Dr. Z JAZ 20/40 opinions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by dudinka, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. dudinka

    dudinka Member

    Messages:
    178
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    I have a DRRI, thought this one could be a welcome improvement.

    Looking for a nice clean headroom, pedal friendly, effects loop, ~20 watter amp.
    I Need a VERY nice Fenderish clean sound.

    Playing rock, blues and jazz.

    I thought about the 1X12 (maybe a little fuller sounding than the 2X10?).

    your opinions?

    thanks!

    [​IMG]
    http://www.drzamps.com/jaz.html
     
  2. bri237

    bri237 Member

    Messages:
    127
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Location:
    East TN
    check out the DR Z forum im sure you will find all the answers you need there.
     
  3. theroan

    theroan Member

    Messages:
    5,742
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2006
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    All the specs point to it being a hit. I'm going to be getting a DRRI this summer, the only reason I won't be getting a Jaz is the price.
     
  4. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    It is fantastic...I bought it for the ultimate grab and go amp - 20 or 40 watts, tremelo (very good one I might add) and reverb. I've heard the 2x10 is creamier than the 1x12 versions, but YMMV. I dig the 2x10 personally. It sounds to me like a bit of Fender Deluxe brown and Fender Deluxe Reverb mixed together but with thicker mids (a good thing) and tighter bass. Pushed it isnt as dirty as the Maz18 NR and so is a very good foundation for pedals. I actually A/Bed the Maz2x10 and Jaz2x10 side by side and preferred the smoother. richer tone of the Jaz. It came home that day! The Jaz has the Maz18 preamp circuit fused to a 4x6V6 power setup (borrowed from the Remedy) and thus is a really wonderful combination. Mine came stock with an Airbrake Lite as well, so I have a built in switch for 20 to 40 watts and in addition the option to attenuate with the airbrake lite. I would say that based on tone and features alone, this is a winning combination for the Z line. I recommend this amp strongly!
     
  5. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    16,491
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Location:
    near Philly
    Hey dewman, is it a fixed bias amp with user adjustable bias trim pot?
     
  6. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    I haven't looked under the hood but can later today.
     
  7. zdogma

    zdogma Member

    Messages:
    140
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2007
    Location:
    Ottawa
    Cath bias
     
  8. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Fantastic to know. Obey this amp would sound even better with some nos glass. I really dig this amp with Les pauls!!
     
  9. seljetnoma

    seljetnoma Member

    Messages:
    43
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2005
    Hi,

    I'm interested to learn a bit more about the jaz, I currently have a maz sr. head and I heard that the jaz has the same preamp as the maz with a few twists.
    Has anyone looked under the hood of the amp yet?
    I'm interested to know the value of the big yellow cap at the left side near the input.
    Any detailed pics are more than welcome hahahaha.
    Anyway, thanks a lot in advance.
    Kind regards,

    Frank
     
  10. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Best to email the good Doctor on that point. Here are some picts of my amp.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  11. Marc Roy

    Marc Roy Member

    Messages:
    11,057
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Location:
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    I heard one at the shop when it came out. Sounds fantastic. I really loved the 20 watt setting.

    Hey dewman, did you buy the Brake Lite separately? I hear it's quite good.
     
  12. Bikedude

    Bikedude Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,903
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Go on over to the member clips section, and fellow TGP'r, Frankie Starr does a nice demo of the Jazz 20/40 as well as others in the Z line.
     
  13. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Those clips are nice. I'd love to make one with a Les Paul for you guys since I think it really shines with humbucker loaded Gibsons...
     
  14. Bikedude

    Bikedude Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,903
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Hey dewman, I thought you were selling your Z? Change your mind?
     
  15. pula58

    pula58 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,674
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Does the jaz 20/40 have a built-in fan? It looks, from the photos, that there is.
     
  16. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Yes there is a built in fan. It us whisper quiet though.

    Toanswer the other question, I have an opportunity to buy back one of my old Herminos and need to sell am amp to make that possible, so I waffled between two ampsbut decided that the tome and fle civility of the Jaz was too great to let go. Instead, another amp isnow for sale in the emporium. The Jaz is fantastic. No complaints at all about the tone! I'd get this over a Maz any day of the week!
     
  17. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Sorry for the typos above, using an iPhone sucks with fat fingers!! I meant Germino!!!!!!!!
     
  18. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    And I meant flexibility instead of civility!!who wants a civil amp, not me!!
     
  19. motis1953

    motis1953 Member

    Messages:
    1,546
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    Location:
    So. Florida
    I want one. It appears to be the good doctor's take on my favorite amp, the Carr Rambler. Great tone, reverb, and trem in a small box with a half power switch.
     
  20. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,749
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Location:
    NC
    Great analogy! A rambler with a few additional features, tighter bass and more control over the midrange - and it takes pedals very very well. It rules with a Les Paul.
     

Share This Page