WEM amps?

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  1. gwydion

    gwydion Member

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    Ok I was watching Led Zepplin's How the West Was Won over the weekend and on one of the clips I see WEM amps all over the stage? I've not heard of this amp company before. What's the word on these amps? Are they still around?
     
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    WEM were made in England by Charlie Watkins - originally produced under the "Watkins" name, until 1963. Their best known amp was the "Dominator". They were generally pretty well made amps, although certainly considered to be more "Budget" range than Marshall, Selmer and Vox. They were very popular here in England - mainly with semi-pros and downward - although my best memory of them is seeing ranks of them in the Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii movie. The company are probably bettre known for their PA rigs - which were widely used by major bands and at festivals in the UK during the late 60 s and 70 s and the Watkins/WEM Copicat tape echo device.

    They went out of business in 1982
     
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    Budget Amps hmm?
    Makes sense cause the clip I saw JP was playing his Tellie'
    Speaking of his Tellie... That thing looks rad... wood grain with a 'fool' like paint job on it.. Any idea as to what model Tellacaster?
     
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    I believe it's a 1958 Telecaster -- a gift from Jeff Beck. It's all over Led Zeppelin I.
     
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    Gwydion... sorry... not "Budget amps", as such - but certainly less expensive than Marshall, Vox and Selmer products
     
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    SB... Hmm... Well Budget amps as in they are possibly in my budget :) Tho my guess now that the company is out of business that may not be the case :)
     
  7. 68GibsonSG

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    their most famous amps are their slave & master p.a. amps, they were the best ones of the day and were gigantic, and like was stated before they were used at just about every festival and show in the u.k.
     
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    The Dominator is an amazing sounding amp. Amazing looking too.

    --Brad
     
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    yes it is
     

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