Is the therapy as clean as the EZG 50? Im quite interested in the therapy but want to know if it carries as much headroom as the EZG and how well does it take pedals? is there an early or late break up on the therapy?
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Post by Phil (aka Phil) on Jul 21, 2014 13:13:12 GMT -7
That is a REALLY hard question (at least for me) to answer. You'd think I'd have a good shot at it too...what with owning EZG-50 serial #1 and Therapy serial #3.
I guess I should play 'em both when I get home if I get a chance to
They're really different amps with very different player responses and volume curves. They both take pedals really well. I'm gonna say without testing that when set up for maximum headroom I think the EZG has more volume before breakup.
It's a really hard question for me to answer as I believe it depends a lot on an individual player's style and also what kind of pedals you're talking about. They both "take pedals really well" but both react differently to overdrive, booster, and modulation effects. They also have very different midrange and bass responses as the EZG has a HUGE bottom end a a sort of forward Hiwatty midrange while the Therapy is "flatter" or clearer in its frequency response but with much more harmonic content and immediacy.
It really just depends on your style and touch. The EZG is pretty much the ultimate Fender "blackface" type amp but with tighter bass, a stouter midrange and smoother highs, and a great reverb. The Therapy is ultimately more versatile due to its higher gain range and master volume, and has that world class harmonic thickness. The EZG is easier to play in a way as it has a more compressed feel. Either one would work in a "Fender style" gig...having said that, if I'm looking for the "Lenny" or "Riviera Paradise" thing in and need a higher-volume amp I'm taking the EZG. If I'm looking to play a lot of medium to higher gain lines and want to have that control to instantly play variations of gain at my fingertips it's the Therapy.
Post by Frankie Starr on Jul 22, 2014 10:44:56 GMT -7
EZG is powerful bold and clean, GREAT reverb, and lots of headroom, The Therapy is less power, less headroom, and not as clean...The Therapy has a spongier attack, while the EZG is stiffer, and hold together more as you turn it up. They are quite different. The Therapy gets higher gain overdriven tones...EZG is more stout, and clean. And the volume difference is huge too....EZG would probably bury the Therapy if they were next to each other. Rock on !!!
Post by Phil (aka Phil) on Jul 22, 2014 11:11:57 GMT -7
Frankie said that really well. Pretty much the EZG is a stiffer louder bolder amp while the Therapy is a totally different animal...it's not "soft" at all but it's cathode biased so it's not gonna have that same boldness. It's a sweeter amp. They're really hard to compare.
I say if you're *really* set on using pedals...if you think of your amp as a pedal platform it's the EZG. If you like pedals but mainly want to go straight in (or nearly so) it's the Therapy. I personally wouldn't bugger up the player interaction by putting anything in front of my Therapy.
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