Hello Coreybox! I dont currently have a 45 but i think it may be in my future, and have played one a bit. I find the mids very nice, not scooped, but of course thers a little subjectivity there. Its got that smooth ef86 kind of thing, but is not so linear sounding like the responce of the 66. It seems to get more of that crushed glass brilliance on the top. From my limited experience with it, i found it to be cleaner louder, or longer on the volume knob. It definately is tighter sounding and feeling, and doesnt get that super touch compression early on like the 66. Its more of a laser like punch that cuts, not as wide sounding as the 66. To me, sometimes the 66 almost occupies to much of the stage freq's, i mean its always awesome, but theres times when id like to sit in a slightly narrower spot in the mix. I want to try a 45 on stage. Clean loud really whacks me more than gain loud, and i think thats one reason why it's so impressive volume wise. I say clean, but its got a nice hair to it, that increases as you crank it. I think with a brake and a great pedal it would be amazing! I'm going to have to audition one again soon.
Nova Remedy Mazerati GT MAZ 38sr Rt. 66 Max 18 Z 28 Airbrake Z-best 2-12 1-12 Conv
the 45 definitely has grit, but it's really loud at that point. But like Myles says, it says really tight, even when it starts to compress (say when all controls are at 3 o' clock or higher with humbuckers). If you want more grit, throw on a pedal
Corey, going on the "Jet" AC/DC (Both Aussie bands by the way) description I think you you'd be better looking at the SRZ65 or the 6545. I'm betting the Delta will do the ACDC thing too but the SRZ MIGHT be a bit more managable volume wise. MIGHT ;D The master is supposed to be very useful. I'm betting the SRZ gets the typical Aussie pub rock tone to the bone!
SRZ can certainly do AC/DC real well and then some,IMO.With the pedals,it is a modified Marshall on steriod.
1 red Jazz 20/40 head
1 red Antidote head
1 red/blond Stingray head
1 black/blond Stingray head
1 black SRZ 65 head
2 LTD SRZ 65 heads
1 black 6545 head
2 black KT 45 heads
2 red LTD Ghia heads
1 black Ghia head
1 red Remedy head
1 red Maz GT head
1 black Mazerati head
2 sets of Silver ZWreck heads & cabs,1 Silver ZVerb
1 red Delta 88
1 black RX ES head
1 red Maz SR rev 2x12 red combo
1 z best cab 2x12 black
Well I just took a quick test drive last night and a/b'ed them with a Lester and Tele, tried both through a V-30, Weber alnico Blue, Jensen RI P-12-Q and a Texas Heat. My KT45 came with a rec tube instead of the SS plug, has #7 EL-34 LS power tubes and sounds GREAT. Very different then the 66, a lot more sizzle on the top end, the tone controls are more active IMO, not near the mids or bottom of the 66 and a lot more on top. A lot more grind than expected ( a nice surprise). Louder than the 66 no doubt, real quick attack, less compession. Probably better suited to my style than the 66, I'll gig it next w/e with both bands and know more but as of now it's a keeper. Sounded best with the Weber alnico Blue dog, but I love that speaker with any amp I've tried.
Post by groovergeorge on Sept 4, 2006 8:16:58 GMT -7
Hey Curt, how much did you end up paying for your 45' if that is not too personal to ask?
This is killing me, I have 2 other "Z's" and it was the one that got me into the Docs amps to start with. I went with 2 lower powered babies but always wondered and hoped that one would come my way sooner rather than later. Im sitting here playing along to Pink Floyds "shine on you crazy diamond" on my strat and thinking how sweet a 45' would sound with a good booster and compressor in front...................hmmm sustain for days, I don't imagine one would even need any type of delay.
Congrats on you purchase Curt. Besides the obvious volume factor I just can't understand why there isn't any more interest in what appears to be one of the best amps made in the last 30 years!!!
I"m gonna get one,I'm gonna get one, one is coming down under,screw the credit card, I'm going to the bank tommorow for a limit increase.
George, I ebayed her for $1125, it's a MINTY 2005, as new. Like you, the KT was the first Z Doc recommended but I went through all the lower powered Z's. Thing is, thet are all great amps but I was always wanting a touch more this or that. This thing, so far, leaves me wanting nothing. Yet to gig it but next w/e is a two gig w/e so well see, new places so that will affect my findings as well. I can see this being my desert Isle amp, again, it is not for everyone.
I also just picked up a locally made EL-34 amp, a Sewell "TexaPlex" that is cool, it is not exactly what I had hoped it'd be but is cool. I think the power tubes may be tired as it lacks harmonics....or the KT 45 has ruined me But I also have a new Exotic BB and it SCREAMS with the Sewell !!! Yet to try it with the KT, so far a Cheapo "Bad Monkey" wails with the KT, and is all I need with it.
My debt ratio is a bit out of whack as well....but the search has been positive as of late..finally.
Would anybody care to comment on the noise-at-idle levels of these two amps? I've had the 66 for 10 months or so and just got the 45. The 66 is DEAD quiet with all the knobs turned up but the guitar muted. The same configuration on the 45 is not unreasonably noisy but nowhere near as quiet as the 66.
Post by cashandkerouac on Feb 9, 2007 16:30:44 GMT -7
i cannot comment on the route 66 as i do not own one, but my KT-45 has no noise issues. i just got it about a week ago so we're still getting acquainted. but one of the first things i did when i got it home was play it using a variety of settings at different levels (low to cranked). even cranked i noticed no abnormal noise at idle. compared to my jcm 800 the KT-45 is super quiet. not sure if that helps, but its some feedback anyway. cheers.
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