Hi folks -- I was around on the forum some years ago, but my old account seems to have gone away. So I'm only sort of new around here! Definitely not new to playing this music.
At any rate-- I'm here to ask about a used Schertler Giulia Y I just picked up for cheap online. Buying this was a total surprise to me, as I was saving up for a new one, but the price was so right that I bit. Now I wonder if I've misstepped. I haven't played one of these before, but since it's Schertler, I took a chance.
With my Dell Arte and Bigtone pickup, it sounds nice. But it only sounds nice with the gain barely -- and I mean barely -- on. If it's anything more than that, there's a crackle in the low end, feedback, and a weird effect where, with a hard strum, the chord sort of fades in after an initially subdued attack. I've played (but not owned) a Schertler David, and this isn't something I've run into before. The volume is decent, but certainly isn't going to make anyone's ears hurt.
With my old archtop and a Krivo PAF pickup, the fade-in effect is strong. It sounds like a hard limiter on the attack, then an audible fade-in post-attack as the volume lowers. The gain has to be even lower (which would make sense, I guess, with a magnetic pickup). It's fairly frustrating. Play it GJ rhythm style, and the fade-in effect is lessened or absent.
I tried it as well with the Dell Arte and a DeArmond Rhythm Chief. That was the easiest to dial in, and sounded really nice. The fade-in happened, but could be dialed out by, again, turning the gain quite low.
So I ask you, oh Schertler players -- is the Giulia Y just a finicky amp that demands its input be properly tamed, or is something wrong here?