Post by benttop (Steve) on Nov 30, 2007 13:22:51 GMT -7
My first Dr. Z amp was a 2x12 Mazerati Combo. My new Mazerati GT is similar only in that it has a similar EQ envelope. That is to say, both amps have a characteristic mid hump that is easy to recognize (listen to the Kinks "You Really Got Me" intro and you'll get an idea).
But the GT has way, WAY more gain. It has more gain than any amp I've ever owned. It has more gain than I will ever productively use. But it sure is fun to play with.
At 9 o'clock on the volume, you already have full volume and a lot of hair with your guitar turned up. By noon you've gone past the point of being able to effectively roll your guitar volume down to get to pristine clean. But noon is already more gain than I typically use, so that's not an issue here. I usually run mine around 10 to 11 o'clock, and then turning the guitar volume down I can get to the very clean stuff.
But for recording - look out. I can get any saturation level I want, up to and including massively overdriven tones that spontaneously catch on and sing out forever. Naturally once you're in this zone, you're experiencing a lot of compression, and the noise floor comes up quite a bit. But it's a very cool sound; one I plan to take advantage of in some recording projects I have planned.
Yep, and i'll only add that the GT thru a Z-Best has BIG BOTTOM!! This thing can thunk and chunk with the best of em.
I will say that while it is certainly the highest gain, non-master Z amp, .... those who havent heard it in person should not be put off by the "HIGH GAIN" label if your thinking that your really more into a little more subdued amps. The gain on this IMO is not modern in the least, ... nor is it buzzy and thin, harsh or compressed. It is "OLD SCHOOL", just a little turbo'd if ya will. And it is also deceptive, ...... while you may think at first, WOW this thing is gainy! .... you will then quickly realize how articulate it remains, and how open it is! No Mesa style compression and damping here, ( of course you can crank it and bring on a lot of compression if you wish ). The bottom line is that it can USE the gain without sounding like mud or noise and still be clear and present!! Very unique.
- Also keep in mind how versatile this amp becomes when you swap a 5751 into V1 or the PI, or even just a mellower 12ax7. Now your talking about another whole range of textures to explore. So i hesitate to over-emphasize the gain thing. It is definately NOT your typical high gain amp that you'd be used to, it is much more than that, .... more musical, and immediately usable, i think anyway.
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2007 14:51:37 GMT -7 by Telemanic
Nova Remedy Mazerati GT MAZ 38sr Rt. 66 Max 18 Z 28 Airbrake Z-best 2-12 1-12 Conv