The Dr Z Mini Z is a low-wattage single-power tube guitar amplifier.
Extremely compact at under one cubic foot in size, and weighing just 22 pounds, the Mini Z uses a single 12AX7 preamp tube, EL84 power tube, and a solidstate rectifier.
The Mini Z gets the distortion party started very early, at about 9 o’clock on the Volume knob (which, by the way shares the faceplate with only the on/off switch and power indicator light). The good Doctor himself suggested we turn the amp up to halfway while turning down the guitar’s volume until we heard the desired clean tone.
Sweeping through the volume dial produces tones that start out as just a little more than edgy and grow to being saturated, yet clear. Throughout the volume range, the notes maintain their integrity, never getting muddy or becoming fuzz-like. The Mini does a stellar job of maintaining and even enhancing the tonal qualities of various pickups.
If your taste in tone is somewhere between “somewhat clean” and “Fuzz Face,” and you’re looking for a well-built, great-sounding practice or recording amp, consider adding to your to-do list - it will not dissapoint!
Power Output 5 Watts
Output Tubes 1 – EL84
Preamp Tubes 1 – GT-12AX7M
Controls Volume, built-in attenuator
Other 4/8 Ohm speaker out switch
Configurations Head, 1×10 Combo with Ram Rod 10
Colors Black, Blonde, Red
Dimensions & Weight Head: 17 1/2” W, 9” H, 9 1/2” D; 20 lbs.
1×10 Combo: 17 1/2” W, 17” H, 10” D; 35 lbs.
The Gear Rack