I'd be mainly using it for cleans and having my drive provided through pedals. I'm playing a PRS McCarty Soapbar Standard and what attracted me to the Dr. Z amps was their simplicity. I just want a one channel amp with simple tone controls. I want something with a warm tone but with a bit of punch to it as well so it can cut through in the band. I was also considering the Route 66, but I'm concerned it might be a little TOO warm. Is the KT-45 the right amp for me? Also I'm aliitle confued about the whole gain/tone knob association thing. How does this work? Something to do with the tone controls deciding the ammount of gain? Also I understand that when both treble and bass are full the tone is "bypassed". What does that mean?
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The 45 is quite punchy, but the speakers you use with it have plenty to do with the punchiness. Also, the 45 is punchier with a solid state rectifier than a tube rec. Also, the SS has higher clean headroom.
The 3 knobs are all essentially non-master volumes. If you set all the knobs at the same place (say 10 o'clock), then raise the treble, the volume and "gain" of the high frequencies will be greater (I use the word gain carefully because it is not cascade distortion, but power tube distortion and speaker breakup). Also, if you raise the volume pot, the volume and gain structure of the entire frequency range will be greater while not affecting the volume/gain ratio between the EQs (i.e. if treble is higher than bass, that will stay the same).
What the Doc means by the tone knobs being "bypassed" is that if you set the treble or bass at the minimum setting, then that part of the tone circuit is removed from the signal path to allow greater signal clarity. There is no use of running the signal through a tone circuit that is not being used.
Essentially, to get the loudest and purest clean, you would set the EQ knobs at the minimum and then set the volume to taste. If you want even more volume beyond that or some breakup, you would raise the EQ knobs. It is plenty loud though.
Hope this helped!
P.S. feel free to correct me if I got anything wrong.
It was suspended back in April along with a few others since the death of Kurt (RIP).
Kurt was a major part of the amp-building process, and he and Mike (aka Dr. Z) did most of the more detailed amps. Since Kurt died, production had to be reduced significantly and Mike needed to focus on training new builders to make the more popular models (i.e. the Ghia, Maz) so he suspended "temporarily" the lesser common ones. Also, Mike had hand surgery so he can't build amps completely yet.
After Mike & co. start getting back into the swing of things, he will bring back the currently out of production lines. Thus far they seem to be doing a good job recovering.
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