Hi all,I'm picking up a jaz on Saturday and can't wait. I've had a couple of maz's a ghia and a remedy so it's safe to say I love z's lol. My question is what can I expect? How it differs from the above amps? I'm guessing much more fendery? Also which overdrives work well with it? Thanks in advance llew.
Yes, very much centered on blackface tone, but with a lot of latitude. You won't get Voxy chime -- no EL84s. As you know, it's sort of a MAZ front end (except no Cut) coupled to a Remedy style 4x6V6 power section. I think John often says the MAZ is 2/3 Vox, 1/3 Marshall and the Ghia is the reverse. Fair description. But each of those has a bit of Fender too. JAZ has a whole lot more Fender, maybe a bit of Marshall, and almost zero Vox. You can make the JAZ very bright, but it won't chime.
Like most Zs, you can throw pretty much any OD at it, just adjust the amp's volume to mate up with the gain and level on the dirt box.
Some setting ideas to get you up the curve on getting your tone:
Dime the master, turn the bass off, put treble and mid near noon. Plug in and turn up Volume. Listen. Adjust; maybe bring in a little bass. Try this in both half and full-power modes.
Dime all the tone knobs. Put Master at noon. Bring up the volume. Re-set eq to suit.
Dime the Volume, dime the tone knobs, bring up Master.
Like the MAZ, the tone knobs are passive, so the lower they're set the less gain you're getting from the front-end.
Have fun and let us know how it goes.
Gear piled high. Talent? Must be hidden in there somewhere.
Just got it home,first impressions are very positive I must say. Any other suggestions for settings? So far I'm liking master at full,volume at 9,bass middle and treble all at noon and reverb at 9. I notice it's a lot "stiffer" for want of a better word than my maz. Lovely lovely amp. Can't wait to find my way around it.
That is pretty much where I started with my settings and the impressions I had at first. I experimented with some other tone settings but I'm back close to where I started. T=1:30, M=Noon, B=10:30. I normally run at 40 watts at a gig; 20 watts only when necessary. I like the 'stiffness' you noted but then I played a Twin Reverb for many years and they both have solid state rectifiers. I can always go to my MAZ Jr or other amps I have if I need compression. It's good to have different flavors of amps.
Any other suggestions for overdrives? I usually like amp overdrive and then use the guitar volume to control/dirty but the clean sound is so good I may just use pedals? Definitely looking at a Tim (is it really that much better than a timmy?) And maybe something like an ocd for the rockier stuff? Sorry for all the questions.
Not better; just more. It has a boost switch with drive and tone controls and an effects loop. Other than that it's the same as a Timmy. You could do the same thing with a Timmy and a boost pedal of your choice.
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