Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 38
BY DAVE HUNTER
s there any more stylish vintage amp than the V-front Watkins Dominator?
This creation is delightfully twee yet utterly enticing - the allure of its
blue-and-cream Rexine covering, gold-threaded grillecloth, and thrusting
wedge aesthetics virtually irresistible - and it screams from an age when
rock and roll was barely a big-stage event in Britain.
Looks aside, the Dominator was the flagship of a pioneering maker who, like Leo
Fender in California a few years earlier, was
one of the first to address the needs of a new
breed of guitarist. And if the industry was on
Amp courtesy of Marcel Cavallé. Photos by Andrea Nieto.
The Watkins Dominator
* Preamp tubes: three ECC83/12AX7
* Output tubes: two EL84
* Rectifier: EZ81
* Controls: Volume and Tone switch for
Mic channel; Volume, Tone, Tremolo,
Speed, and Depth for Guitar channel
* Output: approximately 17 watts RMS
* Speaker: two 10" Elac