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Removing the center panel on the back of the cab only increased the tone’s breadth, increasing its response and dimension as I turned the gain up a little more. Honestly, there aren’t many things cooler than controlled note feedback with a clean tone, and the Parker Fly that I had plugged in at this point certainly helped with its precise vibrato system. Switching over to channel two caused the Renegade to exhibit a more aggressive character, more in the vein of an old JCM800 or modded Super Lead. What set the Renegade’s tone apart from those famous amps was, ultimately, the voicing of the preamp itself. The upper midrange grind that those old British amps are known for had a unique “give,” one that made them instantly recognizable to the ear. The Egnater has a more modern approach, and its voicing has more of a solid, round quality to it, with a bigger low end.
With the Les Paul, I was amazed at the Renegade’s ability to stay smooth and controlled at any gain setting, especially when I was pushing it very hard in the 18-watt mode. I love the sound of low-wattage amps being pushed to the brink, and there’s nothing that puts in me in a Brian May mood more than hitting one of those amps with a flurry of licks from a great neck pickup. For modern metal players, the Renegade can handle it quite nicely, especially if the music being played is on the Tool or Mastodon side of the tonal spectrum. If you’re more of a fan of modern gain tones produced by American designs, the Renegade might not satisfy your craving, even at the full 6L6 setting. The voicing definitely leans more to the British side in any case, but is still capable of producing massive, pummeling gain tones with a very tight low end.
The Final Mojo
The Renegade was designed to cover a lot of ground, and it does that quite well. It still has the same tonal characteristics that you’ll find in Egnater’s other amplifiers, and sits on a nice middle ground feature-wise between their Rebel 30 and flagship Tourmaster amplifiers. It’s being offered in a wide variety of configurations: 1x12, 2x12, or 4x10 combo, or as a head with Egnater 2x12, 4x10 or 4x12 cabinets. Guitarists looking for extreme gain tones might want to hold out for Egnater’s forthcoming Armageddon amp, and the clean voicing might not be to every player’s liking. Personally, I love it, and the gain tones definitely satisfy my British tone jones. Not only are there a ton of options to craft your tone, they’re all useful in helping you get there.
you’re looking for a great tube amp that covers a lot of ground while remaining easy to use.
you need the most modern high-gain tones.
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