E325 Thunder Head Review

manufacturer: Engl date: 04/05/2007 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Engl: E325 Thunder Head
The basic concept of the Thunder series was just to strip the handling to the bone but deliver convincing sounds. There you go, these handy little workhorses will do any gig.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Features: 8.5
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overall: 9.3
E325 Thunder Head Reviewed by: killingmoon45, on april 05, 2007
4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 951.6

Features: Made in 2006, pretty simple front panel, gain, bass, mid, treble, crunch volume, lead volume, master. The word here is simple. I've read some reviews saying it's a bit annoying only having one gain for all the channels but it's not a problem. The clean channel stays crystal up to at least 2 o'clock and to be honest I have no idea why you would want to put the gain knob past 2 o'oclock any how, it starts sounding a bit my first heavy metal fizz if you do that on the crunch and lead! I bought this amp for it's lack of bells and whistles. I had a Triple xxx with all this shit on it that you never use, and their is an un-useable drop out when using the footswitch between channels. You turn this on and there is no midi pedal to break and cost you? 120, just 3 useable channels which can be switched with a jack input footswitch. The guy Who designed this just made an amp but without all the features that you never end up using. // 9

Sound: I have been playing for 12 years and have owned a couple of mashalls, Peavey 5150, Triple XXX, Orange etc. There are parts of all those amps that I liked but stuff which really annoyed me too. 52150, great metal tone, no clean, Triple XXX, great Live amp but brittle as hell and lifeless on tape, ok the clean is sucky too. Orange, rich mans Marshall, too pricey for the quality of the sound. I have basically been looking for an amp that does it all, it's a tall order, Fender clean, AC/DC crunch, Marshall lead, 5150 saturated distortion without a fancy expensive footswitch which isn't gonna put me over my credit card balance. This amp is all of these things!

Clean - Fender type clean, complex and belly. Good with TS pedal for a bit of break up, sounds lovely with a drop of TC reverb thru the FX loop. Everything here from Chili's to Explosions in the sky.
Crunch - This channel does those touch sensitive Brit rock tones at low gain, turn up the gain and it's Foo Fighters with thick overdrive and plenty of gain, brilliant for hard rock ec etc.
Lead - Ok, every metal player is looking for that tone. I don't want a recto tone because everyone wants one and it sounds dated as hell. This amp cranked is more like a 5150II without all the fizzy overtones. it's got enough gain saturation and is brutal. it's not my bag anymore getting that really fizzy thing but it does it, but with a little more style then the competition.

This amp could be used for any style from people Who want super cleans to tech metal stuff. This amp only start to get noisy runnig hot, nothing a NS can't fix. In my opinion this is the best amp I have ever used. it's perfect for gigging players, I Love it // 10

Reliability & Durability: I have not had it long enough to judge it's reliability but it looks like it is built like a tank. Meatl everywhere from the steel grill like front to the aluminium plate that the knobs are attached to. It is fairly light at around 19 kg's but seems to be very well built. Not much in it to go wrong, really. // 9

Overall Impression: I play in a metal rock band so I need brutal crunch for palm muting stuffage, thick rhythm crunch and maybe now and again stuff delayed cleans. This amp is awesome. Go buy one. Engl is way up there with bogner, framus, vht and all of the bootique amp guys. this is the best I had so far and I had allot of amps including Mesa, Marshall, Peavey, Fender, Garnet, the Mesa stuff was good but not like this. This one will be hard to beat. // 9

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overall: 9.3
E325 Thunder Head Reviewed by: cheames, on january 08, 2007
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 1024.8

Purchased from: eBay

Features: All Engl amps are made in Germany, I think this one was made in 2003. 50 Watt All Valve. 3 footswitchable channels: clean, crunch, lead. Metal grille front. There isn't much in the way of features, but this is the stripped down simple model (entry level). but, what it lacks in features, it makes up for in sheer awesomeness. But I'll get to that later. I'm using it in my bedroom at the moment, but I will soon be using it for band practice/gigging. It is plenty loud enough for any situation. It is only missing one feature. There is only one gain knob to control all three channels, meaning that the clean channel is very dirty if engaged during a heavy song, but that doesn't bother me, as I only play metal. The lack of seperate channel EQs only lowers it a couple of points. // 8

Sound: I am playing a Maverick X1 through it, with apparently "unique to Maverick" pickups, which are in fact a slightly modified version of a low end Dimarzio, so they aren't amazing. Cab is a 2x12 Engl unit with Celestion Vintage 30s. The amp would seem to be perfect for all the music I play, metal (i.e. Lamb of God, Pantera). And it can handle some classic stuff as well (AC/DC, early Metallica). Clean channel is pretty good with the gain at about 3. Above that it is useless. Isn't really useable for an acoustic breakdown in a metal song. Crunch channel is perfect for classic rock, or some slightly less distorted/quieter parts. Sounds thick, but not muddy. Great. Lead channel - now the business end. It is brutal. With the gain knob between about 4 and 10, there is a whole range of ridiculous distortion/overdrive to be had. Tight bottom end, clear mids, and cutting highs, this is no doubt the highlight of the amp. Perfect for single note playing, or chunky palm muting and powerchords. This is the channel for modern metal, shredding etc. Loses a point for lack of a useable clean channel. // 9

Reliability & Durability: The amp is a couple of years old at least, and it still sounds and looks in tip top condition. It is obviously built to last, there aren't even any tears in the covering. When I start gigging, this will be my gigging amp. I will happily use it without a backup. I would bet money (yes, money) that the German build quality will hold up for a good few years yet. // 10

Overall Impression: For a relatively inexpensive tube amp, this is plain amazing. It can be tweaked to suit all kinds of rock/metal. As you can imagine, it is a huge upgrade from my old Laney SS combo. If it was stolen, I would stab the guy who did it many times, before either buying another, or somehow scraping up the money for an Engl Powerball, my dream amp. Engl ahve made their enrty level amp one of the most desirable in their range, it's a true gem, and it looks great to boot! It could do with a proper clean channel, but I would never use it anyway, so I just don't care. // 10

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