Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Tele81, Mar 19, 2019.
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I actually have three Ghias - one of the original 50 Hammond chassis amps, a V2, and a Ghia built with a 12bh7 pre-amp tube. I love the Ghia through a gold.
So from my ear, the Prescription Jr (just came in) has appreciably more headroom than the Ghia. Headroom is comparable to what I remember my Maz 18 Jr NR having, but I don't have the Maz anymore to do a hot-swap, true A/B comparison. My comparison here, between the Remedy and Ghia, is through the same 12" Gold (well-worn) in the Ghia combo cab. Ghia's got more attitude. Doesn't mean it's Marshall-esque necessarily.
More tweaking to go.
What speaker is in that cab? Vintage or Dream series 3P?
New Rx Jr Rig!! Pics because obligatory.
My most recent rig (Brake Lite installed) ...
Love, love, love this amp.
That cab came in with a Vintage 30. Was not my favorite speaker to start with, but in that cab and really well broken in, it is trully great. Not sure what 3P series it is, but I think vintage.
Would you recommend the brake lite? I’m thinking of getting one to try to keep my practicing at home at a somewhat sane volume.
I’ve owned a Monza, Remedy, DB4 & Ray. Still have the DB4 and Ray. Very much miss the Monza and the Remedy. I’ve heard rumblings that the Nova may fix that issue for me. I hope I can find out soon! Also eyeing a Z Lux or Plus. Or Maz 8. Or a Cure! Dang it, Doc!
I only have one non Z amp and that’s an Orange RV 50. If Doc ever makes an amp with 4 gain stages, that could also change.
I'm finally going to give an SRZ65 a shot.
Something seriously rocking in the clips I'm hearing of that amp.
Get ready to adjust the treble if you go more than two clicks. The Brake Light has a tendency to suck tone around the third click, so if you want bedroom tones out of it you'll need to adjust the eq and cut.
The Power Station was excellent for it but it's almost three times as expensive.
Owned many Z’s. Would love to have them all back if I could.
The one I miss the most is my Monza 1x10 combo. Serious rock machine in a portable package. I’ll get another one soon.
Here is the shot of my 3 Ghias - original, V2 and 12BH7 versions from left to right. Below them are 2 Delta 88s (Myles Roses 88 and a Michael Burks Signature 88) and a Surgical Steel.
Out of pure curiosity, how does the 12BH7 Ghia sounds, compares to a ''normal'' one or to your V2 ? I was reading on that tube and seems it is closer in specs to a 12AU7, so meaning lower gain, I guess...
To my ears, there is a little less gain, less brightness (more dark sounding) than my V2
The Maz 38 does get Voxy tones. It also gets tweed, Marshall, and Blackface tones, though these are sort of a variation on the Maz's theme. Unless you're using vintage output single coils, the distorted sounds can get very thick and woolly (with humbuckers or P90s), which is good for leads or Neil Young-style rhythm.
But I find that Telecasters and Strats sound great through the Maz 38. The amp puts out all the punch, bounce, and snap of vintage output single coils.
With hotter pickups, the punch lessens.
I agree about the 38 not being a louder version of the 18. When I tried to use the PDF that showed all the 18 settings from the Z Forum, I couldn't really get any sounds that I liked. I had to dial in my 38 on my own.
I've had my 38 since 2004, but I'm lately I've been a little disappointed when using it with P90s, especially after I bought a JTM45 clone.
The 38 sounds sort of "boxy" or "nasally" to me with the P90s and lacks the punch of the JTM45. The 38 has an excess of mids in the 500-1k zone, or so it seems to me.
Had a Z28 head listed on Reverb for over a month. Lots of watchers, but no offers. Definitely not selling after reading this thread!