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Tone: Marshall 4010 and Dr Z MAZ 18?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by SlyStrat, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Supporting Member

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    I have an '83 Marshall JCM 800 50w 1x12 4010.
    I'm thinking of buying a Dr Z MAZ 18 combo.
    Can anyone tell me the tone difference?
     
  2. jumpnblues

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    Hmm, kind of apples and oranges. It's really hard to characterize "Z" tones, but the MAZ 18 Jr. Reverb 2x10" combo I had brought brown face Fender to mind. Or, maybe 1/3 Fender, 1/3 Marshall, and 1/3 Vox. Great amp with great tone. Wish I had mine back. Friendly to about any guitar or pedal you could put in front of it. Very versatile amp, extremely well built, and a great value to boot. There was nothing there to not like when I had mine. It's not likely to sound much like your Marshall. But it will have superb tone. Obviously I have nothing but good things to say about them.


    Tom
     
  3. SlyStrat

    SlyStrat Supporting Member

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    For tone I like Jimmy Page live, old ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, vintage Cream, and lots of blues. I play Gibson Les Pauls.
    I kinda like the idea its parts of each amp rolled into one.
     
  4. Mike Fleming

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    Speaking of the different amps rolled into one, at Z's part of the Dr. Z discussion board he talks about the different aspects of the Maz circuit, describing the marshall aspects of the first gain stage, the fender-style tone stack, and the vox elements of the power section.
     
  5. Mayfield

    Mayfield Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a 4010 and love it....and I have tried the Dr Z on a few occassions and althought this may not help you...they are similar but different. : )

    Dr Z has similarities in that it is voiced in a similar fashion....but with the addition of a reverb which the Marshall does not have. And I have noticed that my Marshall has a darker, slightly warmer sound to it. I get more "boom" from my Marshall that I got from the Z when I tried it.

    Again, very subjective and not a lot of help. You will get some different tones from the Z (when I played through a Strat, I get more chime from the Z versus the Marshall) Almost more of a Vox tone.

    Have you had the chance to try one out for a while? One of the shops I go to let's me bring in my Marshall and set up an A/B in the shop, which was a big help.
     
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    Mike do you have a link to this discussion or happen to know what it's titled?
     
  7. Mike Fleming

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    Ive owned both of these, and I cant think of any similarities between them.
     
  9. impactblue

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    That is some sick stuff...
    So the Maz 18 uses a Fender tone stack...meaning I can use the Duncan tonestack calc to help in EQing in my Maz!
     

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