Gristle King... the Luxury Drive seems to tame/sweeten the signal perfectly and then you have D.G.T.M. side to add some drive... loose (old school) or tight (more compressed). The Gristle King is one of the most underated hand wired pedals available.
Actually I run a 12AY7 which knocks the gain of the amp down quite a bit. I think it improves the overall tone of this amp as well... much more woody sound... ;D! The plexidrive is run at a low gain setting to add some grit... sounds good for low volume stuff!
OK... I use an AU7 in mine, which still stuns when dimed.
That's a good idea. I have a bunch of NOS 12AU7 long plates that I may try!
Current Z amps:
Remedy - unmolested original redhead
Dr. Z Mini - unmolested original 8 incher
This space reserved for future Z amps.
Post by clarkgriswold on Nov 24, 2014 10:01:01 GMT -7
Agreed. I love the EP Boost with the mini and a Telecaster. Used it as my only amp on stage with two other guitars, bass and drums on Friday night and it was stellar in every way. Such a fun amp and pushing it just a tad with the EP Boost fattened things up so nicely.
Post by charliebrown on Oct 23, 2017 13:56:20 GMT -7
Late, late to this thread. The only thing I found lacking in the Mini Z was reverb. Picked up a TC Electronics HOF mini unit...wonderful! All I need and then some. I'd become a huge fan of Barber pedals over the years. Have a Direct Drive and Small Fry. If I want to go insane, I can kick one in with the Mini Z about noon. Astounding. Also takes my DD-3 delay and Hardwire chorus very nicely. It's a very pedal friendly amp, imho.
20th Anniversary Z Mini Head 1996 Laney LC-30 112 Combo Ampeg SS212 2x12 Celestion Stereo Cabinet 2x70 watt 8 ohm speakers. Driving my Mini Z switched to 4 ohms. Great cabinet with the Mini Z. Ashdown Bass Amp 2016 Les Paul StudioT in Silver Pearl (gift from wife:-) Mid 90s Sunburst Strat Highway1 Telecaster (blonde/blonde) CAR Jazz Bass Taylor 114
I've owned the original 8" mini z and GA5 reissue; kept a 2nd generation mini z and value the straight-up, natural tone and breakup characteristics of the mini z but very much liked how a J Rockett Animal Overdrive and Wampler Catapulp sounded with it. I recommend the 6n14n tubes as they seem to have later breakup and they're relatively cheap and well made too.
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May 21, 2020 8:19:01 GMT -7
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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!
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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
GuitarZ: Didn't want to restart the plumbing thread, so I figured I'd ShoutBox this. How the heck does cleaning the aerator on a faucet cause a leak to start under the faucet? Huh? Arggggh!!!!
Jul 10, 2020 7:40:17 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle Experience: well, Mike, it shouldn't have been the cause of a leak. double-check your work.
Jul 10, 2020 12:56:49 GMT -7
GuitarZ: I updated in the Plumbing thread that the Moen website says that a faulty aerator can cause a handle/base leak. Eiyy! I really don't understand how plumbing works. I was ready to double check all connections. But, the leaking stopped with cleaned Aerator.
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jhen86 (jordan): Just got an email from Sweetwater rep that Z Wreck Jr's are back in stock. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.
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Lefty: Say a prayer for me fellas, I'm going to replace a bathroom faucet this weekend.
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