In fact, the good doctor himself likens it to a distortion pedal attached to a speaker. With that in mind, it’s fair to call the Mini-Z an overdrive amplifier. Yes, it can sound clean at very low settings (or by turning it up all the way and using a low setting on your guitar), but once you nudge the Volume control beyond the quarter mark, the grind comes on, and it just gets thicker and richer from there—think non-master Marshall in a lunch box and you’ve got the idea.
The Mini-Z sounds a lot bigger than its size would portend, and a goodly share of the credit goes to its Weber Signature 8" speaker, which is amazingly balanced to begin with, and is able to remain focused and coherent even when running flat out. Dr. Z reports that even after experimenting with various 10s and 12s, it was the little Weber that won the day in this amp. Unlike so many pint-sized combos, the Mini-Z never descends into the flub zone when pushed to the rails. And even when raging with all the corpulent distortion it can muster—which is a lot—you can always count on hearing the essential stringy detail from your guitar. Feature-wise, the Mini-Z is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get affair, but, honestly, I have never heard an amp so small sound so huge. If you’re looking for maximum bang for the bucks in a handwired low-power amp (and who isn’t?), the Mini-Z is an unbeatable choice.
Troy Sanders of Mastodon and Supergroup Gone is Gone Prepare to Release Debut Album
Watch MonoNeon Perform With Prince At Paisley Park After Dark (VIDEO)
Ivo Schot Reimagines Songs With Bass And Vocal Duets In His New Video Series (WATCH)
'The Martin Archives - A Scrapbook of Treasures from the World's Foremost Acoustic Guitar Maker'
KLANG:technologies Launches MADI Interface, together with KOS 2.2 and KLANG:app 2.2
SampleScience Presents RX-21 HD
Notes for 'Presto Vivance'
Eddie Jobson - 'Lather'
CandoMusos to Play CenterStage at the Opening of NAMM 2017
Cat Scratch Fever: 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe
Daniel Lanois’ Obsessions: Pedal Steels, Motorcycles, and Recording Tech
The Ultimate Sustain Contest: The Gibson Les Paul vs. All Challengers
Psychostick Premiere Christmas Parody of System of a Down's "B.Y.O.B."
Interview: Trivium's Matt Heafy on Old Ozzfests, Meeting Corey Taylor, Upcoming Plans, and More
New Issue Preview: Revolver December 2016
Keep It Dry: Graph Tech Introduces Dry and Glide Talc Formula for Musicians' Hands
Gear Demo: Positive Grid BIAS Head Amp Match Power Amplifier
Gretsch Introduces Three New Limited Edition Guitars
Copyright ©2016 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470