• Wish list
  • gb
    Choose your store
    All countries
  • 0

Engl Retro Tube 100 Head E 765

7 customer ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.9 / 5.0
  • handling
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
1–1 of 1 feedback texts
Total
handling
features
sound
quality

a nuclear powered JCM800. riding a dinosaur.

07.03.2017
ENGL is a name usually associated to high gain amps like the Powerball, that usually fail to venture really convincingly in the low/mid-gain territory (that's mostly not true, but that's how things go..). the E765, nonetheless, is an extremely versatile amp, able to combine two apparently incompatible tone philosophies, with a delightful vintage vibe and more bite than you'd think at first...
the Retro Tube 100 is powered by 4 EL34 tubes ? that scream Marshall. It's a 2 channel amp (with separate gain, volume and EQ), with a built in gain boost, a mid boost, a noise gate, a switchable fx loop and 2 independent master volumes (the master B potentiometer is on the back, and not exactly comfortable to reach). All these functions can be controlled with a variety of footswitches, or via midi.
- the clean channel is extremely versatile, ranging from chimey Fenderish cleans to bluesy dirts, and can be furtherly tweaked with a bright switch
- the lead channel has a HUGE gain range, that starts more or less where the clean channel ends, and goes through classic JCM800 tones and way beyond. In case you're wondering, YES. It can be used for metal. Maybe not brutal death metal, but trash and melodic death are easily within reach. Think of a somewhat tamer Peavey 6534.
- the gain boost could be better, actually. It adds a bit too much unwanted compression when used on the clean channel ? making it sound definitely less imposing in the mix. If you're planning to keep it permanently on to get the BROOTALZ on the lead channel, well... it doesn't really work this way. Surely it can add sustain and fluidity to solos, but it doesn't work well on rhythm settings, adding some unwanted mud and noise. Much, much better to add a tube screamer before the amp, as usual, if you think you need some extra brutality and tightness (the amp is very tight without any need for an overdrive, anyway)...
- the mid boost can be used to shape the tone but doesn't really work on the fly (to make solos jump out of the mix) in my opinion. just a personal opinion, of course.
- the FX loop is superb, like on every ENGL amp i've ever tried. No tone or volume loss, and it works with both line and instrument level effects.
- the noise gate is not on par with dedicated effects like the ISP decimator, but can be used to tame the higher gain settings if you're playing straight to amp... it works, and not too obtrusively.
The amp has 3 easily replaceable masks (black, cream or red) and the usual glowing red LEDs below the power valves. The retro tube logo on the front glows red too, but it's less bright than i'd have liked (maybe i'm a bit childish, but i love glowing stuff. I really do.)
Long story short, it's a (german made) quality amp. It looks cool and sounds great. The built in gain boost will not make you throw away your overdrives, but whatever the genre, the E765 can help you find YOUR tone with surprising versatility. If you like Marshalls pushed to the limit, this could become your new favourite amp.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report review
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report

Engl Retro Tube 100 Head E 765

€1,444 £1,269.20
You save %28.16 (€566)
Free shipping incl. VAT

£ price – guideline price only

Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Share this product
Your Contact People
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Online guides
Guitar Amp Heads
Guitar Amp Heads
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amp­li­fic­a­tion.
Online guides
Guitar Amps
Guitar Amps
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
tc electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner/Buffer Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kit JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition De Sisti Leonardo 1kW P.O. Ibanez SR300E-AFM Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ tc electronic Hall of Fame 2 Yamaha DD-75 Swissonic M-Control Thalia Capo African Wenge Black Chrome
(6)
Recommended
tc electronic PolyTune 3 Tuner/Buffer

tc electronic Polytune 3, effects pedal, polyphonic tuner/buffer, Bonafide buffer circuitry preserves your tone through long cable runs and multiple effects, polyphonic tuning - tune all strings simultaneously, fast chromatic tuner offers 0.5 cent accuracy, ultra-precise strobe tuner gives you...

to the product
€99
Recommended
Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

Boss MS-3, effects pedal, Multi Effects Switcher, Pedal board effects loop switcher with 112 built-in effects for guitar & bass including tuner, noise reduction, global equalizer, midi, amp switching, USB connector & editor, controls: Knob 1 to 3, switches: On/Off...

to the product
€468
(3)
Recommended
Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kit

Electronic Drum Set Made available in Europe exclusively by Thomann, Successor to the Alesis DM10 studio mesh kit, The new DM10 MKII Advanced Electronic Drum module is based on the Alesis Crimson module, Contains 671 sounds, 54 Preset and...

to the product
€868
Recommended
JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition

JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition, Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor with 5" Woofer, 1" Soft-Dome High Frequency Transducer, 43Hz-24kHz, Class D Power Amp: 41/41W (LF/HF), Max Peak SPL: 108 dB SPL (C-weighted), Magnetic shielding, Level Control, LF trim (+2dB/-2dB), HF...

to the product
€149
Recommended
De Sisti Leonardo 1kW P.O.

Pole-operated Fresnel Theater Spotlight For 1000 W lamp with G22 base, 150 mm Fresnel lens, Robust and light carbon steel housing with black powder coating, 28 mm TV spigot, With 2 m cable (without plug), Switch on housing, Beam...

to the product
€675
Recommended
Ibanez SR300E-AFM

Ibanez SR300E-AFM, 4-string bass guitar, Soundgear-series, mahoghani body, 5-pc maple/rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) "SR4" neck:, 24 medium frets, rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) fretboard, white dot inlays, nut width 38 mm, scale: 864mm/34", Accu-Cast B120 bridge, cosmo black hardware, PowerSpan dual coil pickups,...

to the product
€299
Recommended
Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical

Guitar Cabinet Loudspeakers: 2 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30, Power handling: 120 watts, Impedance: 8 Ohm, Housing made of 16 mm plywood, Black Tolex version, Decorative borders, Dimensions (W x H x D): 49.5 x 65.8 x 35.5 /...

to the product
€238
Recommended
Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ

Nowsonic Stage Antenna Set 5,8 GHZ, Set with 2 Antennas and Wallmount, Compatible with every WiFi Router, especially the Stage Router and Stage Router Pro, Frequency Range: 5.1 - 5.8 GHz, Impedance: 50 Ohms, Gain: 10dBi, Cable length: 6m, Weight:...

to the product
€95
Recommended
tc electronic Hall of Fame 2

tc electronic Hall of Fame 2, effects pedal, reverb, new TC MASH technology turns footswitch into a pressure responsive expression controller, new shimmer reverb algorithm, analog-dry-through maintains integrity of analog dry signal path when reverb is engaged, TonePrint-enabled: load signature...

to the product
€147
Recommended
Yamaha DD-75

Mobile Electronic Drum Set 8 Pads, Velocity-sensitive, 32-voice polyphonic, 570 Drum voices + 30 phrases, 75 Preset drum kits, 10 User drum kits, 75 Presets songs, 105 Preset songs, GM and XGlite compatible, LED display, Midi IN / OUT,...

to the product
€225
Recommended
Swissonic M-Control

Swissonic M-Control, passive Monitor Controller in hard metall housing, 2x Klinke/XLR combi Input, 1x 3,5mm Stereo-Jack Input, 2x XLR male Output, 1x 3,5mm Stereo Jack out, switchable Mute, Mono-Button, dimensions: 162 x 98 x 54 mm, weight 400g

to the product
€49
Recommended
Thalia Capo African Wenge Black Chrome

Thalia Capo African Wenge Black Chrome, high-quality Capodaster with african wenge inlay, one-handed operation, replaceable fretpads designed to fit a range of instruments, incl. standard tension and high tension tuning kits, each includes 0" for classical, 7.25". 9.5", 10", 12",...

to the product
€58
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.

Please leave a comment. Please enter your e-mail address.