If you have or have access to a suitable cabinet, the Mini-Z head, particularly if found used, might be a more affordable angle. I don't kinow about the other amp, but my Mini-Z head is a blast when I run it into the G12H30 in my MAZ-18 combo. With the attenuation, you can roar at a fairly low volume, or open her up and see how loud 5 tube watts can be.
Like all Zs, this amp responds very well to pedals of all sorts.
Z 1-12 Convertable Cab w WGS Retro30 PRS Korina McCarty PRS SC245 PRS Modern Eagle PRS Korina McCarty Soapbar Gibson R7
Post by gasolinefight on Feb 14, 2010 17:04:53 GMT -7
I've got a Marshall Class 5 that I love. I'm currently looking at also buying a mini-z to add to the collection. I hate to not give you advice one way or the other, but in my experience both are fantastic amps that you can't go wrong with. So if money is an issue, then you should look at the Marshall. If money is no issue for you then go with the mini-z, As well, if you like to tinker with bass, mids, and treble on your amps, then you will want to go with the Marshall.
Finally got to check out the Marshall Class5 at a geetar shop close to me...first impressions...the Mini eats this thing alive as far as TONE goes, attenuator or not. The Mini (and I'm sure all of the Doc's offerings) is just 'musical'...every note sings. The Marshall, to me, just sounded like another PCB, mass produced amp. I play mostly P-90's (and played them through the Marshall)...no contest IMHO...
The Mini Z Rules!
"When this cruel, cruel, bloody competition's over...all that will be left is cosmic vibration, LOVE, and my song!" - Paul Pena
Post by heycaptjack on Oct 7, 2010 22:33:21 GMT -7
I took the Marshall Class 5 for a 30 minute ride today....Pretty cool amp except that the Bass knob is pretty worthless if you are using a humbucker type guitar. To keep a tight low end you have to drop the bass quite a bit. From the Gearmanndude's video on the Mini Z...I think the Z will win you over if money is no issue! Good luck!
Maz 18 NR 1x12 Fender Mustang II (strictly a bedroom, night amp) PRS Mira w/ Birds PRS McCarty Korina w/P90's PRS CE Alder 24 Eric Johnson Strat (Maple) 50th Anniversary Stratocaster Xotic Pedals Fulltone Pedals Hardwire Pedals MXR Pedals Lava cables Monster cables Fulltone Gold Standard cables
Post by asattwanger on Oct 12, 2010 13:12:52 GMT -7
Yep, I'm not an owner of a Mini-Z, but I can tell you first hand these high dollar 5 watters are smokin. I have played every new 5 watt amp I have seen and none zero zippo have compaired to the Mini-Z I played, or the TopHat, or the Swart, or a couple others I have seen around.
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