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Hiwatt DR-103 Custom 100 Tube Guitar Amp Head
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The model that made the Hiwatt name what it is. Constructed exactly like the Dave Reeves original DR-103, making this amp sound like no other. The so...Read More
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Hand-wired, classic tube sound from across the pond.
The model that made the Hiwatt name what it is. Constructed exactly like the Dave Reeves original DR-103, making this amp sound like no other. The sound of a Custom 100 stack at full tilt is truly amazing, with power and responsiveness guaranteed to blow your socks off.
The HIWATT Custom 100 features a dual channel preamp with Low and High sensitivity input for each, 100 watts of all tube output, and individual controls for Brilliant / Normal inputs, Bass, Treble, Mid, Presence and Master Volume. Equipped with 4 x EL-34 tubes in the power stage, 4 x ECC-83 tubes in the preamp. Adjustable 4, 8 & 16 ohm output impedance.
A look inside the amplifier will reveal point- to-point hand wiring, turret tag boards (no printed circuits), and hand laced wiring harnesses. The power and output transformers are manufactured by Partridge, the original 1970's supplier to the original design sheets. The components and wires are the modern available equivalents of the vintage components, 1-watt carbon resistors, and wound polyester capacitors being used throughout.
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- Power: 4 x EL-34 tubes
- Preamp: 4 x ECC-83 tubes
- 100 watts
- Dual channel: normal and bright
- Adjustable 4, 8 & 16 ohm output impedance
- Low and High sensitivity inputs
- Individual channel volume
- 3-band EQ
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I've had my Hiwatt Custom 100 since 1981 and it cost me a small fortune. BUT, never had to service it other than tubes. I've dragged this boat anchor to dozens of gigs and it just keeps on rockin. Thru a 4x12 it actually MOVES your pant legs! A friend A/B it next to a double stack of 2 Marshall 100's. He said this monster blew them away on volume AND tone. It takes pedals really well and has a great/clean tone. This is a lifetime purchase - not for the kiddies!
As a professional touring musician , i must confess, of all the tube amps today, there is not one that even comes close to touching Hiwatt!..i have used them countless times in studio as well as world tours....that awesome rich, ringing tone, with a bottom end like a sledge hammer and overall build quality is ...a true work of art, and more dependable then any other brand out there!...so take my advice, save your money, and get a real amp, you will thank yourself ..trust me,cause i've used them all, and none come close to this classic absolute gem!!!...just ask any technician if they ever had to repair one..then you will know!..best wishes!...T. Renwick
I've played a wide variety of amps over the years but after really giving a listen to the rich, piercing lead tone of Gilmour and the crisp bite of Townshend, I knew I needed a Hiwatt DR-103.Make no mistake, this is one of the greatest tube amps ever made. Dave Reeves was an absolute genius. If you're a stompbox player like myself, this thing is worth every penny. Now, I get multiple compliments at every gig about how incredible my tone is. Simple, clean, powerful, rich.....perfect.