In an interview where Noel Gallagher talks about his guitars, gear, and his band High Flying Birds, he reveals some of the amp choices, and how he focused on trimming down and taking away from the "excesses" of the [Oasis](http://equipboard.com/band/oasis) sound: "Hmm…[long pause] Well, it is a new sound…but only from taking things away. I didn't invent anything. I just took elements…and the excesses of Oasis, like the extra guitars and the fucking…I just took 'em away. I didn't add anything; I just left the space. The new sound is me singing all the songs and there's one less guitarist. "As far as amps and stuff, what did I use?... I used a Hiwatt Custom 100, a Blackface Fender '64 Deluxe, a 1980's Vox AC30… I'm not sure I've used any of these on Oasis records before… I can't remember!" Original article can be found [here](http://www.musicradar.com/news/drums/interview-noel-gallagher-talks-guitars-gear-and-high-flying-birds-512993).more
["Here is the somewhat complex HiWatt saga: I found Krist his first one at a Seattle pawnshop for $300, and it had been previously drilled for a preamp output on the back. Andy Marshall at THD Electronics upgraded the preamp line out and modded the amp for KT-90 tubes (see below for more info). We bought a Groove Tubes speaker emulator to run the entire amp through the power amps and into the array of Boogie & Marshall cabs. The line out direct from the preamp sounded best, so we typically ran the HiWatt not utilizing the KT-90 output section at all, with the exception of the Crocodile Cafe show where I believe we used the HiWatts with 2 Marshall 4×12 cabs, and the recording of In Utero. For In Utero the HiWatts were sent out as was a 100 watt 1968 Marshall plexi Super Lead converted to 6550 tubes."](http://www.livenirvana.com/equipment/krist.php)more
used on Hemispheres album, and live slightly before, afterwards. Two heads power 2 bottom cabinets, a 3rd head for the Leslie rotating speaker cabinet (under the Tapco Reverb and EQ to the left of the Hiwatt stacks) and a 4th head is the spare. From the 1979 Hemispheres tour book: Alex Lifeson My amplifiers are three Hiwatt 100's spread over four 4x12 Hiwatt cabinets and one Leslie cabinet, with one spare amplifier and two spare cabinets. A Fender J.B.L. Twin Reverb is used for primary p.a. miking. My guitars are one each Gibson ES335, Gibson ES355, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson Custom Double-Neck, custom built Pyramid, Fender Stratocaster, Roland Guitar Synthesizer, Gibson Dove, Gibson J-55, Gibson B45-12, Gibson C-60 classical, and a Ramirez classical. I also play a set of Moog Taurus pedals. The effects I use are three Rolands 301 Space Echo's, one Roland chorus, an Electric Mistress, a Morley volume pedal, a Cry Baby Wah Wah, a Maestro parametric filter, Ashley pre-amps for the acoustic guitars, and a custom build effects board designed by L.B., and built by Steele-Power Supply. Here's the link to the original article http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/main/HEMtourbook.htm There's a ton of info in his 1980 Guitar Player cover interview... http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/transcripts/19800600guitarplayer.htmmore
This is either a Custom 100, 200 or (just maybe) 400, I can't tell. However, I think it's a 100 as the 200/400 amp is shaped slightly differently. Anyway, you can see this amp from the start of the video behind Phil on top of a huge silver cabinet. Hiwatt logo and general design is unmistakable.more
Supposedly used during the Joy Division days, based on footage from that time. "Only a small amount of footage of the band playing live exists, so this data is based on that little footage, several live audio recordings, interviews with various people, and eyewitnesses. Some of this is likely to be incorrect. If you witnessed a Joy Division performance"more
I've Play through one when I was at the Studio in Calif. I was really surprised by just how Clean a sound Ya get. A lot of People don't know the difference between loudness and Volume. These Hiwatt 100 watt tube Heads are by far INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!! Of course They also come with a Hefty price tag as well. Well ..... wanting to drive a BMW but only have a City Bus Budget. LoL ~Pepper~
I've mixed a few bands that use Hiwatt heads and if you like a British Sound This will do it for you. Price and Used values are what you should expect for a hand built to order piece. The 100 will also handle bass guitar duty for small to medium size stages but the 200 will definitely out run it on the low frequency due to more headroom when pushed hard. Side by side with a Marshall I'd choose this one over anything aside form an actual 50's Plexi. which even in unrestored and especially in unmolested state would be far out of most touring budgets to own or lease. If you are given a half hour to really go through this amp it would be time well spent.