I was playing today at home, and was really disappointed in the sound I was getting from my Maz Jr. (210R) It sounded really cheap. By default, I unplugged from my pedals and ran from guitar to amp, and tried four different guitars. I played a little bit with the settings on the guitars and the amp, but overall the sound just wasn't there, not like it used to be. I was using an Epi Elitist LP, Peavey Tele copy with 57 RI pups, 72 Tele Custom, and a Texas Special Strat, and I got the same results with all of them. It was a George L's cable, and I checked the signal in it, and tried another one. The end result was really disappointing. I've been away from home for about ten days, and the amp was in its case, unplugged.
I reset all the tubes, the speaker connection, and made sure the power cable was good, and just couldn't get the "magic" that I normally get. The first time this happened was before I got my wah modded, and the mod fixed it. This time it was without anything between the guitar and the amp.
It has sounded thin and weak. It wasn't the quality sound I was expecting, and used to, from the amp. I replaced the EL84's a while back, and haven't played it enough for that to be the issue I don't think, but I'm going to go get some new ones today just to see. I'm also going to take it to someone in town that I trust and let them play their guitar through it and get another opinion on it.
I put some new EL84's in it, and that brought it back to how it was before. I guess I didn't realize how many hours I had put in it to need new tubes already. Either way, it's back to normal, and I'm happy.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw! .........I just love a happy ending!!!
We all do. The new tubes brought it back to life, and I came to another realization.
Lately, with the playing I've been doing, I have really been pushing my amp, more than I ever have before. The band I'm playing with is loud, in big rooms, and I am not always going through the mains. I think my speakers are getting reallybroken in. For years before this, I had Fender Hot Rod amps, Peavey Delta Blues', a DRRI, and a 76 Deluxe. I have been wondering if my ears are just not used to what my amp sounds like, and I'm putting too much into comparisons.
I have been listening to a lot of sound clips on here and some stuff that I know Z's have been recorded on, and I may need to go back and spend some time getting to know what that amp really sounds like, because I don't think I've done it properly yet.
Nick, The Doc runs the 84s hot and hard to begin with, so the harder you run the amp the quicker the 84s are gonna go TU.
I buy matched Quads so that I always have a set ready to go. If you're pushing the amp pretty hard yourself don't expect even the best 84s available to give the good tone for more than 3 or 4 months. I can tell the difference after only a couple of months.
Doc puts a fan in the 38 combos for a reason. The 18 can benefit from one as well. I got the quietest 120V computer fan I could find and used those nylon electrical tie straps to suspend it between the rear baffles blowing into the cabinet just below the power tubes. The tubes will last longer and the chassis and transformers won't be so hot to the touch.
GuitarZ: Best Pandemic Comment - Delivery guy shows up. As we're social distancing, I look at myself in brown loafers, black socks, gym shorts, t-shirt and say "I realize this is not my best look". His response "You can wear whatever you want to the apocalypse."
May 1, 2020 14:39:30 GMT -7
roscoenyc: read a newspaper.
May 19, 2020 17:20:32 GMT -7
roscoenyc: You know in school when they talked about "your permanent record"? Well, this is it! Learn to spell! Don't be stupid!
May 21, 2020 8:19:01 GMT -7
premiumplus (Dave): Due or do? Which or witch? Knob or nob? Their or there? Bass or base? Too much time on my hands...
May 24, 2020 6:31:30 GMT -7
roscoenyc: Ah, the incessant tire kickers. oh jeez.
May 25, 2020 6:57:46 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Needed some noise to fill a break in a tune I'm recording. It was too quiet. Just happened to have some High Quality Dr Z Ghia noise to fill the void. "Heal Your Sound with Dr Z! It's not just a guitar tone prescription!"
Jun 13, 2020 8:29:27 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Must be great to be a skunk. Eating bird food about 10' from our sun room. I'm clapping and yelling. At best, it might have given me one "yea what?" look while continuing to dine. At one point, there were two skunks and two racoons.
Jun 14, 2020 18:49:33 GMT -7
captainron (Ron): Hueter Toledo, just another business of today that doesn't care about tomorrow!
Jun 25, 2020 12:51:43 GMT -7
KeithA: Hueter Toledo....that business is gone to the dogs
Jun 26, 2020 8:22:26 GMT -7
easyed: Guitar Z, I encountered to ultimate garbage raiding combo once. We'd been having problems with the garbage cans being raided by raccoons for weeks. Late in the evening I heard rattling at the cans. I went out and found that he'd allied with a skunk. "OK"
Jun 30, 2020 11:40:27 GMT -7
GuitarZ: EasyEd - Someone at work topped us both. The inside of their car had been somewhat ransacked. They were blaming their son. They checked the video. It was a Bear! I'll stick with the racoons, skunks, foxes, and squirrels.
Jul 1, 2020 16:47:50 GMT -7
bigboki: In this age and time when everybody are struggling and especially S&Ms I am amazed to see that kind of ignorance. I am really sorry for your experience dear Dr Z but it is for the better. You don't want to do business with those kind of people anyway.
Jul 4, 2020 8:17:40 GMT -7