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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Dr Z Amp Discussion Thread

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picnic
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Oct 28th, 2010 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are enough Z owners here to have our own thread. Rather than hijack the Remedy thread, I will start one for any Dr Z feedback, thoughts and opinions on his stuff.

I had a Maz38 SR 1x12 last year and really wanted to love the amp. Didn't happen. Side by side with my old Mesa Lonestar Special, the Z just didn't sound as good as the LSS. I sold the Maz and was pretty bummed about the negative bonding.

But I'm back now with a Maz 38NR 2x10 combo. I swapped out the stock Z speakers for some Weber Blue Pups and I haven't had anything that sounded this good with my Anderson Tele. Incredible clean that is somewhere between Fender and Vox. The 335 clones sound way above any other amps I've had too.

What d'ya got and how do you like it?

gweimer
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Oct 28th, 2010 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I'm not a guitar player, but I think it was Steve S that brought a Dr Z to one of the Ohio FDP jams. Awesome sounding amp.

zenland
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Oct 28th, 2010 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll definitely being reading this Thread.

and...looking for some vids of your favorite players playin them or you playing them!

:)

picnic
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Oct 28th, 2010 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Buddy Whittington. I found out about him through FDP a few years and he quickly became one of my favorite players. Immensely Tasty and Toneful!

Lots of YT of BW out there. This is a great vid

Buddy W doin' Shaky Ground

ruger9

USA/NJ

Oct 29th, 2010 04:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I owned an RxJR. Astounding build, great tone. The biggest thing about Z's are the LACK of "crap"... shortest signal path possible for the design. There is a "tactileness" missing from most other amps. Like you can hear the strings coming out of the speaker... almost piano-like.

I got rid of the RxJR because it was too bright for me. I really wanted a Stangray, but haven't been able to come up with the cash in this economy. A Stangray, or Z-Wreck, are definitely on my list when I can afford it.

Uncle Pat

Central KY

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Oct 29th, 2010 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned several over the years, a Prescription 2x12 combo, Mazerati and Carmen Ghia heads, Maz Jr 2x10 combo...finally settling with a Maz Jr NR and Z-28 heads with a 2x10 cab.
Pretty happy with those two, but I have wanted to try the new models like the Monza and Remedy.
I can't imagine either of them knocking a Maz Jr out of the saddle anytime soon though.

2leftthumbs
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Oct 29th, 2010 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Picnic - I have the maz38 2X12 and the cleans can't be beat. When I was able to get it into the happy zone (usually the 4th set), it was better than any drug; however I'm not sure if my bandmates were in the happy zone at that point.

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Oct 29th, 2010 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, this thread's just making me want a Z.

How's the clean headroom on the Maz 18 Jr compared with, say, a Deluxe Reverb? Should I just get a Vox AC15c1 instead and save $1k?

Deacon Blues

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Oct 29th, 2010 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok, I'll play. I bought a Ghia head and team ed it with a 2x10 Z convertible cabinet, and then a 1x12 convertible cabinet. The Doc's cabinets sound incredible.
I sold the 2x10 cabinet and traded the head and 1x12 cabinet for a couple of guitars that I thought I just had to have. Both guitars are gone now and I just swapped for that Ghia head and 1x12 cabinet back.
I used it last Monday at a local open mic where the other guitarist played through a Blues Deville 4x10. The Ghia held it's own and I've gotten some positive feedback on my tone.
I'd love to have a Z28, and I'm real curious about the new Z Wreck.

yellowrubberduck
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Oct 29th, 2010 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i got a Maz jr over a year ago and man what a great sounding amp! i've never heard a better amp with my strats. it just sings!

right now i have a noise issue going on. i think it's the tube for the reverb... when i turn the reverb off the noise pretty much (but not all) goes away. anyway... i'll tinker as soon as i can. i have a 5 month old son now... free time is pretty rare these days :(

but damn what a great sounding amp!

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Oct 29th, 2010 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in. I have had a KT 45 for about 3 or 4 years. Nice amp. I had a problem with it continually blowing fuses and called Doc Z.

He fixed it free of charge (a burnt screen resistor) and I have never had another problem.

It really changes character depending on the cab I put with it (I have a 1x12 with a Red White and Blues speaker and a 2x12 Bad Cat with their 'modified' V30's)..

I wish I could play somewhere where I could stretch the volume past 2. I have dimed it at home (with ear plugs from the other room) and it is amazing when it is breathing.

In a perfect world, I would have a channel switcher with this amp (plus a master volume) on one side and a Twin or Deluxe Reverb on the other.





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Oct 29th, 2010 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Perfect thread for me. I am considering a Dr Z for playing at church. Need something small, light and portable. I am thinking a 1 x 12 in the 13 to 20 Watt range.

Will mic it and use as stage monitor. Portability is key, though as my back can go out on me without warning.

Which Z you suggest?

Al S

Canada

Oct 29th, 2010 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maz 18 is a Very Versatile amp.....I also own a DRRI and AC 15 - the Maz with a G12H30 100 db is louder and has more Headroom ....I never use anything but the Maz live ....it will cover Fender Marshall and Vox with the right cab.....even my drummer noticed the Maz right away. I use a cab with a Celestion Gold for my 60's band and lately a V30 for classic rock... the 2 x 10 is awesome if you only have 1 cab

Uncle Pat

Central KY

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Oct 29th, 2010 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For weight consideration, a Maz Jr head and a 2x10 cab works great for me.
Head is 22 lbs, and my old-style open back (more rectangular) cab is around 30. Either can be "one-armed" into a car or truck with ease.
I use the master volume on that amp a lot more than I ever thought I would. It has to be one of the loudest 18 watters out there.

2leftthumbs
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Oct 29th, 2010 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have dimed it at home (with ear plugs from the other room)..."

Hey Steve...I've done the same thing! Are we geezing or what?

I've had my maz38 in a bedroom with the door shut and me in another room (with that door shut)and my musicians earplugs in along with my shop headphones. It's unbelievably loud!

Texican
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Oct 29th, 2010 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently joined the ranks of Dr Z owners with my purchase of an older Mini Z combo.

Tico
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Oct 30th, 2010 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll join the fun. I have a Remedy, Carmen Ghia, 1x12, and older 2x10 cabs. I really don't have anything bad to say about the Z line. If I had to narrow down to one, it would be the Ghia. I love it with a tele or P-90s.

Chezzer
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Oct 30th, 2010 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in .... MAZ-18, KT-45, and a Remedy. The MAZ is just an outstanding amp capable of a variety of tones. I generally used it for practice at home but I might take it to our next gig. We're playing a small bar and the MAZ would be perfect. The KT is a solid rock amp. I'll take it to practice sometimes and run it through a 2x12 cab. Sounds great. The Remedy is my go-to gig amp. It's easy to dial in a great tone with any guitar and it loves pedals.

Diogenes232 - I'd definitely recommend a MAZ-18.

Mosquito
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Oct 30th, 2010 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just played on a used Maz 18 at the Guitar Center near my house. Pretty cool sounding little amp.

Lonestar68

South Africa

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Oct 31st, 2010 01:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Never played a real Dr Z

But you must hear the Dr Z Route 66 that's in the new Line 6 HD500...it's incredible.

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