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Took the Freeway to my bud's place in Kitchener, Ont this weekend to wring it out on the wall of amps there: my Twin Reverb, his JCM 800 50W combo, his JCM 900 50W combo, and his old Hiwatt PA100. Aside from my Twin, all the amps were run through a home made 2x12 cab.

 

Conclusion: Fenders and Marshalls sound great....as long as there's not an original Hiwatt in the room! :o OMFG!! :love: The sonic textures and staggering presence of this stripped down unit has me hooked on EL-34's, and Hiwatts in particular!

 

It's not even a guitar amp. It's a hopelessly obselete PA head with all 1/4" inputs, no balanced ins. Dunno what they did, but I'd trade any, make that EVERY, amp I own for this thing! It must be experienced to be believed. Nothing I can type will convey the desirability of this amp! Ya gotta hear one of these! :thu:

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My ex-bandmate had a 2x12 Hiwatt combo. He hated the thing for some reason. I had the pleasure of looking after the band's gear for a while, when I played my strat through the Hiwatt (via a Boss ME-6 I had at the time) I nearly asked for it's hand in marriage (to put it politely!!!). The clean tone from it was amazing, must do a web search to see if I can find it.

 

EDIT: From what I can tell it might have been an SA212.

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Took the Freeway to my bud's place in Kitchener, Ont this weekend to wring it out on the wall of amps there: my Twin Reverb, his JCM 800 50W combo, his JCM 900 50W combo, and his old Hiwatt PA100. Aside from my Twin, all the amps were run through a home made 2x12 cab.

 

Conclusion: Fenders and Marshalls sound great....as long as there's not an original Hiwatt in the room! :o OMFG!! :love: The sonic textures and staggering presence of this stripped down unit has me hooked on EL-34's, and Hiwatts in particular!

 

It's not even a guitar amp. It's a hopelessly obselete PA head with all 1/4" inputs, no balanced ins. Dunno what they did, but I'd trade any, make that EVERY, amp I own for this thing! It must be experienced to be believed. Nothing I can type will convey the desirability of this amp! Ya gotta hear one of these! :thu:

 

just f'ing great! now i have something else to think about.

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HiWatts rule. I'm in search of a good one. In the mean time, check out the Reeves Custom 100.....exact copy of the heads Pete T used. It's major, and all that Bluesape says....and more....

 

Especially played thru an old hiwatt cab with Fane speakers....Reeves makes a 4x12 with fanes....it, combined with the custom 100 head is some serious medicine....

Don

 

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Yeah, I know that Fanes were the speaker of choice for those. Dunno what's in my bud's cab, but they rocked my world! The entire exercise was supposed to be about the Freeway, which sounded really bright with the hums, as one would expect with a lightweight guitar. But the Hiwatt made the same axe sound so much ballsier that IT became the focus of the experiment.
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A good HiWatt will give you a good "clear growl". Sort of a contradiction in terms. But, the contradiction is only in regards to the words. Tone wise, it's a clear yet forceful distortion of tone that is classic rock with better definition of individual notes compared to the "holy grail"....i.e. Marshall tube tone.

 

I think I NEED A HIWATT!!! :grin:

 

Reif....we may have to move this discussion to the Guitaraholic's thread?? Maybe we need an Amp-a-holic's thread???

Don

 

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My son thinks that the Reeves Custom 100 thru the Reeves 4x12 with Fane speakers is the best big amp we have. I do have a variety of classic old "big amps". And, Jeff's got a good ear.....

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

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I've never had the pleasure of playing through a Hiwatt head/cabinet combo but I have had a long-term gear-lust for the Bulldog 50 combo.

 

I remember the first time I played through one of these things (1980 at Ron & Rob's Rock City on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, MI). I was a total guitar novice, but I immediately feel in love with the tone of this thing.

 

Side note - The Hiwatt emulation in the new Line 6 Spider III amps sound surprisingly good. I'm not saying they sound just like a Hiwatt, they are just a really nice responsive "tubey" clean to slightly crunchy sounding amp tone.

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I've heard Hi Watts in concert settings and they are good for loud clean and slight crunch. I don't think they would work well in club settings.

 

Hot Plate or Air Brake? That should do it. :thu:

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I've heard Hi Watts in concert settings and they are good for loud clean and slight crunch. I don't think they would work well in club settings.

Hot Plate or Air Brake? That should do it. :thu:

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Started a separate thread to ask about attenuators...

 

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