He began using the Hiwatts model after using modified Sound City L100 SC105 amplifiers with Hiwatt badges, which he used beginning late 1968. The Americans couldn’t believe it. document.write('Photo: Graham Lowe
'); It was The Who’s John Entwistle who first traded in his Marshall stacks in favour of Sound City at the beginning of 1967. I use Gretsches, Gibsons and sometimes Fenders, for their strength. Description : Aux côtés des Marshall, Matamp, Orange et Vox, Hiwatt est une légende des amplis british. Click to view larger version. So we all arrived in the States within a couple of months of each other with this formidable weaponry, used in different ways. 1970 . It features a two-way EQ swi… The newer Hiwatt UK sold the head to another collector who had it for a few years. I think they built 4 or 2 promotional cabs, when they did their “Townshend” signature series. Photos courtesy Steve. Click to view larger version. U.S.$4,800) via auction by Cooper Owen on 25 September 2003. Pete continued to use the customised Sound City/Hiwatt amps through 1969. I thought Marshalls were awful, and I’m afraid I still do, although that’s just a personal opinion. The amp still has some Mullard valves in it. They were unaware of what they had. His control over the wall of sound he creates is phenomenal, as is his command of dynamics – whether he’s playing a solo or arpeggiating in quick succession. 1982: Pete’s Hiwatt rig with four MESA/Boogie 4×12 cabinets. From left to right, the controls: Early versions had various block script Sound City nameplate badges, but beginning in late 1968, the badges were removed so that some were unbadged and some featured Hiwatt nameplate badges. It was clearly what he said it was, and sounded fabulous. document.write('Photo: Chris Morphet
'); Rotosound strings. Ca. Hiwatt CP103 Courtesy Robert Scholz. Guitar is 1965 or 1966 mapleglo Rickenbacker 360/12. With the Sound City amplifiers, Pete used various 4×12 speaker cabinets through 1968, incuding Sound City’s 200w 4×12 cabinets, as well as Marshall 4×12 1960A/1960B and/or 1982A/1982B cabinets. Rickenbacker Guitar Tell Me Now Power Chord Pete Townshend Rock N Roll Music Back In The Day The Rock Cool Bands Singer … And then I met this guy who was making amplifiers at the time for a company called Sound City. Therefore, we have amended other such references to reflect only the 1980–81 era as Pete using dummy cabinets (other than early on — e.g., 1964 and 1965).]. Most recently, Pete Townshend has been using 50 watt Hiwatt Custom amplifiers with custom made cabinet stacks, paired with 60 watt Fender Vibro-King stacks. These amps were customized for Pete by Dave Reeves. cabs. Second batch of CP103 model; at least one made. In his standard setup, three amplifiers total are used onstage, two shelved in a custom rack unit (beginning 1972), with one on top of the rack unit. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., tuning up. Guitar is SG Special. PT: I’ve tried various speakers in the cabinets but I couldn’t tell you what’s in them now. Guitar is Fender Electric XII 12-string. Chas, being a canny Geordie, turns to Jimi and says, One of each, I think. Non-Whotabs links are provided for informational purposes only and are not controlled or monitored by Whotabs. Over the years, Pete Townshend has used many types of amplifiers, including Vox, Selmer, Fender, Marshall, Hiwatt etc., sticking to using Hiwatt amps for most of four decades. Spring 1969, recording sessions for Tommy, with unbadged customised Sound City L100 amplifier head, with Hiwatt-style chicken head knobs and control panel inscription taped over. Effect pedal is Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. 1970 Hiwatt CP103 Ex Pete Townsend . Instrument De Musique : Flûte Traversière - Hiwatt / Ecouvillon. Ca. Whotabs is not affiliated with The Who, its record company or management. Click images to view larger versions. document.write('Photo: Nico Gabel, courtesy thewho.org.
'); Customised by Dave Reeves, Hylight Electronics. Click to view larger version. The two amplifiers employed each drive one or both (when not dummies) of the top two SE1123 4×12s. Pete grandit donc donc dans une famille où la musique avait une place très importante. On display at Hard Rock Museum, Orlando, Fla. I don’t mean it’s bad stuff: I just mean I didn’t like the sound. 14 Feb. 1970, Leeds University, stage setup of Pete’s rig, one customised Hiwatt DR103 and two CP103 amps with four Hiwatt 4×12 cabs. CP103 (Model Designation)
Some with Hiwatt badges, others unbadged. . Click to view larger versions. He’s using two of these stacks onstage, but only one of them is miked. Plus, control panel labels were taped over to further mask the Sound City origin. 1975, Pete’s rig, with two CP103 amps in rack unit, four Hiwatt SE4123 4×12 cabinets, topped by Acoustic 270 preamp unit. // ]]> -->, 29 Sept. 1969, Amsterdam, Concertgebouw, rear view of amplifier setup, with spares in wait. (dcsbulldog.tripod.com). On the suggestion of some of the guys on Plexi Palace, I've been running a pair in my DR504 for the last few weeks, and have about 12-15 hours on them. Photos courtesy Alarm and Gene Loves Jezebel Guitarist James Stevenson. Click to view larger version. Click to view larger image. I’ve got a nice SE4123 cab for it, serial number 6903. He fixed things at first, repairing hifi sets and televisions as well as musical intrument amplifiers. 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