Randall Smith really did come up with a 'new' sound when he developed the
Rectifier amp from Mesa Boogie. Randall knows what he is doing.
So does Horst Langer - Designer of Engl Amps. The
Rectifier (Road King here) amp remains a sound in many players minds and it
shapes the music of today - but the Engl E670 Special Edition does too - it's
just not as urgently marketed as Mesa.
The sounds of these two amps are in fact not that far apart - but the Engl
actually has more usable features in my view than the rectifiers do.
There's more control which is easier to use.
Unfortunately both these amps cost an arm and a leg and in the case of Mesa
Boogie in the UK I have already said the warranty is hard work thanks mainly to
the distribution - read elsewhere my view on Engl warranty...
In direct comparisons of these amps - with the same player, cabs, guitar,
environments etc it's really not that hard to arrive at your favourite amp. In
fact this web site is completely developed to show that Engl amps are one of the
worlds best kept secrets when it comes down to modern high powered Tube amps.
Check out the comparisons below and make up your own mind, every product is
different so maybe you would even buy both? lets see what you think...
All sounds are MP3 - just click them and listen.
The Road King was a 2x12 Combo finished in a custom green leather.
The guitar for the road king was a Strat (oops) and for the Engl it was an
Ibanez Jem 7VWH.
to listen about the way we tested.
I have used a Road King for some time. That amp cost me Ј3995.00 and that's
not cheap at all. My own view is that it was a difficult amp to get the sounds
you wanted when you wanted them - they were all there no doubt, but the weight
of the thing, the cost and not least the user friendliness broke my back (not
literally) so I sold it. It remained a cool amp.
BUT - the Engl E670 Special Edition is a veritable bargain - even at the Engl
list price (which I can't see many paying) so snap one up now - or at least give
the other Engl models a run for their money - think Mesa without coming from the
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