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Old 19th September 2012
  #1
Gear Nut
 
🎧 10 years
Effect loop on a Hiwatt custom 50

Hi everyone,

A good friend of mine just bought a 1973 Hiwatt head and it just sound amazing.
But he would like to add an effect loop between the pre and the power amp.
Is that mod easy to achieve ? Is it reversible ?

Sorry for my english from France
Old 19th September 2012
  #2
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🎧 10 years
If the amp sounds amazing, tell your friend not to modify it! He can buy a similar amp from Reeves with an effects loop.

DaveT
Old 19th September 2012 | Show parent
  #3
Gear Head
 
🎧 5 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by davet ➑️
If the amp sounds amazing, tell your friend not to modify it! He can buy a similar amp from Reeves with an effects loop.

DaveT
I have to agree. Don't modify the amp. It is a classic.
Old 20th September 2012
  #4
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🎧 10 years
agree. Classic amp that shouldn't be molested. Either live without the effects loop (certainly worked for Pete Townshend and David Gilmour) or buy another amp.
Old 20th September 2012
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🎧 15 years
Really what the heck for? Sheer Blaspheme on a vintage Hiwatt.
Old 20th September 2012
  #6
Gear Nut
 
🎧 10 years
OK guys, thanks for replies.
That's what I thought in the first place. I play myself on a Vibrolux 65' and I don't need an FX loop or anything

But my friend just changed its Tonelab/Powered Cabs set-up for this old piece of history. So, for him it's a big deal. Anyway, he's gonna try with all the effects (Gilmour style) between the guitar and the amp...

Thanks again
Gilles
Old 20th September 2012
  #7
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FFTT's Avatar
 
🎧 15 years
Your friend may not be able to afford Pete Cornish FX pedal gear,
but he can certainly ask for advice on the best way to set up
his pedal & FX rig to work with a vintage Hiwatt without any irreversible
mods.
Old 20th September 2012
  #8
Gear Nut
 
🎧 10 years
Of course not, But I told him to try a G-lab GSC-2 and a bunch of good pedals.
He already have a strat with Gilmour signature pick-ups, and... fingers
I think he's on the right way to get the sound he's looking for...

You can see him plying here on a Vox Tonelab with 2 powered speakers(I'm on bass guitar in this band) :

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Old 21st September 2012
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🎧 10 years
It would be easier/less invasive to build and use a looper or true bypass pedal. Easy build, if you need one hit me up!
Old 21st September 2012
  #10
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10 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
Never ever mess with anything that is perfect. Everybody thinking they can "improve" a Hiwatt from back then is in serious need for a doctor. It takes pedals very well, so he should make THAT work. Like a lot of others did before him (insert classic records here).
Old 21st September 2012
  #11
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🎧 15 years
The vintage Hiwatt DR-504 DR-103 & DR-201 are still the finest legacy rock reference amps ever built period!

Agreed you don't mess with perfection.

A vintage Hiwatt will hold its value like no other amp if you take care of it.
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