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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Dr. Z amps

Hey all - just wondering if anyone here has any experience with Dr. Z amps. I'm seriously considering saving up my hard-earned cash for one of these (supposed) tone monsters. I've got a Splawn Quickrod for the heavier stuff.

But I'm getting more and more into lower-gain stuff, and I do appreciate North-American made products. They're pricey, but seem to be built like tanks, and they hold their value pretty well. I'm looking for something in the 1 x 12 size, that'll be addictive to play. I've played a lot of 'meh' stuff over the years.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 12:13 AM
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Re: Dr. Z amps

For me they rule in their own way, being a lower gain amp...

DR.Z EZG 50 with a Triple wreck pushing it, a ruling mix.

If you got a good pedal, your gonna love it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Dr. Z amps

Well I took the plunge and bought a used Maz 18 NR head. I'll post my impressions after a bit more time with it. So far so good though.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 03:57 AM
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Re: Dr. Z amps

Look forward to hearing your thoughts - and maybe a sound clip?! :-) Friend of mine swears by them (he's had Mesa's, Fenders and all sorts) and they have a good reputation here..
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Dr. Z amps

It's awesome! I don't have a proper setup to record from a cab - I usually only record direct for some quick ideas. But to be honest - it's an amp that has to be heard in person. I saw a lot of youtube clips before going to check it out, and I was like "meh" . . . . but I went anyway. Man it sounded unreal in person. I tried it with my Dad's 60th tele, and it was incredible. Today I played around with it with an Epi Sheraton II with classic 57's, and it also sounded great.

Funny thing is - I plugged in my Way Huge Green Rhino - and it sounded all gainy and delicious, but it kinda killed the vibe a bit. I may be looking for a more transparent overdrive. But I've never had as much fun playing through a clean amp. I'm amazed at the sustain, even at such low gain settings, and the dynamics are excellent.

I may have grown up a bit in the last little while . . . I'm already itching to try a guitar with P90's through this beast.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 01:27 AM
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Re: Dr. Z amps

We have 5 Dr. Z's here in our second studio. A Monza (early, now with master volume mod), Maz 8 and 18 (both reverb) a Remedy and now just got our Z-Verb in a couple weeks ago. They are all -phenomenal-. The Monza doesn't really do it for me, but the Maz's are great the Remedy could be the best Marshall that Marshall never made.

I'd suggest getting the Dr. Z airbrake and reeeeally opening the Maz up. It can get some WICKED pushed British sounds that would make a JCM800 blush.

Edit: my personal fave of ours is the Remedy because it can get the classic JTM45 sounds all the way up to really hard sounds (but its veeeery uncompressed as all the Dr. Z's are - they are the anti-Mesa, which suits me because I love my Mesa and the Remedy makes a perfect companion against it!). But all the Z's are godawful loud, and the attenuator really tames it and opens up new tones.
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