Post by curtisjames on Jun 17, 2016 19:32:27 GMT -7
Ya know, how you practice and play for years.....and wonder; am I growing, am I bored, have I reached a plateau in my musical journey.....stalled on my musical highway. And what about the amp world? Are they doing the same? Striving to be better, grow, take risks and chances and actually evolve with musical taste and styles of the players they try to coax and represent.My friends DrZ has done it......again. But he took a risk this time and did something different that we haven't heard before in the world of ZHe made a smokin great amp AGAIN. But let me preface: This, isn't your Grandmas EL84. Yes you can play at bedroom levels so you don't wake up your neighbors sister. Yes, you can get the clean tones your after, for the first 1/3 of the power scale. But let's take the volume nob to 12:00. No.....let take it to 1:00 & Now we're in the personality of this amp. This is where the money i$, the sweet spot and why you want this amp. This is why you'll so love this newest creation from ZThe Db4 as said in another post (I'll 2nd it) is a lot more midrange prominent, and to be honest took me back a little....but I adjusted immediately to it. But isn't that what your boost pedal does anyway? Add more midrange kick to "cut" through the mix; that musical gridlock of notes we fight to untangle through? Especially when dealing with the dreaded volume creep. Cancer of every live performance. (Bring crazy glue....couple drops on the bass players volume nob) Once you find the G spot on this amp somewhere between guitar and amp settings your into ballsy, and punchy low-end majesty. It's what I dig about this amp. It's has "flavor's" and "nuances" to an El84, but eyes closed, not sure I'd put money down....it was even in the 84 family. This amp is very touch sensitive and goes from clean to mean with the touch of your fingers......it's a very rock-ish approach to an El84 amp. Has "some" of the jangle and jingle that is familiar, but my God; dime your guitar on this bad boy, and thicker, gnarly breakup is at the forefront. It's BEGGIN to break up. Which is where the remaining 2/3rds of the power lies. My favorite is full power on the back panel, plugged into the low setting. Seems to have a more "tamed" break-up. I played with the Gold, and also with a nice orig Two Rock sign series cab, with KTS70 alnico in it. The Gold hands down is the speaker for this out of the two. Pedals: if your playing a Les Paul keep the dirty pedals off. Don't need em. You really don't. Humbuckers push this amp easily into overdrive.....or back off and get your cleans. Played my favorite Tele with Voodoo's TE50's . Individual notes have spank and a hell of a bark/bite. Really cool. The individual notes don't have to be overly driven either. You have control of this. Full power on the rear, and High input on the front panel gives you more. Or back off, and tease the notes back and forth into breakup. All through your expression through your pick attack or strumming style. Added my Keeley Compressor and this induced squish and compression and was another flavor of genius. A Kingsley Overdrive, and the clouds begin to part Ok, so there is a little learning curve to this amp and I wouldn't call it a jack of all musical genres. Might be a lil' more specific for some players. But what amp isnt? If your looking for a "signature" voice or make a statement, this piece of gear could set you apart from the pack. It's not like all the other amps out there. But I'm telling you......its special. Sooo, What style do you play? The DB4 handles Country of course......pushes into rebel and southern country realm. Blues and good old fashioned Rock. I'm talking any kind of rock, Classic, Southern Rock (you fusion guys not so much)In conclusion; I'm so lovin my new DB4 that I'm bringing the Zlux and DB to the gig. Hell the 2 amps togethor, in new light-weight cabs, are the what 1 combo used-to weigh. It's really light and comfortable. So Mr Paisley you and Mike kicked booty on this one. Thank you for taking a little chance....a little risk, and pushing forward in your journey, so we can continue ours. This is just another form of great.
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Here's some crude Noodles for Ya lets start out clean......then dirt examples.....then back to some Clean
I got an email from Humbucker Music that my order is ready to ship. So I would guess you'll probably start hearing more about this amp soon. As there were a lot of other orders placed around 5/1 that are being sent out.
DB4 - Stang Ray - Jaz 20/40 - Monza v2 - Carmen Ghia - M12 ALL cables by greatcables.com (PCNS)
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