Post by irreversal on Sept 11, 2015 12:34:14 GMT -7
Hey folks, long time lurker, first time poster here.
Anybody have experience using the new Z Drive against a BB Preamp? Right now, I'm using a BB Preamp Comp for multiple applications. Live, I run the Maz 38 in stereo with a Mesa F50 and use the BB as a clean boost (the onboard boost with the F50 is great, but too Rectifier-y for my tastes). Sometimes, when I don't want to lug two amps around, I'll bring just the Maz and dial in the BB to provide all of my drive when needed. Even at home, I can run my Maz with the Brake Light on four, volume low, MV dimed, gain on the BB dimed and volume on the BB around 9 o'clock and get some nice drive without blowing my eardrums or ticking off the neighbors.
I'm thinking the Z Drive can do all of this and even more, however, I'm out of room on my pedal board, and I know if I just buy a bigger board, I'll just end up buying more pedals.
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2015 12:35:10 GMT -7 by irreversal
First off......welcome to the forum! Great guys and lots of good info here.
I have the ZD as well as an early model BB and a later model BB. The ZD, IMO, is more transparant than either version of the BB.....although the BB is one of my favorite OD's. The ZD can do the clean boost very well, and you still have the 2nd channel on it to dial in some pretty good gain if you want it. Highly recommended!
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Post by irreversal on Sept 21, 2015 13:23:02 GMT -7
What a pleasant surprise. My Z Drive arrived today, a full 4 days before it was scheduled. How is that possible??? I'm leaving town tomorrow morning, but in the few moments I have had to play with it, I can already tell this pedal is going to be a keeper. I didn't realize how much the BB was constricting the Maz, even on the no-Comp setting. The Z Drive lets the amp breathe like a champ, on top of giving you two different gain stages. I can easily see myself dialing in the Maz for clean rhythm, using the green channel for dirty rhythm and the red channel for higher gain leads and extra dirt. Can't wait to gig with this bad boy on the board!!!
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2015 13:23:25 GMT -7 by irreversal
The Z Drive lets the amp breathe like a champ, on top of giving you two different gain stages. I can easily see myself dialing in the Maz for clean rhythm, using the green channel for dirty rhythm and the red channel for higher gain leads and extra dirt.
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