Other Amps

cool old Gibson

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Yeah, early '60s. By '65 there was a different cabinet style. These were essentially two 15 watt amps, only one side had the reverb and trem, if memory serves. Real rarities.

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The Watkins Dominator! At 17 watts, these were once the most powerful guitar amps in England! So who inspired whom?

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The Watkins Dominator! At 17 watts, these were once the most powerful guitar amps in England! So who inspired whom?

– Billy Zoom

These weren't stereo, tho, or with reverb. Still, they had a really wide dispersion with two speakers, and looked pretty cool as well.

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The Watkins Dominator! At 17 watts, these were once the most powerful guitar amps in England! So who inspired whom?

– Billy Zoom

Dang so they beat out the AC-15 which might have been the big gun for Vox(?) First Vox amps 1957?

These look super cool

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I used to have a blue Watkins Westminster in that same v-front cab. I think they were rarer...I believe the Westminster was only made in that cab for about 6 months or so.

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I'm sure most of you saw this but while on the subject see Darrel Higham's, he has one -

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I bought a Watkins Westminster earlier this year and couldn't be happier with it. Mine is a mid 1960s example but wired point to point rather than on a PCB.

Although UK amp collectors go nuts for early Vox and Marshall, I think the better Watkins/WEM amps more than hold their own at a fraction of the price.

As for who inspired who, it could be argued that Vox and Watkins took more from Gibson amp designs that just the cabinets.

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The Watkins Dominator! At 17 watts, these were once the most powerful guitar amps in England! So who inspired whom?

– Billy Zoom

They look so cool, I remember lusting after the one in the window of Honky Tonk Music.

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Watkins Dominator! My friend Pete Bennett from London punk collective Monkey Island use to have one at a gig we played together... sounded amazing. Instant Kinks-ness.

That Gibson isn't bad either though...

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Gibson amps from one of my from early 60's brochures

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Been on the hunt for a GA79rvt for awhile. There were 4 or so on Reverb just a couple weeks ago, they're down to one now.


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