Product

WATKINS WESTMINSTER

British-made Watkins Westminster valve (tube) amp in excellent cosmetic condition. This stunning-sounding vintage amp has just had superb rebuild with...

Sold

This item has sold. Contact us for information about what we have incoming.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

British-made Watkins Westminster valve (tube) amp in excellent cosmetic condition. This stunning-sounding vintage amp has just had superb rebuild with all failing components replaced. Watkins amps of this era are generally full of out of spec parts: a good rebuild can really transform them into stunning little amps. Everything important is still original and in very good condition; it sports its original Mullard valves, 8″ Elac speaker and metal footswitch (with tape to the base).

 

Dating from around 1963, this model Westminster has long been my go-to amp in the studio: often outclassing vastly more expensive – but admittedly better-looking – vintage Fender, Vox and Marshall amps from the same era (see our other listings). 

 

Don’t be fooled by this amp’s staid looks – sonically it’s an absolute beauty. Close your eyes and listen – the sound is unmistakably that of a top vintage valve amp – rich, warm, huge tones with great break-up when pushed hard. This little 10w amp has all the right components brought together in one of Charlie Watkins best amp designs: it has a full complement of original Mullard valves, original 8” Elac speaker – has been repaired but sounds great, and a great tremolo circuit complete with footswitch.  There’s a useful external speaker output in the cable compartment.

It sounds fabulous, is a a joy to play through and an absolute revelation when recording, sounding bigger and more expensive than it’s diminutive stature suggests. In short, a belter of an amp that’s not so loud that you can’t use it for great tone at home – delivering sweet creamy valve tones at living room levels. 

 

There are two inputs and controls for Volume, Tone and Tremolo Speed.

 

In very good cosmetic condition – a few scuffs to the case, gold metal grille very clean, as is the control panel (please see detailed photos). 

 

It is a UK 240v model and will require a step-up transformer for use in Canada and USA. We can supply high quality UK-made transformers if required.

 

Just Listed

RECENT BLOG ARTICLES

Soundgas at The MPG Awards 2019

Soundgas at The MPG Awards 2019

PUBLISHED: 4th Mar 2019

DISCOVER MORE
Save Our Culture! Abbey Road, Strongroom & Maida Vale

Save Our Culture! Abbey Road, Strongroom & Maida Vale

PUBLISHED: 27th Feb 2019

DISCOVER MORE

OUR GUARANTEE

We stand behind our gear with a guarantee of your satisfaction - see the FAQ section above for full details and buy with complete confidence.

SHIPPING DISCOUNTS

When buying more than one item you only pay the shipping on the item with the highest shipping cost. Calculated automatically at checkout.

NEED HELP?

Get in touch via the contact page. We know & love our gear and we want to ensure you get something that matches your needs (that, and we just like talking gear).