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Give me some examples of Hiwatt tone.......

Laroosco!

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....other than Pete Townsend.

I've been doing the Marshall thing for so long I'd like to go in a different direction and I really liked the Reeves amps.

Classic Hiwatt tones?
 

Laroosco!

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Originally posted by michael.e
Savage Blitz 50 does the Hiwatt thing in spades! M.E.
The clips of that amp sound prettty damn cool.

I feel sstupid now bewcause everytime someone on this board has mentioned the word Savage I automatically think Engl Savage and don't pay any attention. I didn't even realize there was acompany called Savage :eek: :eek:
 

michael.e

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My 50 is used primarily for cleans. When it is cranked, it harkens the olde Hiwatt thing..
The really cool thing about the 50 is that when I put it into cathode bias mode, it takes on some of the characteristics of a Clubman. Great amp! M.E.





 

doctord02

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David Gilmour frequently used a pile of Hiwatts during the heyday of Floyd; Martin Barre of Jethro Tull has been a Hiwatt man...

I may be mistaken but I believe Page used the Hiwatt (and the Orange head seen in The Song Remains the Same) only for the Theremin, and not for guitar...
 

Sharkey

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The Guitarist/Singer Nic Cester uses one on tour wiyh the band Jet.Kick ass tone IMO. Very raw and vintage sounding witch is what I like :dude
 

JWR

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I think probably the best examples are the Tommy Bolin suggestion above, primarily Deep Purple, Come Taste the Band and Teaser. He used a Strat and rolled all the highs off the Hiwatts. Second would be Rush Hemispheres. That recording made me get into Hiwatts. Just a side note, they are very clean. My personal preference is to have a bit more gain. A Hiwatt is a true piece of art. I have yet to see an amp that is made as well as the Hiwatt.
 

Fireball XL5

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All of Steve Hunter's guitar on Lou Reed's "Rock And Roll Animal" is a double cutaway P90 Gibson through a Hiwatt.
 

JWR

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That is a good combination. There was a band called the Georgia Sattelites and one of the guitar players (not the singer guy, the other one) had a P90 Gibson LP JR and 50 watt Hiwatts. He was in Izzy and the Ju Ju Hounds (or something like that) as well.
 

erksin

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Originally posted by Laroosco!
....other than Pete Townsend.

I've been doing the Marshall thing for so long I'd like to go in a different direction and I really liked the Reeves amps.

Classic Hiwatt tones?
'That's What I Like About You' by the Romantics - all HiWatts...

I have a buddy who owns a '73 Custom 50 - it's MUCH louder than any 100 watter in his stable. It's the only amp I've ever played that physically hurt to stand in front of - punch does not begin to describe it...
 

spikeRI

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not 100% sure but, coulda swore I heard Fleetwood Mac used Hiwatts and at insane levels...
 

rwe333

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I LOVE Hiwatts - haven't heard much that catchs the vibe of a great Hylight or Biacrown era model (have not played Reeves or the new reissues). Very fast, articulate, uncompressed - loud!

Tommy Bolin boosted his w/ a Sam Ash fuzz, but his cleans give you an idea. Early Kim Mitchell in Max Webster tracked w/ a Hiwatt in the studio. Lindsey Buckingham gigged w/ Hiwatt in the 'Rumours' days. Townshend, Wagner good examples. David Gilmour another.
 

ROKY

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Paul Weller(the JAM) used them alot. also.

The Biacrown 50 that I have is "not", 'very clean'- there's a good
amount of gain in the preamp.

My Hylight-era DR103 is a bit cleaner.
While we're at it, unlike common internet legend Hiwatts aren't
extremely bright, as in you can't dial out the high-end bright.

The EQ works, beautifully, and has a very wide range.
 




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