Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Grogsie_86, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Grogsie_86


    Jul 7, 2013
    I know that older HiWatts were for both guitar and bass.... and i've stumbled across a HiWatt 100R Lead head for a decent price, but don't wanna buy and find out I can't use it for bass!!

    Any help would be very much appreciated...
  2. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Yes. You may not get as much low end as you would with the bass version, but dial up the lows a little more, cut some high end, and crank up the gain and you should be fine.
  3. worxforme

    worxforme Self Actualized Bad Speller

    Dec 10, 2009
    LAnsing MI
    Buy it and mod it depending on the deal
  4. the "Lead" series just had an extra gain stage. For the most part it can still sound like any other Hiwatt, but can also be pushed into a deeper overdrive/distortion without putting a drive petal in front of it.
  5. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I use a Custom 100 for bass and it sounds great!
  6. Edword


    Jun 23, 2005
    Try it out as is. You may not even have to mod.
  7. They have decent iron, so expect decent low end!
  8. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    You should have no problem with good bass cabs it's going to sound great!
  9. taurus1


    Sep 13, 2006
    Vancouver B.C.
    I use a Custom 100 as well for bass, huge low end and amazing for recording. in a loud band situation the headroom might be an issue depending on how loud the band is.

    the 100R is not a traditional Hiwatt, it's PCB constructon, I think they were made in California and don't use Partridge transformers.
    basically the badge on the front is the only resemblance to a "real" Hiwatt.
    personally I'd pass.
  10. Grogsie_86


    Jul 7, 2013
    Cheers guys, much appreciated. I think i'm gonna stick to searching for an older custom 100 or something like that.

    Thanks for the info!
  11. jd_watt


    Mar 22, 2013
    Hiwatt = Peter Hook/Joy Division. Classic, unconventional bass tone.
  12. marctobo


    Feb 19, 2015
    anyone knows the meaning of "R"?

    which is the difference between a Lead 100 and a Lead 100R?