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Ivan Milenkovic
post Aug 28 2009, 05:28 PM
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After long a painstaking search on the web, reading numerous articles from tone gurus, and amp veterans, I finally gave up from getting a Marshall head. The cliche saying:" They don't make them like they used too" is definitely true. If I cannot get a real 68 Plexi head, no point in getting reissue one, since it is way from the original design ( and it costs a LOT more than really worth).

Instead of that, I've found a very cool head yesterday, and it is the Hiwatt Custom 100 head:


It's darker than Marshall, and more cleaner, less aggressive, but great clean sound and classic british rock tone. Lot louder than Marshall and more punchier tone as well, VERY dynamic amp.

I got it really cheap as well 1300e for brand new head. On the internet their price is lot bigger, so I think it will be a great platform to build the sound on.

People who were famous by use of these amps were Dave Gilmour, and Pete Townshend, but many other artists used them as well.

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post Aug 28 2009, 05:32 PM
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post Aug 28 2009, 05:37 PM
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Congrats Ivan, I bet it sounds good! smile.gif


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post Aug 28 2009, 05:38 PM
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Gorgeous, can't wait to hear it. Next collab, right?


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post Aug 28 2009, 05:39 PM
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Nice Ivan,

I completely agree w/ the desire for a old school marshal

I wish I had a JCM800 head from the 80's

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post Aug 28 2009, 05:41 PM
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Congrats man! This amps sounds so powerful and rich and you got it for a great price too! smile.gif I think its currently the best deal possible! smile.gif


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post Aug 28 2009, 06:05 PM
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Congrats Ivan! Seems to be a great choice.
Jimmy Page also used some Hiwatt head.....so biggrin.gif


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post Aug 28 2009, 06:08 PM
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Wow! Never thought you would move from Marshall mate, you seemed pretty set on that JCM! Nice choice though, Hiwatt are a bit of a mystery to me so cant wait to hear the head!
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Awesome! Hiwatts are really cool. We wanna hear it smile.gif


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post Aug 28 2009, 07:39 PM
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Congrats Ivan!!
Now you join an elite group of people who use Hiwatt!!!
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post Aug 28 2009, 08:04 PM
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Thanks guys. The head is trully amazing, and very vintage like. Although it looks a lot like Marshall Super Lead Heads, the actual circuit and sound are very different. There are some settings where these two amps meet in terms of tone, but that is a very brief moment. This amp can roar! smile.gif

Check out the point to point military grade wiring inside, simplicity at it's best, nothing to stand in way of tone:




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post Aug 29 2009, 12:08 AM
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Congratulations, great choice of amp and what a great price for a handwired 100W amp! Like 50% off.
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post Aug 29 2009, 12:35 AM
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Really nice amp Ivan! I am a fan of the Plexi tone also and have heard some good thing about these Hiwatt heads.

Will you be giving us a review and/or some sound clips when you get everything dialed in? It would also be nice to know what speaker cabinet you are running it through.

Congrats smile.gif

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post Aug 29 2009, 01:16 AM
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AWESOME Ivan biggrin.gif
Hiwatt makes some excellent amps!

I've not played one myself, but I've heard a few in action, and they do sound great smile.gif

Congratulations mate!
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post Aug 29 2009, 10:01 PM
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Looks great man. Congratulations. I hope it will serve you as you wish smile.gif


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post Aug 30 2009, 08:32 PM
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I'm agree with you Ivan. Marshall is far to be what it was. I have a 1975 Marshall MkII and no other Marshall head or reissue is close to compare with my head (Or at least what I tried). That head is a really nice choice, it has a very nice clean sound. Congrats for that man!!


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post Aug 30 2009, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Aug 29 2009, 01:08 AM) *
Congratulations, great choice of amp and what a great price for a handwired 100W amp! Like 50% off.
That's a keeper!

Yeah I was a bit suspicious about the price in the beginning but I was assured it was new, and looks and sounds brand new. I think it was a mistake in the order, this is why the price is lowered down.

QUOTE (UncleSkillet @ Aug 29 2009, 01:35 AM) *
Really nice amp Ivan! I am a fan of the Plexi tone also and have heard some good thing about these Hiwatt heads.

Will you be giving us a review and/or some sound clips when you get everything dialed in? It would also be nice to know what speaker cabinet you are running it through.

Congrats smile.gif

Will do man, thanks.

QUOTE (audiopaal @ Aug 29 2009, 02:16 AM) *
AWESOME Ivan biggrin.gif
Hiwatt makes some excellent amps!

I've not played one myself, but I've heard a few in action, and they do sound great smile.gif

Congratulations mate!

I'll post some decent clips as soon as I have the chance, thanks mate!

QUOTE (Emir Hot @ Aug 29 2009, 11:01 PM) *
Looks great man. Congratulations. I hope it will serve you as you wish smile.gif

Thanks my friend, will try to make best of it.

QUOTE (Santiago Diaz Garces @ Aug 30 2009, 09:32 PM) *
I'm agree with you Ivan. Marshall is far to be what it was. I have a 1975 Marshall MkII and no other Marshall head or reissue is close to compare with my head (Or at least what I tried). That head is a really nice choice, it has a very nice clean sound. Congrats for that man!!

That's the metal front plate era, those Marshalls were great as well. They started to change circuit and cab materials a lot around circa 71-73, but back in those days it was still built to last.



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post Aug 30 2009, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 30 2009, 11:06 PM) *
Yeah I was a bit suspicious about the price in the beginning but I was assured it was new, and looks and sounds brand new. I think it was a mistake in the order, this is why the price is lowered down.


Will do man, thanks.


I'll post some decent clips as soon as I have the chance, thanks mate!


Thanks my friend, will try to make best of it.


That's the metal front plate era, those Marshalls were great as well. They started to change circuit and cab materials a lot around circa 71-73, but back in those days it was still built to last.


Yeah, I tried the other day some new Marshall heads. MG series, new JMC 900, Zakk Wylde's signature model, and tI was like "Is this the new "amazing" stuff?". It was really disappointing.


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Congrats Ivan, can't wait for the soundclips! smile.gif


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