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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > Jun 2019 > MIKE ZAITE AMP MAKER


One of the earliest figures on the boutiqueamp scene, this American manufacturer’s name invariably pops up any time a player seeks that optimal convergence of quality and value in a hand-wired tube amp. Paging Dr. Z!
The inside view of Dr. Z’s Therapy model – a 35-watt cathode-biased 6L6 amp with the character of a low-powered tweed Twin

Full disclosure: I first got to know Dr. Z founder and all-round main man Mike Zaite after reviewing his then-new Z 28 model right here in the pages of Guitar Magazine in the early 2000s, and we’ve been pals ever since. Through the course of nearly two decades since, I’ve been encouraged to note that while he’s had to roll with the punches of a fickle and challenging market – like any smaller amp maker – he has never lost sight of the objectives he presented to me all those years ago: “Just make a great-sounding amp that’s reliable, and simple, and bring it in at a great price.”

Now here we are in 2019, in Dr. Z’s 30th year of production, and he’s still delighted every time a guitarist ‘gets’ what he’s striven to put into a new design. He’s also still devoted to delivering the same level of professional tone and performance to the young up-and-comer and casual weekend player that he provides for repeat star customers such as Joe Walsh and Brad Paisley.

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