#1
Well, i have finally reached that elusive tone I had in my head and was chasing for years. Guys..today I am the proud owner of a vintage 1976 hiwatt custom 100 amplifier. As used by David Gilmour and many others. It's a bit rough tolex-wise, but the tone needs to be heard to be believed. Clips are coming soon if I can bring myself to stop playing long enough to record. The clean channel is pure liquid gold, and it takes pedals better than any amp i have ever owned. This thing gets loud, and i mean LOUD. However, it still sounds great at bedroom volumes also, which I absolutely love (and so does my wife). Here's a few quick pictures:







The formal review: the clean channel is the kind of clean that I have always heard in my head but have never been able to really get out of an amp. This amp with the right pedals can reach just about any kind of tone from jazz to heavy metal, but every great tone starts with a great clean, and this amp has that in spades. I've owned over 20 amps throughout the years, but this one is the finest. If you guys ever get the chance to grab one of these for less than their usual selling price, do as I did and break out the wallet. You won't be sorry.
Last edited by slowhand84 at Jun 22, 2011,
#2
gutshots now.


congrats, that's sweet.
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#4
Quote by gregs1020
gutshots now.


congrats, that's sweet.


Thanks! I had it pulled apart for me before I bought it to make sure everything was perfect and it was, but I didn't take any photos. And I'm not doing it again myself because I don't wanna mess with this baby any more than I have to. But it looks exactly like the beautiful clean gut shots you find on the web for this amp. The Hiwatt folk REALLY knew what they were doin' in there.
#5
I have never heard of a bad hiwatt... is there one out there?
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#7


Waitin' on dem clippiez

PS: Nice flip flop
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Last edited by Guitarbaddie at Jun 22, 2011,
#8
Quote by Guitarbaddie


Waitin' on dem clippiez

PS: Nice flip flop


Gotta break 'em out once June hits!
#9
no worries. that thing has some sweet mojo.
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#11
Quote by Most_Triumphant
I have never heard of a bad hiwatt... is there one out there?

yes, depending on how you look at it really.

there are a bunch of cheap, out-sourced hiwatts that are pretty crap if you compare them to the hand-wired, english-made stuff, but given the difference in price that's not really a fair comparison.

HNAD, and damn you for overshadowing my "vintage amp that dave gilmour used" NAD that i'm probably not even gonna bother posting now
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#12
Quote by stykerwolf
hiwatt is the shit. Slam that bright channel with a fuzz face, some reverb, maybe delay and bam, david gilmour would be jelous


Honestly, I can't imagine this amp needing a reverb pedal. It almost sounds like you've got reverb on naturally, because the clean tone is just so rich and full. I don't have a fuzz pedal (never liked them), but I might just have to grab an EHX or something for fun. They're cheap enough.

Quote by Blompcube
yes, depending on how you look at it really.

there are a bunch of cheap, out-sourced hiwatts that are pretty crap if you compare them to the hand-wired, english-made stuff, but given the difference in price that's not really a fair comparison.

HNAD, and damn you for overshadowing my "vintage amp that dave gilmour used" NAD that i'm probably not even gonna bother posting now


Yep, there's nothing like the original hand-wired British goodness. And sorry about that, sir! I'll be sure to post something positive in your thread though
#13
For all our pedal experts, I have a question...I am always used to running my time-based effects into the loop of the amp, and this amp doesn't have a loop. So, where in the effects chain does the delay, etc go if it needs to be in front of the amp?

For instance, I have a tuner, wah, phaser, overdrive, distortion, delay, EQ, compressor, etc. What's the proper order if they're all going to be in front of the amp?
#14
Normally the chain goes wah/dirt/modulation/delay/reverb. With your pedals I'd go for this order:

Tuner > compressor > wah > EQ > distortion > overdrive > delay

But experiment and see what sounds best
#16
Very nice. Hard to beat a real Hiwatt.

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#17
Cool man!

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#19
Quote by stykerwolf
real men use effects before their amps input.
Also, you have to try a fuzz face with that amp, theres a reason why gilmour, and eric johnson use that duo


That doesn't answer my question of which order to put them in .

And yep, that's what I keep hearing. I guess I gotta buy myself an EHX big muff or something and have at it.
#20
I owned one for years and it is the only piece of kit I don't own anymore that I truly miss. Those things are amazing. HNAD! Enjoy it!
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#22
Big muffs sound nothing like a fuzz face. Try both to be sure what you really want. I prefer muff for gilmour.
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#23
nooice.

the pre 80s are the best.

if you open it up you can see who did most of the actual wiring.

i hope it's joyce.
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#24
I should have checked about the wiring, but if I ever need to get the amp serviced ill check. All I know is it sounds amazing and I love it. Those among us who have found 'their tone' know exactly how I feel right now.
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#27
Dude, I am so jealous. I've been on a huge Pink Floyd trip too lately. DAT TONE.

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