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Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The Egnater Tweaker-40 tube guitar amp head is an expansion of the award winning Tweaker-Series and is packed with the features tone tweakers have be...Read More

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A tone-tweaker's dream come true, with double the power of the original Tweaker!

The Egnater Tweaker-40 tube guitar amp head is an expansion of the award winning Tweaker-Series and is packed with the features tone tweakers have been asking for. The Tweaker-40 head offers the classic tonal characteristics of the original Tweaker with more than double the power, 6L6 tubes, and two independent channels, each with an expanded set of Tweaker switches.

The Tweaker-40's 11 onboard Tweaker switches provide a wide range of vintage tones, from ultra-pristine cleans to oversaturated leads. Use the USA/AC/BRIT switch to dial in your choice of American, British, or VX EQ. The Hot/Clean selector takes you on a journey from low to high gain, while the Vintage/Modern switch transforms the amp's feel from classic rock to modern edge. The Mid Cut switch sculpts the critical midrange while Egnater's signature Tight and Bright switches let you shape the low and high-end.

FEATURES
  • 40-watt, all-tube amp head
  • Premium tubes: 2 - 6L6 & 3 - 12AX7
  • Bass, Middle & Treble Controls
  • AC, British or American voicing switch
  • Two channels with Independent Volume & Gain, Tight & Bright voicing switches, Vintage/Modern amp voicing switch, Clean/Hot gain selector, and Mid Cut switch
  • Buffered effects loop with level selector
  • Footswitch for channel select and effects loop

Incredibly versatile all-tube tone with power for the big gigs! Get your Tweaker-40 now!

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EgnaterTweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.1

(based on 29 reviews)

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    (4)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Portable (10)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleasantly Surprised!

For whatever reason, I had been shying away from Egnater, just glossing over it as I read reviews and looked at products. I just didn't identify with the branding and couldn't decide how...Read complete review

For whatever reason, I had been shying away from Egnater, just glossing over it as I read reviews and looked at products. I just didn't identify with the branding and couldn't decide how I felt about it. Yet, so many forums have people raving about the Tweaker.

So, I went to the store and I plugged into the Tweaker 40 and realized what all the fuss was about. It's is really impressive for the price. I've owned a VOX AC15CC1, Blues Jr. III, Jet City 2112RC, VOX AC4, ValveKing, and Peavey Classic 50, and the Tweaker is my all-time favorite for one main reason. All the amps above, I can dial in very similar 'feel' and tone with the Tweaker 40. It's as if I have all those amp's characteristics at my fingertips!

If you haven't played a Tweaker, do yourself a favor, take the time, drive as far as you have to, and play this amp. Bring your money. You just might need it!
Most notably a feature that captured my attention is the footswitch. It allows you to change channels from 1 to 2 (of course), but it also has a switch that turns on or off the effects loop route. So, I can put my delay or reverb pedal on the amp in the loop and turn it on or off from the footswitch from 20 feet away.

The switches aren't just gimmicky. Each switch adds a unique change in the tone. The EQ is shared but I feel they are more used to shape the overall output, not each channel.

The two channels are actually exactly the same circuitry path. So, you could have clean/clean, clean/heavy, heavy/clean or anything inbetween. If you wanted you could make channel one dirty and channel 2 dirtier and just use it like a 'boost'. If you want a "fender" sound and a "marshall" sound, you can bounce between them. You're not 'stuck' with either clean or dirty on either channel. Very cool!

For a solid tube amp, there are so many eye-opening features which are sweet for a guy like me who is always desiring different sounds.
The build construction is sturdy. The head is heavey in a good way, but not awkward. Feels solid. Looks beautiful, with that "orange amps" looking weaved baffle. The power tubes are "ruby tubes" 6L6GC with Egnater painted on them. I don't know what the AX7s are because they are covered in shields and I haven't opened the amp yet. I think they sound fine. They are quiet, no humming, noticeable micro phonics or cracking/thumping. The knobs feel firm unlike other budget tube amps I've owned. The various tweaker switches feel firm. Looking into the amp, it's built solid with a simple layout. I'm very satisfied with the quality/build.
Well, I picked this up with a great deal, $150 off of any purchase $750 or more. The amp was about $480 after discounts. But, I would pay $600 for it again if I had to. It's well worth it and features are useful.

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Stay away if you want a reliable amp!

The same story as many here. A broken Power transformer. I have TWO tweaker 40's. The same happened on both. I left them powered on while having a rehearsal brake. When...Read complete review

The same story as many here. A broken Power transformer. I have TWO tweaker 40's. The same happened on both. I left them powered on while having a rehearsal brake. When I returned, the amp was dead. When the first died, The tweaker 40 was relatively new on the market, and Egnater shipped me a New transformer straight away. I changed it myself. When the second broke, the PT-trouble had hit the fan, and I found a lot of these stories on the net. However - the amp was still within warrany, and I expected Egnater to follow up. After several mails, they agreed upon sending me a New PT - but only if I paid the shipment - which I did (USD237 UPS to Norway...) After two days, I received mail from UPS, who returned the shipment because Egnater had forgotten to put a formal Invoice With the shipment. I have mailed them repeatedly after this - and Egnater just ignore me. So good fellows guitarists: Keep away from this product, and please tell them about my experience whenever you get the chance!

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5.0

Great Potable Amp !

By Mike Abbs

from Hazlet, NJ

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Bias Points Inside

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have been gigging this amp for the past year. It has been very good to me. I use it for heavy rock but have a played a gig or two doing cleaner stuff. Takes pedals very well and effects loop is more friendly than the 15 watt version. I use this amp over my Mesa Mark IV head because of it's portability. I run it through an Orange Open back 2x12 with one v-30 and one g12-k100. It really sounds fantastic. I have recorded with it as well. Just an awesome all around and very easy to dial in what you need. Cleans could be a little nicer but some nice effects help sweeten it. Still using the tubes it came with.

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2.0

Good Sound, Poor Reliability

By Joe

from Philadelphia, PA

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Pros

  • 2-channel
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Cheap Power Transformer
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

First off - as far as sound and features, I like this amp.

Playing mostly in bars, 40W is enough for me to have a clean sound at a good volume.

The combination of 3 amp models and "tweaker" switches give this amp some good versatility. Once I took some time to explore, I found a number of settings that I really liked (primarily classic rock type songs).

But bottom line - this amp is not reliable. You cannot take this to a gig, crank it up, and trust that it will work. Scrolling through the reviews, it is clear that the power transformer is a common problem.

Until Egnater addresses this issue, I cannot recommend this amp, unless you plan to only use it at home and/or you're fine expecting to replace the transformer in the near future. "Luckily" mine failed about a year after I bought it, and it was still in warranty.

Since I had the transformer replaced, I've used it in 4 gigs and had no problems.

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5.0

Last amp I will ever own

By guitar man

from Louisville Ky.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I have owned Fender, Peavy, and Marshall amps, with Marshal always ending up being my amp of choice. One night I ended up jamming with a group of talented musicians and this guy shows up with a Egnater tweeker 40. As he was hooking up I thought you gotta be kidding me. That little head and 1 cabinet with a 12" speaker? Myself and 2 other guys were playing through Marshall JCM heads with 1960 4-12 cabs. When we started playing the tweeker was effortless staying up with our rigs. he would change tones with a flip of a switch as we were adjusting knobs to achieve what he already had. I started thinking why am I lugging around all this weight? Needless to say, the next week I loaded up my guitars (strat, les paul, and sg) and went to take a test drive. All 3 guitars sounded great and the tweeker performed flawlessly. The rest is history, and yes the tweeker went home with me that day.

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    4.0

    Versatile Moderate Gain Amp - HRD + some

    By hoogie

    from South Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I have been using this amp now for about one year. I have found it to be very tweakable for clean to moderate gain sounds, but a little too "ragged" sounding at high gain levels. Since gain and tone are all relative, I'll tell you what I've found in terms of familiar music. I can get nice Stevie Ray Vaughn sounds with this and a Tube Screamer. I have gotten some nice Doobie Brothers sounds (Long Train Runnin', Listen to the Music"). I've gotten nice Jackson Browne "Running on Empty" sounds. I tried Joe Bonamassa-like tones and found the amp not smooth enough. I've gotten nice almost acoustic sounds with this as well. Overall a nice mid powered amp. Great buy for the money. Sits more in the Fender camp to my ears. I compared it to a Fender HR DeVille 2x12 and was able to dial the same sound (but NOT with the Egnater speaker cab, which was very heavy in upper mids)and bought this for versatility. I play it through an AX-84 design oversize 1x12 with Eminence Govn'r with good results. Also thru a Marshall 1936 cab loaded with Scumbacks with fantastic results. I don't play metal, so I can't speak to that. It is by nature "scooped" sounding to my ears, so maybe OK. Makes a nice studio piece because of versatility and its very quiet, even on higher gain settings. I don't like most amp reverbs so no loss there. I use a Hall of Fame pedal in the loop with very good results.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Stay away if you want a reliable amp!

      By Anders Ogsnes

      from Narvik, Norway

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      The same story as many here. A broken Power transformer. I have TWO tweaker 40's. The same happened on both. I left them powered on while having a rehearsal brake. When I returned, the amp was dead. When the first died, The tweaker 40 was relatively new on the market, and Egnater shipped me a New transformer straight away. I changed it myself. When the second broke, the PT-trouble had hit the fan, and I found a lot of these stories on the net. However - the amp was still within warrany, and I expected Egnater to follow up. After several mails, they agreed upon sending me a New PT - but only if I paid the shipment - which I did (USD237 UPS to Norway...) After two days, I received mail from UPS, who returned the shipment because Egnater had forgotten to put a formal Invoice With the shipment. I have mailed them repeatedly after this - and Egnater just ignore me. So good fellows guitarists: Keep away from this product, and please tell them about my experience whenever you get the chance!

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      4.0

      Versatile 2-Channel Amp

      By Joe

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Two Identical Channels

      Cons

      • Cheap Power Transformer

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      As far as playing classic rock style songs (which is my experience), this is a really fun amp with a great sound. There's a lot of settings to play with. At first, I wasn't sure I liked the overdriven sounds. But once I took some time to really explore, I've been able to get a wide range of tones.

      As for the volume, I've had no problem keeping a clean tone (playing mostly in bars).

      After having the amp for a little over a year, the only issue I've had is the power transformer dying. From what I can tell this is a common issue. In my case, since it's still in warranty, Egnater is upgrading the transformer.

      Pros:
      -You can get a wide range of sounds, from the clean Vox sound of the Beatles to a bluesy Fender tone, to a crunchy Marshall sound.
      -The two identical channels give you a lot of freedom to control your sound via the footswitch

      Cons
      -Expect to have an issue with the power transformer at some point. It is a known issue that will be upgraded if it fails while the warranty is still good

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      tweaker 40

      By fredtheman

      from nj

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I bought this amp and just love it, I had some issues ,blown transformer, it took awhile to get through to customer service, so about 2 months went buy and I had it repaired under warranty ,so it is back and sounding great. all and all great product, but customer service could be better.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GREAT AMP... Broke :(

        By John Melby

        from United States

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I really like this amp, however; the transformer did blow out on it just like it did for everyone else. I sent it in an they fixed it under warranty. Other than that It is a sweet amp. I have even been able to get some sick metal tones out of it... even though it is not a metal amp.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Great till it Ain't

        By notryt

        from toledo ohio

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              Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Update to my original review.. pay attention

              My tweaker 40 transformer fried ( a common problem) but now the Horror Story. Egnater refuses to even look at it because it is out of warrantee. secondly I found out by a amp repair person that these amps are non-servicable except for the power transformers... all the circuitry is microciruits and surface mounted tech. I had 2 peavey amps die on me in the past.. way way way out of the warrantee period and peavey still fixed them.. all I had toy do was pay the shipping cost to and from the repair facility in Tn. Egnater should at least repair out of warrantee amps... the other thing that bothers me is even a third party replacement cost about two bills.. pretty pricy DIY repair.

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              5.0

              Sweet amp!

              By Alfa Woof

              from san Jose

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Egnater Tweaker-40 40W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                Finally found an amp I really like....
                Very tweakable as the name implys. I get the grins every time I plug in. Paired it with the matching 212 cab. A bit bassy, but opens up real nice past 6. I don't recommend standing in front of it without ear protection, however.
                Still in the honeymoon phase of our relationship, and can't comment as to reliability just yet. If she holds up, I have a good feeling about working with this amplifier. So many great tone variations, I think it will be hard to get bored with it. Takes pedals well too. One nice feature is the footswitch has a effects loop on/off button. Never had an amp with this feature, but I dig it!
                For the price, I say buy one and see for yourself

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