The Dr Z Maz 18 Jr NR is definitely a favorite here at Humbucker Music. There are three of us that use this amp as our main go to amp when playing live or in the studio (and actually, two others here use the Maz 38).
Thus, it's highly unlikely you'll find a place that will brag on any amp like we do the Dr. Z Maz series. If you have questions, please let us know. We seriously know these like the back of our hands...
First, if you are worried about the Maz 18 being only 18 watts, don't
be. We're talking about 18 watts of all tube driven, class A,
point to point hand-wired watts of Dr. Z tone! One of the
features of the Maz 18 is it's ability to hang with a typical drummer
when cranked yet because of it's lower wattage rating, it can still
produce that full plate voltage tone in lower volume situations where
it needs to be mic'ed. A perfect amp for studio or live use.
So how about the tone? Well, we like to place this amp as 80%
modded Vox AC, and 20% Marshall Plexi. We love old Vox amps, but
have often felt they are a little too "brilliant". The Maz
addresses this by being a touch warmer at the top, but don't get us
wrong. The top end is still there, but just not as much as the
"ice picky" Vox amps of the 60's. The Maz still retains that
wonderful mid range growl and punch you get from EL84s, so I wouldn't
say there's a lot of tube compression going on. The Maz is a
responsive amp, so you'll find you get back what you put into it.
It's also important to note the Maz 18 plays very well with
pedals. This isn't always so easy for an amp builder to
accomplish on an old school hand-wired guitar amp, but Dr. Z must have
it figured out since essentially all his amps are know for being very
pedal friendly. For more tone info, feel free to call us.
Like we mentioned earlier, we really know these amps!
The front panel features Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Master, and the
ever versatile Cut control. Think of the Cut as a tone knob for the
output tubes. That may or may not make much sense, but take our word
for it. It's quite a powerful control!
The back panel features 4, 8 and 16 ohm speaker outs. An effects
loop is standard, as is the EQ Tone Bypass (previously a popular
||All Tube, All
Hand-Wired, ALL USA MADE!
EL84 (and cathode biased too!)
||3 x 12AX7
Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, and Master Volume
in FX Loop, Footswitchable EQ Bypass (footswitch
1x12 Studio Combo, 2x10 Combo, 2x12 Combo - And we sell 'em all!
available in Black, Blonde, Red, and Limited Surf Green
Dims & Weight
Wide x 9.75" High x 9.5" Deep - 22 lbs.
x 19.5" High x 10.5" Depth - 42 lbs
x 20 1/8" High x 10" Depth - 47 lbs
G12H-30 (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)
Wide x 22 1/8" High x 10" Depth -
Celestion G12H Speakers (Many options - See listings)
Many versions of the Maz 18 Jr
NR are available! CLICK HERE for the
configurations and colors in stock!
Trying to decide which MAZ is right for you? Dr. Z MAZ Buyers Guide
Amp too loud? Read our article: Guitar
Need a cover for
your Dr. Z Amp?: Dr. Z
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Having some trouble sorting through all
the MAZ options? How many watts? Reverb or
Non-Reverb? 12" speaker or two 10" speakers? We understand!
With all the combinations of Dr. Z MAZ amps available, it can certainly
get a little overwhelming making a decision. Thus, we put
together a reference article that helps answer many of the common
questions or concerns about the MAZ lineup. Click the following
link to check it out:
HERE FOR DR. Z MAZ BUYERS GUIDE
If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at
706-866-2161. We know Dr. Z Amps like the back of our
hands. Give us a call!
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.
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!