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Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head 

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The Powerball II offers more tone, more control, and more versatility than its predecessor. It's got 4 channels and 100W of power courtesy of 4 - 6L6...Click To Read More About This Product

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The unmistakable, revered tone of the Powerball with more control and versatility.

The Powerball II offers more tone, more control, and more versatility than its predecessor. It's got 4 channels and 100W of power courtesy of 4 - 6L6GC power tubes, along with enhancements like gain controls for each channel, 2 Bottom sound switches for the lead channels, mid-boost switching that affects all 4 channels, footswitchable FX loop, and an electronic Power Tube Monitoring System with LED indicator.

New features on the rear panel include an S.A.C. port for connecting an ENGL Z-9 footpedal, plus the noise gate and FX loop are footswitchable as well.

Like the original Powerball, the Powerball II head has 4 channels: Clean -Channel 1, Crunch-Channel 2, Lead-Channel 3, and Lead-Channel 4, with independent volume controls for each. Clean and Crunch channels have shared bass and mid EQ controls with independent treble controls for each. EQ controls for the lead channels include bass, mid, and treble knobs, plus a selectable middle-boosted control for complete tonal control. Presence and Depth Punch knobs give you reign over the power amp stage, and Master A and B controls let you set different volume settings to your liking.

FEATURES
  • 100W
  • 4 channels: Clean, Crunch, and 2 Lead channels
  • Individual volume/gain controls for each channel
  • Bright/Bottom switches for Clean and Crunch channels
  • 4 ECC83 preamp tubes

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EnglPowerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

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  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ENGL POWERBALL II is a versatile Rock & Metal amp!!!!

By Ronald Gonzalez

from Illinois

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Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Currently, I own an ENGL "BLACKMORE 100w", ENGL "FIREBALL 60w", ENGL "520" PREAMP, ENGL "820" (2x35w POWERAMP) and now the ENGL POWERBALL II. They all have that ENGL signature tone yet they remain very different from each other.

I've read all kind of reviews and seen most youtube clips regarding the FIREBALL vs POWERBALL..and how the FIREBALL is much better...... TRUST BE TOLD, right out of the box it would appear that way, but only do to the simplicity of the FIREBALL. It has that ONE go to tone AMAZING as that may be, it limits your usage of the amp....but the POWERBALL II can be tweaked til' you're blue in the face, which I see as an upside...

Sure you may need to spend hours comparing tones like I did with my amp collection to the new POWERBALL II to see just how versality it could be at emulating sounds....but after this little excercise I was completely satisfied with my results....Although, the emulation test was not an exact match, the POWERBALL II was able to get the essence of the other amps tone..and in some cases made me tweak some of the GO TO setting to match what I captured in the POWERBALL II....

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those who expect a ton of variety from there amps.....You want Authenic Metal, Hard Rock, Country & Jazz tone out of your amp....The POWERBALL II would be a great place to start looking.
Other than lack of onboard MIDI capability, this amp is built with most everything you'd expect in a pro-level tube amplifier of this price range. The addition of separate gain controls on this VERSION II of the POWERBALL is main reason I finally made a purchase. Although it requires an additional switcher & footcontoller.....Most every tweakable feature of this amp is switchable..Lastly the FX LOOP can be used in series or parallel manner. THE TONES IN THIS AMP ARE IN ABUNDANCES & THE CLEAN CHANNEL IS ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!!!
I've been using ENGL products live since 92' and NEVER have I had an issue with their gear....ROCK SOLID!!!! This amp is built like a tank.
I've come to understand you get what you pay for in life but especially in the music gear industry...Not to say others haven't made great product at a lesser price, just that you can't put a price tag an product that give you AMAZING TONE & RELIABILITY for years!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ENGL powerball 2

By brad wilhelm

from USA

Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have owned most world-class amplifiers and this one is working the best for me! it has a very raw metal tone to it but with just a slight amount of fx it sweetens up. I added a lexicon reverb and that's pretty much all I needed to make it work with all the songs that we write. what I like the best about it that I can hear every note that I play it does not get mudded up or lost in a hairy distortion! I keep again around 12 o'clock and it needs no more and for the solos I will throw in a tube screamer in front of it just because I like the fx that it gives.this is not your average buzz box it is truly a tone machine I love that it has a definite growl to it that is unmistakable to any other amplifier! My other guitar player uses a hughes & kettner Tri amp. Now he wants one of these. the cool thing about it is if you don't like it you have 45 days to return it but once you work with it for a couple of days you won't want to get rid of it!! I'll look forward to playing it every day! And I have not felt this good or had the desire to play this much in 20 years!
It's plain and simple this amp will work well for anybody's liking and almost every type of music. but mainly hard rock and metal
Best amp I have ever owned the sound is what I was looking for.
It's worth the money you get what you pay for

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy crap

By mercurydescends.com

from Corpus Christi, TX

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Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Every time I turn this thing on I am amazed at how thick the distortion sounds. The cleans are also very warm and can be muddied up very easily. The versatility of this amp is phenomenal. Features: There is a built in gate on the back of the amp that is okay at best. If you like the Veil of Maya or Born of Osiris chopped distortion sound this will be fun for you to mess with. You can also run a 1/4" out to turn it on and off. I run a gmajor2 through the effects loop and this thing sings! I highly recommend it. My other guitarist has an orange rockerverb 100 (which I also love) and the Engl beats the piss out of it. Just sayin...Also if you are trying to decide between a couple different models of ENGL amps please go online and listen to the amps themselves. The invader 150 sounds wonderful but it is a much tighter distortion where the powerball II is a fatter distortion. You could save some coin.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb advanced tone machine

By J.Frost

from Hollywood,California

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • No Comprimises
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I have read almost every review on this- many negative. At first this amp makes you tilt your head but once you get it dialed you see the light! All I can think of is people snub this amp because it isn't cheap like their 5150 or 6505 etc.and ENGL are sour grapes. People say their rectos or 5150 are better but let me tell you having owed several of both ( as well as MANY other top amp brands) this thing destroys those amps hands down if for nothing else easy no comprimise level/gain settings,boost and huge variety of sounds AVAILABLE with only a footswitch. The lead channels are easy to play and just beg to bloom into warm sustain with super clarity. The cleans are way better than I thought they would be. This is the best amp overall I have ever played Sounds good low too doesn't need to be loud, but when it is, it gets amazing. You just can't stop playing it because all the channels give you so much on each one. Dual masters sell me also as well as 4 seperate channels for the aloof soundman/stage boost.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow.

    By Rooster-P8mm-

    from MN

    Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Worth every penny. Had a Mesa (love/hate relationship) and was convinced I could get great tones out of it. After months of tweaking and twisting I just couldn't find the sound I was looking for. I stumbled upon a website talking about Engl's so I proceeded to youtube. Every Engl I listened to sounded great (fearedse - google it now). Well, I finally pulled the trigger. My face is still melted. Can't believe the tone this thing can create. Anywhere from sparkling clean to full face metal distortion.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    worth every penny!

    By Art_of_Shred

    from Rochester, NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I bought this amp based on what I heard the only time I have ever seen another guitarist using it live, and I have now confirmed what I remember from that night 2 years ago: this thing cranks! The beauty of the Engl Powerball is in the versatility. With 4 channels, the foot-switchable mid-boost, and the separate A/B master volumes, you can dial in basically 8 sounds at 2 levels. If you want Fender cleans, it's in there. Marshall brown sound? Check. Mesa thump? Check. Dialing it in is the only challenge, as it's not a whatever-your-sound-is-right-out-of-the-box kind of amp. It's a precision German-built machine capable of pretty much anything under the sun... if you have the ear to tune it in. Oh, and I like it, too. Good amp.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Engl Powerball

      By i8MEmonkey

      from Never where I was Ten seconds ago

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This the BEST amp I have ever owned.The tone is worth every penny you pay.Getting this amp has been the best thing I have ever done for my sound.It can do it all.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for most

        By Anonymous-Euu9r

        from Saint George, UT

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        Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have owned this amp for about 5 months now. I can get an amazing tone out of this thing in about 98% of applications. This head is a monster for recording and it sounds just as good live. It has great cleans, good distortion, huge high gains. I wish it had some sort of delay/reverb built in, but other than that it is phenomenal. If you like huge wall of sound metal, tight djent, or beautiful cleans, this amp is for you.

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One solid amp, worth the money, well built to last

        By patrick thiel

        from Texas

        Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have had several Marshall amps (I hope a representative from Marshall reads this) and have been dissappointed by the quality of the product and the attitude of the employees. I have a Peavy 6505+ I really enjoy, but my main amp, the go to amp my recording amp is the Engl Powerball II
        German design, production and attention to details, what can I say, unlike Marshall, Engl amps work out of the box and continue to perform.
        Last amp...only amp you will need

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pure TONE machine

        By BossHogg

        from Little Rock, AR

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

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          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Engl Powerball II 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          After reading so many reviews about this being a 'metal' amp, I couldn't disagree more. I'll probably get blasted for saying this, but I really think my Peavey Triple X is a better 'metal' amp. Not that the PB2 can't do metal, but you would be cheating yourself if you used it for only a metal amp. I will say the Engl Powerball 2 is a versatile tone MONSTER . The clean channel is surprisingly great (it reminds me of the Vibrolux channel on my Fender Super Sonic head) and with the clean gain control it does great 'overdriven' clean tones. It's almost like having two channels in one. The Crunch channel is what I had been looking for a nice classic rock/blues tone - perfect breakup, great definition and plenty of sustain and bite all at the same time. I use it with the gain set on 4 and it's everything I'd ever wanted in a rhythm tone. Lead 3 is my favorite channel of all. It has gain to spare, I also have it set on 4, and it sounds absolutely incredible with every guitar I own - my Les Paul with a Joe Bonamassa p/u set, my Explorer with 500T/496R, Flying V with EMG 81/60 and my other Les Paul with a 498T/Seymour Duncan '59. It has lovely saturation, awesome depth and sustain to die for. Then there is channel 4 - similar to channel three, but its voicing begs for neck pickup soloing. Creamy, defined and just inexplicably wonderful. Add in the bottom/bright switches, the Mid-boost, Presence & Depth Punch and two Master Volumes and you have the total package. This amp is worth every penny and then some. If you want a pro quality sound and the tone you've been hearing only in your head, this is your amp.

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