For over 20 years Dr. Z produced the MAZ series of amps and they have become the most popular and recognized product in their line. Over the years they have continually refined the circuit through listening to player feedback and doing some experimenting, attempting to keep up with the ever-changing expectations of the guitar playing community.
The culmination of these improvements and modifications has resulted in the MAZ Mk.II line. The amps that are currently being branded with the Mk.II designation are the MAZ 18 Jr., the MAZ 18 Jr. NR, and the MAZ 38 Sr. Included in the Mk.II line are the following features:
-New, versatile voicing providing pristine American cleans, chiming British overdrive, and juicy hard rock crunch in one package.
-Specifically tuned post-phase inverter master volume allows the user to dial in their tone at any volume, down to whisper quiet.
-Ultra-light cabinet made from imported Italian poplar.
-Improved spring reverb for subtle richness or splashy surf tones. (Not applicable to the 18 NR)
-Buffered effects loop for seamless, transparent integration with pedals and effects units.
-New Old Stock Russian mil-spec 6n14n (EL84) power tubes rated to last several times longer than new production EL84s. (Not applicable to the MAZ 38 Sr.)
-Variable boost footswitch providing anywhere from a small bump in volume to all-out, singing distortion.
From Dr. Z:
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! 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.
- 18 Watts
- 2-EL84 Output Tubes
- 4 – 12AX7, 1 – 12AT7 Preamp Tubes
- 1 – 5AR4 Rectifier
- Celestion G12M Speaker
- Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, Master Volume, Reverb Controls
- 4, 8, 16 Ohm
- Effects Loop
- EQ Bypass (New variable boost footswitch included)