Used Dr. Z 25th Anniversary Carmen Ghia head
Dr Z Amps 25th Anniversary Carmen Ghia Head
This amp is ripping good fun to play!
100 watt amplifier tone in an 18 watt package!
Cranked sounds at low volumes!
Used but Mint! Just in on Consignment!
Used! Just in on consignment and in immaculate original condition! Never gigged- just tested and found not to be what the customer was looking for. Like all our used / vintage gear this has been tested for functionality and priced to move. Sold As-is. What you see is what you get (which is basically a brand new amp)
This amp is an absolute blast to play!!! 3-knobs for plug and play simplicity! Just crank it up, adjust the tone and master to taste- That’s it! Even when dimed this thing reacts like a bigger amp- play lighter and it cleans up. Spank it harder and it gets snarly and awesome. It loves humbuckers as much as single coils too.
The Carmen Ghia was the first original amplifier design released by Dr Z Amps and helped establish Mike Zaite’s place among the founding fathers of the boutique amp movement. To commemorate his company’s 25th anniversary, Dr Z has decided to make a limited run of 50 Carmen Ghia heads in the look and size of the original.
The original Carmen Ghia heads were built from repurposed Hammond reverb units. Using these small chassis and vintage transformers, Dr Z was able to build a unique tube guitar amplifier that had its own voice. The distinct sound of the Carmen Ghia had a lot to do with custom circuitry- including the phase inverter and the EQ network- as well as features like the materials used for the output transformer and the use of a global negative feedback loop. The success of this amp allowed the company to grow and establish its core principles: making distinctive designs, with simple features, at an affordable price.
The 25th Anniversary Carmen Ghia has the exact same tonal character as the regular Carmen Ghia, but comes in a much smaller box and includes new features like 16 ohm speaker output jack and Master Volume. This Post Phase Inverter Master Volume allows more control over volume levels without sacrificing any tone as well as more usable clean headroom. Dial the Master Volume all the way up and you’ll be taking it completely out of the circuit. The variety of tones and sounds found in this rather modest looking amp is what leaves so many people floored from the first note. The clean notes come out with warmth, complexity, and sustain like one has never heard from such a small amp. Every note has a hugeness to it that seems far beyond an 18 watt head. All this comes before the amp really starts to sing. As you turn the Volume clockwise, the fun factor increases. The big clean notes get even BIGGER than they were before. Sustain becomes as smooth and musical as you have ever heard it. Notes seem to sing forever.
Each and every one of these limited edition Carmen Ghia heads is signed by Dr Z and comes with a 25th anniversary badge
Features and Specs of the Dr Z Amps Carmen Ghia 25th Anniversary Head
- 18 Watts of power
- 2x EL-84 power tubes
- 1x 5751 and 1x 12ax7 preamp tubes
- 1x 5Y3 rectifier tube
- Volume / Tone / Master Volume controls
Dimensions & Weight of the 25th Anniversary Carmen Ghia tube guitar amplifier
- 13" Wide
- 8 1/2" Height
- 8" Depth
- 18 lbs