Classic British Guitar Amplification.

Built to the highest standards and specification and road-tested by a generation of legendary musicians.

Hiwatt is the classic British guitar amplifier that musicians have counted on, both in the studio and on the road, year after year. Built by hand in England, every amplifier is soak-tested before it leaves the factory to serve a new generation of musicians.

Kicking off in the late 1960s, under the guidance of Dave Reeves, Hiwatt gave Marshall a run for their money, contributing hugely to the sonic landscape that became know as ‘The British Sound’. With artists such as The Who and Pink Floyd, the brand was at the forefront of guitar amplification for the remainder of the 1960s and much of the 1970s. Reeves’ untimely death and severe licensing problems threw the trade mark into the doldrums for much of the next two decades.

Hiwatt’s second coming arrived once new trademark owners took control, pursuing an aggressive marketing policy during the present century. This has been proven, with artists such as U2, Oasis, Coldplay and The Black Keys all embracing the truly unmistakeable Hiwatt sound. In short, Hiwatt is back amongst the top five amplification companies in the world. Today, a team of highly-skilled team engineers continue to custom-build Hiwatt amplification to those original specifications, providing the power and reliability that the professionals have come to expect.

  • Transformers wound to the original Partridge design specification
  • The highest quality valves
  • Point-to-point wiring
  • Cabinet construction with 18mm marine-quality birch ply
  • Each amplifier and speaker cabinet carefully assembled and soak-tested in our own factory.

The result is that unique Hiwatt sound, rich in 3rd and 5th harmonics, as effective in the studio as it is on stage. These amps sound like no other. The sound of a Custom 100 stack at full tilt is truly awesome. The sheer power and responsiveness is guaranteed to blow you away.

‘The British Sound’

Formidable weaponry

It was the Who’s John Entwistle who first traded in his Marshall stacks in favour of Sound City at the beginning of 1967, and Pete Townshend followed later that year.

At this time, Dave Reeves was providing Sound City with the amplifiers, OEM. They were the first in a lineage of amplifiers that would quickly evolve into Hiwatt.

Also, around this time, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler approached Townshend, asking for his opinion on amplification. He told them that he had stopped using Marshall, as he thought Sound City were better. The Jimi Hendrix Experience subsequently started using Sound City rigs, but set them up together with their Marshall stacks instead of replacing them.

In late 1968, The Who approached Dallas Arbiter, the makers of Sound City, asking if their equipment could be modified slightly. This request was denied, but independent amp designer and manufacturer Dave Reeves agreed, and created customised L100 amplifiers under the name Hylight Electronics. This model was named the Hiwatt DR103, which would be modified in 1970 into the CP103 ‘Super Who 100’ model, which Townshend used almost exclusively for over a decade.

In 1973, the updated DR103W model was created. It has been the central piece of equipment around which Townshend’s various rigs were built for the next thirty years.

An exciting new era for Hiwatt

Mission statement

As the new trademark owners, we find ourselves in the unenviable position of living up to Hiwatt’s legendary history, and the expectations of loyal users world wide.

We are game. Our mission will be simple. We are going to continue to hand-build these amplifiers and cabinets in England. We are going to return to the strict build-practice that founder and design genius, Dave Reeves, insisted on. We are going to put a high-standard of customer service into practice – the like of which the company has never seen before. Then, we are going to reach out to the next generation of users. We are very excited to say, though only having come into this position in early 2016, that we are already working on new innovations for next year. Keep your eye on Hiwatt, as you will be truly amazed by the next era.

Darren Atkinson
Managing Director

Our Amazing Products

Since 1963, Hiwatt products have been built in England to the highest specifications, using only the best components available.


This is the amp that started it all.
Dimensions: 28kg, 635 - 285 - 270 (W x D x H) mm.


This will be the option for those players with consideration for their audience.
Dimensions: 28kg, 635 - 285 - 270 (W x D x H) mm.


This amp again is a tried and tested classic.
Dimensions: 34kg, 700 - 285 - 290 (W x D x H) mm.


Our speaker cabinets have been designed to match our amplifiers perfectly.
Dimensions: 44kg, 760 - 350 - 775 (W x D x H) mm.


The Custom 50w Hiwatt power plant loaded with a pair of specially designed Fane speakers is truly a classic combination.
Dimensions: 32kg, 685 - 285 - 535 (W x D x H) mm.


Although this compact cabinet can be used on its own in the smaller venue, it has really been designed as a partner to the 4x10 cab.
Dimensions: 24kg, 710 - 430 - 630 (W x D x H) mm.


This amp has normal and bright channels, but this has an extra input where the gain from each of these channels can be combined.
Available as 50w 1x12" or 2x12" Combination.


20W version of the Hiwatt SSP Based on the original Pete Townshend spec amp.
Dimensions: W 1x12 Starfinder Fane Cabinet.


This is the amp that launched this range. Compact, loud when you need it to be with spades of tone.
Dimensions: 494 - 250 - 244 (W x D x H) mm.


This is the head-only version of the award winning G100R112 Combo.
Dimensions: 682 - 271 - 515.2 (W x D x H) mm.


The baby of the range; 5w combo with 10” speaker, is an amp that bites.
Dimensions: 494 - 250 - 244 (W x D x H) mm.


300 Watts into 4 ohm, 200 Watts into 8 ohm. Passive and Active Inputs.
Dimensions:, 583 - 316 - 255 (W x D x H) mm.

Our Awesome Artists

The list of Hiwatt endorsees include, but are not limited to - The Who, Pink Floyd, U2, Coldplay and The Black Keys.

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The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion).


U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion).


The Hives are a Swedish rock band that rose to prominence in the early 2000s during the garage rock revival. Their mainstream success came with the release of the album Veni Vidi Vicious, containing the anthem 'Hate to Say I Told You So'.


The Enemy (The Enemy UK in the United States) are an English indie rock band formed in Coventry in 2006. The band's debut album We'll Live and Die in These Towns (2007) went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums chart on release.


Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.


Foals are an English indie rock band from Oxford, England formed in 2005, consisting of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith, bassist Walter Gervers and keyboardist Edwin Congreave.


The Black Keys are an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s.


The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002.


New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980, currently consisting of founding members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, alongside newer members Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s.


Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London.


Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music.  they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music


Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994).

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