Post by robv on Oct 12, 2018 8:43:23 GMT -7
UK player here! I joined this board so I could share my experience of the EZG50. I've had the amp for several months now and have used it with my band, so I've had some time to get used to it.
I'm what they call a more 'mature' player (only in terms of age), having been playing in bands for many years, and in that time I have owned and used a lot of different amps, never really settling on any one as a firm favourite, no matter what the genre, and I started to rethink things again when I joined a band with new country leanings. After a period of uncertainty, and a lot of Youtubing, I ordered a new MAZ18 NR and found what a wonderful amp it is, but I found that I was trying to keep it toward the clean end of things all the time, and then found that I needed a bit more volume.
More thinking, more research (a bigger MAZ?) but in the end my hand was forced when I came across an ad for a used 2014 EZG50. I had an extreme GAS moment and before you know it I'd put a couple of hundred miles on the car and had the amp at home. Luckily, I think that this is the amp I've always wanted. I knew it from the first time I switched it on.
If you have one you will know, but it has a rich depth to the sound that I've not found anywhere else. I'm sure it exists but I've never found it. No tweaking, no dialing in period, no computer interfaces, just turn it on and there it is. And that richness does not disappear as the volume goes up - and it is a loud amp - it just stays rich and sounds wonderful. I can actually hear what my guitars sound like and find that I can make delightfully simple changes to the sound with the guitar's volume and tone control. I think with most of my other amps they are always on 100%, with the EZG50 I have them both set at about 50% on my USA Standard Tele and then I have can fine tune things up or down from that point. Nothing short of fabulous.
Of course I have a pedal board, and before I bought the amp I was quite concerned about the lack of an FX loop, but (this may be contraversial) I have found that my MAZ18 NR works best for me with the output from the board simply going in the front end. This meant that I was a little bit less worried, and my goodness it just sounds wonderful. The EZG50 copes with everything and has brought out lovely musical tones from the pedals I use that simply weren't detectable when using other amps.
I have seen people ask about drive, So here is what I use. A Lehle buffer, into a Wampler Ego compressor, into a (seldom used) RAT, into a ARC Effects Klone. After that can use a chorus, delay and reverb. Oh yes, that's the one thing. I find that the reverb on the amp introduces a hum when used, so I never bother with it and just use my Strymon Flint. I run the amp into a Zilla 1x12 loaded with a Celestion Gold, it seems like a perfect match to me.
The Klone is (as you can guess) a clone of a Klon. Duh. I've owned two, and they sounded very different. The one I have on the board is (I think) an older one - I've had it for years, it's white (like that makes a difference), and it's an 'always on' pedal. It's just a bit of boost, The boost knob is at 11 O'clock and the drive is at nine O'clock. With the Tele's volume on 50% it adds some more girth to the sound, and adds more grit as you turn up. With the solid power of the EZG50 this set up is a real head turner. For most of what I play I use that set up, just using the guitar's volume and tone controls to radically alter the sound. The RAT is there in case I need some real dirt (rarely) but with that into the Klone it just sings.
That's probably too much information but I thought it might be useful if anyone else is out there and wondering about it. If it was lost permanently I'd definitely buy a new one in a heartbeat, and after some months of playing, I still feel that there is a long way for us to go together. It has kind of liberated my playing and I only wish I'd found it sooner.,
PS. Z watts eh? It is VERY powerful.
All the best