Carmen Ghia

“This is an amp that no studio should be without.” – Dr. Z


Power Output18 Watts
Output Tubes2 – EL84
Preamp Tubes2 – 12AX7/ECC83
ControlsVolume, Tone. What more do you need?
ConfigurationsHead, 1×10, 1×12, 2×10 Combos
Dimensions & WeightHead: 17 1/2” W, 9” H, 9 1/2” D; 24 lbs.
1×10 Combo: 17 1/2” W, 17” H, 10” D; 35 lbs.
1×12 LT Combo: 22 1/2” W, 20 1/8” H, 10” D; 39 lbs.
2×10 LT Combo: 22 1/2″ W, 20 1/8″ H, 10″ D; 44 lbs.
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General Information

At first glance, the Carmen Ghia looks rather, well, modest. This is why the Ghia leaves so many people floored from the first note. Clean notes come out with a 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. This is an incredibly fun amp, and you’ll have trouble putting your guitar down. The Carmen Ghia interacts with the player because the player can feel the power tube distortion.

This amp has become a favorite in recording studios around the world. It’s also a great little amp for small clubs. While many other small amps have trouble cutting through the mix and have a rather flatulent low end, your Dr. Z Carmen Ghia will always cut through the mix tightly and musically.

Magazine Reviews

Guitar Buyer magazine provided us with a review of the Carmen Ghia.


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  • Dr Z Carmen Ghia Demo - Dave Baker
  • Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x10 Combo - Video Demo Review
  • Interview with Dean Parks Dean's Equipment,Apr 2004
  • Dr Z Shootout! Carmen Ghia vs Therapy

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