Well, a good friend game me my choice of a trade regarding two SRZ65's...I chose this one because of the wood front plate...love it! I've had a couple email exchanges with the Doc today. I know it's not an "LE", but it has some bit of history I can't quite put my finger on. I know the SRZ65 line goes back before 2000 (the year this #4 was made). It doesn't have the Presence control. And, the cabinet is about 1-1.5" shorter in width than the other option of a 2009 model that has more of a production look.
Anyways, here's some external and gut shots for those of you interested and would like to comment on it! PLEASE, fire away with whatever you know. I've gleaned this forum and just want to pull together the history behind this amp and "why" the circuit board has the numbering scheme it does. One specific question is "Why the specific numbering scheme if not the LE line?" (Was it an early run special line until the refined production model appeared with the Presence control?)
Post by Jaguarguy (Mike) on Mar 11, 2019 15:55:48 GMT -7
That is a beautiful SRZ 65! Chances are that Doc himself made that wood valence. The history, as I've gleaned it is that the SRZ was one of Doc's first amps. Originally it was a long box model more similar to a Marshall amp. Released in 1990, initially it came only as a non-reverb head, then the combo (1991) and then a Reverb head (1992) and finally the combo (1993). (I have SRZ-65 RC #001 Butch has SRZ 65C #001) At some point he switched to the shorter box like the one you have around 2000. The amp went out of production due to the death of Kurt (the main builder of the SRZ 65). In 2007, Doc released the SRZ-65 LE which was limited to 38 units. Doc reissued the amp as a regular production amp in 2009 (?). In 2017 it went back out of production.
Great amp! If you ever decide to sell I'd probably be interested. I have a couple of Zs
Post by Chilly Gibbons (Todd T.) on Mar 11, 2019 16:07:23 GMT -7
Hard to believe that’s almost 20 years old! Great shape,cool amp!
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Thanks, guys!! Yeah, I love the look of that amp. So much that I'll likely buy some gold piping and dress a board up to make that speaker cab match the amp. Sorry, Mike! This one's a keeper! Doc was sharing the difference on the PI's long tail and the Presence control added. I actually have the 2009 SRZ65 here at home to compare to. I've done my share of amp builds, mods & repairs...I may cap off the 4 ohm lead and insert a Presence pot on the back...enough to make it completely reversible. Or...may just pop a pot in to adjust, measure and then fix the value to where I like it.
Love the amp! Ha, yeah, Mike...you have a "few", lol!
So, one question still hangs out there.... as this isn't an LE...and, if the first was introduced in 1990...would this amp be part of a 10th anniversary run? The "4 of 50" is not just a year-relative sequence as it has a production date as late as December. So the 4 of 50 has me puzzled. Doc said he intended 50, but stopped at 35 for some reason. But, I thought that was the LE series. I'll keep digging. Anyone with more info, please add to the mix.
As for the shorter head cab size...here's the difference between my 2000 SRZ and a 2009 one (on top). Depth looks identical and height does, too. Thus, why newer head cabs were made slightly longer to accommodate a front panel Presence control.
Thanks, Ron! I'm still wanting to find a little more about it. It's a bit intriguing. It's not an "LE", but the board is marked "#4 of 50" ...I noticed the SRZ hardwood front was first produced in 1990...makes me think this could be a 10th anniversary run of that amp series..?? Any info would be most helpful.
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