Jimmy page hiwatt custom 50 & 100

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  1. ZOSO73

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    What do you guys think about this historic recreation of Jimmy Page's coveted HIWATT amp? The sound clips sounds like they nailed it, anyone here have one or have any experience with REEVES amplification? Curious if this is the same Dave Reeves that used to manufacture for HIWATT or just a spin off company using his name?

    Here's the link. :wow:

    Reeves Amplification Custom Jimmy
     
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    I have heard of this amp and Reeves is an excellent maker, will have to give one a try soon ..

    There's also a few others producing this type of amp, but Reeves customer support is the best of the bunch imho ..

    A 50 in white would be sweet to tool around with for sure !!

    I know Page has a custom 50 and a custom 100, and he still uses both on occasion ..

    Thank you for posting
     
  5. Jessenoah

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    ive played some old highwatts, and they seem very fidgity to me, dialing in the tone was had because it seems really "treble spike-y bright", or overly fuzzed

    im sure jimmy's fuzz pedals really helped him in getting that early live zeppelin sound
     
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    Weird ..

    Hiwatt is an superb amp in every way imho, and they love stompbox's due to the incredible headroom they have ..

    Perhaps the finest made amp coming out of England is a Hiwatt custom, and Reeves was the one that put them on the map, with the DR-103 early on ..

    I just had a chance to run thru a new Hiwatt 'studio stage' 20/40 and I have to tell ya it was f'n incredible !
     
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    they probably sound killer live on stage, i bet the can cut through the mix really nice, but trying one out @ a friends house while jamming, they didnt seem to have the warmth of a fender/marshall/or vox/ they just seemed god awefully bright
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    Never played a HIWATT I didn't like...:D
     
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    ive played 2 :D
     
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    It really depends to on what cab your playing thru and which Hiwatt you chose ..

    50 watts and down they love vintage 30's or blues, 100 and up Fane anicos rock the house down !!
     
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    that is probably it!
     
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    The circuitry on JP's Hiwatts was a lot different to a standared one...
     
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    Yup ..

    The Reeves is a buy at those prices for what you get imho ..

    A nice Hiwatt head retails for about $4,500.00 without any JP mods ..
     
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    I have never played a real HIWATT that I didn't like. But if it wasn't made by Hylight Electronics............keep looking.

    The Reeves amps are great for the money, but they use the Reeves name without permission of the Reeves family...........
     
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    Thanks for the info, please explain about the hylight electronics issue.
     
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    exactly!:thumb:....would love to try the JP:fingersx:

    another un-Godly good tone..
    Rick Richards(Georgie Satellites) + LP jr. + Hiwatts = BIG win:shock::thumb::applause::applause:
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  18. Dr.HIWATT

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    Hylight Electronics was the name of Dave Reeves' company that made HIWATT Amplifiers. He could not get copy rights for the name HIWATT as the attorneys felt it was just an adjective and all amplifiers at the time could be described as "high wattage".

    When Reeves' died accidently in March 1981, his administrative assistant in collusion with the solicitor (attorney) of the estate effectively stole the HIWATT name from Reeves' children. Mary Clifford the administrative assistant hid several orders from the courts, who decided the company was worth nothing. Then the solicitor decided that if the Reeves' family wanted to buy the name from the courts they could.

    At this point Reeves' widow was a single mother, raising three kids on her own. She had no means to buy the HIWATT name.

    See mhuss.com for lots of good HIWATT info.

    Or the best HIWATT forum on the web. vintageHIWATTconvention.com/Index page

    The new In Name Only HIWATTs available today are just that. In Name Only.

    If Music Ground were in the United States, they would be legally bound to change the ridiculous claims that their amps are built just like the Dave Reeves' originals. It is blatant and false advertising.

    It is just some slick marketing.

    The only legitimate HIWATTs were made by Hylight Electronics.
     
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    i would have to agree, as i have a new generation hiwatt dr103 that is
    probably the best sounding amp that i have heard.
    well she went down and took out the mains fuse. i replaced the tubes and
    fuse- now with the presence all the way up, it sounds like it is a fish
    frier :shock: (i also found all preamp section tubes ecc83, should have had
    ecc81 in v4, i did replace it with nos mullard ecc 81- i wonder if i got a
    bad one :hmm:)

    they don't make them like they use to !

    the only down side to a hylight built hiwatt is that it is, imo, a collectors
    item and should not be modded in any way.

    a kit from vintage hiwatt restorations, along with good research is going to
    be the best bang for the buck and you have control over the parts to be used, and the circuit which they are to be used in.
     
  20. Dr.HIWATT

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    Zero,
    you are right. I would hate to mod a Hylight. There are lots of them out there that have been modded, and thus removed from the collectability issue.
     

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