Dr. Z and Carol Ann Amps Collaborate on the CAZ-45

The amp's unique design has three different controls over the texture, response, and saturation of the distortion.

Cleveland, OH (November 25, 2020) -- Dr. Z is proud to announce his collaboration with Alan Phillips, engineer/owner of Carol Ann Amps; the first high gain offering from Dr. Z, the CAZ-45. Having started from a clean sheet of paper, and after over a year of meticulous, prototyping, and tweaking, the CAZ-45 offers low, medium, or blistering high gain tones in a hand-wired, single channel package. Its unique design has 3 different controls over the texture, response, and saturation of the distortion: Sensitivity, designed to beef up single coils and tighten up high output humbuckers, Gain sets the overall distortion amount, and Aggression, which keys in how the preamp pummels the power section. Set lower this control offers fat, smooth distortion, and rolled up higher it voices the amp for searing and tight modern gain sounds. Coupling this with Dr. Z’s Level control, the CAZ-45 can be volume-scaled down to whisper quiet levels, or turned up to rage on the stage, retaining all the sustain and gain the amp offers on tap. In keeping with Dr. Z’s design philosophy, even at the highest gain settings, the amp can be cleaned up to crystalline, chiming clean tones with just the guitar’s volume knob and molds itself to the player’s touch and unique fingerprint.


  • A 45 watt, 6L6-based power section, which is cathode-biased for extended harmonics and unbelievable response to playing dynamics.
  • Alan Phillips’ custom designed, tube-driven FX loop for time based and modulation effects.
  • 3 controls over the overall gain and distortion for ultimate control over the exact amount of saturation the player desires.
  • Available as a head, or with a horizontal Z-Best ported 2x12 cabinet specifically loaded with the Doc’s recommended Celestion Creamback M65 and Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.
  • Hand-wired turret board construction assembled in Cleveland, OH utilizing high-quality Heyboer transformers.

The CAZ-45 head retails for $2499, and the head/matching 2x12 cabinet set for $3348.

The CAZ-45 is available for sale at authorized Dr. Z dealers.

For more information:
Dr. Z Amps

Luxe looks and a sweet playing feel make this Squier an anniversary edition worth celebrating.

Slinky playability. Very nice construction quality. An attractive, celebratory mash-up of Fender style elements.

Neck feels slightly generic.


Squier 40th Anniversary Stratocaster


Premier Guitar doesn’t often review anniversary edition instruments—most of them being marketing exercises in disguise. But the Squier 40th Anniversary Stratocaster genuinely seems to embody much about where Squier has been and the reliable source for quality, affordable, and, yes, beautiful guitars they have become.

Read MoreShow less

See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

Read MoreShow less