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Dr. Z Amps

For all your tubular medical needs, Midwood is proud to offer Dr. Z amps. Based in Ohio, Dr. Z amps are producing high-quality, hand-wired tube amps that are built to shred. We’re proud to be an official Dr. Z dealer, and would love to help you find the perfect head, cabinet, or combo amp. Stop by the shop or contact us today if you have any questions, or need help finding the perfect Dr. Z amp for you.

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  • Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr. MKII 1x12LT w/ Reverb - Black/Oxblood Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr. MKII 1x12LT w/ Reverb - Black/Oxblood

    Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr. MKII 1x12LT w/ Reverb - Black/Oxblood

    Dr. Z Amps
    $2,699.00
    Dr. Z Maz 18 Jr. MKII 1x12LT w/ Reverb - Black/Oxblood Midwood Guitar Studio is a proud dealer of Dr. Z Amps! From Dr. Z: Originally designed as a “grab-and-go” studio and small club...
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  • Dr. Z X-Ray 30/15 Watt Amp Head Dr. Z X-Ray 30/15 Watt Amp Head

    Dr. Z X-Ray 30/15 Watt Amp Head

    Dr. Z Amps
    $1,899.00
    Dr. Z X-Ray 30/15 Watt Amp Head   It's finally here! The much anticipated X-Ray from Dr. Z! Combining the best of the now discontinued Stang Ray and DB4, the brand new X-Ray goes from clean,...
  • Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 35-Watt Head - Blackout Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 35-Watt Head - Blackout

    Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 35-Watt Head - Blackout

    Dr. Z Amps
    $1,949.00
    Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 35-Watt Head - Blackout Brand new from our friends at Dr. Z, the return of the Z-28! Don't miss out! From Dr. Z: Among all the Legacy Amps that Z-Fanatics have clamored to...
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  • Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II

    Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 1x12 Combo - Red/Salt 'N Pepper

    Dr. Z Amps
    $2,149.00

    Dr. Z Z-28 MK.II 1x12 Combo - Red/Salt 'N Pepper Brand new from our friends at Dr. Z, the return of the Z-28! Don't miss out! From Dr. Z: Among all the Legacy Amps that Z-Fanatics have...
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  • Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood
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    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood

    Dr. Z Amps
    $1,699.00
    $1,999.00
    Dr. Z Carmen Ghia 1x12LT Combo - Black/Oxblood-"USED 2022 Model" Here we have the mighty Carmen Ghia from Dr. Z!  This one is in a 1x12LT configuration and is wrapped in a black tolex with an...
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  • Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w 1x12 Combo Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w 1x12 Combo

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w 1x12 Combo

    Dr. Z Amps
    $2,499.00
    Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w 1x12 Combo *Back in stock! We're huge fans of the original Z-Wreck and couldn't be more excited that they're now offering a 15w version!  It's portable, has a highly...
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  • Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w Head - Blackout Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w Head - Blackout

    Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr. 15w Head - Blackout

    Dr. Z Amps
    $2,299.00
    Dr. Z Z Wreck Jr 15w Head - Blackout *In stock now! Don't miss out! We're huge fans of the original Z-Wreck and couldn't be more excited that they're now offering a 15w version!  It's...
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  • Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Warehouse Retro 30 Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Warehouse Retro 30

    Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Warehouse Retro 30

    Dr. Z Amps
    $799.00
    Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Warehouse Retro 30 From Dr. Z: The most versatile and big sounding 1X12 that we stock, hands down. A fully convertible back panel allows for...
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  • Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Creamback Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Creamback

    Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Creamback

    Dr. Z Amps
    $799.00
    Dr. Z 1X12 Convertible Speaker Cabinet - Blackout w/ Creamback From Dr. Z: The most versatile and big sounding 1X12 that we stock, hands down. A fully convertible back panel allows for multiple...
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  • Dr. Z Z-PLUS 1x12 Studio Combo - Black/Z-Wreck Dr. Z Z-PLUS 1x12 Studio Combo - Black/Z-Wreck

    Dr. Z Z-PLUS 1x12 Studio Combo - Black/Z-Wreck

    Dr. Z Amps
    $2,399.00
    Dr. Z Z-PLUS 1x12 Studio Combo - Black/Z-Wreck This Dr. Z Z-PLUS 1x12 is quite the versatile combo amp!  Get bright and clear clean tones or gorgeous harmonic overdrive when you crank it. I...
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  • Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet - Black/ Salt & Pepper Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet - Black/ Salt & Pepper

    Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet - Black/ Salt & Pepper

    Dr. Z Amps
    $799.00
    Dr. Z 1x12 Cabinet - Black/ Salt & Pepper A perfect fit under or next to Dr. Z's 1×12 or 2×10 combos and an excellent match for any of their heads. The Dr. Z 1×12 cab is like...
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About Dr. Z Amps

As the son of a 1950s television repairman, Michael Zaite grew up surrounded by vacuum tubes. As a teen, he was a drummer in garage bands, and performed modifications on his bandmates amps. He went on to pursue a career in electronics, focusing on medical equipment (thus the “Dr.” moniker). Though the technology of his day was largely transistor-based, Zaite still harbored a more-than-sentimental attachment to tubes, especially in a musical context.


In the late 80s, he began repairing and modifying amplifiers for blues musicians in the Cleveland area, and before long, he developed his own prototype out of a former Hammond organ reverb amp. Through a mutual friendship, Zaite conveyed one of his amps to Joe Walsh of The Eagles around 1990. It’s clear, articulate, Vox-inspired tone won him over and it became his go-to touring amp. Dr. Z was in business! 


It is a combination of simplicity and originality that makes Dr. Z so special. For example, the first amp to bear his name, the Carmen Gia, is an 18-watt, EL-84 masterpiece with nothing but a tone and volume knob. A broad dynamic range is hidden within these simple controls. The louder it gets, the more each note blooms. It retains complexity while cutting beautifully through a mix. What more do you need? 


Inspired by the success of the Carmen Gia, Dr. Z gradually expanded his company into a dedicated team of amp-smiths building 14 different models. They also boast a back catalogue of designs that they occasionally resurrect upon request. Each builder specializes in certain models to increase efficiency and keep costs low. They are still located in Cleveland, Ohio.


One of Midwoods’s favorite Dr. Z amps is the Jetta. This amp uniquely features 7591 power tubes, the kind they put in old Ampegs. It’s voicing is remarkably hi-fi, foregrounding and fortifying your guitar’s natural tone. It’s also the most affordable amp in the Dr. Z line. 


No stranger to artist endorsement and collaboration, Dr. Z also makes an amp designed for Brad Paisley that he conceived of with the late founder of Trainwreck amps, Ken Fischer. Upon Fischer’s death, he shelved the “Z-Wreck” as a production unit, but the 2010 Nashville flood destroyed the original, and the good doctor was obliged to build another one for Mr. Paisley. At that point, he decided to start building them for the public as well. Two of the Z-Wreck’s most desirable features are a comfort/speed voltage tap switch and rare NOS 6n14n power tubes, which are long-lasting, sweet, and articulate drop-ins for EL-84s.


These are amps that draw from tube-amp history while still being uniquely themselves. Our shared values and insatiable appetites for tonal invention make Dr. Z and Midwood a perfectly matched pair. Stop by and play one today!

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