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Old 11-17-2019, 05:02 AM
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They are great little amps. Congrats
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:19 AM
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I used to have a 1963 Fender Tremolux combo amp.
I switched to a 1965 Deluxe Reverb (a "real" one, not the reissue), which I still have.
I'll eventually switch to a lower wattage amp since I haven't played out in years.
I'd keep that gennie '65 and add one of these to the stable:

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...itar-combo-amp

At $199 street (often less - far less - at a Coupon/Holiday Sale) you almost can't afford not to have one if you're a tube tone junkie, and if you're into easy DIY mods (speaker/tube swaps) IME they make a perfect platform for customizing your tone...
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:04 PM
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I've been gigging since 1975, here's my history...

I started out with a DanElectro Cadet (blew up), then...
60's Gibson Skylark combo (sold)
Silverface Fender Vibrochamp (sold)
Brownface Fender Princeton (traded for acoustic 134)
Acoustic 134 4x10 combo (sold)
Blackface Fender Bandmaster Head and 2X12 bottom (sold)
Mitchell Pro 100 combo (blew up)
Acoustic 164 combo (blew up)
Blackface Fender Dual Showman and Marshall 4X10 bottom (sold)
Fender Super 210 combo (sold)
Fender Blues Deluxe (traded for Vintage Fender Brownface super)
1961 Ampeg Mercury M12 (still have)
Mesa Boogie Studio 22 caliber (stolen)
Mesa Boogie DC3 (sold)
Fender Brownface Super (2x10) combo (traded for Bogner)
Bogner Metropolis 30 (traded for Tophat Club Royale)
TopHat Club Royale (was stolen)
TopHat Club Deluxe (still have)
Frenzel Super Deluxe head and 1X12 bottom (still have)
River City AC30 clone (sold)
Mesa DC2 combo (still have)
Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb (still have)
Ampeg J20 Handwired (still have)
Custom Marshall 18 Watt style amp "English Rose" head and 2X12 bottom (still have)
Vox AC15C1 (sold)
Vox AC15HW1 (still have)
Fender Super Champ XD (practice amp never gigged) (still have)
1962 Alamo Fury (studio amp) (still have)
1952 Chicago Webster 166 (studio amp) (still have)
Victoria Regal II (still have)
Dirty Girl "Reverb" (still have)
Fender Silverface Vibrochamp (still have)
TopHat Portly Cadet (studio amp) (still have)
Winfield Amplification Princeton Reverb Clone (still have)
Michael Clark Beaufort Premium (still have)
WOW! I've gotta ask if you have a similar list for your guitars?

I think a "Your Personal Electric Guitar History" thread would be great.
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:18 PM
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WOW! I've gotta ask if you have a similar list for your guitars?

I think a "Your Personal Electric Guitar History" thread would be great.
I couldn't possibly remember all the guitars I've owned, but this is my current group of electric guitars...

Gibson 1950's BR-9 Lapsteel
Gibson 1965 ES-125
Gibson 1974 L5S
Gibson 1978 L5S
Gibson Historic 1960 Reissue Les Paul
Gibson Historic 1957 Reissue Les Paul
Gibson Historic SG Special (modded Wolfetone mean/meaner P90 set, RS pots/caps, Pigtail intonatable bridge, Tonepros locking studs, Kluson 18:1 tuners)
Gibson USA SG Dave's Limited Edition '61 Reissue
Gibson USA 2015 Firebird (modded with Klein FB pickups, Faber hardware, RS caps/pots)

Fender 1962 Musicmaster
Fender 1984 Squier Series Stratocaster (modded SD Alnico II pickup set, tremsetter)
Fender 2012 Custom Shop Deluxe Telecaster
Fender MIM 50's Reissue Telecaster (modded Van Zandt pickups, compensated bridge saddles, anodized pickguard and plate)

Heritage H150 (modded Duncan CS Peter Green pickup set, Faber hardware, RS pots/caps)
Heritage H150 (modded Zhangbucker Pure handwound pickup set pickup set, Faber hardware, RS pots/caps)

G&L Legacy Limited Edition Lacquer Finish

Zemaitis/Greco Gen I GZ 3200 DF (modded Tom Short custom pickup set, RS pots/cap)
Zemaitis Gen II A24MF NT (modded Tyson Tone Lab Precious and Grace pickup set, VIP pots, vintage sprague caps)
Zemaitis SUJ-101-LTD13 (modded Tyson Tone Lab Precious and Grace pickup set, VIP pots, vintage sprague caps)

Gretsch G6118T SGR Player's Edition Anniversary
Gretsch G6128T Limited Edition Flametop DuoJet (modded Tru-Arc titanium bridge)
Gretsch G6120T '55 VS

Oahu Lapsteel
Epiphone Century Olympic Reissue
Harnden Switchblade
Supro 1965 Lexington
Airline Folkstar Reso Reissue
Truetone Red Devil
Harmony 1962* model 1420 (*has Alden branded neck, and Gibson Firebird pickups)

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Old 11-17-2019, 08:10 PM
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Wow! What an excellent collection. Guessing there are very few people who own 3 Zemaitis. I've never even seen one before.

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I couldn't possibly remember all the guitars I've owned, but this is my current group of electric guitars...

Gibson 1950's BR-9 Lapsteel
Gibson 1965 ES-125
Gibson 1974 L5S
Gibson 1978 L5S
Gibson Historic 1960 Reissue Les Paul
Gibson Historic 1957 Reissue Les Paul
Gibson Historic SG Special (modded Wolfetone mean/meaner P90 set, RS pots/caps, Pigtail intonatable bridge, Tonepros locking studs, Kluson 18:1 tuners)
Gibson USA SG Dave's Limited Edition '61 Reissue
Gibson USA 2015 Firebird (modded with Klein FB pickups, Faber hardware, RS caps/pots)

Fender 1962 Musicmaster
Fender 1984 Squier Series Stratocaster (modded SD Alnico II pickup set, tremsetter)
Fender 2012 Custom Shop Deluxe Telecaster
Fender MIM 50's Reissue Telecaster (modded Van Zandt pickups, compensated bridge saddles, anodized pickguard and plate)

Heritage H150 (modded Duncan CS Peter Green pickup set, Faber hardware, RS pots/caps)
Heritage H150 (modded Zhangbucker Pure handwound pickup set pickup set, Faber hardware, RS pots/caps)

G&L Legacy Limited Edition Lacquer Finish

Zemaitis/Greco Gen I GZ 3200 DF (modded Tom Short custom pickup set, RS pots/cap)
Zemaitis Gen II A24MF NT (modded Tyson Tone Lab Precious and Grace pickup set, VIP pots, vintage sprague caps)
Zemaitis SUJ-101-LTD13 (modded Tyson Tone Lab Precious and Grace pickup set, VIP pots, vintage sprague caps)

Gretsch G6118T SGR Player's Edition Anniversary
Gretsch G6128T Limited Edition Flametop DuoJet (modded Tru-Arc titanium bridge)
Gretsch G6120T '55 VS

Oahu Lapsteel
Epiphone Century Olympic Reissue
Harnden Switchblade
Supro 1965 Lexington
Airline Folkstar Reso Reissue
Truetone Red Devil
Harmony 1962* model 1420 (*has Alden branded neck, and Gibson Firebird pickups)
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:33 PM
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Wow! What an excellent collection. Guessing there are very few people who own 3 Zemaitis. I've never even seen one before.
Zemaitis guitars fly kind of under the radar. The originals go for ridiculous money, but the reissues are built really well, other than they use hot pickups which I don't like. I think they do that because many people that like the look play heavier music, which I don't! But, I love the shape of the necks, and their general visual aesthetic, so I've modded mine electronically to get a certain sound I like (classic rock tones of the Faces, Rolling Stones, etc)...

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Old 11-17-2019, 08:51 PM
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Zemaitis guitars fly kind of under the radar. The originals go for ridiculous money, but the reissues are built really well, other than they use hot pickups which I don't like. I think they do that because many people that like the look play heavier music, which I don't! But, I love the shape of the necks, and their general visual aesthetic, so I've modded mine electronically to get a certain sound I like (classic rock tones of the Faces, Rolling Stones, etc)...

Those Zemantis are unique. Guessing you have more than everyone else here on the AGF combined
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:52 PM
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That may be true, but as I said, they fly under the radar. And although they are somewhat expensive if bought new (the Japanese made ones), they aren't that expensive if bought used. The reissues don't hold their value that well so the used prices are reasonable. I only bought one of mine new on a closeout so I got a good price. And they are made very well, the necks can be setup to play with very low action with no fret buzz. I paid more for my Gretsch 6120T that any of these Zs, even if you include the mods to any one of them.

What makes them different then my Gibsons is the 25" scale length 24 fret design, which moves the neck pickup back, and that helps get a really clean neck pickup tone, although it does lose a little of the Gibson LP thickness which I also love! All of my Zs ring like a tuning fork, and I think that has to do alot with the very well made hardware!

Here's a review I just found on my Disctop guitar...
https://www.vintageguitar.com/3479/zemaitis-gz-3200df/

And here's one for the metal top...
https://www.premierguitar.com/articl...-101-nt-review

My guitars sound like more like the originals than the ones reviewed, but they get the general vibe right in the reviews. Another thing I did to mine was put Gotoh 1:21 ratio tuners on them, These tuners have the famous Gotoh 510 guts, but are engraved like the top of my guitars, and provide seriously accurate tuning. They were a direct retrofit some no drilling required



And the wiring jobs that I did in these really were a step up from the stock job...

this is what I ripped out (notice the cheap caps, pots, and solder blobs)...


this is how I wired mine (with VIP pots which are FANTASTIC, and right to spec .022 Vit Q Spraque PIO Caps)...

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