Marty Friedman and ENGL say they’ve spent the best part of two years developing a new 100-Watt signature valve amp head. The ENGL Inferno E766 was announced at NAMM 2017 and is slated for release later this year.
The new Inferno has a 100-watt output from four EL34 power amp valves and four ECC83 preamp tubes. It’s a two-amp, both have a switchable gain and treble boost. Both channels have their own gain, volume and EQ controls, so no shared EQ here, which is great. The effects loop can be run in either series or parallel, which is just what you want really on a good valve amp. Outputs on the back cater for cabs rated at 4, 8 or 16 Ohms.
It also has an inbuilt noise gate to keep things tidy. This amp will not be subtle, I’d imagine.
Here’s what Marty says about the sound he was after with this amp:
“The sound I got on the Inferno album was done with a combination of the Engl Special Edition, Powerball, Steve Morse Signature and the Invader amps,”
The task was then given to the ENGL amp engineers to squash all of these models into one hybrid head that Marty would be proud to put his name too. It looks like the metal guitar legend has had a good year already, what with Jackson giving him two new signature guitar models as well.
You can hear Marty giving the prototype of the Inferno a good workout in the video below.
Pricing and availability
The ENGL Inferno is due in Spring 2017, and will be priced at £1,557 or $1,999 (RRP). For more details, head over to the ENGL Amplification Website.