I just traded my Stang Ray head for a KT45. I met zaddn (Nick Zadd) at the Z shop where we made the trade. He was dropping off his EZG for servicing, so that made it a convenient spot to meet. Since the tube history of the KT45 wasn't known (Nick owned it a relatively short time), I figured I should leave the KT45 at Z's shop and have it re-tubed/biased. It's there now.
So - any suggestions for tubes & rectifiers? To the extent that it's possible, I want a fat, warm sound with breakup as early as possible. Of course, I'll pose the same question to Don Depew at the Z shop, but I thought I could get some good input here. I understand it's a loud & clean amp with tons of headroom, but I'm figuring on turning up the volume knob pretty good and using a Z Airbrake.
Also, I have a C-Gold and a WGS ET65 - hoping one or both will be the ticket.
Playing 2 LP's - a custom with 57 Classics and another LP with p90's. Should be fun once I get it back.
Post by Rich (fbb90) on Dec 21, 2013 18:51:23 GMT -7
Congrats on the new-to-you KT!
I love mine w/ the Gold. It also sounds real good w/ a Celestion G12-65. Amps of the same model can be quite different, but w/ a tube rectifier and an Air Brake, my KT breaks up nicely. I could run mine on the 3-3-3 setting, Braked to four clicks, at my church, and it wasn't excessively loud. I didn't even need a dirt pedal. I'd just use the volume knob on the guitar to get my cleans and dirt. In my classic rock band, I'd run the same settings but attenuate less. It's one of my favorites of the Z line-up.
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Post by southmusic70 on Dec 21, 2013 22:43:26 GMT -7
I use mine mostly for clean and for dirty I use the Rati that I bought from you last year. I just retubed the KT last week and went with the tube store set that they sell for it. I just got home from playing a job with it, and it performed flawlessly. I'm playing it through a 2x12 cab with Vin30s right now, but have an open mind regarding speakers and would be interested to know what you settle on.
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Thanks for the replies. I checked with Harvey - it's not his valance, he can tell by the cut on the bottom of the valance.
I also exchanged email with Don at the Z shop and he will put in a tube rectifier.
Knowing that I'll need to tame the volume, I'll be sure to use a Z Airbrake and maybe even look into a less efficient speaker. Pretty sure my WGS is a 98 db speaker, but maybe I'll want to try something that's 96 db or less.
Post by jimmysmith on Jan 13, 2014 14:42:15 GMT -7
you might want to try a 5V4 rectifier in it to get want you are looking for. i have owned 3 kt45s and the one i have now i will keep. i like being able to bias it for 5ar4,5v4, and a solid state to get a different take. also, you might want to try a set of jj kt77s in it. it has a less harsh feel. they sound great to me in that amp. just be sure to bias 32ma or so with a lil ol meter etc...
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