MaZ 8 studIo
BY MATTHEW HOLLIMAN
While some companies have been around longer, Dr. Z is arguably
one of the kingpins of boutique amplification. The Cleveland, Ohio, amp builder
has some seriously heavyweight customers,
including Joe Walsh and Brad Paisley. And
even if Dr. Z isn’t yet a household name,
with more than a dozen amplifiers to their
name (and counting), you can’t say they’re
One of the company’s latest creations,
the Maz 8, is an 8-watt baby Godzilla of an
amp that’s available as a stand-alone head
or in three combo variations (the 19 1/4"
x 19 1/2" x 10 1/2" 1x12 Studio reviewed
here, the 1x12 Standard, or the 2x10, the
latter two of which measure 23" x 20 1/8"
x 10"). Regardless of format, the Maz 8 is a
godsend to griping sound guys and players
who’ve had to endure the indignity of play-
ing a million-watt stack with the volume
on 2. For anyone who’s been through the
experience and grown tired of compromis-
ing body for volume, the EL84-powered
Maz 8 is one source of light at the end of
to hear audio clips of the amp at
Syrupy Short Stack
The Maz 8 Studio has a sleek modern
design with the elegant touches of a classic.
Standard black textured vinyl, white piping,
and a silver-and-black grille cloth adorn the
slightly slanted frame, and the open-backed
combo weighs a reasonable 37 pounds.
You can also hook up an external cabinet
using the 4, 8, and 16 Ω speaker outputs.
Hi and Lo