I came upon a very good deal on a mint condition Z Wreck Combo (the blue tolex, with Celestion Gold and brake lite already installed) so I'll be picking it up over the weekend. I'm primarily a strat player (don't even own a tele anymore, although that might change at any moment). More of a blues/classic rock type player just for context. I've been in an amp "funk" lately and needed something new. I've had Maz 18's and Carmen Ghia's a few times and really liked them, but they went by the wayside and I've been playing fender type amps more. It seems like most demos and comments are from tele players, I just want to get some opinions on the Wreck with a strat. My "strat" is a very cool Whitfill copy that's just outstanding.
Z Wreck pairs nicely with most any guitar. Bass and treble controls have a lot of tone shaping ability. One suggestion: start with them all the way down when you first plug in. Set volume around 11 (you may need to engage the BL as it's a loud amp) and put Cut up about the same. Listen. Then start adjusting the eq to get a feel for how things change, particularly what happens to the mid frequencies.
Gear piled high. Talent? Must be hidden in there somewhere.
I use my Wreck almost exclusively with Strats/Teles. I'll add to Mike's comments that the Wreck also plays well with most any pedal you want to throw at it. I get my drive primarily from pedals, and the Wreck is an amazing clean or right-on-the-edge platform. You don't NEED pedals to get great tone, but if you use them I think you'll like it.
Be sure to give us a report once you've spent some time with it.
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You will be very happy! The Wreck with single coils is awesome. I agree with mike 11:00 on the volume is where the magic happens. Crunchy cleans. Depending on the band, you will definitely need the Brakelite.
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Blue Z wreck combo, love mine (both) and all I’ve been using the last 4-5yrs is Strats. That gold Celestion sounds perfect in that amp & brakelite is a killer accessory, making for a highly versatile combo. Congrats!!
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GuitarZ: Why is it once you finally clean the junk off your work bench, within 5 minutes, you find yourself ready to deposit some other junk right back on to that now clean space?
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rossco: the variable e.q bypass is great because while bypassed it you get the raw sound of the amp without the e.q and everything else attenuating the signal which sounds great and a because its variable on the foot switch you can dial in to taste, 1/2 way I like
Dec 19, 2019 19:02:01 GMT -7
rossco: you don't have to fully bypass the tone stack which is great because gives you room to dial in your sound, it certainly thickens up the sound and adds nice growl/midrange growl. I don't like pedals so this replaces everything for me
Dec 19, 2019 19:04:58 GMT -7
easyed: It seems that the only time I clean off my workbench is when I need the space for something else. If I don't take a break, it's less than 5 minutes before that space is full again.
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