Egnater Renegade 212 65W 2×12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

Egnater Renegade 212 65W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo AmpA 2X12 dual-channel combo that offers both “Tweed” and “British” voicing.

Egnater’s Renegade is an impressive product. The engineering that went into this amplifier shows a great deal of thought. I actually believe that guitarists were involved in the design of the amp! : – )

It’s a two-channel design with the classic approach: Clean and Overdriven. Each one has its own three-band EQ, as well as “Tight” and “Bright” switches, which help to alter the overall high/low end. Each channel also has its own low-wattage switch, allowing you to push the amp harder and enjoy more power-tube saturation. The mix of power-tubes is what really knocked my socks off. The Renegade comes with a complement of both 6L6s and EL34 tubes. The ability to toggle between a classic “California / Tweed” or “British” voice is a pretty big deal. So far, everything I’ve mentioned can be selected via the footswitch, as can the Reverb.

I think the speakers are worth noting.. There is a Celestion Vintage-30 and a 12″ Elite-80 Speaker “by Celestion”. It’s a somewhat odd mix, but it works. The main thing is that the Vintage-30 is great for glassy highs, combined with a creamy mid-hump.

When using the clean channel, the Renegade is capable of shimmering / glassy tones. The drive channel yields plenty of grit, but can be tamed, which, I think, is an important factor. Between the two channels there aren’t too many sounds that elude this amp. I don’t think it will fare well for those who spend their time playing Metal as it’s just not that kind of amp. But for Blues, Rock, Pop, Country and similar styles, the Egnater Renegade 212 is a top-shelf boutique-ish combo with a lot to offer.

What Is The Difference Between EL84 / EL34 and 6L6 Power Tubes?

What Is The Difference Between EL84 / EL34 and 6L6 Power Tubes?
EL34 Power Tubes

Power tubes can have a dramatic effect on your amplifier’s sound. At low volumes, the difference between one tube and another can be difficult to decipher; it’s almost not worth talking about. Once you start to push a little air, your amplifier will show off what it can do and the power tubes will display their individual characteristics more. Keep in mind, by using pedals, you can make pretty much any amp sound like any other amp, so this discussion is focused on how a few of the most popular power tubes differ from each other when using the amp to get your sound and not pedals. the tubes that readers most often ask about are the EL84, EL34 and 6L6. Here is a rundown of how these tubes differ in sound.

EL84

This tube has a  snarly sound, and is usually found in smaller wattage amplifiers. They break up quickest of the three power tubes mentioned here and have the least amount of headroom. EL84s can be brighter than the EL34 (i.e. the “Vox” sound) and have a bit less low-end. In America, these tubes are known as 6BQ5. They were first produced for radios, helping to eliminate the need for a driver tube.

EL34

Found in the most well-known UK heads such as Marshall, HiWatt, Sound City, etc… these power tubes also have a snarly sound. While they have a bit more headroom than the EL84, they are also aggressive and break up quicker. EL34s tend to compress more than the 6L6 power tube and have a darker tone. This tube is most associated with the “British Sound”, and expression used often with regards to amplifiers. EL34 tubes were quite popular in stereo amplifiers years ago.

6L6

This is the power tube most associated with the term: “California Sound,” Often used in Fender amplifiers, they tend to be used in most American made amplifiers in general then British amplifiers. The 6L6 has more headroom and does not break up as quickly as the EL84 or  EL34. These tubes tend to put out a much brighter tone with more top-end sparkle (i.e. the “Fender Chime”).

6V6

 

For the most part, the 6V6 is considered identical on general tonal characteristics to the 6L6. Same “California” or “Tweed” kind of tone, and most often associated with Fender amplifiers. The main difference is that the 6V6 is a lower output tube. Consequently, they break-up earlier than 6L6 tubes.

Summary

Again, it is not likely that you would feel these differences at low volumes. It is when you start to push an amplifier that the characteristics of these tubes becomes more aparent. Keep in mind as well that as much as power tubes differ, amplifiers differ as well, so the overall voice and behavior of the power tube will vary depending on who the amplifier is designed. If you want to really get a feel for how these tubes differ in sound, get your hands on an amplifier that can use both the EL34 and 6L6 power tubes such as the Mesa Lone Star.

 

Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier 6L6 vs EL34 Tube Comparison

Valve Shootout: 6L6 vs EL34

EL84 vs 6V6 18watt amp by Dave Brons