AGAIN Mr Z
The guitar is Smoking Hot now. Marshall and Les Paul, perfect
Billy, this is Wade. I purchased the GZ30 Austin
Special just a couple days ago. I just wanted
to drop you a note and let you know that I am absolutely
enjoying the amp. I got to say, this amp sometimes
sounds like a deluxe reverb without the flabby bass
to my ears and at other times like an AC30.
It definately has some of the best characteristics of
American and British amps. I just peeked inside
the 2x12 cab, That was a surprise. I don't think
I have seen a cabinet with bracing and port holes like
that. You can't see it through the tolex at all.
Very nice. Sounds like a monster too.
I've got a question for you though, what kind of resistors
are those little brown ones in the signal chain?
And several of the caps are not like any I have seen
finished up the test run on the Pro. I'm amazed.
It didn't sound bad when I gave it to you, I just wanted it
to sound as good as it was capable of- I had no idea that
this is what the amp could do. The breakup on its own
is beautiful, and transitions perfectly when pushed by my
tubescreamer. It's warm and bassy, not cold and farty
like it used to be. Warm, squishy, tube-y, everything
that a good Fender should be. Thank you. Would
happily take any new projects to you in the future.
I just wanted to thank you. My Splawn amp sounds better than
Got a chance
to put the LongHorn Modded Bassman through its paces
last night and , it's a winner. Amp definitely shows
it's pedigree as a bass amp - the bass and mids
are very full and forward in the EQ. No trace of
icepick, which is nice. While I'm a fan of my Tweeds, I
really dig that there's no sag with the BF Bassman's
SS rectifier which gives a much tighter bottom end
with no sign of fartiness like a Tweed.
The Normal channel yields a very nice clean tone, and
surprisingly the first time I preferred to use a Bright
switch on a Fender that was equipped with one! The breakup
comes on smoothly and gradually in this channel and it
takes pedals very well (tried OD, fuzz, delay, reverb).
The girthy mids and full bass EQ that this amp has
sounds phenomal with reverb played clean - much sweeter
and smoother than my Twin.
The gain in the Bass channel comes on early and often. Snappy,
punchy, sinewy with modest volume, full, muscular yet
still articulate when you turn up and the compression kicks
in - almost a hybrid tone between a Marshall and Fender
is the impression I get (have no idea what Trainwreck sounds
like, so maybe that is what it's closest to). You
did a great job re-working a channel which most everyone agrees
is unusable straight in. It definitely has a bit of
a "sweet spot" with the controls (can get a little
intense sounding at certain settings) and I'm still learning
where the best settings are for a given volume level (controls seem
very interactive on each channel). I have 6 great
amps now and have played plenty more over 36 yrs,
but I can't think of one that nails the Stones "Brown
Sugar" tone like this one does - brilliant. And
next to a Super, this is probably the best amp I could
think of for slide on either channel.
The two channels seem to be in phase with each other when
I jumpered the channels. Lots of very interesting tonal
combinations and possibliities open up with that and it actually
makes for some of the amp's most compelling tones.
Again, think this is a great amp.
to let you know the Marshall has never sounded this good,
I don't know what mods you did but this is how I always imagined
a Marshall should sound.
plays like a dream , best playing guitar ever, why don't they
come from the store this way .
Hey, just wanted to let you know, the Deluxe sounds great!!
exactly how I imagined it could sound. Even Oz and Ray commented
how great it sounded when I plugged it in at the Guitar House
Besides the bright cap mod and the general cleaning, biasing
testing, what did you do?
Whatever it was, it sounds fantastic, and takes all my pedals
it most of last night. Sounds beautiful and clean. I have
no idea what a real blackface is supposed to sound like, but
to me, this is classic Fender sound.
> Glad you like it.
> I changed the V2 plate load to 82k and the V1 Cathode
to 2.7K . you
> wanted more headroom. Those tungsols sound good too.
GZ20 is now my main amp, it really does the job especially
with my Nash Tele . played it last night, sounds really good,
really happy with that amp, it’'s the go to amp,
Z, you brought my old JTM 45 back from the dead, sounding
better than ever .
it's been a week and I've come to fully appreciate the terrific
job you did. It is difficult to explain; the improvements
to my instrument are nuanced but substantial. First, you restored
the vintage value with refurbishing and putting back the original
electronics, which are smooth as silk. That's truly awesome!
Second, and to me more importantly, every aspect of tone and
playability is improved, such that the total is greater than
the sum of the parts . As with my other instruments you've
worked on, I think you fully exploited this guitar's potential.
I can play with more confidence, and have more fun! Many thanks.
The guitars work beautifully. I suppose a lot of players
like new strings, but I like them better after an hour or
so of break in so, just about there. Anyway, I can't tell
you how much I appreciate the care you put into my gear. It's
so much more fun when your gear works well!
BTW, I was talking with Mike G. today and I think he's going
to want you to set up his son's vintage Rick 12 string.
you man ... I had no idea my guitars could work this good!
THANKS A MILLION!!!
up my two acoustics today (and paid you via Oz).Just wanted
to say I'm thrilled with both!The Bourgeois OMC plays the
way I remembered in way back when. I love this guitar.The
Martin D-1 plays 10x better than it ever has. I like this
guitar, but may start loving it now. Once again, I really
appreciate your advice, expertise and service.
I finally got the DRRI back from Jay, and I have to
wonder how you were able to find a brand new amp with the
exact same stickers I had on mine? :D
Whew, does it ever sound good! I was late for work this morning
because I couldn't stop playing it. Six years in and out of
shops and it finally sounds like it should! Thanks again!!
On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM,
I hope to be sending you some clips of the new amp soon, but
just had to vent one more time to say how amazing
this thing is sounding now. I mean - it's just incredible.
I'm plugging straight in to the Marshall, no pedal - and getting
all the gain I need. The responsiveness of plugging straight
in like this blows away using any of the pedals I've tried.
The high end is just stellar - particularly when paired with
something like a British greenback that is also sweet on the
The gain is also slightly... complex. I don't know how to
describe it, but the way it sings on the high end, plus the
power chords, plus everything else. Just amazing. (And, remember,
the pickups I'm using are not that hot at all.)
I'm running ALL controls on "10" except for the
bass which is on zero, and the "normal" channel
which I tend to pull back to about 8 or so with the Bright
channel on 10. But that still varies some... I may wind up
running it on 10 as well.
Don't mean to talk your head off, but this thing is just amazing
sounding. I've got some great music near completion and will
send you some clips of the amp when ready. Remember what you
did - you may wind up getting amps sent to you for the "Billy
Z Plexi Mod" one day! :-)
you for your work on the guitar and amp. The Super Reverb
is, in fact, very super now; with the tone controls fully
open and the volume set to about four, it is an amazing machine.
Jan 13, 2012, at 6:43 PM, Jason Clark <email@example.com>
>> Just wanted to let you know I am playing the melody
maker through my '65 vibro champ (that you worked on as well)
and this guitar is just so perfectly set up...I know I tell
you all the time how great your work is but seriously, Billy,
you are a wizard with guitars...you make them a pleasure to
play...it makes playing so much better and just wanted to
tell you I wasn't sure about this guitar until I got it back.
You've done it again. Thanks for all you do, bro. I'm a better
player for it.
a quick note... I played the hell out of my DRRI last night.
It seemed to just get better, the louder I got. Before,
anything past about 5 seemed to get farty, and wouldnt take
my pedals well at all. Playing clean, it was outstanding....
rich and clear at the same time. The sustain is gorgeous.
Equally, I am impressed with how much better it takes
my pedals. I am impressed with the Mercury Magnetics
iron, and very happy to have the peace of mind that it is
running well. The NFB mod seems to have added life
too. Overall, ti sounds like a new... different amp.
you very much. I will be recommending you every chance
Thanks for the excellent work you did on my Gibson 335, Stratocaster
and Mesa Boogie amp. The guitars both play smooth and sweet.
Just to my specifications. It really shows that you care about
the work you do. And thanks for going the extra mile fixing
the foot switch for the mesa. I'm a loyal customer! Thanks