. To order a 1 channel amp I was leery my doubts surfaced immediately. I also believe Groove Tubes were a BAD CHOICE by Egnator. Trust me I work on Tube amps go with a Blackstar 5 watt Head its tone is real tube 2 Channels 1 model has reverb and 1 does not. I played this egnator through a top Marshall JCM 900 4X12 Bottom so egnator has no excuses when a Blackstar 5 Watt Head Destroyed it. If you want a tube tone that is affordable also any VHT Ultra amps. Combo or Head these you can even change tubes. I just retubed mine with JJ tubes and installed El84 power Tubes and replaced the 6V6 setup. VHT offers a plug to change pin arrangement on Power Tubes. I also own a Tube Bugera Combo and My Marshall JCM 900 100 watt head. All but the Marshall came from Musicians Friend. So you can see the mighty egnator could not hold its own against several. AS usual Musicians Friend took care of me their service Rocks they let me return this overrated squealing no tone tube amp.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Rebel 20

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          The more time I spend with this little amp, the more I am falling in love with it. It really is quiet a little performer. Its got a bag full of tricks hidden behind the decievingly simple controls. You can get a good range of sounds from this amp, and it really has the grunt to cut through on a small stage.
          Its been one of those things where I liked it when i bought it, and its only starting to become apparent how good this thing is the more I use it. I normally suffer a period of questioning my purchase when ever I buy new gear, then I settle into it. Not with the Egnater, its been love from the start.
          Things to note: Pre amp stage is pretty transparent even at high volume, the tube tone is provided almost entirely at the power amp stage. Tube mix starst to become audible when driving the gain into distortion, if your at low gain and high volumen the tone knob does very little.
          Smashing little amp. Turn up the gain and she screams, back it down below 12 oclock and she just breaks up beautifully. Cleans are crystal clear and very responsive to picking style.
          If it looks well built, feels well built, it probably is well built.
          I live by the mantra that you get what you pay for. Its not the cheapest amp on the market, but it is a little gem. Would have liked the extra chanel avaiable on the 30, but thats not a complaint by any means.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Small, versatile little amp

          By Bruce Wahler

          from Ashby, MA

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          If you're looking for a very portable amp that runs well at bedroom levels, moves to the practice room, and even handles small to medium stages, this is the ticket. It can do a close impression of both a Deluxe Reverb and an AC15 -- at the same time -- plus venture into high-gain territory. Thats a lot to ask out of any amp, especially one under $600. It takes a little time to learn how the controls interact, but once you do it's possible to coax a lot of different tones out of this puppy.
          I let my lead guitarist use it last night at practice, and he had a big grin on his face all night! He might get one yet ...
          All the usual suspects: Gain, Master, Bass, Mid, Treble. Bright switch does what's expected; Tight switch is kinda useless at low gains, but cleans things up nicely at high gain. The Gain control has an almost ridiculous range: like an AC30 gain control up to 12:00, then it heads for Soldano/5150/etc. territory. (It hisses a lot above 3:00.)

          Two controls that are NOT expected: Tube Mix and Watts. The Tube Mix knob pans between a pair of 6V6's and a pair of EL84's -- both of which are always on and ready to roll. The effect is subtle when driven lightly, more noticeable when driven hard, but not 'night and day.' Still it gives the ability to pan between Fender-ish and Vox-ish tone.

          The Watts control does kind of what it says, sometimes in conjunction with the Master knob. Unlike most amps, the Master doesn't go down to zero -- more like 50-60% volume. But the sound of both knobs all the way to the left tells me it's a low-watt amp, and the sound of both to the right sounds about as loud as a 22W Fender Deluxe Reverb. It has 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm outputs, so it should match up to just about any set of speakers you can throw at it.

          It comes with a nicely padded shoulder bag that keeps the amp safe when taking it to gigs and jam sessions.

          The only thing that this amp needs is reverb, which is why I gave it a 9. It does have an effects loop, though.
          Overall, the amp seems well-built. The Power and Standby switches are old-school heavy ones, and the knobs have a solid feel when turned. One minor gripe: Mine was a reconditioned unit, and the nut on the Standby knob was loose -- enough that the switch wiggled when flipped. I would have hoped that QC would have caught something like that.

          There are a couple of things I don't love about the design: 1) The Bright and Tight switches are tiny; I hope they last; and 2) the handle, while apparently well reinforced, feels cheap and flimsy. I may replace that eventually, although the mounting holes are less than 6" apart, so a regular Fender/Marshall/Peavey handle isn't going to fit without mods.
          I got mine reconditioned, which made it a fantastic buy, but even at the regular price, you're going to be hard pressed to find another amp that offers the features and playing volume range of this amp. It definitely plays soft enough for bedroom use, but unlike the Vox AC4TVH that I replaced, this amp will handle small gigs without mic'ing. I've paired it with a Lopo 1-12" cab with a Celestion Alnico Gold, but other efficient 12's like the Eminence Wizard would probably sound great, too, while delivering the same volume range.

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          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SUPER versatile bargain amp!

          By Camurai

          from Maine

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          The Egnater rebel 20 is a fantastically versatile little amp that would be a great addition to pretty much anyones kit. It can be used on stage or in the studio, with virtually any speaker cabinet in existence, and it takes pedals remarkably well. It is quiet, light, portable, and even comes with a decent shoulder bag to carry it, along with a few music books in the top pocket. Get yourself a decent 1x12 cabinet (perhaps even Egnaters own Rebel 112X) and you've got yourself a great little practice/gig rig. Plug it into a 4x10 or 4x12 and you've got a concert-ready half-stack with as many features as amps costing a lot more.
          Moving from left to right on the front panel, one finds the usual Power and Standby switches. After those, however, the differences in the Rebel 20 become immediately apparent. The next control down the line is the Tube Mix control. This is a feature unique to Egnater. Unlike most amplifiers, the Rebel 20 has two distinct sets of power tubes: one set of matched 6V6GT tubes and one matched set of EL84s. The Tube Mix knob allows you to go from full on 6V6s with their smooth, compressed American tone, to full on EL84s with their bright, punchy British tone, to any combination in between that you can imagine. The next control down the line is the Watts control, which allows the user to vary the wattage infinitely between 1-20 watts. This can either allow the amp to break up early, or give you a bunch more headroom, making it ideal for either stage or studio. The remaining knobs are the ubiquitous Master, Treble, Middle, Bass and Gain. After the Gain knob, however, are two more final controls. A Bright switch, and Egnaters proprietary Tight switch. Bright acts as one might expect, brightening up the tone slightly, while the Tight switch firms up the bottom end, keeping bass-heavy speakers from getting too flubby. Last up is a single instrument input. Moving to the back panel, again, Egnater piles on more features. The amp has 4, 8 and 16 ohm taps, allowing the Rebel 20 to be used with a practically endless array of cabinets. Finally, it also has a built-in Serial effects loop, increasing the versatility once more. Quite a smorgasboard of professional grade features for a micro head.
          I bought this amplifier second hand and have been using it steadily for over 2 months with no reliability issues whatsoever. The pots all feel solid and smooth, there are no noises of any kind and everything works as well as it would on a new model.
          OFF THE CHARTS! I have yet to see another amp with the range and versatility of features for anything close to the price of this head.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Egnater Owns My Ears!

          By Parker Fly Guy

          from Central IL

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          This is a fantastic amp! Again, if you remember what it is, and don't try to make it be too much like its bigger brothers (The Rebel 30 and Renegade 65), you will get years of faithful service from this amp. I've owned mine for over a year, and I love it more every day. Please understand: it is my intention to get a Renegade as soon as I can afford one, but I'm keeping this guy - even if just as a killler practice amp. It's that good! You'll be hard pressed to find a better sounding low-wattage tube amp at this price point. Go ahead and try, we'll wait here. Back so soon? I'm not suprised!
          You have to remember what this is: a single channel low-wattage tube amp. That said, this thing has better features that many amps twice its size and price. The effects loop is a great addition, and I use it to run my non-true bypass effects (TB effects have a noticable "pop" in the loop - much less so on the front end). That's the only reason this didn't get a "10" on features.

          The tube mix is fantastic. You can use it as a "set it and forget it," but I find myself tweaking it regularly to bring out different nuances of my Parker Fly Deluxe. The "watts" knob is also a great feature. Just so you know, if you don't have the master volume knob up, you won't notice a huge difference with the watts knob, but when that MV is up, it makes a BIG difference in perceived volume. For you studio cats, the amp runs pretty cool and quiet, so it's a great studio amp too.
          For something that's mass-produced, this amp head has a very high build quality. The box is tough but sharp-looking, the knobs all feel solid and turn smoothly, and it just exudes quality. I bought mine used and it's done nothing but perform perfectly every time I turned it on.
          As far as tube amps go, this thing is probably the best value in the whole lunchbox sized amp head market. You get A LOT for your money with this amp. I have it running through the matching Egnater 2x12 cab, and it really sounds like a much more expensive amp. SIDE NOTE: As I mentioned, I play a Parker Fly Deluxe, which is equipped with a piezo bridge. As long as the amp is set clean and warm (which is usually where I have it), even the the piezo's on my Parker sound excellent through this amp (bright and sparkly, without too much bite or piezo quack). That's really saying something for an electric guitar amp!

          Regarding the magnetic pickups, this amp is real tonal chameleon. You can go from warm jazz tones that are just butter to pounding classic rock tones to spanky blues that bark with authority to poppy, funky grooves with just a few turns of the knobs. Some have said this amp can't do metal... on it's own, probably not, but with a quality distortion pedal (I use the Way Huge Fat Sandwich) this sucker becomes a firebreathing metal beast. Again, it's so versatile!

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          5.0

          This little toaster oven rocks!

          By F-LzjF2

          from Orlando, FL

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I bought this unit to replace a Bogner HD. I am here to say that smaller is better... in this case. This little machine is so flexible from blending tubes to variable output wattage to a full effects loop. The only complaint I have is the flimsy handle. I have opted to get a little flight case for it. You can't go wrong with this little beast.

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          5.0

          rebel 20

          Comments about Egnater Rebel 20 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I don't think you can go wrong with this amp I've had it for over 2 years now and have had zero issues.I bought head and cab, as the combo was'nt available at that time, it was shortly after they intro'ed the Rebel 30.Oh well this amp has got chops,the sound is top shelf with so much versatility from pure clean tone to crack your eardrums loud !!! no breakup no hiss, pure tone. I get every sound I want.The tone controls are superb,you want drive ! crank that gain switch up if that does'nt get you there crank up the watts and you are good to go.All components seem to be top shelf .I seldom use any of my stompers any more (except my reverb as the 20 does'nt have)my only beef about this amp. I've heard horror stories about the tour masters but I can't say anyting bad about my Rebel 20

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