When I had my Stangray I used it with a gold. A loud 100db gold. Such a wonderful amp....but LOUD.
I wonder how it would have sounded with the new 97db Creamback?
The greenback shares a lot of similar characteristics with the Blue. Both have lush mids, light on the low end, and slightly attenuated highs when pushed.
I'm loving the Ghia too much to get another Stangray, but I'm wondering if the tone would be similar, and the volume reduced to a usable level. There are many guys who are using their 40 watt Remedys with the Creamback, and no attenuation.
"Every note sounds like you're rattling a bunch of tin cans and old chicken bones around inside a plastic paint bucket."...Flealux ---------------- I have a very impressive set of 6-pack abs...but I keep a layer of fat on them so they don't get scratched or dented.
I think a creamback would be ideal for live playing. I've been using a G12-65 (97 db sensitivity) and have to say I like it better than the Weber Blue Dog Alnico which is about the same db rating. I agree with you John, for my live playing, the ray is too loud with any speaker at 100 db or higher. As much as I love the sound of the ray through a standard Z Best I have to run an Airbrake at 4. I can deal with 1 or 2 clicks in for attenuation but have a hard time with settings higher than 2, it's too compressed. I could turn down the ray but then I loose my mojo. So it's inefficient speakers for me and ray.
I never have volume issues with my Ray and I have a 1x12 combo w/Gold. I just brake lite 3 clicks and volume around 2. Never had any complaints about my tone. I wish I could crank it up louder but even with that setting, the tone is GREAT!!! To me, tone is in your fingers. If you can sound good through a $100 amp, you can definitely sound good through a Ray.