Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood


Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood

Here we have the mighty Carmen Ghia from Dr. Z!  This one is in a 1x12LT configuration and is wrapped in a black tolex with an oxblood grill cloth.  Personally, this is my favorite amp that Dr. Z makes and was one of the first boutique amps I ever played.  It left an impression on me that's lasted all these years - it's one of the best sounding amps I've come across.  With two knobs it's impossible to make it sound bad.  Everything you try sounds great - the cleans are full and when you push it the overdrive is nice and rich.  Boy is this thing versatile.  You could play a whole by using your volume knob with the amp set hot, or if you want to set it clean and use a bunch of pedals it takes them beautifully too.  When I'm trying out guitars in our showroom this is the amp I plug into!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

From Dr. Z:

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.


  • Power Output: 18 Watts
  • Output Tubes: 2 – EL84
  • Preamp Tubes: 2 – 12AX7/ECC83
  • Rectifier: 5Y3
  • Controls: Volume, Tone. What more do you need?
  • Speaker: Celestion V30
  • Dimensions & Weight: 1×12 LT Combo: 22 1/2” W, 20 1/8” H, 10” D; 39 lbs.

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