I'd be mainly using it for cleans and having my drive provided through pedals. I'm playing a PRS McCarty Soapbar Standard and what attracted me to the Dr. Z amps was their simplicity. I just want a one channel amp with simple tone controls. I want something with a warm tone but with a bit of punch to it as well so it can cut through in the band. I was also considering the Route 66, but I'm concerned it might be a little TOO warm. Is the KT-45 the right amp for me? Also I'm aliitle confued about the whole gain/tone knob association thing. How does this work? Something to do with the tone controls deciding the ammount of gain? Also I understand that when both treble and bass are full the tone is "bypassed". What does that mean?
Ok....I was typing this and I accidentally closed the window, so I have to write this all over again
The 45 is quite punchy, but the speakers you use with it have plenty to do with the punchiness. Also, the 45 is punchier with a solid state rectifier than a tube rec. Also, the SS has higher clean headroom.
The 3 knobs are all essentially non-master volumes. If you set all the knobs at the same place (say 10 o'clock), then raise the treble, the volume and "gain" of the high frequencies will be greater (I use the word gain carefully because it is not cascade distortion, but power tube distortion and speaker breakup). Also, if you raise the volume pot, the volume and gain structure of the entire frequency range will be greater while not affecting the volume/gain ratio between the EQs (i.e. if treble is higher than bass, that will stay the same).
What the Doc means by the tone knobs being "bypassed" is that if you set the treble or bass at the minimum setting, then that part of the tone circuit is removed from the signal path to allow greater signal clarity. There is no use of running the signal through a tone circuit that is not being used.
Essentially, to get the loudest and purest clean, you would set the EQ knobs at the minimum and then set the volume to taste. If you want even more volume beyond that or some breakup, you would raise the EQ knobs. It is plenty loud though.
Hope this helped!
P.S. feel free to correct me if I got anything wrong.
It was suspended back in April along with a few others since the death of Kurt (RIP).
Kurt was a major part of the amp-building process, and he and Mike (aka Dr. Z) did most of the more detailed amps. Since Kurt died, production had to be reduced significantly and Mike needed to focus on training new builders to make the more popular models (i.e. the Ghia, Maz) so he suspended "temporarily" the lesser common ones. Also, Mike had hand surgery so he can't build amps completely yet.
After Mike & co. start getting back into the swing of things, he will bring back the currently out of production lines. Thus far they seem to be doing a good job recovering.
premiumplus (Dave): Due or do? Which or witch? Knob or nob? Their or there? Bass or base? Too much time on my hands...
May 24, 2020 6:31:30 GMT -7
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!
Jun 25, 2020 12:51:43 GMT -7
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.
Jul 11, 2020 18:13:56 GMT -7
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.
Jul 28, 2020 10:57:28 GMT -7
Lefty: Say a prayer for me fellas, I'm going to replace a bathroom faucet this weekend.
Jul 30, 2020 8:26:34 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Make sure you use your plumbers tape.
Jul 30, 2020 12:21:50 GMT -7
doctorice: Just replaced a kitchen faucet. Hardest part was getting the old one out -- had a weird flange on it. Good luck, Matt!
Jul 31, 2020 8:02:26 GMT -7
steiner: Just payed the plumer to replace a faucet and drains. Finally have non-leaking, speedy draining sinks!!!
Aug 4, 2020 8:08:03 GMT -7
GuitarZ: After finally training myself after 4 days to not bother trying to turn on the guest bathroom light because of the power outage, I just found myself bracing for the sound of the generator as I opened the garage door and it's now quiet. Power Back!
Aug 7, 2020 16:51:10 GMT -7