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I love my Egnater Mod 50 (or my amp journey)

severinsteel

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I am relatively new to this forum and I am really trying to cut down my time spent on forums in general, but I just had to let you guys know of something. The Egnater Mod 50 is hands down, the best amp I have ever tried. I have been playing for around 13 years and I have been through my fair share of amps. We'll start with my first tube amp.

In high school, my main amp was a Soldano Atomic 16 head. Great amp, but not enough bass, not enough gain, and no FX loop. In college I scored a Carvin MTS head for dirt cheap and used that for a couple years. It tirned out to be pretty unreliable, though it is great for the money as far as tone. Next, I got a Marshall JTM 30 which also sounded nice through a 4x12 but was unreliable and lacked some bottom end, although it had that great Marshall feel factor. Next I scored a Boogie Mark 3 which I loved and loved. But, I felt it lacked a little in the feel department. It took me a while to realize this, but I finally did. Next, I ended up scoring a Marshall TSL for dirt drit cheap. I bought it to resell but it ended up sounding pretty awesome. Out of all of the amps I had purchased prior, it had the best feel. Maybe it was the hyped midrange or something, but it just felt good to play. Unfortunately, it had some footswitch glitches (the footswitch sucked!) and I didn't like the FX loop. Next I bought a Boogie Rectoverb combo (also a good deal) and it had a massive, huge sound, but once again, it lacked the feel of the Marshall. It was about this time that I decided to pull the trigger on the Egnater.

I had first heard about the Mod 50 maybe a year prior to buying the Boogie mark 3. It was about then that I had decided to save up. I was teaching guitar at the time and working retail so I had a separate 'craigslist' fund. I ended up putting a deposit on the Mod 50, and about 6 months later it was delivered. To this day, I love it love it love it; it does everything I want. I use the SL2 and BMan modules and they are incredible. Talk about an all around amp, every channel sounds amazing.

Out of all of the amps I had bought, the only ones left are the Mark 3, the Soldano, and of course the Egnater Mod 50.

I am so relieved to not been wanting a different amp, man it is a great feeling to be satisfied.

Good luck with your tone searches. We are all different and look for different things in an amp. I am very very happy to have finally found mine, and only after 13 years!

Cameron
 

Buckeyedog

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Dude, I feel the same way. Absolutely love my Mod. Haven't been gassing for any other amps going on two years now. Just crazy good.
 

fogman

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i've been gasing for one for too long.
i plan to get one, and nothing else seems to grab my attention.
initially i'll be getting the EG5 and BMan modules.
 

Pat Healy

Senior Member
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You'll find quite a few hardcore Mod50 devotees around here, myself included. I've had mine for a little over a year. I got it with the VX and SL2 modules, and have since picked up the T/D, BMAN, and COD. All the modules are fantastic, but the T/D and SL2 are my faves.

After 20 years of professional and semi-pro playing, utilizing a lot of nice gear, the Mod50 has ended my tone search. I couldn't be happier.
 

papersoul

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Cameron, good for you - I love mine as well! I have the SL2, Bman, EG3/4 and Erect modules. You must get the EG3/4 - WOW! Way thicker mids than the SL2 but the SL2 cuts! What type of music you play? I find the EG3/4 more aggressive for heavier styles than the SL2. There are also some nice mods out there for the Egnater modules. Heard of the Hairy Brown Eye mod by Dave Friedman?

What cab you use??? The mathcing Oversized 212 or the Tour Master 212 is supposed to be PERFECT for this amp.

One thing I struggle with is my lead tone. I like my rhythm and lead EQed differently so it can be a struggle finding a compromise although I have a boost in the loop and am getting a Sparkle Drive because it is supposed to add a touch of compression and mids for leads.
 

3 Mile Stone

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It really is funny how this amp seems to stop GAS dead in it's tracks for a lot of us. Some of that is in the nature of the design. IF I get tired of my EG3/4 & Bassman combination, I can put in my Vox and SL for a while.

Love my MOD 50 too. Best amp I ever bought by far and I will not ever sell it. I might buy something else cool some day just to have, but it really is the amp for me. Glad you like it so much.
 

papersoul

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It really is funny how this amp seems to stop GAS dead in it's tracks for a lot of us. Some of that is in the nature of the design. IF I get tired of my EG3/4 & Bassman combination, I can put in my Vox and SL for a while.

Love my MOD 50 too. Best amp I ever bought by far and I will not ever sell it. I might buy something else cool some day just to have, but it really is the amp for me. Glad you like it so much.
3 Mile, what cab do you use?
 

3 Mile Stone

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I'm thinking about picking up a Tour Master 2X12 at GC some day very soon. It would be nice to have a matching cab and I liek CL80 just fine.

I am currently using a Mojo Tone cab that is styled like the 1966B Marshall, diagonal 2X12. Same size as a 4x10 cab. I have it loaded with two Eminence GB12-16 ohm speakers, that walk the line between a Green Back without the flab and a G12-65 with better cutting highs. I love 'em.

The cab is this one ...

http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/item.asp?pid=62897&pg=44972&id=4000140


Other than the fact that it is not tan tolex on top & bottom it matches perfectly, same grill material, piping and everything. I think Mojo would build a black & tan if you asked them too, no problem.
 

papersoul

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Ah, that is the Mojo I was looking at as well! Does it sound big? Tight? What is the weight? I like the size of that one. So, the speakers are diagonal? Does that do anything different or odd to the sound over a standard 212?

It isn't very wide which would be an issue if I ended up with something like a 100 watt head. at least the Egnater 212 is wider.
 

Pat Healy

Senior Member
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Pics, sound samples from you guys?

http://www.indoorstorm.com/egnater/mod50.htm

From these vids I really (really!) like the Deluxe and SL modules. I wish I could afford one of these at the moment.
Here's mine. Ignore the Crate amp and pedalboard in the background, those belong to our other guitar player.

No clips, unfortunately...I moved shortly after I bought the amp, and haven't built out my studio in the new house yet.

 

LavaMan

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I love my Mod50! It's all use now unless I need a little more portablility in which case I use my Swart ASTR and a Xotic BB preamp....

Currently using the BMAN and EG5 modules - best combination I have tried so far. I really, really like the SL2 module as well. I have the EG3/4 but it's just not my cup o'tea. I also have the TD module which I like as well.

I Have three cabs: Egnater 2x12 w/CL80's, Port City 2x12 w/GK-100's and a Paort City 1x12 w/Jensen Jet - my favorite cab. I am thinking about getting a another Port City 1x12 w/EV12L....
 

papersoul

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I want to get another EG5 and have it modified for more low mids. I found it too gainy and the upper mids kind of BRIGHT! Kind of 80s metalish all the time but maybe with more tweaking I may have found nirvana. I tend to favor the Eg3/4 over the SL2 because it does the heavies better and has more aggressive mids, much, much thicker lead tones than the SL2. I have a hard time using the SL2 now.

On the cabs. What do you guys think of the Egnater 212 vs the Port City 212 vs an Avatar? I am tempted to pick up a matching 212 for my Mod 50, they get GREAT reviews. However Mojo, Avatar and Port City all have nice options.
Does the PC 212 sound much bigger than the Egnater?

How do you use that pedalboard???? Is it in a rack? Midi?
 

3 Mile Stone

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Ah, that is the Mojo I was looking at as well! Does it sound big? Tight? What is the weight? I like the size of that one. So, the speakers are diagonal? Does that do anything different or odd to the sound over a standard 212?

It isn't very wide which would be an issue if I ended up with something like a 100 watt head. at least the Egnater 212 is wider.

Yea, it has a nice big 4X12 like quality to it. It's big sounding. They wiegh about 50 lbs loaded. I don't think it really has a negative affect on the sound with the speakers being diagonal. It did take me a week or two to get used to it. A little harder to find "that spot" on stage wher you get feedback if you into having it there on command like I do. Yea it fits the MOD 50 head perfect but probably not most 100 watters.

Here is a pic.

 

Pat Healy

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How do you use that pedalboard???? Is it in a rack? Midi?
I think that was addressed to me...the pedals are permanently attached to the rack drawer. They are in an Axess Electronics GRX4 loop switcher, so I can bring them in and out of the signal path via MIDI. You can barely see the GRX4 directly underneath the Timefactor. The whole works sits in the Mod50's series effects loop.

A pic of my pedalboard is below. The Axess MFC5 controls the loop switcher, the Timefactor, and of course changes channels on the Mod50. The FS300 footswitch controls various functions on the Timefactor. As you can see, I have several O/D and boost pedals, which see VERY little use with the Mod50...it doesn't need them. Mostly I use those with my DRRI. Cables are Lava ELC solderless....thanks Mark!!!

 

Boomer

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I'm planning to order one in the next thirty days. I'm mostly a rhythm player and plan to get the T/D, Vman (Vmax?), and SL2. Again, I play rhythm 90% of the time so I'm still vacillating on modules.

Any thoughts?
 

3 Mile Stone

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What kind of music? I think you meant Bman (Fender Bassman) or Vox? I have both, excellent modules. Maybe those and an SL but an SL2 should cover the same ground with the option of going higher gain if you need it to.
 

papersoul

Silver Supporting Member
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BKD,

Nice set up man. I have taken the Keep it Simple route with my MOD 50. I just have a Furman Powered pedalboard running in my Mod 50's loop with some basic pedals.
Boss tuner, Buda Wah, BB Preamp to boost the Bassman module, Creation Audio Labs MK Boost, Damagae Control Glass Nexus and ISP Desimater. Dude, the BB on your board, that thing is great at tightening up the Bassman and other Fender modules. Almost like another Egnater channel! Since I only have the Mod50, you might wonder why I have the BB, but it works for the above reason.

I also am picking up a Voodoo Labs Sparkle drive. I use the SL2 as my main Marshall tone and I keep channel A as my JCM 800 type tone, then use channel B as my heavier modded Marshall tone. I want the Sparkle drive for boosting for leads. Since I have to use the same EQ settings for rhythm and lead, the Sparkle will help with that little bit of compression and mid boost for leads.

Boomer,

The SL2 is great! Good choice. I use the Bassman and love it. I like that channel B of the Bassman gives some fantastic crunch and classic rock tones.

Stone,

I ran my SL2 module last night at rehearsal in my Egnater tonight at the full 50 watts - using Tung Sol EL34Bs, with Master at about noon and it smoked. Ran through my Ear Candy Buzzbomb with Sugar Cone speakers. It was really thick and chunky , I am an EL34 man at heart! I totally forgot to try the EG3/4, I was so in love with the SL2 tonight! I wanted to see if the EG3/4 would cut for rhythm. If not, I'll be doing a cap mod. Acoustics were good and man the SL2 sounded thick and tight....even pulling out Pantera type tones on channal B! No way amd I am getting the HBE mod for this module - sounds so sick in stock form. These modules are sick totally stock! I know guys say to get the modules moded, but they sound great now! I don't want to get caught up in modding modules just like the phase I went through and money I spent on boutique pickups which I gave up on! One of my best sounding guitars right now is my 1989 stock SG Special.

Not sure what I'll do about cabinets. I think all cabs change when you are off access. I hear guys say the Port City are better and sound good no matter where you stand....but my thing is...as long as my cab sounds good straight on, then I am fine with any position from there. I might get the Egnater 212 to test against this though. Not sure I want to spend more for the Mojo or Port City. The PC is tempting.
 

Orren

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I'm planning to order one in the next thirty days. I'm mostly a rhythm player and plan to get the T/D, Vman (Vmax?), and SL2. Again, I play rhythm 90% of the time so I'm still vacillating on modules.

Any thoughts?
I play mostly rhythms myself, although I tend towards the heavy side of things (think NIN :dude). So I like my cleans glassy clean or dirty clean, and my gain gut-busting. So for me:

Gut Busting Gainiac modules: SL2, EG5
Glassy Clean: VX
Dirty Clean: B'Man

The nice thing about B'Man and VX is that their B channels can also get plenty dirty, in a sort of earthy-gritty way, which makes them even more useful for me. :) I own the T/D too, which is a great Fendery module, I just find I don't use it as much as the four above.

And I agree with everyone, the MOD50 is killer! :AOK

Orren
 




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