Posts Tagged ‘amps’


Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
1964 Fender Twin Reverb

1964 Fender Twin Reverb (pre CBS)…this amp is in everyone’s top ten list of great amps.

1964 Fender Vibro Champ

1964 Fender Vibro Champ

1961 Ampeg B15N

1961 Ampeg B15N… THE bass sound on countless records

Divided by 13 FTR37

Divided by 13 FTR37… probably my favorite amp. hand built by Fred Tacone in LA.

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30… high gain with attitude

Top Hat King Royale

Top Hat King Royale… a Vox AC-30 clone

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia… two knobs, volume and tone. What else could you need?

2003 Bogner Shiva

2003 Bogner Shiva… Marshall-like tone but clear and solid on the low end.

Victoria 45410

Victoria 45410… an exact replica of a Fender ’59 Bassman.

1996 Ampeg Super Jet

1996 Ampeg Super Jet

Mesa Boogie Mark IV

Mesa Boogie Mark IV

Tech 21 Trademark 60

Tech 21 Trademark 60…this is my only solid state amp…

Guitar Tone

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Dr. Z Carmen Ghia

Dr. Z Carmen Ghia

OK, if you’re a guitar player and don’t know these basics, then you deserve Amp Farm™.  This is the foundation on how to get and develop your tone.

First, always turn on the power switch and wait for about a minute before switching the standby on. This allows the tubes to heat up a little which will extend their life. Reverse the process to shut down. Never turn an amp on without a load (speakers) or you may damage the output transformer and power tubes. Always match the impedance of the amp with the speaker cabinet.



Sunday, December 21st, 2008
The Studio - live to the left, dry to the right.

The Studio – live to the left, dry to the right.

My studio was designed by Rosati Acoustics (Boston, MA). The control room features Kii Three’s for stereo mix down. For surround, Genelec 1031’s (LCR) and Genelec 1030’s for the rears. This is all bass managed with dual Genelec 7071 subwoofers. The soffits house a pair of Genelec 1038’s.  I have Amphion One15’s (powered by an Amphion Amp500) and Auratones on a Sound Anchors powered lift. (NS10s available) The room was tuned by acoustician Mike Chafee.

Separate machine rooms isolate the noisy equipment from the mixing area. I have a set of ASC Tube Traps and Taytrix StackIt gobos.

The studio features a live area that is all red oak and stone. It’s very quiet. A separate vocal booth doesn’t have to be for vocals. It actually sounds good for drums! Tons of mics, tons of pre’s, tons of fun.