Post by Christopher on Feb 16, 2019 12:19:24 GMT -7
Is a beast.
I've owned two Ghias, a JAZ 20/40, two Z-28s and a MAZ8. Every one of them has seen gig work. I still own a '28 and now I finally have a MAZ18R combo. Yes, it's the old normal weight one with a G12H30 Anniversary inside and short tank. So what. It's a Strat tone machine. I threw my pedalboard inline this morning and I was in heaven. Fat thick snarl without the board and then oodles of options with the Aman Beano and Bad Bob not to mention the OCD and supatrem. They all sound great. I'm glad I waited to get this after owning all the prior Z's. It's so much more versatile than a Ghia, which I do love but the Maz has more capability. The Ghia is a straight ahead tool whereas the Maz can do more of a Vox or BF thing depending on how you set it. The reverb is more than ample and the tone controls very useful. I'm trying not to get too excited about using it this week at an outside show. I know it'll cut through the mix like the '28 does but it's got more top end presence and more dynamic response to my pedals and playing than the '28 to my ears. I don't think I'd have dialed it in so easily without owning the Maz 8, Jaz and trying out the Cure. Knowing Doc's voicing of amps really helps you get the most from it. To the cats that can't find their sound in one I've gotta say bummer for you. I'm sure the Zplus and Z Wreck are righteous in their own right but I've never played them and can't afford either. For me, a working musician, the Maz ticks a box that not many of the other amps I've owned from other makers does. It's got the stout clean, some dirt if needed and space if I want it. Now I hear why it's the top selling Z. Thanks Doc.
Maz jr.18 nr. Mrk II studio. Blackout Maz jr. 18 studio/reverb. Blackout Ghia 110 model. Gibson Traditional les paul/figured trans cherry. Suhr classic pro/Sherwood green/rosewood/v70's. Suhr classic pro/fiesta red/rosewood/60lp's. Hgwy 1 series texas tele(modded). Fender players strat.