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Dr. 'Z' Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Jackaroe, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Jackaroe

    Jackaroe Member

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    Anyone familiar with theses amps, specifically the Maz 38 Sr.? :confused:
     
  2. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Armchair Rocket Scientist Graffiti Existentialist Gold Supporting Member

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    You'll probably benefit from doing a couple of searches on this forum. They've been discussed around here a lot, and many player have them. Good luck!
     
  3. ruger9

    ruger9 Supporting Member

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    Go to the Z Forums, lots of owners to talk to there!

    There's a link right on the homepage of Dr Z's site:

    http://www.drzamps.com
     
  4. Jackaroe

    Jackaroe Member

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    Thanks guys, I'm new to GP, must have been using search function wrong, I kept coming up with "No Matches Found" etc.
     
  5. alanbass1

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    Listen to any John Mayall recording or concert of the last six or so years. Buddy Whittingham gets a great tone out of the Maz 38.
     
  6. marshallnoise

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    Dr. Z is a genious. The Maz Jr. is my favorite of his amps.
     
  7. Jackaroe

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    that did the trick, thanks much:)
     
  8. AJ Love

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    You can also try searching for "Carmen Ghia", "Route 66", "Mazerati", etc
     
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    I've had a carmen ghia for 6 years that's just great.
     
  10. Teleman

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    I've been a vintage Fender guy for years. My first Dr. Z was a Carmen ghia; I swear it must have reproduced because now there is a Mazerati, Maz 18 Jr. and a Prescription ES in my studio!
    The Fenders are now MIA.
     
  11. Jackaroe

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    That's very interesting to me that you were a Fender man, I have an old blackface Pro Reverb that is great, but has some limitations etc. and also a 65' Twin Reissue that I'm looking to sell. I was starting to get the impression that 'Z' amps were more for the the Marshall or Vox than for Fender lovers.
     
  12. teleamp

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    Be carefull if you play near a lot of CB radio users. Owned a Maz 38 for two days luckily Clay took care of me. The Dr wouldn't.
     
  13. Jackaroe

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    :confused: U mean You had problems w/ the 38 and they wouldn't help you out?
     
  14. Teleman

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    I mostly play telecasters although I do own and on occasion gig with a strat, 335, LP,and a Hamer Monaco.
    I initially dug the Dr.Z's for the tele tone they deliver. Better and tighter low end and great spank. Just more focused than the Fenders. Every guitar I plug into my Dr. Z's just seems to become part of the amp and tone chain rather than a guitar plugged ito an amp.

    The Fender amps I had were a '65 Pro reverb, '66 Deluxe reverb, I also had a Marshall JTM 45 and a Vox AC30. The Marshall and Vox were a bit "darker" than the Z's and did not have a tighter low end.
     
  15. teleamp

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    Exactly. Clay made good on it for me. I ordered it new through Charleys Guitars, I was playing about a mile from a truck stop and started getting CB reception though the amp (I disconnected the guitar, tried a different cable. with nothing plugged into the amp, I could use the reverb control as a volume control for the CB reception). I emailed Mike, he reponded saying to tighten the chassis bolts, I still had CB reception, I called him up and he aksed if I was near a tower, when I told him I was about a mile from a large truckstop, he said there was nothing he could do. I took it back to Charleys and told Clay what the Dr said, he called Mike and was told the same thing, Clay shook his head and refunded my money. I had a Mazerrati, but it didn't pick up the CB's. I think the problem is only in the Maz 38 reverb circuit, Z knows about it, I have seen one other review on HC with a similar complaint. Other than that the amp sounded great, but.
     
  16. littlejohn

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    I've jammed with a band with the MAZ JR...really cuts through, the band members seemed to like the amp as well...the master is great to add some dirt...run it through a 2x12 cab and you can get fairly big sound too, the 18 to me was plenty loud and all I needed, and yes, you can dial in a bunch of sounds...I'm a fan of the Z stuff.

    I felt the amp was better for lead than chords actually, that's why Paisley is good with them.....if that means anything, I'm a jammer, so it worked great. I sold it to a friend to buy am AC30 Clone however. Give one a shot, they have good resale. I'll probably buy another one down the road in head form now that I have a good 2x12 cab. Too old to lug the combos around.

    Johnny
     
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    Maz 38's are probably my favorite amps in the Dr. Z line. I love the master volume on them, really works nicely with the amp, and the reverb sounds great. I would love to own one of these amps some day.
     
  18. Fred McMurray

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    I've got a Maz 18 Jr 210 combo amp plus a Carmen Ghia head which powers a small leslie; these are excellent amps for recording or live work in clubs! I went through numerous amps - Fender, Marshall, Mesa, Rivera, Budda - before I hunkered down with these 2 Z's about 3-4 years ago. Everything else got the gate, these are the only ones left in the stable. Zero issues, at my busiest they were doing about 50 live gigs a year, plus studio and home use. For tubes, I tend to go with the JJ EL84s. I use a Lehle Dual pedal to split my signal. These amps are great with single coils, but they positively scrrrream with the right humbucker-equipped axes. VERY pedal-friendly too, and I have never had an easier time getting an amp to sit "just right" in the mix and still sound loud, complex, and fat without overpowering any of the wrong frequencies.
     
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    I use the JJ EL84s as well. Fred, what kind of small Leslie do you have? I have the 120 model, kind of like a wooden Fender Vibratone- no amp inside makes it great for using with guitar amps, it was slightly modded to have an 8 ohm jack on the back. I run a Fender Champ II into it (with a WeberVST C12CA JBL clone) alongside the Carmen Ghia and 1x12" cab.
     
  20. esoteric pete

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    oh man ill bet that sounds awesome!!!

    also, FWIW, i have a MAZ38 and it kills! love that amp!
     

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