The new E 656 Steve Morse Signature 100
- The Press Release
After a year of constant research and development in the ENGL sound lab, ENGL proudly presents the ultimate amp Steve Morse was seeking: The new E 656 Steve Morse Signature 100.
Whether performing hard rocking riffs in Deep Purple or more complex playing in his solo appearances, this amp was designed to deliver the high end guitar sounds the world class guitar hero was asking for. “It’s an ENGL: clear, fat, screaming sustain. This one allows the most control over the midrange where the electric guitar really lives for me.”
The Steve Morse Signature features a 3-channel amp concept including a 100 Watt EL 34 power amp section. Channel One can also deliver sparkling clean sounds to support Steve’s awesome finger picking tech- nique, but be aware: Channel One can also deliver fat crunch sounds since it has more gain than you would expect from a standard clean Channel. Steve’s advice is to roll off the guitar’s volume knob a little to let the sparkling clean sound shine. Channel Two features pure rock sound, designed to respond fast to Steve’s awesome rhythm skills and virtuoso riffs. Well dressed midrange and gain structures will let you cut through any mix. Channel Three gives you the most intense sounds you might have heard so far. To suit his needs for playing with any midrange he wants, Steve was asking for a really innovative concept: Screaming sustain and versatile midrange EQs.
The new ENGL MID CONTROL MATRIX was perfectly designed to give Steve (and of course every other guitarist) a maximum of midrange control options. Four midrange controls that interact with each other plus a tone switch that can be used in conjunction with the controls give the player 8 different midrange sounds to choose from. Perfect for Steve Morse, one of the worlds most respected guitar players, this sound will cut through in any given situation. The overall Hi / Lo gain switch allows the 3 channels to be played in two different gain modes which will support 6 available gain structures at a glance. Combined with the amp features that made ENGL an industry standard, like Midi Control, integrated Noise Gate, 2 FX Loops, Tube Protection and outstanding German craftsmanship, the Steve Morse Signature amp will bet the perfect sound machine for dedicated guitarists and tone gurus – just like Steve Morse.
Preamp: 3 Channels, 3 band EQs for Channel 1 & 2, ENGL MID CONTROL MATRIX with 8 different Midrange voicings, separate Gain & Volume controls for each channel, Hi / Lo Gain switch with global access, Tone switch with global access, Noise Gate with Threshold adjust, 2 parallel FX loops programmable via MIDI, 4 x ECC 83 / 12 AX 7 preamp tubes. Tuner Out activated via Standby switch.
Master Section: 100 Watts (4 EL 34 tubes), Master A / B switch, Presence & Depth Punch control for power amp sound shaping, Electronic Tube Protection circuit and power-tube monitoring system.
Outputs: MIDI IN / THRU, ENGL Z-9 Foot-switch, 2 x 1/4" ja Z-4 Foot-switch, 2 x FX Send, 2 x FX Return, 2 x FX Balanc Outs, 2 x 4, 2 x 8, 1 x 16 Ohms
MIDI programmable functions: Channel switching, Maste FX Loop 1 / 2, Noise Gate, Amp Mute
Dimensions & Weight: 71 x 27 x 29 cm, 21 kg
Check out the promotional sheet for the amp (PDF).