Dr. Z Amplification Maz 18 Jr Combo - Black
Dr. Z Amplification Maz 18 Jr Combo - Black

Maz 18 Jr Combo - Black, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Dr. Z Amplification.

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iamqman 08/01/2011

Dr. Z Amplification Maz 18 Jr Combo - Black : iamqman's user review

« Nice little combo »

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DR Z has gotten a good grip on the small combo moderate drive amplifiers. They have such a great classic rock tone and what they are all about it pure tone. These amps prides themselves on being somewhat versatile but more user friendly tone machines. These amps are great for just about any style of music other than metal. They have a solid tone and many artists are using them on their records and live touring stages.

This amp is very popular with the country players. It has a great tone for guys you like to chick pick and get that chimy clean moderately broken up overdrive sound.


These amps are fairly customizable. You can get them with an assortment of different colors and speakers arrangements. You can even get them to add reverb or take it out of the circuit. Of coarse there is an up charge or down charge depending on what you decide to get with it. This amp is 18 watts of power and in a single channel unit.

Power Output: 18 Watts
Output Tubes: 2 - EL-84
Preamp Tubes: 3 - 12AX7
Rectifier: 1 - GZ34
Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, Master Volume
Dimensions and Weight: 23" W, 20 1/8" H, 10" D; 47 lbs.


The tone of this amp is pretty good. It has a nice blend of the power tubes and preamp valves. This is an amp that will take pedals very well. It has a nice effects loop to allow its user to insert delays and chorus sound into the effects loop and still keep the same preamp tone. For not being a whole lot of power it still packs a big punch in volume and tone. That amp sound very big and that may be one of their selling points. Their amps aren't a hole lot of power but have a brilliance of volume and girth that make them sound incredible.

These amps have a familiar control knob called "cut" which you may have seen on another amp called the VOx Ac30. This allows you to dial in some of that class grind. The "cut" knob may be the most useful and versatile tone shaping tool on any guitar amp. Throughout its range, it produces a large variety of sounds to satisfy players using all guitars for most every style of music. The "cut" knob is best used after the EQ is all set; turn it up for extra edge, turn it down for a more vintage sound.


At new these amps come in right at around $1650. That is a great price for an amp that sound this good. It is a very usable gigging amp and will treat its owner quite well. I would recommend this amp to anyone who used to like the way a Vox AC30 sounded before they started making everything in China. This is going to appeal to those type of players and also the guys who like Fender but need a little bit more drive in the tone.