HIWATT LEAD 50R Made In England 1x12"Tube Amp 80's

Two channel, 50watt open-back combo with reverb and one 12" 75w Fane. A two button foot switch toggles between the channels and turns the reverb on and off. I think it was made in Asia in the mid 80s. It's class A/B w/2 EL34 power tubes and 5 12AX7 tubes for preamp/driver/reverb duty. This combination gives it a very British sound. The reverb is the classic Accutronics spring type which gives the amp a great, big sound without sounding like a "surf tone" reverb. The tone controls work well and produce the expected/desired changes. It is pretty versatile for the price point.This amp has a great British tone for classic 70s. The Rhythm channel is the real heart of the amp, and it the more you turn up, the better it gets! It gets that big Hiwatt sound, a real sweet, brown distortion, but cleaner, and with a bit more ring than an old Marshall, and no mush.The amp is extremely loud for a 1x12. It can eaisly compete with just about anything volume wise.This amp run through a closed-back 4x12 really gets those old Pete Townshend type rhythm tone.The two channels are pretty different in character and volume levels.

http://hiwatt.org/dates.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEVxoniO-uY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEVxoniO-uY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKuZAqJipWI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAuJEKnGosE

http://www.giampaolonoto.it/david-gilmour-amps/

1970 Led Zeppelin Tour - Jimmy Page with a HIWATT Back Line of gear

http://www.led-zeppelin.org/joomla/studio-and-live-gear/261

Pete Townshend’s use of Hiwatt amplifiers

http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/guitar/cp103.html

http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/gear/guitar/soundcity-hiwatt.html

A PARTIAL LIST OF HIWATT USERS AND ENDORSEES FROM THE 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s

THE WHO
PINK FLOYD
ROLLING STONES
U2
JETHRO TULL
MOODY BLUES
PROCOL HARUM
KING CRIMSON
GENESIS
LED ZEPPELIN
BAD COMPANY
QUEEN
RUSH
THE KINKS
THIN LIZZY
WISHBONE ASH
TRAPEZE
FAIRPORT CONVENTION
STEELEYE SPAN
DICKY BETTS (Allman Bros.)
JOURNEY
LOVERBOY
STYX
FLEETWOOD MAC
AEROSMITH
FOGHAT
SLADE
NAZARETH
BE-BOP DELUXE
HUMBLE PIE
 
IRON MAIDEN
SCORPIONS
FLASH
CHEAP TRICK
SAVOY BROWN
MAY BLITZ
BRINSLEY SCHWARTZ
TOMMY BOLIN (Deep Purple)
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
HEART
MANFRED MANN
WILD TURKEY
BLUE OYSTER CULT
BLOODWYN PIG
GENTLE GIANT
THE SWEET
SUPERTRAMP
BADFINGER
GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple)
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR
ROMANTICS
GINGER BAKER'S AIRFORCE
RAMONES
THE PRETENDERS
PEARL JAM
NIRVANA
OASIS
BROTHER CANE
GOO GOO DOLLS
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS