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Got my Mackamps Heatseeker a couple of months back and I'm delighted with it. I've used it on one bar gig and a few rehearsals. It holds up very well with amazing volume for 18 watts and a singe 12" closed-back cab. Great mid rangey tone, great string/note articulation. I put a multi effector in the loop and leave the verb on, add a little chorus when comping -- nice. And a tube screamer at the front end. Not exactly a pretty thing but who cares when it sounds great.
 

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Got my Mackamps Heatseeker a couple of months back and I'm delighted with it. I've used it on one bar gig and a few rehearsals. It holds up very well with amazing volume for 18 watts and a singe 12" closed-back cab. Great mid rangey tone, great string/note articulation. I put a multi effector in the loop and leave the verb on, add a little chorus when comping -- nice. And a tube screamer at the front end. Not exactly a pretty thing but who cares when it sounds great.
Cool, I assume it's like a Marshall 18 watt clone, am I right? How does it compare with other 18 watters? Does it have a chimey, sparkly tone, or is it more darker voiced?
 

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A bit like a single channel Marshall, a JMP plexi but maybe a little darker -- certainly when pushing PRS humbuckers through it. There's a three position "tone" switch (and drive a bit) and the center position brightens things up a bit.
 

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Does the Heatseeker have any clean headroom? I play a bit of country stuff too, and I'd need some clean-ish tones for that.

I have been thinking about getting a Dr Z Maz JR - would the Heatseeker be totally different animal?
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Heatseeker is more in the direction of a Marshall. I believe the Dr. Z Maz 18 has a voice of it's own with a bit of a Vox mix.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Heatseeker is more in the direction of a Marshall. I believe the Dr. Z Maz 18 has a voice of it's own with a bit of a Vox mix.
That's a pretty accurate description of the maz 18 IMO, as for the heatseeker, I'm not sure but I'd love to try one.

The Maz has pretty good headroom for an 18 watt amp, but its only 18 watts, may not be enough for squeaky clean at gig volume.
 
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