Dr. Z Ghia.... New amp content. Why did I ever avoid this amp?

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  1. tele_jas

    tele_jas Tele-Afflicted

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    I've had 5 or 6 Dr. Z amps over the past 5 years... Never once though about the Ghia. Yesterday I traded my backup amp (Mesa Transatlantic) for a Ghia... I was wanting to get back in to having a Dr. Z. After 2 hours of playing with it today, I wish I would have gotten one sooner!

    It's not quite as chimey as the amps I tend to lean towards (AC30 voiced), but it's got a nice top end and a tighter bottom. Dr. Z does something magical to his amp that makes them more percussive than anybody else, this makes them more touch sensitive. Even the Ghia with it's pronounced mid-range has that nice touch sensitive mojo going on that you can't hide behind. A few years ago, it wouldn't have been the Z I'd have went with (I actually avoided it). But after giving it a 2 hour jam session today (by my self), I really bonded with it.

    Just wanted to give it some praise for it's simplicity and great tone.
     
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    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Gotta have some pics, don't you know...
     
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    Sorry....... Here ya go.

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    Poor little guy is missing his Z :(
     
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    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice! Who did the Paisley? Great work!
     
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    Can't go wrong with a Ghia! As for the chime, get some Ei EL84's from Doug's Tubes and maybe a Mullard 12AT7 from him as well for mucho chime................
     
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    Bill Crook did the body a few years ago... Don't think he does just body's anymore. Great guy!
     
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    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Hmmm, I suspected as much!
     
  8. ruger9

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    I played a Ghia recently, and thought it could be VERY bright, at least with a tele. It could also be VERY dark... that's a unique tone control. I actually found it so difficult to find the sweet spot on that tone control (with a tele) that it cured my GAS for Ghia.

    I know it's one of Doc's most popular amps, but I found that tone control uber touchy, with a very small window of useable range, for me.
     
  9. mrtoulouse

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    Congrats man... Those are great sounding amps indeed :p

    Funny you mention the tightness and unforgivingness... Thats what made me part with my mazjr after only a couple months. i kinda regret it though, as Im sure it would have improved my playing if I had kept it... right now im on a 5e3 that lets me play good even when half asleep :p

    The Z's really do have something else going for them though...

    theo ne thing I found though was that with single coils it was a bit hard getting the amps to open up as much as a good fender, but I guess that really is because of the tightness; but that in return makes them veeery pedal and hard rock friendly :p

    enjoy... wonderful amps that you know will last for ever
     
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    DOGMA Dunn Friend of Leo's

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    They are cool amps. You know from the moment you play a great amp that it is a keeper, and that it will be difficult to find another amp that will compare.
     
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    Just for the heck of it... Recorded with my iPhone, so it's not the best and a bit boxy - but everybody is doing it and I'm a follower. ;)

     
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    Video is listed as Private- won't play.
     
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    Oops, sorry...... Fixed now. :oops:
     
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    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

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    Said Private to me too.
     
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    Should be working now? Let me know if it isn't working.

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    Fixed now - sounds great. What kind of mic do you have in that iPhone?
    ;-)
     
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    Congrats, my brother has had several DR.Z's and I always liked the Ghia. Nice Demo too.
     
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    Howdy,

    Congrats on the new Ghia, TeleJas! I've been a very happy Ghia owner for over two years. The Ghia reminds me of a Champ in many ways, with it's easy-to-dial-in great tone and overall touch sensitivity.
    The Ghia is sensitive to speaker and tube changes-moreso than your typical Fender amp. this isn't always a good thing, though. Enjoy that baby!
     
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    Sounds very nice. Warm with lots of body. I like it!
     
  20. TeleTim911

    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

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    It's working now. Sounds great.

    Z's always sound awesome to me. I got the chance to play through two one night and I've never been so impressed by an amp in my life. I think the most wonderful thing was the "touch response". If you pick hard it got louder, pick soft, quieter, plus the volume control on the guitar really made a difference too...totally amazing to me. I've played lots of amps, do not remember one feeling and sounding like a Z though.

    Hope you enjoy it, good pick in amp IMO.
     
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