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SWR workingman questions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nataku, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. nataku


    Jun 21, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    I just got back from GC, and I picked up a used workingman stack consisting of a 4004 head, a 2x10, and 1x15 cabs. I paid $775ish, and they threw in speaker cables. It sounds great, the only downside is that the carpet is a bit scruffy (sorry for the crappy cell phone camera pic). I have two weeks to wait before I can pick it up, and 30 days after that to return it.


    My main question is, what year were these made? I see on the SWR site that they had an original logo which I can't find a picture of, then they switched to the red/black logo right before the Fender buyout. After that they used the "dome logo" (which is what I think these have?). Here are a few pics of the exact same head someone else had up in the for sale section a while ago:


    They all came in from the same customer, so I assume they should all be from the same period. I can't find any archived pages online stating retail prices, but the guys at GC said it would've gone for at least twice what I paid when it was new. I have seen reviews online for the head where people have paid as low as $250 new, and some that have paid up to $800. I am fairly certain that I am getting a good deal on this, but I was hoping someone with more knowledge on the subject could enlighten me :).
  2. dogbass

    dogbass Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    I've played thru about every bit of SWR Workingman gear. Its good stuff. You can find better/you can find worse. if you like the sound you heard at GC, you will have no problem with that rig. Consider this; 1) if you like the SWR sound, this is a good way to go as you won't lose as much on used equipment; 2) personally, i have found that Workingman (Workingpro) holds up very well to SWR's pro-lines ....usuallly you just get lower wattage ratings; 3) the cabs are keepers; the head, not so much. YMMV
  3. I actually like the cleanliness of the SWR sound, just find it lacks a bit on the low end side...
  4. That's a decent rig, the Workingman's 1x15 is one of my favorites for 15's. That price seems fair, I believe the cabs sold for $450 each new, the head, around $600.

    As far as the year, they appear to have the silver logo which I believe was used from 2003-2006.

    That head is a little too clean for my liking, but it warms up with a sansamp or mxr m-80.

    The Workingman's cabs seem to have more natural low mids then the Pro series.

    Nice rig..enjoy!
  5. nataku


    Jun 21, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    Thanks for the responses guys! Yes, I dig the sound so i'm not concerned about that, my main issue was making sure I wasn't paying more than I should have to, since I couldn't find much precise info on the retail price of this setup. I'm almost certain now that i'll end up keeping it.

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