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TONE NAME: Hiwatt 1977

  • Created with: Helix
  • Author:
  • Song:
    Eminence Front, Golden Years, Surrender
  • Band:
    The Who, David Bowie
  • Guitarist:
    Pete Townsend, David Bowie, Rick Nielsen, Earl Slick
  • Date: 11/26/18
  • Downloads: 1850
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  • Comments:
    I decided to live with only the WhoWatt for a week and see what I could make of it. I got my 1986 Schecter PT out and went after some Townsend 1982 sounds. The Hiwatt isn't very distorted, but it's clear, loud and powerful. I put a variety of drives, but all it really needs is the low-gain Klon (on by default). Kick on the phaser and bust out the Golden Years riff and you've got post-Dogs Bowie. (Hit the Screamer and Cocked Wah and you've got Ziggy). Experiment. Play. There's not a lot that I can't do with this to play a basic set. I put an Amp Drive stomp at FS7 that adds more gain, but I don't use it. This amp lives for clear power. If you like some of my older stuff, then I think you'll dig this. It's my favorite one that I've done. This month. All default cabs, no IR. Uses the Jason Sadites shelf EQ workaround.

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