I got rid of all my performing amps due to recording .I have studio amps now I need a performance amp. Which one might be best for my situation?: electric guitar , Tele,(me) , standup bass, acoustic rhythm guitar , drums.
definitely need some clean headroom but also some hair. Im ok with getting some pedals for reverb or OD. weight is an issue too. the Ghia 12 inch speaker a little more bass but hows the 10 inch sound?
Post by premiumplus (Dave) on Oct 22, 2018 7:57:00 GMT -7
They are both great amps. The Cure has incredible control of stage volume, so if that's an issue I'd go with the Cure. If your acoustic players aren't mic'd it would be my choice. The Ghia will play softly too, but you don't have as much control over how much grit you can get in your tone unless you use an attenuator. The Ghia sounds incredible with a 10" Celestion Gold.
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Post by Chilly Gibbons (Todd T.) on Oct 22, 2018 12:51:05 GMT -7
I’d say the same, both should give more than enough volume but the Cure has more flexibility. That said, there is no wrong decision as both are great circuits. Plus with the Cure you get the benefit of a 12” driver, and a really good one at that (Z12).
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I asked Eric Ambel this same question last year and this is what he said:
“The Cure is lighter than a Ghia but you might check with Humbucker or somebody on the weight because I think all of Doc's cabinets now use 1/2" plywood and the stock Ghia might be a little lighter.
I really like EL84's. I don't play electric at home so most places I can use a Ghia but man, that Level control on the Cure really delivers. It really works. I bet you'd like the Cure for it's sound and for the portability.
So I guess I'm leaning towards Cure for you.”
It was good advice. I got the Cure and it has been great as a grab and go amp without pedals. But I eventually ended up with both, because as Eric says, “Everyone needs a Ghia.”
I've had both and still have the Cure. My Ghia had plenty of headroom for stage use, but I had the Red Fang in it. I tried a Gold, but the efficiency difference killed the headroom. My Ghia had a Brakelite as well.
The Cure is much more flexible, and I think the new lite cab makes it actually lighter than a Ghia. Also, no one has mentioned the variable EQ bypass, which can take the place of a light OD pedal. I put an Eminence Lil Texas Neo in mine, which shaves even more weight and sounds great.
Let us know what you decide!
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Post by southmusic70 on Oct 23, 2018 11:35:54 GMT -7
I also put an Emmy lil Texas Neo in my Cure earlier this year, which knocked the weight down about 3 pounds (10%), a noticeable difference to me. I think the speaker works very well in the Cure and has a an even response with no spikes.
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