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I have to say this ever few months - The Dr. Z Stingray is (still) my favorite amp!

tele_jas

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I know if you search, you'll find a few threads where I've stated the same thing.....But the more I play this amp, the more I love it!

I got my first StangRay in 2006, kept it for about 3 or 4 years... From 2006 to 2016, I've had about 40 different amps......Valvetech Hayseed 30, TopHat, Black Cat, Voxer, Morgan, Mesa, Bogner, Vox (HW), Matchless, and several other Dr. Z's (including the Z-Wreck)....Just to name a few. Some at the same time as the Ray, most after it.

Earlier this year, I came around full-circle and ended up with an original Stingray and I couldn't be happier! I have always said this is the BEST clean amp on the planet and it does the "edge of breakup" thing as good, or better than any other amp I've ever played. The only other amp I'd put in this category is the Z-Wreck, but as much as I wanted to like it more than the Ray, I just couldn't.

If you're looking for that vintage "Vox" tone, with just the right modern twist... I urge you to check out a StangRay! Dr. Z stopped making these earlier this year (2016), but you can probably still find a new floor model and I see used ones pop up every now and again.

Out of all the "modern era" amps, I think the Ray is going to go down as one of the best ever made and it wouldn't surprise me if it, someday, gets elevated to the Trainwreck or Dumble status. Yeah, I may be a little over-excited, but to me it's the greatest amp ever made.

My current Ray (in 2016): (ignore the knobs, that's not where I play it)


My Ray in 2006:


.....And, with the same guitar (in November, 2016) to show I DO keep, some, gear for more than 10 years!
 
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tele_jas

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nice looking rig, how is it with humbuckers?
I rarely play humbuckers, and when I do, it's a Wolfgang with pretty hot humbuckers, and only for rock stuff with an overdrive/distortion pedal on. So, it's hard for me to answer that truthfully.

.....Except the neck pickup on my white Tele, which is a mini-bucker (like a HotRod Tele), but it's not a very powerful pickup. Since it's a somewhat bright amp, it keeps string definition really well.
 

tele_jas

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Congrats Jason. If the Ray wasn't so f'n loud I'd still have mine.
Yeah, an attenuator is a must! Even though they do affect the tone (some more than others), you can easily compensate for it with the tone/cut knob. My Brake-lite is a perfect fit for this amp. I have it hard mounted inside my 1x12 cab, so I just plug in and play.....Usually 2 clicks down for a small gig, 3 clicks for one of my casino gigs. Still love the sound and feel, even attenuated this much.....But there's nothing like being able to bypass the attenuator and run it on 4 at a gig!
 

Madison

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Had a Stingray for a few years, it was definitely a great clean & loud amp. Adorned with Harvey Reams' first faceplate, he's sold hundreds by now.

 

Stormin

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Yeah, an attenuator is a must! Even though they do affect the tone (some more than others), you can easily compensate for it with the tone/cut knob. My Brake-lite is a perfect fit for this amp. I have it hard mounted inside my 1x12 cab, so I just plug in and play.....Usually 2 clicks down for a small gig, 3 clicks for one of my casino gigs. Still love the sound and feel, even attenuated this much.....But there's nothing like being able to bypass the attenuator and run it on 4 at a gig!
I tried a Brake-lite with mine and was kinda disappointed with the tone. I actually had better luck running a pedal type switchable volume pot thru the loop. Running the pot at about half worked ok with no change in tone. Doing that, I could get the Ray's volume up to about 9:00 at home but it was still pretty damn loud.
 




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