Does Dr. Z beat a Real Fender Black Face amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by fishlog, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. fishlog

    fishlog Supporting Member

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    I am starting to wonder if I should trade in my 67 BandMaster for a Dr Z combo Probably the Maz 38 2x10.

    Is this the right choice?
     
  2. arthur rotfeld

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    I have that Dr.Z amp. It's really good, but it's not a Fender sound. I haven't played a Bandmaster to say how different though.
     
  3. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    The Maz 38 is a great amp. I love mine with 2 x 10s. But it isn't a Fender. It's vox-ey.

    That said, I'd prefer it over an old Bandmaster myself.
     
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    Apples and oranges.
     
  6. defiance

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    the right choice is an opinion here...id say no...the bandmaster has a very american bottomless bass tone to it...the MAZ? not so much
     
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    I've owned 5 Dr.Z amps, am still a big Dr.Z fan, but tend to agree with you regarding the MAZ. Even the 2x12" MAZ 38 Sr. I owned didn't particularly have lots of bottom. The "blackface Dr.Z" is the EZG-50. It's relatively new. The website clips sound great. Check it out.


    Tom
     
  8. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

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    Z makes a great amp. None *I* have played do blackface.

    I'd think you'd need to try it first.
     
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    The EZG-50 is like the best Blackface you've played.....no bottom fart-out, no icepick, more subtle tone controls and a GREAT 2 knob 'verb.

    Check it out, personally, if possible. I don't think the official clips do it justice.
     
  10. Big White Tele

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    Ive owned a Mazerati, a Maz jr and now a Maz 38 112. I have 5 Blackface amps. The Maz sr is my favorite z, but it doesnt replace a Fender blackface reverb.
     
  11. Lucky Dog Guitars

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    I bought the EZG-50 after going through TONS of amps trying to find that perfect sound for modern country / brent mason / brad paisley / Merle Haggard type stuff. I like it better than any amp I have ever had.
     
  12. Madison

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    Like everyone is saying, the EZG-50 is the one you want to replace a Bandmaster.
     
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    The EZG-50 would be a good choice for sure.

    But I don't agree with the other's about the Maz not doing BF tones. I owned one for a long time and it sat next to a BF Fender Bassman and at times I actually liked the Maz better for BF tones.

    If you dime the Master, use the gain for volume, keep the cut low you can get there. Putting Chinese 12AX7C's in V1&V2 along with a 5751 PI and you'd be surprised how close this amp can come to a Super Reverb. It's a little trick that Myles turned me onto.

    Not sure if it can replace a Bandmaster, but it can definitely do BF tones.

    The Maz Sr is easily Z's most versatile amplifier. Probably the best amp he's made so far.
     
  14. VintageGuitarGuy

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    Do you still have your Bandmaster?
     
  15. jpervin

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    Aren't Dr. Z amps known to be somewhat mid-heavy?
     
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    Don't replace your Bandmaster if it is in good condition. Keep it because it will appreciate in value.

    Like others have said, the EZG-50 is Dr. Z's "Blackface" offering. But for variety maybe you want to add the Maz 38 to your collection?
     
  18. fishlog

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    Still Have the Bandmaster Yes...

    Liek all of us here the DR Z was just a case of GAS and I went back to my old Fenders.

    That being said teh Bandmaster will be for sale in the next week or so... Looking at a Tremolux.
     
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    IMO nothing beats an old Fender.

    I've only tried one Dr Z and I'm sorry to say I was surprised at how unsatisfied I was: entirely too dark and throaty, couldn't dial in what I wanted.
    Don't sell if you love your amp just take you time to save and realize that GAS is a dangerous disease - it is really just desiring to consume - it hardly matters what it for GAS just wants, it fixates on something and when you eventually get it . . . so what?!, next.
     

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