Dr. Z Carmen Ghia Boutique Amp

Dr. Z Carmen GhiaThere are some amps that look like they sound.  These amps are big and bad looking, and you just know they’re going to due damage.  Then there are those that surprise you, and the Dr. Z Carmen Ghia boutique amp is one of these.  It doesn’t look like much when you first see it, but once you hear this little package in action, you’ll be shocked.  The warmth and richness of the notes is amazing, and it has incredible sustain that few amps of its size can pull off.  As the volume increases, so too does the sound, and the big notes just keep sounding louder and punchier.  It’s a great amp for any gig, but it also works great in the studio for those who want to sound large.  You don’t have to worry about your sounds getting drowned out by other noises.

The Carmen Ghia’s 18 watts of energy are provided by two EL84 cathode tubes.  The preamp uses a 5751 and a 12AX7, while the rectifier uses a 5Y3.  It has volume and tone control, and the amp uses an Eminence Red Fang 10 inch speaker.  These little babies are highly sought after, with a used Carmen Ghia costing around $1,200.

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September 14, 2010
Posted in Dr. Z Amps — anthony @ 6:45 pm

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