The gigging musician's ultimate weapon, a versatile amp capable of everything from bedroom studios to large venues and all the clubs inbetween.
The Doctor has delivered once again, and this time it's a beautiful blonde baby! The Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr is one MASSIVE sounding amp stuck in a 1x12 combo.
The Maz 18 Jr is an extremely musical sounding amp, aggressive EL84 tone with that classic voiced mid-range you only hear in a Dr. Z. The clean headroom is borderline absurd in this amp, with a creamy breakup starting around 1 or 2 o'clock on the volume knob. The cut switch is described by Dr. Z himself as a tool used best after an initial EQ of the amp, turning it up for some bite and edge while rolling it back to achieve a warmer, more vintage sound. The HI and LOW inputs really seem to piece this amp together, making you able to achieve essentially the same clean tones with humbuckers as you do with single coils at lower or higher volumes - really rounding it out and adding to the versatility.
With everything from twangy country cleans to some more aggressive modern rock tones, the Maz 18 Jr can handle all needs exceptionally. A great pedal platform, the capability of playing any sized venue or club and the quality you'd expect from a boutique amplifier, this has proved to be the ultimate gigging amplifier.
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 2x10" 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 footswitchable 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.