Found this while poking around the Mazerati forum (posted by pdw):
"All Mazerati's are not created equal. Somewhere between the time the Doc created the Mazerati and when he discontinued it he changed transformers, which resulted in a different sound. I've seen some that start getting dirty like a Ghia at 9:00 on the volume knob, and some that stay clean until 1:00 and then still don't get as saturated as the "other" type. This is totally my speculation, but I believe Brad P's first Mazerati was the "dirtier" type."
I was wondering, would this put the "older" Mazeratis at all in the GT camp? I'm sure the GT has more gain on tap, but this description of the older mazeratis sounds alot like the descriptions I've read here of the GT...
Hi Ruger, i dont have any real good info on the Mazerati "versions" so to speak, as i havent had the opportunity to play any to date. But as a proud and VERY happy GT owner i am interested. The only thing that i have heard is that there are other significant differences between the Mazerati ( early and late ) and the GT, besides the gain factor. I hear that the Mazerati's lean towards the Vox camp at least a little, .... and to my ears the GT does not. In fact Doc was not even going to call the GT a Mazerati, .... which pretty much says a lot right there. It was only a timing thing to do with the "pseudo prototype" being availible and consequently so popular at the Zfest, that apparently led Doc to just leave the name alone since so many guys now new of it by that name.
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Post by benttop (Steve) on Dec 16, 2007 13:06:08 GMT -7
Ah... my very first Dr. Z amp was a Mazerati 2x12. I'd still have it if I could lift it. But I definitely hear a family resemblance between my first Mazerati and my GT. But the Mazerati I had was basically a clean amp, while the Mazerati GT is basically a high gain amp - in that respect they are nothing alike. But if you listen to the tone, you hear a similar mid hump that seems to be characteristic. I think my earlier Mazerati would be of the second generation, not the first.
Post by Phil (aka Phil) on Dec 17, 2007 17:39:57 GMT -7
I did some research a while back and found out that to the best of my knowledge, the original "double power Ghia" Mazerati came out around 2000, and the "upgraded" one with the wider bandwidth transformers and negative feedback changes came out in 2003.
Even the dirtier type has nowhere near the gain of the GT. That thing is in a league of its own. The "forward midrange" of both amps is similar, but the design of the old GT and new one is very dissimilar. They "feel" very different when played, which is the important part.
Post by Phil (aka Phil) on Dec 18, 2007 6:41:52 GMT -7
Thanks guys. Interesting stuff.
So, can the GT do a "Paisley Clean with hair on it"? Or by 9:00 on the dial is it already more broken up than that?
With the amp's volume at 9:30 or so, using a low-ish output pickup like Brad's (Fralin Blues Specials) and rolling the guitar's volume back, you can get those kind of tones. It's more of a Marshally sound through my Z-Best, though, unlike Brad's usual "Voxy" chime sound. I'll bet it could get closer to the Brad sound through a set of Golds-I'm afraid to try the GT through my two Blues because of the GT's power.
I was running 2 Golds with GT just to be on the safe side, since 2x12 Greenbacks open Z cab showed up I really dig them alot.
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I have a 2004 Mazerati as well as the GT. Even though my 'rati is the later model, it is not a dirty amp. Very round, warm, clean, but it does get a little hair when you turn it up. For what it's worth, it's one of my favorite Z amps, and I would never sell it because it's such a great amp.
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