Just wondering about the KT-45. It started out like the Ghia with the chassis hanging from the top in the smaller 17.5" head. Then I started seeing them mounted on the bottom in the same head. I think I've noticed at least 3 different panel designs. How long was it manufactured for and was it stopped due of lack of demand? When did it start and when did it end?
I'm Rick James...
Post by Phil (aka Phil) on Jul 28, 2008 5:25:36 GMT -7
I think this is correct info. If not, hopefully the Doc or Brent will correct me. I kind of have a "thing" for the KT and have been learning as much as I can about them. ;D
I think the KT-45 was originally designed before the Route 66. It was originally conceived of as a kit by the Doc. He decided not to go with the kit idea and made it a regular production amp. This was around 1998.
I think the "first" production one was the one owned by Cotton which then was sold to Gary- I think Harvey has it now. It was a Z-28 style "upside down" chassis with a wood front.
Brent told me that there were a few KT-45s floating around out there from that period before they were "production" amps- they all do vary slightly in panel appearance.
Sometime very soon after they went into production they were changed to the box and chassis that the Route 66 uses - the "small box head" that's still in use today. The Delta 88 also used the same box. Brent told me that the early ones like Harvey's may have different transformers; the larger box would allow for bigger iron and better cooling of the tubes and trannies.
I have noticed at least three faceplates as well- one with a musical instrument like a guitar, the one with the " >> " between the "KT" and "45", and one with "KT ~ 45".
They KT was in production from 1998 or so until April of 2006. There were less than 100 made.
Thanks for the little history of KT45. Did not know much about KT45 before until toward the end of production in 2006. I've always noticed that my KT45 head cab is slightly smaller than my other Z heads ,may not be as small as a Ghia but enough to notice the difference,just my observation.
1 red Jazz 20/40 head
1 red Antidote head
1 red/blond Stingray head
1 black/blond Stingray head
1 black SRZ 65 head
2 LTD SRZ 65 heads
1 black 6545 head
2 black KT 45 heads
2 red LTD Ghia heads
1 black Ghia head
1 red Remedy head
1 red Maz GT head
1 black Mazerati head
2 sets of Silver ZWreck heads & cabs,1 Silver ZVerb
1 red Delta 88
1 black RX ES head
1 red Maz SR rev 2x12 red combo
1 z best cab 2x12 black
THE STUFF I'M HAPPY WITH:
James Tyler SEHD
Allen Amplification Accomplice
Vovox, van den Hul and Sommer cables
Area 51 wah
Goodrich volume pedal
Tone Tubby ceramic 12"
mid 60's Gibson J-45
J Design cab