With over 30 years experience building high-quality hand-wired amplifiers, Mike Zaite, a.k.a. Dr. Z. has produced amps for Joe Walsh, Brad Paisley and collaborated with Ken Fischer of Trainwreck. The Maz 18 Junior and its larger sibling the Maz 38 Senior have become popular mainstays in the Dr. Z range. At the heart of the Maz 18 are two 6N14N (NOS, mil-spec EL84) output valves with four 12AX7s and one 12AT7 pre-amp valves along with one 5AR4 Rectifier. Controls on the front panel are Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Cut, Master Volume and Reverb with the rear containing 4, 8, 16 Ohm speaker outputs, a send/return effects loop and the input for the Variable Boost footswitch.
This head and cab from 2017 outfitted in striking red tolex are in virtually brand new condition and come with the Dr. Z Variable Boost footswitch. The cab is loaded with a Celestion G12M-65 Speaker. 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. 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 hard rock drive at any volume with the Hi input or use the Lo input for cleaner humbucker sounds. The 'Cut' knob may be the most useful and versatile tone shaping tool on any guitar amp. 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. Throughout its range, it produces a large variety of sounds to satisfy players using all guitars for most every style of music.
The master volume is post-phase inverter which allows you to achieve whisper quiet volumes with no loss of tone or gain, great for home practice sessions. The variable boost footswitch gives a great lead boost that effectively makes the MAZ 18 a 2 channel amp. The MAZ 18 is powered by a pair of NOS Russian Mil-Spec 6n14n power tubes rated to last twice as long as other EL84 variants.