Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103

Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103

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Custom 100 Head / DR-103, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Hiwatt in the Custom series.

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Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hiwatt
  • Model: Custom 100 Head / DR-103
  • Series: Custom
  • Category: Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 07/17/2002

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Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 9 reviews )
 7 reviews78 %
 2 reviews22 %

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103
All-tube amp. Excellent hardware. First choice of components and wiring to the "chalk"! 100 watt available on the DR 103. Basic Rglage, no effect.


There's no simpler. The sound is what we do! You just have to know how to play.


Given the sound quality, should all styles. Crunch wish. Crystalline highs, beautiful presence. It's not a jazz amp.


A Hiwatt head it is a religion as with all legendary amps fabriqus good era. Some mods oprer on two models of imput seventie's end the sound is too aggressive. In addition, on all models, the lack of rglage quiescent current pulls the tube power (4 x EL 34) may decrease their service life (except old tubes: mullard RTC ...) The report qualitprix ... Criterion deprecated when you want the best! These remarks apply to Hiwatt heads before 1980. After ... may be Chinese. I refuse to buy Chinese or risk losing my soul, perhaps, but with automatic certainty in all, buying crap. L'argus can be infrieur 1000 euro for 4 input heads mid-seventies. Before, it is more expensive. A site ampliguitarvintage.com

tfugit's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103
A classic of amplification. All lamp of course. 100W. Very heavy. Input 4: normal and bright, high and low. 2 out speakers. Settings-simple: normal channel volume, bright channel volume, bass, mid, treble, presence and voume general. Indestructrible and without headaches. Equalization is pleased ^ ot effective in an amp of that era.


Its side, it's either love or hate it. Its very special to the base, it's clear sound with great dynamics. Guitar and bass are welcome. Very high output with a breath negligible. This is cutting edge, the opposite of a Fender in a way. Then the amount of preamp gain, it starts quietly to saturate.


Contrary to popular belief, you do not saturate a Hiwatt. The solution: to attack the two channels at once (with a Y-cable), 2 amp push up and push up the overall volume, taking care to insert between the head and the HP absorber power within wanting to die on the opposite wall. It is mainly given by the color saturation of the power that is worth seeing.


I got mine for 8 years, bought a OCCAZ CashConverter for 2000 FF. I cracked, I sold my Marshall. At that price, you must not hesitate. Today, I use a Sansamp Classic on permanently as a preamp to warm up a little more sound. The color of the Sansamp with the dynamics and clarity of the Hiwatt, I have yet to beat. I attack all with LesPaulCustom. My only regret: not having yet to find Hiwatt speaker used a good price.

blaez_minkoff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103
I also have a JCM900. So I'll compare the two regular amp.
All-tube amplifier 100Watt (with a sound power far greater than that of a JCM900).
Simple connection: 1 hall Bright, Normal 1 entry each with adjustable volume. That's it!
Eq bass, treble, middle, presence and master volume.
On the back:
2 speaker outputs.
Two fuses easily accessible.
Adjusting the voltage (105, 115, 225 and 245 volts). I plugged into 245V. I tried once I plug it into 225V and a fuse blown at any later.
Selector 4, 8 or 16 Ohms
It's simple and it works very well. I do not use effects loop or direct output so I do not care that there have not.


Very easy to use.
I immediately got the sound I wanted.
No manual, but no y 'needs.


It suits me perfectly.
The sound is clear and warm with lots of specific dynamics.
I like the sounds that saturate slightly crunchy when I attack the strings viciously. I play in a record noise / emo / punk.
I use it with a Telecaster on the grounds of the JCM.
It's simple, since I have tried not stand the sound of my JCM900 that I found really perfect yet before. The sound of the Hiwatt is much less metal, more balanced between the bass and treble. Group (2 guitars, bass drums) to the same volume, the Hiwatt spring better than the JCM exploded under the ears.
Only regret is the cum that he fully saturated and there, the noise level is intolerable.


It's been one month that I recovered.
I would look for a distortion pedal tube that would allow me to have a little crunch without the damn thoroughly.
I also have a JCM900 that I can not stand since I'm connected to the Hiwatt.
I tried a Vox AC30 that I did not like (too medium for my taste) and a Mesa Dual Rectifier (owl's clear but I have not been convinced by the texture of the distortion to the point where I ' I prefer the JCM900) and finally a JCM2000 absolutely zero!
Finally, yes I love the Hiwatt is what I've heard better but I've never tried or Soldano amp Orange ...
I put 9 because he is no distortion (except skiing).

koaladesforets's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Hiwatt Custom 100 Head / DR-103
I have a Hiwatt Custom 100 head for two ans.la person who sold it to me knew not what it seems vendait.c is the dream accompli.je'm a big fan of David Gilmour and the Floyd were the Get a dream qd I plug my custom strat dedans.un clear sound unbelievable worthy albums Atom Heart Mother or middle I did not try because I'm saturated in an apartment I think I'll find a pedal worthy of this amp on my head (I do not know when it date) there are 4 inputs and I have a marshall cabinet 4 hp.depuis nulité the sound of the marshall JCM900 is confirmed for me I also sold and I keep my fender twin because it's my first amp and I love his sound bluesy.j 've played both qques a jcm 800 and frankly it sounds good especially saturation.le best clean sound I've heard of any my life (30 years) is really from the head Hiwatt Custom 100.d Moreover there is a missing vintage plastic button above if qqun knew how to get them to thank you +


Config simple.son super awesome non-existent and useless manual


it suits me parfaitement.je'm rather jealous général.je played on a Stratocaster custom left-micro and medium severe and acute fenderusa Seymour Duncan double splitable all single or double combinations of all possible micro-mechanical locking nut Shaller graphite plastic plate / chrome potarts chrome (I'm proud) Start a tailored blue surf MICROTEX special.télécaster Left Fender American standart sumburst a les paul studio (I play little uncomfortable) a tempest special Schechter (sound killing). a strat mexico to play with the father of micro United States fender squier 91.une mounted right-handed to me or to the con invités.une fender jazz bass japan surf green left super rare (it kills everything ) and an alvarez washburn ibanez TS9 effects folk.des a phaser boss a Supercomp a wah mxr Wox


The dream come true because I believed it impossible (for HIWATT)

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