Egnater Tourmaster Half-Stack Desoto TX

Egnater’s new Tourmaster amps aren’t of the modular variety, but with four completely independent channels, and a slew of thoughtful features, the Tourmaster aims to give you a ton of tonal flexibility in a bulletproof, gig-worthy package. Read on to know more about them.

Guitar Focus
(972) 617-9992
100 Plaza Dr
Red Oak, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

Data Provided by:
Lancaster Music Store
(972) 274-9767
902 N Interstate 35 E
Lancaster, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

Data Provided by:
Worldwide Pianos
(214) 987-9899
1310 N Industrial Blvd
Dallas, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
Daily 10am till 6pm
Sunday by appointment.

Data Provided by:
Parish Music Store
(972) 937-1611
102 N Hwy 77
Waxahachie, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
Monday- Friday 8:00AM-5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM
Sunday - Closed


Data Provided by:
Brook Mays Music Co
(800) 637-8966
8605 Carpenter Frwy.
Dallas, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
We repair all makes/models of Band & Orchestra Instruments.

Data Provided by:
Oak Cliff Sheet Music
(972) 296-9503
430 E Wheatland Rd
Duncanville, TX

Data Provided by:
Academia Musical Valero
(214) 948-9999
320 W Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX

Data Provided by:
Raul Music
(214) 467-4341
735 N Westmoreland Rd
Dallas, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

Data Provided by:
Music Center Of Arlington
(817) 226-8989
1001 Ruby St
Arlington, TX

Data Provided by:
Musicians Headquarters
(972) 285-0509
11935 Lake June Rd
Balch Springs, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Egnater Tourmaster Half-Stack

Even with four channels, the Tourmaster amps are a cinch to dial in.

The Tourmaster amps sport tons of back-panel features.Amp designer Bruce Egnater has been in the biz for three decades now, and he is perhaps best known for the tone tweaker’s nirvana he created with his Egnater Modules— swappable tube preamps that plug directly into a special tube power-amp chassis. It’s a design that both Egnater and Randall (with its MTS series amps) still employ. Egnater’s new Tourmaster amps aren’t of the modular variety, but with four completely independent channels, and a slew of thoughtful features, the Tourmaster aims to give you a ton of tonal flexibility in a bulletproof, gig-worthy package. I tested both the 2x12 combo and 4x12 Tourmaster half-stack with a Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster, as well as a Gibson Les Paul and SG, and a PRS SC 245.

The imported Tourmaster is a handsome, well-constructed tone machine. The beige/black color scheme is sweet as hell, and the Tolex covering on the Baltic birch cabinet is flawless. The amp’s color scheme also carries over to the grille cloth, which, along with the Brit-styled white piping, is a nice touch. Included with the Tourmaster is a rugged six-button footswitch that controls channel switching as well as Reverb and Effects Loop on/off.

The hippest feature of the Tourmaster is the Power Grid wattage control. Basically, this function allows you to set the output wattage for each of the amp’s four channels. First, you decide if you want the amp’s max power at 100 watts or 50 watts via the Half-Power switch located next to the Power Grid. Set this switch to 100 watts, and you can choose between 100, 50, or 20 watts. Set it to 50 watts, and you can choose between 50, 25, or ten watts. 

Plugging in a Gibson SG, and dialing in a clean tone on the Tourmaster’s first channel, I was actually taken aback with how easy it was to pull crystalline tones from a humbucker-equipped guitar. Suffice to say that Strats and Teles yielded even more shimmering top-end detail, but the Tourmaster was able to deliver bold, fairly complex clean tones with every guitar I used. Even with the Gain control cranked, this channel stayed pretty darn clean unless I really dug in with a heavy attack. With the Voicing switch set to Classic, the tones are decidedly British, with a strong barky midrange and cantankerous top-end bite. Back off your picking attack, however, and the notes pop and ping with wonderful clarity. Lay into your guitar, and a subtle crunch enters the picture for a complex “in-between” tone.

Switching to Channel Two, the tonal character is a lot like Channel One, except it has a tad more delectable grind that ebbs and flows with your picking attack or your guitar’s volume setting. Again, these tones are more British than the typical Fender clean thing, as they exhibit a brutish yet musical toughness that still sports a healthy dynamic range—from Sticky Fingers-era Keef to a mildly overdriven chime akin to the Edge’s. While I preferred leaving the Voicing switch in Classic mode and using the Contour control to adjust the mids, I...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Guitar Player


Guitar Player is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.guitarplayer.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved