Reinhold Bogner is a king in the world of boutique high gain. You can find his amps backing up a wide range of A-list players, such as Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti, Steve Lukather, George Lynch, Eric Johnson and even the late, great Walter Becker. Much of Bogner’s appeal comes from his legendary Ecstasy 100-watt head.
The Ecstasy is so popular that players demanded Synergy work with Reinhold to distill it down into this preamp module which is two years in the making. The Blue channel – based on the Ecstasy’s rock ‘n’ roll-approved second channel – offers shades of gain that, when combined with two, 3-position Pre-EQ and Schizo switches, cover everything from blues to hard rock. Switch over to the Red channel, and the same control layout brings in layer after layer of harmonically rich gain, perfect for wide-open leads and metal. With the Synergy Ecstasy module you can now have all of the harmonically rich overtones, searing high gain, plexi-style punch, and note definition of the original amp at a fraction of the cost.
By partnering with such iconic amplifier designers as Reinhold Bogner, Synergy is able to offer you the most sought-after tones in all-tube designs that are perfect for the direct-recording, lower-stage-volume, and compact-guitar-rig demands of today. It’s easy to see why the Synergy preamp module system is taking the industry by storm.
BOGNER ECSTASY PREAMP MODULE FEATURES:
All-tube preamp module custom designed by Reinhold Bogner and the Synergy designers
Two channels offer switching between Overdrive and Distortion tones
Ecstasy Blue Channel – Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Pre EQ & Schizo Switches
Ecstasy Red Channel – Gain, Volume, 3-Band EQ, Pre EQ & Schizo Switches
2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes ensure rich harmonic performance
Easy to install and remove from Synergy preamp docks
Dual/Single switch allows the module to be used with older Egnater and Randall hardware
Three-position cathode select switch allows you to configure the input tube bias setting for optimum input gain and bass response
CATHODE SELECT SWITCH:
The Bogner Ecstasy module features a three-position switch on the PCB which allows you to configure the input tube bass response to match the original circuit of the selected module. This will affect the feel and tightness. Each amp designer has a specific combination of components that makes up their input tube circuit. Synergy has selected the three most popular combinations which you can access with this switch. The USA voiced modules typically use setting 1 (1.5K resistor and 22uf capacitor). British style modules use position 2 (2.7K resistor and .68uf capacitor). The SOLDANO / VAI module use position 3 (1.8K resistor and 1uf capacitor). Of course, you can experiment and try any of the positions to see what you prefer. The modules will come preset to the designers preferred setting which for the Bogner Ecstasy module is position 1 (1.5K resistor and 22uf capacitor).
DUAL<>SINGLE SLIDE SWITCH:
The Bogner Ecstasy module features a secondary switch allowing the new Synergy modules to be used in older single channel Egnater and Randall modular amps/preamps that do not accept the dual channel modules. This allows access to either of the module channels when that slot is turned on. You will still not be able to switch between the two channels due to the limitations of the older hardware. You can set it so either module channel one or module channel two will turn on when the slot is selected. Set to Dual when using the module in units that have the switching circuit to access both modules. If you are using a single channel only amp/preamp, setting to DUAL will make the bottom module channel active. Set to Single will cause the top channel of the module to come on when selected.