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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Oct 5th, 2019 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've heard them. In fact, I've gigged next to them with my old Rivera Chubster. The two amps sounded very similar, albeit the Z was louder with much simpler controls.

After some serious tweaking and mods, my current gigging amp, a VHT 12/20, sounds sweet and more than gets the job done. So why do I still covet the Z and find myself scheming often as to how I will one day acquire one...preferably in red tolex?

Peegoo
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Oct 5th, 2019 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Okay, I'll try.

I had a MAZ 38 for years and used it as my gig amp. It was a beast. I never got it dialed past 4 on the volume control, and we played loud outdoor shows.

Don't do it. If you do, it will spoil you and most all other amps will collect dust, because the Doc Z MAZ 18 has a gain structure that is controlled via the tone stack. Truly unique in the amp world.

With bass and treble set at 12 o'clock, you can get nice loud cleans.

Start to dial up the bass and treble controls, and the amp begins to distort. It uses an EF86 (not a 12AX7 as in most other tube amps) as the V1, and it sounds fantastic. With the tone controls cranked, you get full-on grind that tonally sits about midway between Vox and Marshall territory.

They are build of top-quality components and are about as heavy as a little tank. You don't want to have to drag THAT around, do ya?

Yeah, certainly don't get one.

Achase4u
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Oct 5th, 2019 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

You should totally do it.

Sorry.

Pinetree
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Come at me bro.

Oct 6th, 2019 01:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure you get the Air Brake.




littleuch
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Oct 6th, 2019 04:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had a red head Maz Jr with a couple different Avatar cabs back in the day. About the only thing I can say negative about it is the reverb wasn't extraordinary to this Fender junkie. I was a full fledged FDPing GAShole already and moved onto the next obsession and got rid of it. But it really was one of those amps that could have been a lifer. Loud and proud and nary a stink on the dial.

Leftee
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Oct 6th, 2019 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve been prowling “EF86” amps for a few months. At some point there will be a Leftee specimen.


Eww - that doesn’t sound right.

Rick Knight
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Oct 6th, 2019 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

No help here. I think Zs are great. I bought a Z28 because I prefer 6V6s. It has an EF86 in V1, only 3 knobs (volume, bass and treble), and the tone controls interact with the gain structure when they are past 12:00.

Pinetree
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Come at me bro.

Oct 6th, 2019 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Did I mention that I have a MAZ 18 JR NR?


Oh yeah.

And it's red.

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Oct 6th, 2019 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

1×12 Studio Combo: 38 lbs.
1×12 LT Combo: 40 lbs.
2×10 LT Combo: 45 lbs.
2×12 Combo: 65 lbs.

Too heavy!

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Oct 6th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Y'all aren't helping.

Piney, I would likely get the non-reverb. I've never been much of a fan of amp reverb.

I checked out some clips of the MKII's. The only thing that keeps me from getting GAS for one is the price tag. It's not that I couldn't afford one, but it certainly would not be prudent.

littleuch
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Oct 6th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have heard the NR sounds better than
the reverb model. But for me an amp without reverb is like a guitar with 5 strings.

walshb
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Ask me how I know!?
Oct 6th, 2019 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I played directly across from someone years ago, at an FDP jam, who was playing through one. It was very loud, and very bright. I think it's more like a 50W amp. I think I was even playing through my Chubster at the time, if that helps. Lol

Ok, I tried.


Pinetree
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Come at me bro.

Oct 6th, 2019 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Make sure you get the Celestion Creamback too.


Life is short, man.



LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Oct 6th, 2019 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bill, I believe that was Steve and he had hearing loss, so he cranked the trebles. I was also a victim of the icepicks.

Creamback...got it!

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larryguitar
Oct 7th, 2019 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Life is short. Do it! Pull the trigger. Music hobbies cost money but nothing like owning a boat. Trust me...I know.

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Oct 7th, 2019 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Only you can talk yourself out of it.

And you have to try it for a while before you're even qualified to render an experienced opinion :o)






You know what you have to do.

Fulfill your *destiny*.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 02:25 PM, Oct 7th, 2019)

walshb
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Ask me how I know!?
Oct 7th, 2019 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Bill, I believe that was Steve...."

No, Steve is off the hook. The jam I'm talking about wasn't in Ohio. Anyway, good luck with your decision!

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Oct 7th, 2019 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

In the immortal words of someone.....If you dont get one while you're alive how the hell are you going to get one when you're dead?

I've always tried to reason with myself....You really don't need that. But in all honesty we don't need most of the nicer stuff any of us have. We really don't need..

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Oct 7th, 2019 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

We reeeally need some home improvements, but my 60th birthday is coming up. Hmmm!

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Lauren's

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Oct 7th, 2019 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tend to believe a really nice Doc Z amp will improve your home.

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