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Genz Benz EL DIABLO 100 COMBO Owner's Manual

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C O M B O

OWNER’S MANUAL

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you for your purchase of the GENZ BENZ EL DIABLO 100 COMBO. I believe you will find that this
2 x 12” tube combo is the most powerful in its class of amplifiers and will immediately become an
invaluable tool in your quest for the best possible guitar tone. EL DIABLO’s versatile features will certainly
enhance the feel and character of your individual playing style.

Our engineers and resident “tone staffers” have worked extremely hard to develop and build this world-
class guitar amplifier for you. Please take time to read through this manual and familiarize yourself with
the features and design of your new EL DIABLO 100-C.

We are proud that you’ve chosen this professional and attractive tone machine and we trust that you will
discover all that it offers.

Have fun and take it to the limit!!!

Respectfully,

Jeff Genzler
Founder/Builder/Player

 


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CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS:

FEATURES:

Tube amplifiers, especially high-powered tube amps, generate heat.  Allow at least 4 inches (100mm)
of clearance at the back, top and front of the amplifier cabinet.  Do not block ventilation vents and
keep clear of curtains and other flammable materials.  Avoid contact with hot tubes.

Do not expose amplifier to moisture, rain, splashed water, beverages, etc.

Be sure that a speaker load is connected to the amplifier before applying power; otherwise damage to
the amplifier could result.

Be sure that the amplifier is properly grounded.  Do not defeat the ground pin on the AC power input
plug.  The ground is there to protect the user from the possibility of shock.

Be sure that the AC power (mains) voltage selector switch is configured for the proper voltage (115
volts or 230 volts) for the area you are located before connecting the amplifier to the power source.
In the event of a thunderstorm, remove the power plug from the wall socket to prevent damage due to
the possibility of lightening strikes.

Turn off power to the amplifier (or place in standby) when changing wiring connections to prevent
damage to speakers from possible (and unexpected) loud noises.

WARNING: This amplifier is capable of extreme high decibel output. Always protect your hearing.
Your hearing is an invaluable tool in appreciating the tone of EL DIABLO 100 Combo.

There are no user-serviceable parts inside the chassis.  Refer all service to qualified service
personnel.

Always unplug the amp when changing the power or preamp tubes.  Never touch the tubes if they are
still hot.

Always wait to move the amp after use until the tubes have cooled.  This will prevent tube damage
and extend tube life. A few minutes should be sufficient.

While we have made every attempt to outline all general cautions, the ultimate responsibility for safe
operation of this or any amplifier product rests with the consumer.  Common sense should be
practiced at all times when using the amplifier.

Six Triode Preamp Stages (3-12AX7’s)

Four Power Tubes (w/ Ruby Tubes™ EL 34’s)

Military Spec. Double-sided Glass Epoxy Circuit
Boards

All Custom Wound Transformers

Transformer Based Phase Inverter for Optimum
Power Tube Grid Drive

Heavy-duty Steel Chassis, Mounted within a
Sturdy Birch Plywood Case

50/100 Watt Output Selection

Two Versatile Tube Channels

Five Button Footswitch Included

Three Effects Loops

Frequency Compensated D.I. Section

Accutronics® Long Pan Reverb

Our Unique Edge Lift Handles

Dual GBE 1240-V75 Loudspeakers

Front Ported Speaker enclosure

2” Removable Casters Included

 


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AMPLIFIER OVERVIEW:

FRONT PANEL OVERVIEW:

The GENZ BENZ EL DIABLO 100 COMBO contains a unique combination of circuits, including vintage
tube circuits, carefully engineered “hot-rod” tube circuits and advanced tone shaping techniques. EL
DIABLO 100 delivers unique tone, drive and versatility, which is exemplified by the 12 distinctive tone
variations easily accessible from the 5 button footswitch (included).  This flexibility allows endless
possibilities to craft your own personal repertoire of tone and expression.

This hi gain tube amp is actually 2 amps in one. EL DIABLO offers a 50 watt/100 watt switch on the back
panel which will allow more output tube distortion and a different character and feel when used in the 50
watt position.

The WARM channel offers full, round pristine clean response cascading up to pushed vintage gain with
warm upper mid break-up, rich bass and abundant sustain.

The HOT channel takes you from rich classic tube break-up to full-bodied hi gain splendor.  The option of
a dynamic or compressed setting insures the amplifier responds to your every touch; no squashed tone or
harsh buzziness here!!

Our GLOBAL section offers master controls of the internal Accutronics® reverb, amplifier output volume
and our unique attack circuit that provides a wide range of variable upper mid frequency boost that
enhances pick attack and bite which is extremely effective as a lead boost and cutting through the mix.

Overall, we ask you to take some time and experiment with the many options and tonal variations that
you will discover at your finger tips within the EL DIABLO 100-C.  Reading through the OWNER’S
MANUAL will give you an excellent baseline of knowledge and insight as to the tones you can accomplish
and harness for your individual playing style.

1. 

¼” 

INPUT 

JACK - This jack is unbalanced and high impedance to allow for the correct matching

of the instrument’s pick-ups with the input circuitry of the amplifier.  The input circuitry has been
carefully engineered to minimize pick-up loading and maximize tone and sustain. This is a tube
buffered input stage.

2. 

GAIN SWITCH / CLEAN or VINTAGE – The switch sets the gain level of the warm channel. This
works in conjunction with the warm channel gain control.  When the footswitch is used this switch
should be in the out position.

3. 

GAIN 

CONTROL – The warm channel gain control provides a variety of gain settings, from

“spanky clean” to “pushed” vintage sustain.  Use this control in conjunction with the gain switch for
this channel.  Lower settings will provide a cleaner tone.

4. 

VOLUME 

CONTROL – This preamp volume controls the overall volume of the warm channel.

Use this control together with the gain control and gain switch.

5-7.  TONE 

SECTION – Three tone circuits are included for the warm channel.  The bass, mid and

treble frequencies have been pre-selected in order to provide articulate, full-range tone shaping

 


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response specifically tailored to the design of the EL DIABLO 100.  As you can see, these circuits
provide a huge cut or boost of 15db offering untold flexibility in tone shaping.

8. 

REVERB 

CONTROL – This control pot adjusts the signal send level to the on-board

ACCUTRONICS® long pan reverb which is mounted to the back-panel of the EL DIABLO.  This
control works in conjunction with the global reverb control and different styles of lush, or “splashy”
warm analog reverbs are possible by running the channel reverb high and the global control low
and also vise versa.  Experiment with these settings to find the sound that best suits your style.

9-11.  CHANNEL SELECTOR SWITCH AND INDICATOR LIGHTS – This is your channel selector

switch for the warm or hot channels.  Along with the unique arrow indicator lights, the placement of
this switch between the channels clearly illustrates which channel is active.  This switch should be
in the out position when the footswitch is used.

12. 

GAIN SWITCH / CLASSIC or HIGH – This gain switch sets the gain structure for the hot channel.
Use this switch in conjunction with the hot channel gain control. With a little experimentation it will
be easy to hear that driving the gain control in the maximum position is not as critical as on other
amps.  Articulate high gain splendor can be achieved without cranking the gain to 10.  When using
the footswitch this switch should be in the out position.

13. 

TEXTURE SWITCH / DYNAMIC or COMPRESSED – This switch changes the character of this
tube channel.  Changing from dynamic to compressed will provide another tonal variation for the
guitarist.  The compressed setting will offer additional compression of the signal along with a more
aggressive, overdriven character, ideal for tight and punchy bass response.  This feature is more
distinctive depending upon the setting of the gain control.  When using the footswitch this switch
should be in the out position.

14.  GAIN 

CONTROL – The hot channel gain control provides a variety of gain settings, from a richly

saturated clean tone to fully overdriven high gain nirvana.  Use this control in conjunction with the
gain switch for this channel. Lower settings will provide a less overdriven tone.

15.  VOLUME 

CONTROL - This preamp volume controls the overall volume of the hot channel.  Use

this control together with the gain control and gain switch.

16. 

TUBE 

CONTOUR 

CONTROL – This is a unique circuit to the EL DIABLO design.  This contour

control adds an additional “tone stack” within the tube preamp which interacts and changes the
loading of the tube as the control knob is turned.  When the control is left of center it produces a
more midrange tone and adds a more “vintage” character to the tone.  When used from the center
position to the far right it produces a more modern tone with more bass and highs.  This circuit will
also interact with the classic and high gain settings and the dynamic and compressed settings.

17-19.  TONE SECTION – Three tone circuits are included for the hot channel.  The bass, mid and treble

frequencies have been pre-selected in order to provide articulate, full-range tone shaping
response specifically tailored to the design of the EL DIABLO 100.  As you can see these circuits
provide a huge cut or boost of 15db offering untold flexibility in tone shaping.

20.  REVERB 

CONTROL – This control pot adjusts the signal send level to the on-board

ACCUTRONICS® long pan reverb which is mounted to the back-panel of the EL DIABLO.  This
control works in conjunction with the global reverb control, and different styles of lush or “splashy”
warm analog reverbs are possible by running the channel reverb high and the global control low
and also vise versa.  Experiment with these settings to find the sound that best suits your style.

21. 

GLOBAL 

ATTACK 

SWITCH – Different than a presence, this unique circuit boosts a specific

range of upper mid frequencies which enhances pick attack and bite.  This “frequency multiplier”
circuit is extremely effective as a lead boost and helps to cut through the mix.  This circuit can be
engaged in either preamp channel or gain setting and can add a more aggressive attack to any
tone setting on the amp.  When the footswitch is used, this switch should be in the out position.

22. 

GLOBAL 

ATTACK 

LEVEL CONTROL – This level control provides a variable amount of attack

”boost” to the amp.

 


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REAR PANEL OVERVIEW:

23. 

GLOBAL 

REVERB 

CONTROL – This control adjusts the level of the reverb return signal from the

on board ACCUTRONICS® long pan reverb pan.  This control works in conjunction with the
channel reverb send controls to provide different styles of warm, lush analog reverb.

24. 

GLOBAL 

VOLUME 

CONTROL – This knob controls the final output stage of the amplifier and is

the master volume for EL DIABLO.  It should be noted that this control is best set between the 10
o’clock and 3 o’clock positions.  Each channel volume should be adjusted accordingly to achieve
the desired total amplifier output. For lower volume settings, you can power the unit down to 50
watts with the power level selector switch on the back panel.

25.  STANDBY 

SWITCH – The standby switch removes the high voltage from the plate circuit of the

output tubes to protect the tubes from “cathode stripping” when first powering up the amplifier.
The recommended start-up procedure is to place the standby switch in the standby position, turn
on the power switch and allow the amplifier to warm up for at least 30 seconds before switching
the standby switch to the operate position.  This will help to prolong the life of your output tubes.

26. 

POWER 

SWITCH – This switch turns on the AC power to the amp.  When this switch is turned on,

power is applied to the heater circuits of all tubes, the high voltage power supplies are allowed to
stabilize and the low voltage power supplies are energized. Power should be switched on only
with the standby switch in the standby position.
  Refer to #25 for information concerning the
operation of the standby function.

1. 

VOLTAGE 

CHART – Your EL DIABLO 100 is truly a “world class” amplifier.  This voltage chart

is provided so that choosing the correct fusing for the desired international country is simple and
accurate.  The EL DIABLO’s internal power transformer can be re-wired for 100 volt use for
JAPAN.

WARNING:  ONLY A FACTORY QUALIFIED SERVICE TECHNICIAN SHOULD EVER
ATTEMPT THIS ALTERATION.

2. 

VOLTAGE 

SELECTOR 

SWITCH - This switch changes the voltage of the AC power with which

the amp will operate.  115 volts is the standard in the USA and CANADA.  230 volts is the
standard for most of EUROPE and SOUTH AMERICA.  Consult the voltage chart if you plan to
use this amp for a different voltage other than how it was shipped from the factory so that the
proper fuse can be inserted.  The DIABLO 100 is rated for operation on both 50 Hz and 60 Hz
power sources.

3. 

IEC 

RECEPTACLE 

FUSE 

HOLDER – The detachable power cord should be inserted here

before the cord is plugged into an AC power source.  Within the bottom portion of this
receptacle is a small drawer that holds the mains power fuse.  An extra fuse is included in this
plastic receptacle.  It may be necessary to use a small tool to pry the small drawer open.

WARNINGS:

NEVER TRY TO OPEN THIS FUSE HOLDER WITH THE POWER CORD PLUGGED IN.

USE ONLY THE FUSE VALUE AS INDICATED IN THE VOLTAGE CHART.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO DISABLE THE MAINS POWER FUSE.

 


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4. 

FOOTSWITCH 

INPUT – This 6 pin DIN connector is where EL DIABLO’s 5 button footswitch

should be attached. A 25 foot cord is attached to the heavy-duty steel footswitch.  This should
provide plenty of room for the performer to get out in front of the rig.  Some internal circuitry
“clicking” may be heard if the amp is on when this footswitch is plugged in.  This is normal and
is actually part of the circuitry that provides the noiseless switching on the EL DIABLO 100.
NOTE: The front panel function switches over-ride the footswitch functions. The function
switches should be in the out position when the footswitch is used.

5. 

REVERB 

CANCEL 

FOOTSWITCH – This jack is provided so that the reverb may be turned on

and off by the performer.  This function is achieved with any industry standard single button
footswitch (not supplied).

6. 

GLOBAL 

EFFECTS 

LOOP – EL DIABLO is designed with 3 separate serial effects loops.  The

global effects loop is a post master section loop and is an ideal place to send the entire preamp
signal out to another amp using only the send jack, or to insert a global effect such as a
compressor (serial effect) or a digital effects processor (a serial effect when used with the
processor’s own  “wet/dry” mix control).  It is also a handy input for connecting the power amp
stage to the output of another preamp or signal source.

7. 

HOT 

CHANNEL 

EFFECTS 

LOOP – This separate effects loop is provided for use in the hot

channel only.  This serial effects loop allows the insertion of outboard effects which will be
automatically engaged when you switch to the hot channel using the front panel switch or
footswitch.

8. 

WARM 

CHANNEL 

EFFECTS 

LOOP – This separate effects loop is provided for use in the

warm channel only.  This serial effects loop allows the insertion of outboard effects which will be
automatically engaged when you switch to the warm channel using the front panel switch or
footswitch.

9. 

UNBALANCED 

LINE 

OUTPUT – This ¼” jack provides an unbalanced signal that is derived

after the power amplifier and output transformer.  The output can be switched (along with the
balanced direct output) between line level (0dBv) and a hot instrument level (-30dBv).  This line
level is ideal for driving a powered speaker that requires a line level input, or for driving an
additional instrument amplifier that requires an instrument level signal.  This signal is frequency
compensated to emulate the same tone coming through the amplifiers speaker cabinet.

10. 

BALANCED 

DIRECT 

OUTPUT – This XLR male jack provides a balanced signal that is derived

after the power amplifier and output transformer.  The output can be switched (along with the
un-balanced direct output) between line level (0dBv) and a hot microphone level (-30dBv).  The
line level is ideal for driving the input of a professional console that can accept a real line level
signal source or a powered speaker that requires a line level input.  It is also suitable for driving
the input of a semi-professional or MI grade mixer by switching the level control to the -30dBv
position.  This signal is frequency compensated to emulate the same tone coming through the
amplifiers speaker cabinet.

11. 

LINE/DIRECT 

OUTPUT 

LEVEL 

SWITCH – This switch sets the nominal output level of both the

¼” unbalanced and the XLR balanced outputs.  Generally, the 0dBv position is used in
conjunction with professional equipment and the -30dBv position is used with non-professional
equipment, but consult the owner’s manual of the equipment you are connecting to for
information about that equipment’s input sensitivity.

12. 

GROUND 

LIFT 

SWITCH – This switch lifts pin 1 on the XLR balanced output only.  The

purpose of this switch is to safely break ground loops when connecting to equipment with
balanced inputs such as mixing consoles.  Use the position that produces the least amount of
hum or buzz.  This switch does not affect any other jack except the XLR direct output jack.

13.  SPEAKER 

OUTPUTS – These parallel speaker jacks are provided for connecting to the

speaker cabinet.  It is important to become familiar with using the impedance selector switch
and impedance calculator so that the proper cabinet impedance is selected for the safe and

 


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efficient operation of this high output tube amplifier.

NOTICE THAT A  SEPARATE CABINET IMPEDANCE

SWITCH IS PROVIDED OFFERING FLEXIBILITY FOR ADDING ADDITIONAL CABINETS TO THE EL DIABLO 100
COMBO.

WARNINGS:

NEVER UNPLUG THE SPEAKER CABLE FROM THE GUITAR CABINET WHEN THE AMP
IS ON!!!

DO NOT OPERATE THIS AMP WITHOUT A SPEAKER LOAD PLUGGED INTO ONE OF
THE SPEAKER JACKS.

THE DIABLO OFFERS SOME PROTECTION AGAINST THIS DAMAGE BUT IT IS NEVER A
GOOD IDEA TO OPERATE ANY TUBE AMP WITHOUT A SPEAKER LOAD ATTACHED.

14. 

IMPEDANCE 

SELECTOR 

SWITCH – This 3 position switch is designed to easily select the

appropriate output transformer impedance tap for the desired cabinet load being used.  A 16
ohm, 8 ohm and 4 ohm position is offered. It is important to know the total impedance of
the guitar cabinet being used with your amp
It is important for amplifier performance, tube
life and output transformer protection to select the correct impedance for your chosen guitar
cabinet.  Consult the rear panel impedance calculator for this information.

15.  IMPEDANCE 

CALCULATOR – As part of making the GENZ BENZ EL DIABLO 100 both user-

friendly and convenient to use, we have included a comprehensive impedance chart so that this
information is always accessible to the user.

16.  POWER 

MODE – This switch easily and safely reduces the output power of the amp from 100

watts to 50 watts.  This is done by internally disconnecting 2 of the power tubes; perfect for
playing situations that require less power.  The 50 watt setting will also change the tone and
“feel” of the amp, allowing you to introduce power tube breakup at lower sound levels

17. 

TUBE BIAS SWITCH (mounted on top of chassis) – The Tube Selector switch is provided for
setting the correct bias for the power tubes used.  EL DIABLO 100 ships from the factory with a
matched set of Ruby Tubes™ EL 34 power tubes.  The EL DIABLO will also operate with 6L6
or 5881 power tubes. When using either of these tubes the bias should be set to the 6L6
position.  For harmonic complexity and maximum power, we recommend EL34’s. When
switching the tube types or brand of tubes, your amp should be re-biased to obtain optimum
performance, tone and tube longevity. (The rear panel of the cabinet will need to be removed
in order to access the tube bias section.  Be careful when removing this panel because the
reverb pan is attached to this back panel.)

   SETTING THE BIAS – Generally your amp will only need to be re-biased if you are replacing

the power tubes.  However, if you replace the Ruby Tubes® EL34 power tubes with the same
brand and type having the same “PC’ number located on the label at the base of the tube then
re-biasing is not necessary.  To re-bias your amp you will need a small screwdriver and a multi-
meter or volt/ohm meter set to measure DC voltage.  (If you do not have this equipment, skill,
experience or do not feel comfortable making these adjustments you should have a qualified
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CABINET OVERVIEW:

1.  First make sure the Tube Selector switch located in the Tube Bias section matches the tube

type installed.  Then with the Master Volume turned all the way down turn the Power switch
ON leaving the Standby switch in the Standby position.

2.  Set your test meter to read DC voltage. Then place the negative (black) lead of your meter

into the black Test Point located in the Tube Bias section on the rear panel.  Then place the
positive (red) lead of your meter into the red Test Point.  Depending on the size of your test
leads you may have to hold them in the Test Points to assure a good connection.

3.  After the tubes have warmed up for about a minute turn the Standby switch to the Operate

position and read the voltage on your meter.  With a small screwdriver you will need to adjust
the Bias Adjust trim pot located just below the Test Points so that your meter reads about
0.600 volts if you are using EL34 tubes and about 0.450 volts if you are using 6L6 tubes.
Turning the Bias Adjust trim pot clockwise will increase the voltage and turning it
counterclockwise will decrease the voltage.

4.  After initially setting the bias allow your amp to warm up for about 5 more minutes then retest

and readjust the bias as indicated above.  Exact readings are not critical and some fluctuation
is normal.  Just try to get as close to the target voltage as possible.

5.  Your amp is now biased and ready to play!

Tube Bias Background Information – All amplifiers (solid-state or tube) require bias to work
properly. In a single ended amplifier, the requirements are simple in that the tube should be
“biased” or operated so that with no signal present, DC current should flow through the output
stage (tube and transformer) at approximately 1/2 the maximum design value. When the signal
transitions “positive” the current increases from the quiescent position and when the signal
transitions “negative” the current decreases from the quiescent position. So you can see that if
there was no bias, there would be no quiescent current, thus no way to operate properly for the
negative “going” portion of the signal, limiting the negative side of the waveform. Too much bias
would limit the amount of current you could add for positive “going” signals, limiting that side of
the waveform.

For a push-pull output stage (tube amps), the scenario is different, since one tube amplifies the
positive “going” portion of the signal and the other tube amplifies the negative “going” portion of
the signal.  In fact, if the world was perfect, we would need no bias since the positive side of
zero would be handled completely by one tube and the negative side of zero would be handled
completely by the other tube. This would be the proper definition of “class B operation”.  Since
tubes are not perfect devices, the transition at zero is not very linear…this is as one tube turns
off, the other tube may not be quite ready to turn on.  This can lead to a discontinuity of the
signal around zero which is the worst possible place for it to occur—as it is highly audible and
rather ugly sounding.  The solution once again is to bias both tubes slightly “on” to allow for a
more graceful handoff between the positive and negative sides of the signal, called “AB
operation”.  This is done by adjusting the bias just enough to achieve the necessary results.
Too much bias and current will be wasted as heat dissipated within the power tubes and output
transformer greatly shortening your power tube’s useful life.  Too little bias may give the amp a
cold, grainy texture.

WARNINGS:

POWER TUBES BECOME VERY HOT AFTER BEING USED.

NEVER CHANGE THE POWER TUBES UNTIL THEY HAVE COOLED FOR AT LEAST 15
MINUTES.

NEVER CHANGE THE TUBES WITH THE AMP ON!!!

 


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GETTING STARTED:

OPERATING EXAMPLES:

SPEAKERS:

CABINET IMPEDANCE SWITCH:

The EL DIABLO 100 COMBO provides a unique loudspeaker enclosure featuring our FLEXED
baffle similar to our popular GFLEX enclosures. The compact 2 x 12” enclosure is front ported
for deep, tight low frequencies without masking the warm midrange characteristics.
The cabinet also features a removable back panel if a more “airy” open back feel is preferred.
The cabinet is constructed from void free birch plywood and includes a dense MDF baffle board
for a more robust tone.

The EL DIABLO 100 COMBO comes standard with our world respected GBE 1240-V75
loudspeaker.
This speaker delivers tight, articulate tone without high frequency buzz or harshness.
The paper cone is of a classic “vintage” style with a specially treated edge for better low
frequency support.

An additional impedance switch is provided for the combo’s speaker compartment, so that the
amp can be operated in either 16 ohms or 4 ohms. With this impedance switch it is possible to
connect 3 additional 16 ohm speaker enclosures to the EL DIABLO 100 COMBO.
NOTE: FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE WE RECOMMEND THAT THE 4 OHM POSITION IS
USED WHEN OPERATING THE COMBO’S SPEAKER CABINET ONLY.
WE FIND THAT THIS IS THE BEST MATCH FOR THE AMPLIFIER’S OUTPUT
TRANSFORMER AND OFFERS THE BEST FULL, DYNAMIC RESPONSE.

1. 

Since your EL DIABLO 100 ships with all tubes installed and the amplifier fully tested, biased
and burned-in at the factory, the user set-up is quite simple.

2. 

Un-box your EL DIABLO and verify that the AC input input voltage selector switch matches
the power in your area. The EL DIABLO ships from the factory with the switch set to 115
volts.

3. 

Verify that you have the correct mains cord-set for your area. This piece of information is
primarily for our international customers who may have a choice of power receptacles in their
country.

4. 

Make sure to send in your warranty registration card.

5. 

Read your owner’s manual.  There is valuable information and safety tips in this manual and
the knowledge you learn here will translate into enjoyable quality tone for years to come.

We’ve included a collection of “sample settings” below to use as a reference for getting yourself
familiarized with some of the more popular sounds possible from the EL DIABLO 100. We recognize that

 


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tone is very subjective to each individual, but these settings are a collaboration of our “resident tone-
staffers”.

FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA SPANK AND SPARKLE
Turn this into a great “Chicago Blues” setting by adding a touch of reverb.

“BLACK MAGIC WOMAN”!
Warm & vocal solo tone.

UNIQUELY GENZ BENZ
Modern rock tone suitable for any stage.

BLACK FACE WARMTH AND SHIMMER “BLUES SOLO”
Setting is very touch-sensitive. Dig in for a nice break-up.

CLASSIC EDDIE “BROWN” SOUND
Need we say more?

80’s BRITISH STACK – BARK AND GRIND
Great hard rock rhythm! Many of today’s “hi-gain” amps are too compressed to get this growl.

 


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SPECIFICATIONS:

CHANGING TUBES:

LATE 60’s BRITISH STACK ON STEROIDS
This is it! The sound that others tried for, only to end up with a squashed sound that wasn’t dynamic and
wouldn’t cut through the mix. Hotter than the EDDIE “brown sound”!

DROPPED TUNING NU-METAL
If this is too much gain, then you’re too old!

TUBE COMPLIMENT (as shipped):
3ea. 

12AX7AC4 preamp tubes (Ruby Tubes™)

4 ea.  EL 34 BSTR power tubes (Ruby Tubes™)

RATED OUTPUT POWER:
4 x EL 34 power tubes: 100 watts
4 x 6L6 power tubes: 95 watts

POWER CONSUMPTION:
350 watts max.

FUSES:
Main power fuse (rear panel): 4 amp Fast Blo (100v, 115v),  2 amp Fast Blo (230 v)
Power tube heater fuse (internal): 5 amp Slo Blo

DIMENSIONS: 29”H x 28”W x 14”D

WEIGHT: 94 lbs.

(Due to the Genz Benz commitment to quality and improvements, we reserve the right to change specifications without notice)

Always use caution when changing tubes.  The power switch on the amplifier should be turned off and the
power cable unplugged from the source.

CHANGING POWER TUBES - The tubes should be cool.  When changing the power amp tubes push
down on the silver tube retainer and carefully work the tubes out of the ceramic socket by pulling up while
rocking the tube slightly and gently. When re-installing power tubes, note that both the tube base and the
pin positions are “keyed” to the socket.  Make sure that you seat the tube base properly in the socket and
carefully push it tight into the socket.  Confirm that the BIAS SWITCH is in the correct position for the type
of power tubes being used.

 


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7811 E. Pierce St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Ph: 480-941-0705  Fax: 480-946-2412

www.genzbenz.com

REV: 4/05

WARRANTY AND SERVICE INFO:

CHANGING PREAMP TUBES - The tubes should be cool. Each preamp tube is secured with a special
tube retainer that keeps the tube seated properly and also helps to counter-act unwanted tube
microphonics.  A small Phillips screw-driver will be needed to unscrew the round tube retainer.  After this
retainer has been removed, rock the tube slightly and gently while pulling up on the tube and remove it
carefully.  When re-installing preamp tubes, note that the pin positions are “keyed” to the socket.  Make
sure that you seat the tube pins properly in the socket and carefully push it tight into the socket.  Reattach
the round tube retainer.  Make sure the rubber grommet inside the tube retainer securely holds down the
preamp tube.

OUTPUT TUBE BIAS – The output tube bias does not need to be adjusted if the tubes are replaced with
Rube Tubes™ EL 34 BSTR tubes that have the same “PC” number as the ones installed from the factory.
However, if you are replacing the tubes with anything other than Ruby Tubes™ EL 34BSTR’s with the
same “PC” number, then your amp should be rebiased by a qualified technician who is familiar with high
voltage tube power amp servicing.  This will ensure optimum performance, tone and tube longevity.

NOTE: Dangerous and/or lethal high voltages are present inside the amplifier chassis. Refer all
servicing to qualified service persons.

THREE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

TRANSFERABLE

Genz Benz Enclosures warrants the El DIABLO 100-C to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship, for a period of 3 years from the date of purchase, when purchased from an authorized
Genz Benz dealer. Tubes are warranted for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase.

This warranty does not cover wear and tear incurred from the normal designed use of the product.

This warranty is only effective if a copy of the original sales receipt is presented at the time of warranty
service.

This limited warranty is completely transferable to any subsequent buyer as long as the original sales
receipt is transferred to such subsequent buyer.  See your warranty card for all details.

ALL WARRANTY SERVICE MUST BE PERFORMED BY A GENZ BENZ AUTHORIZED SERVICE
CENTER. Before returning any unit to the manufacturer for service, a RETURN MERCHANDISE
AUTHORIZATION (RA#) must be obtained by calling 480-941-0705.