The Dr. Z Monza just got
better! Dr Z decided to begin shipping this popular amp with a
post phase inverter master volume and 16 ohm speaker out.
Even at only 20 watts (20 Dr. Z watts, that is!), customers were
complaining about the massive volume this little beast had. Well,
that's now a problem of the past! Now, you'll be able to get all
that gain on tap without blowing out the windows. But if volume
is still what you're after, this volume control is designed to be
completely out of the circuit when turned all the way up.
Three things we noticed about the Monza right off the bat:
1) It's LOUD! Whatever you do, do not mistake 20 watts for
weak. As we mentioned above, this is 20 watts of Dr. Z power
we're talking about. Read in the forums if you must. You'll
see people who absolutely love the tone, but complain about the
loudness. Of course, this is now a non-issue with the new Master
Volume. Want to run this with a Z-Best cab? No
problem. It'll handle it. Just bring the earplugs.
2) One of the things that sets the Monza apart from other amps out
there in it's class is its ability to be so responsive to the guitar
player's input, all while delivering tons of gain and sustain.
Many amps with this level of gain become overly compressed and loses
some of their ability to produce a nice variety of dynamics. Not
the Monza. Even at higher gain settings you get back what you put
3) The number one complaint about amps with higher levels of gain
is how chords get lost in the overdrive. Well, not with the
Monza! Hit a nice, strong E minor chord and you hear every
string. Want to hit a 6-string F with the gain cranked? Do
it! ... Actually, on that last one I advise you be well in tune,
but that goes without saying.
The Monza doesn't use a typical GAIN/MASTER circuit. On the front
end, the VOLUME controls the clean to
dirty range while the DRIVE adds more sustain and depth as you turn it
up. Notes keep getting bigger and fatter. With Drive and Volume
at 12:00 you get a brilliant gain sound that is effortless to play.
Like all Dr. Z Amps, the
Monza is very touch sensitive to pick dynamics, which always make an
amp more fun to play. Backing off the volume on your guitar
yields a nice clean sound. Turning the amps VOLUME and
DRIVE up to higher settings will bring on a nice smooth fuzz type
overdrive that will collapse and bloom with no need for pedals.
Put simply, you’ll have a very broad range of gain sounds at your
fingertips with just a guitar, amp, and cable. With the master volume
control you can have your sound in the bedroom, the studio, and the
20 LOUD Watts
EL84 Cathode Biased
2 x 12AX7
Drive, Tone, and MASTER
1x12, and 2x10 Combo
available in Black, Blonde, Red, and Limited Surf Green
Dims & Weight
x 9" High x 9.5" Depth - 23 lbs
x 17" High x 10" Depth - 37 lbs
Red Fang AlNiCo
x 20 1/8" High x 10" Depth - 50 lbs
G12H (optional Celestion AlNiCo Blue +$239)
Wide x 20 1/8" High x 10" Depth -
2x10" Dr. Z
Custom Speakers (optional Red Fang AlNiCos +$139 ea)
Dr Z Amps are officially UL/CSA certified! They're also CE
certified for the rest of the world. To our knowledge, they are
the only boutique amp manufacturer with models that are UL certified.
It's a very long and expensive ordeal and rightfully so, they are quite
proud to offer amps that are tested and certified for safety,
reliability, and durability.
Dr. Z Amplification are tested and spot checked quarterly by ETL to
insure their building methods and materials meet the strict
requirements for certification.
Other than safety, why is this important? UL
Certification also requires a manufacturer to build for durability and
reliability. The chassis, solder points, transformers, etc have
to meet certain criteria, such as:
Vibration : Such as withstanding a bumpy road in the back
of your car. Shock Resistance #1 : Shock, as in impact, not
electricity. Not all amps survive a fall or accidental drop. Shock
Resistance #2 : Ok, now it's about electricity! :) And the list goes on, but you get the picture.
The point is, it's truly rare, if not non-existant, that a hand-wired
custom amplifier company puts themselves out there to be scrutinized by
firms who literally spcialize in looking for reasons to shut them
down. In our opinion, that speaks volumes about Dr. Z and their
build quality. It gives us confidence in them, and in our
opinion, it should you as well.
If you would like more information about Dr. Z's certification, please
click the image below to read the report.
- Humbucker Music
DR. Z AMPLIFIERS - 3 YEAR
All Dr. Z Amps come with a 3 year limited warranty. This warranty
covers any defects in manufacturing, and/or internal
components. Like all amp builders, items such as
tubes and speakers aren't covered for the full duration, but those do
come with a 90 day warranty.
For more information concerning Dr. Z Amplifiers and their warranty,
feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to assist!