Dr. Z Maz 18 1x12 Combo Red with Salt and Pepper Grille Cloth and Celestion Blue Speaker ID-10761
Dr. Z Maz 18 1x12 Combo
From the moment we plugged the first guitar into the MAZ 18, it was obvious why this little combo is one of Dr. Z's best sellers. Noticeably loud for its wattage rating, we are confident you will not have any trouble keeping up with a drummer at the gig. For low volume needs, testing the master volume revealed a very wide and useable range of pre-amp gain that seemed to retain power tube like characteristics, right down to low settings.
The much loved 5AR4 rectifier lends the MAZ 18 a surprisingly firm feel under one's fingers, with a low end that remains defined across a variety of pick up types. Combine this with the amps cathode biased output section and you have an amp that both tracks closely with your fingers and is invitingly easy to play.
The high and lo inputs on the MAZ are a big key to shaping its voice and matching the amp to your preferred pickup type. Using a Strat with medium output singles, in the lo input, brought to mind Stevie Ray's "Little Wing" clean tone. Plug into the high input and push the mid's just past noon and you will find yourself feeling like Jimi, "Bold as Love" and ready to "Kiss the sky."
We also used several of our favorite humbucker equipped guitars and were quickly reminded of what we love about Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Page's tone. A Collings I-35LC into the lo input really got close to some of Larry Carlton's classic lead tones as heard on more than a few of your favorite Steely Dan tracks.
Considering the EL84 power tubes, we did feel that the amp tends toward a more "Marshall-esque" voice and character when pushed. Vox chime, however, is not far away when dialing in the right amount of "mid" and "cut" control.
If you are looking for an incredibly versatile, road worthy, stage volume friendly, "Swiss-army knife of tone" type amplifier, this amp is for you! What ever pickup type you prefer will be authentically represented by the MAZ, and your fingers will thank you for choosing such an easy amp to play.
You may want to go with a different amp from Dr Z if you require a large amount of clean headroom to meet your needs. For that we recommend checking out the Dr Z Z-Lux.
From Dr. Z's website:
Originally designed as a “grab-and-go” studio and small club amp, the Maz 18 has made its way to some of the largest stages in the country. Don’t confuse “18 Watts” with “weak and flabby”. The Maz 18 will amaze you with its definition and headroom, all the way down to the low E…plenty of power for a single 12″ speaker or 2×10″ speakers (as pictured in the top photo.) You’ll use this amp in small clubs and never think about needing to mic it. Got a larger venue? Mic the Maz 18 and play away, because big amp tone and soul is all there. This is also a great amp for jazz guitarists, whether you’re looking to replace a small blackface amp or looking for an amp with enough complexity for fusion.
The Maz 18 is an amp that every Strat or Tele player will love, but it’s not only for single coil players as humbuckers are right at home with the Maz 18 too. You get great drive sounds at higher volumes or the ability to use the Lo input for cleaner humbucker sounds. With a master volume and full EQ there is plenty of room for dialing in your desired tone. 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.
The Maz 18 has the perfect combination of front end drive and output tube distortion. It has a wonderful 3D reverb clean tone, matched with the sweetest top end response and tightest bottom end in a lower powered amp. All this has made the Maz 18 our most popular selling reverb combo to date.
The front panel features Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Cut, and Master. The back panel features a 4,8, and 16 ohm speaker out. An effects loop and our EQ bypass function is also standard. The footswitch'able EQ bypass gives a great lead boost which effectively makes the 18 a 2 channel amp. The 18 is powered by a pair of cathode biased EL84s and a 5AR4 rectifier.