Where's SWR?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dvlmusic, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    I know that this has been talked about in other threads, but I dunno if there was actually an answer.

    What's going on with SWR? There were rumors floating around that Fender was closing it down, but then other folks said that there would be something at NAMM and I never heard much else.

    Is SWR still around? Is Fender closing them down? Are they on hiatus?

  2. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Bump for some SWR love....
  3. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
    Used to love SWR's in the late 90's. Lost track of them after that.


    Sep 15, 2012
    SLC Utah

    Nah idk. Just saying that because that's what it seems like.
  5. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I think this has been done already quite a bit on here (also with Genz Benz). Not the first brands that Fender has bought only to kill off. FMIC themselves are not in the greatest shape either if you believe what's being said around here.
  6. steelbed45

    steelbed45 36 on Ignore Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Nolanville, TX


    Not sure where the confusion lies here unless the OP is fishing for a Fender suit to come on and post.

    If you don't see any products for sale and the website only has supporting manuals...well, draw your own conclusion.
  7. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Yeah, I read that other thread a while back, but that's just the point isn't it - no one really knows. Seems like most of that other thread is speculation. While I'm risking the same here, I just thought I'd see if anyone had new info. The website is still there and, while a bit bare, it does still have products and info.
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    SWR is gone, kaput, gesphincto. Genz Benz I still don't know about, but you can pretty well kiss SWR goodbye.
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  9. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Man. Fender sucks.
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  10. BassMonstrum


    Mar 7, 2008
    Man, don't know what that means, but it sounds bad...
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    It's a word I heard David Letterman make up a long time ago on his show, and for a few years, he always used it to mean "gone and kaput." I liked it so now I use it sometimes.
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  12. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Guest

    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I still have my pre Fender Super Red Head. Absolute killer amp. Boutique gear for bass. Sold a Goliath senior stack that was the ultimate in SPL.

    Now My main amp is an Eden 264 with a 10" speaker. Times change!
  13. DonBorelli


    Feb 1, 2009
    I've always wanted to check out an SWR amp. Which model you do you recommend for loud rock gigs?
  14. grey area

    grey area Guest

    Sep 2, 2009
    almeria spain
    i think the root of the word is SPHINCTER.draw your own conclusions
  15. JazzV


    Feb 27, 2001
    SWR have always been my go-to amps and cabs. It makes me kind of sick really, since in my neck of the woods, all you can find in the shops now are your typical GC brands (Ampeg, G-K (Backline), Acoustic, and Fender). One of our shops might have an Ashdown on occasion, and another stocks Peavey. That's about it. So, I'd better make sure my 550X gets plenty of love and care, because it's going to be hard to replace it. (Makes me wish I'd gotten the 750X for just a little more power, though...)
  16. Whatever you find used and has high power. All of SWR's products are pretty good but given the amazing used prices we've seen these days I'd stay away from the Workingmans series.Not that it's at all bad, its just the other stuff is so cheap and is built to genuine Pro Level touring standards.

    Many of SWR's amps sound very similar because of the Aural Enhancer circuit that's imparts it's own sound. Really, they offered more or less EQ options and more or less power. Pick whatever you can find cheap. Repairs are usually easy on SWR gear if anything goes wrong down the road so buying used shouldn't be an issue.
  17. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide Guest

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    Let's leave Leo out of this. It's FMI that sucks!.
  18. Apparently SWR was left to rot in the sun under FMIC and failed to do anything new and exciting until it was too little too late. Shame. I've been an SWR guy for 25 years. Can't tell you howe many grilled cheese sandwiches I've cooked on my trusty 'ol SM900. Or how many times I've had to kill the mold on my crusty 'ol Goliath cab. That finally stopped once the last of the rat fur wore off. It was good stuff.
    Even as they circled the drain they had some new good stuff--the Amplite stuff was so-so but the Golight 4x10 I purchased a couple of years ago is my new #1 cab, great tone, easy schlep. I'm a little surprised those cabs alone didn't keep them around. Really excellent cab if you can find one.
    Innovate or die. And could they innovate. They produced the first 4x10/tweeter cabs. Mo' Bass, Intersteller Overdrive, Redhead, Baby Blue, California Blonde? Henry the 8x8? Great stuff. But then it just stopped and the 'Workingman's' crap appeared.
    They just lost the spark. RIP, SWR.
  19. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Yeah, I've been a fan of SWR for a long time. I just traded a bunch if gear to complete my new rig: SM-400 thru a Goliath II and a Goliath II Junior. I also own a California Blonde (pre-Fender) and I used to have a Workingman's 12. Love their stuff and am really bummed to hear that they may be all done. Glad I got my "new" gear when I did.
  20. sowilson


    Jul 5, 2013
    I still love my twin SM-900's running through 12 10's (2 4x10 and 2 2x10), one of these days I may have to downsize. Anyhow, I am looking for a head to use with one of the 2x10 cabs for upright. Ideas?