Looooove my Ghia. But Mazerati GT is next to join the family. Two completely different amps. The Ghia will not go even close to the amount of gain the GT has. If I were to make a very very simplistic comment, Ghia=Blues, GT=Rock2HardRock
with my gt, playing a les paul w/paf's that aren't high output, i can get a very similar tone to metallica's cover of 'breadfan'; not mid-scooped, but very similar gain and tight chunk. this is with the volume around 1 o'clock.
it's not the tone i was trying for, but i was very surprised when i first got the amp. trying it out, i heard that tone as i was dialing the volume up...i started playing the riff, and my pal standing there couldn't believe it.
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2008 14:05:03 GMT -7 by jackshite
Post by Michael Bartee on Jul 23, 2008 11:24:38 GMT -7
I put a couple demo clips of my Ghia with a Les Paul in the sounds section. The Tascam DR1/Ghia demo shows how much gain I get with the LP straight in and the volume dimed. It also shows how tight the lows are. I wish someone would put up a clip of the GT that shows the tightness of its low end and the gain with only a guitar (hunbucker) plugged in. I also wonder if the GT would be like the Ghia on steroids. ;D The Ghia covers everything but the very highest gain solos with ease. Is the GT what I need for those times?
2003 Gibson R9 (Ice Tea) 2007 Dr. Z Carmen Ghia (Red) Cry Baby Classic (Fasel) Planet Waves Tru-Strobe ThroBak Overdrive/Boost
"Warmth has a lot to do with speakers on the GT". Yeah, that´s right and that´s the reason why I play the GT thru a TT alnico with my Strats and Teles. But it´s as always - the right combination will do it.
Post by vanillasr08 on Mar 6, 2009 12:14:10 GMT -7
The Ghia is somewhat of a cleaner amp than the GT. They both sound great though. If you want some sweet, rich clean tones that can get pretty dirty I would go with the Ghia. But if you want all the way thick overdrive, the GT is for you.
Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 2x12 combo w/ Alnico Blues 1985 Gibson Les Paul Special Fender American Standard Tele Jetter Gain Stage Gold Maxon TS9 ZVex Super Duper 2-In-1 T-rex Octavius Deluxe Memory Man TC Electronics Nova Delay Strymon Blue Sky
I thought the GT was a Ghia on steroids...more EL84's=more watts. If that's not the case, which of the Z's would be a big bro to the Ghia? I would really dig having a hotter output Ghia in the 25-30 watts range. That would be killer.
Post by Rich (fbb90) on Aug 13, 2009 18:32:11 GMT -7
From what I've read here and other places, the Mazerati (non-GT) is the closest thing to a higher wattage Ghia. Having said that, I admit I have no experience w/ the Ghia or the Mazerati.
I do own a GT. I've found the GT to be less "gainy" then I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it will ROCK. But w/ single coil pups, it will give some real nice cleans, even w/ the vol up to 1:00 - 2:00 (w/ the vol rolled back on the guitar). It actually surprised me w/ the cleans I can get. I started to wonder if maybe there was something wrong w/ it... until I ran some hot 'buckers through it! ;D Yikes! Can this thing scream! But it's a very clear articulate "distortion." I don't even like using that word w/ this amp. It's a very smooth but hot OD. I had an old Marshall and a Mesa that easily "out-crunched" the GT. The GT isn't a "crunchy" type amp in my opinion.
But, as others have said, we all hear things differently.
I'm a happy Ghia owner and prefer my raunchy tones to be like Keith Richards or like the Delbert McClinton song "Every Time I roll the Dice". The Ghia is great for this. Now with that out of the way, I've got say that I'm dying to test-drive a Mazerati GT. I''d love to play my Rickenbacker 360 or ES-335 through it.
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