01-26-2013 04:51 AM
Question: can you get a nice light crunch out of an old Hiwatt Custom 100? It has a master volume, so I would guess you can, but I really can't find any decent demo's on youtube...
There's somebody selling one from '78!
01-26-2013 02:18 PM
I don't have any personla experience but I LOVE Alex Lifeson's Hiwatt tones. Pretty sure All The Wolrd's A Stage is Hiwatt. There's so much baddassery there it's not even funny.
If the price was reasonable and I could afford it I'd get one in a heart beat!
01-26-2013 10:28 PM - edited 01-26-2013 10:35 PM
reality check. I have one IT IS INSANELY LOUD......REPEAT...... INSANELY LOUD!!!!!!!!!
don't even consider this amp for one millisecond, unless, you're going to invest in a good attenuator hat can handle this beast.
I couldn't/wouldn't use mine for years because quite frankly, it sounds like shit at low/medium volumes. it's an amp that needs to be dialed to its sweet spot, which is just a little over halfway on the master volume.
at this volume, it's actually painful.
the amp sounds stiff, cold and brittle unless it's turned up, I'm not kidding.
but, if you do get a good attenuator, it's an experience that can't be described.
if you're thinking, ahh I'll just throw a good pedal in front of it, forget it, you'd be wasting your money.
01-27-2013 04:56 AM - edited 01-27-2013 05:01 AM
In case the above post helps discourage plans on buying it, this seems like it could be pretty cool for cleans to some fairly heavy tones though not quite modern metal for $599 new. Kind of random to post this, but the stupid deal of the day yesterday was a combo version of this amp I saw being discussed on Rig-Talk.
02-08-2013 12:29 AM
I have one. The Master volume just controls the volume of both inputs. It doesn't make preamp distortion.
The sound is like a loud Marshall with much less distortion.
I didn't buy one (I bought an Orange OR50 40th anniversary). I already have a loud clean amp with my Ampeg V4
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