Let’s talk about Dr Zs!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Tele81, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. scelerat

    scelerat Silver Supporting Member

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    I've had a 2000-ish interstate logo Route 66, in blonde with matching Z-Best, for over ten years now. It was an amp I pined for and saved up for and bought (used). Still love it.
    My early Mesa Marks work a little better for the main project I'm doing now, but man that Route 66 is sweet. I will never get rid of it. That amp, more than any other, has led to more "tone" compliments from non-musicians than every other amp I have combined.
     
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  3. Peps

    Peps Fuzzonaut / Fuzzombie / Fuzz Magisterium Bishop Silver Supporting Member

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    Carmen Ghia, Maz 18, Z28, Galaxie, Prescription Jr, Stang Ray, Route 66, Remedy, Therapy. All heads and all fantastic. I sold them cause I only play at home now, so I prefer combo. I still have the Ghia :)

    Te amo Carmen!
     
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  4. aaronblues

    aaronblues Supporting Member

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    Looking forward to hearing your report.
    Love my Maz. Considering grabbing a mkII to compare, or possibly an older one and then getting the update/mods.

    Cheers
     
  5. TB72

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    Yup, guilty as charged! :rotflmao

    I have to say, that's overall my fave amp of all time.


    I also have an Antidote head, which hasn't seen a whole lot of action lately. That will change pretty soon though, with festival season approaching (that amp seems to thrive outdoors on a large stage).
     
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  6. Tele81

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    For you Z owners. Which Z in your experience has the most “sag”. I know Zs tend to be more immediate. I’d like to get something a little more spongy sounding to go with my EZG.
     
  7. NortheastHick

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    Galaxie... not made anymore but there are lots of used ones and they sell for good prices. Z's version of a Tweed fender super. It's more immediate than a fender but it's still saggy When you Crank It Up..
     
  8. Tele81

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    Really? I had the galaxie just prior to this ezg and didn’t really find it “spongy”.
     
  9. bradtfw

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    Just picked-up a KT-45 and it did not disappoint. The cleans sound great even at low volumes, but get fuller and better higher on the dial.

    When compared to my Hiwatt DR103, it has similar depth and clarity, but it sounds juicier and and more pleasant. This is exactly what I was looking for.

    Also, I know that the Hiwatt is a highly regarded pedal platform, but my RAT and Lunar Module sound much better (to my ears) through the KT 45.

    I’ve been thinking about selling my Hiwatt for years now, but I might just do it this time...
     
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  10. Always-Ben

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    Any one who tried the Z-Master yet? Thoughts on its base tone? What kind of music would you want to be going for?
     
  11. nb_fan

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    I got a RX ES Jr a couple years ago and it is now my main amp. Run it with a 1x12 ported cab with Celestion Gold. Great, great pedal platform - I usually run it clean-ish/edge of breakup and use the pedals to get me further. However, the amp can equally hold its own, particularly with the boost function for that awesome grind.

    I am now looking for a complementary companion Z amp to run in a stereo set up. On the one hand, I could get another RX ES Jr to match it up and switch the tubes or speakers to get a slightly different sound profile. However, I am more interested in getting another Z head to get a complementary sound.

    Anyone running a pair of Zs in a stereo setup?

    I am looking for something that still has some chime and that is in the same tonal family as the RX ES Jr, but maybe a little different and with a bit more heft/weight to fill out the lower end of the tonal spectrum. I am currently contemplating a Z Wreck or maybe an RX ES Sr (either of which I will probably run via a UA ox amp box) to match the volume with the RX ES Jr.

    Any suggestions or experiences?
     
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  12. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    I have not played the Rx Jr., although I would love to give one a shot. To offset the Rx Jr. tonally, since it is on the brighter side, I would think the Carmen Ghia would make a killer rig.
     
  13. Tele81

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    Just curious what is your favorite speaker for you Maz 18/38 users out there. I’m currently running the Z12 and it slays. Tamed the high end that was a little out of control with the g12h30 and it’s a bit more even.
     
  14. friend33

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    Ha, timely - I just picked up a Maz 18 NR today as a partial trade. I ran it through the Scumnico PVC I have in my Crossroads combo and it sounded fantastic. I've also got a Scumback M75 and a G12H30 Anniversary around, hoping to hear it this weekend with those as well. The previous owner was running it through a 2x12 with a Weber Silver Bell and Blue Dog.
     
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  15. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    Congrats! Would be great to hear your thoughts on how 'Voxy' you can get the MAZ in comparison to the Crossroads.
     
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  16. LPBlues

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    I’ve got an early Remedy (non-master) and a Z-Lux. The remedy is my main rehearsal amp into an Avatar 2x12 with Golds. The Z-Lux is my main gigging amp. It’s a lovely amp, especially with the tone stack bypass engaged.
     
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  17. Irreversal

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    Ruby or Cream!
     
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  18. tele_jas

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    I've owned:
    RxES
    Stangray
    Mazerati
    Maz 38
    Rx (no ES)
    Ghia
    Stangray (2nd one)
    Maz Jr-NR
    Stangray (3rd one)
    Z-Wreck
    DB4
    *Stingray (4th Ray, but a Stingray this time) - Currently still have
    *Maz Jr (updated to a Mk.II) - Currently still have

    I think that's it?

    As for other Boutique amps, I've had: Bad Cat, Matchless, Morgan, Tophat, Gabriel, Bogner, Tone King, Handwired Vox, Hayseed, and some I vaguely recall form smaller companies, like Winfield and one-off sellers.... But, I always come back to Dr. Z.

    Currently, the Maz 18 Mk.II has turned into my desert island amp above all other amps!

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Silver Supporting Member

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    @tele_jas " But, I always come back to Dr. Z."

    I woke up this morning wanting a Ghia...go figure.
     
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  20. frankencat

    frankencat Guitarded Supporting Member

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    The Maz 18 is probably my favorite Z amp. I will grab another one some day.

    Off topic but Dr. Z has some great Kemper profiles. I use the Maz one all the time. ;)
     
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