Vintage Guitar - March 2018 - open - 38

BY DAVE HUNTER

W

atkins amps never landed big stars, or at least didn't hold on to
the endorsements of guitarists once they became big stars. Various Beatles shared a small late-'50s Westminster from the time they were
still The Quarry Men, and other notables made their mark with Charlie
Watkins' compact, affordable Copicat tape echo. But prominent celebrity
sightings? Nada.
VINTAGE GUITAR

38

March 2018

1963 WATKINS SCOUT

* Preamp tubes: three Mullard
ECC83 (12AX7 equivalent
* Output tubes: two Mullard EL84
* Rectifier: Mullard EZ81
* Controls: Microphone Volume,
Instrument Volume, Tone, Mic Type/
Tone switch, tremolo Speed and Depth
* Speaker: 10" Elac Alnico speaker

Amp courtesy of Marcel Cavallé, photos by Andrea Nieto.

MERIT
BADGE
The Watkins Scout

Nonetheless, perhaps more than any
other maker, Watkins
played a significant
role in launching
the British guitar
boom; Charlie's amps
veritably fueled the
craze among younger
musicians on their
way up, and his moreaffordable models
launched the careers
of players who went
on to be huge stars
standing in front of
Voxes, Marshalls,
Fenders, and Hiwatts.
With that in mind,
this '63 Watkins Scout
is one of the cooler
combos to have ever
been propped behind a British-beat
hopeful playing pubs
and dance halls of
the early '60s. A tidy
means of making
a guitar as loud as
anything shy of the
big amps used by pros
were using; today, it's
a fast track to a classic
lower-watt Brit-rock
tone, with an enticingly original twist.
Wat k i n s' b e s tknown amp of the late
'50s and early '60s was
the Dominator, a hip,
wedge-shaped 2x10"
combo (VG, March
'17) that was otherwise
not greatly dissimilar to this Scout inside.
With a slightly larger output transformer
(OT) to drive its dual speakers, the Dominator put out a whopping 17-watts, which
was then the company's topping-out point,
until the first 30-watters - the Control
ER30 and HR30 - arrived in 1964. Around
the same time, Charlie changed the brand


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