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as second-tier. That doesn't
stop them from being utterly
hip, though, especially as seen
through the rose-tinted retro
glow of hindsight.
The Scout has two channels, one for microphone and
one for instrument, with an
individual volume control
for each, shared Tone, and
built-in tremolo with controls
for Speed and Depth. There's
also a nifty Tone switch for
the microphone channel,
really more of a voicing/level
switch to match the mic type
correctly (note the "RIB" setting, for ribbon microphone,
popular in the era). The
chassis layout and circuit
were much like those of other
Watkins models, as well as the
WEMs that followed in the
mid '60s. The Scout appears
to have taken the place of the
similarly spec'd Westminster
that was deleted from the
catalog at about the time this

(TOP AND BOTTOM) The Scout's chassis
carries a basic printed circuit board, which
is nevertheless loaded with tasty British
components of the period, including desirable
"mustard cap" signal capacitors. With channels
for both instrument and microphone, the Scout's
control panel also carries a Tone switch for the
mic channel, with a "RIB" setting for ribbon
microphones, which were popular at the time.

from his surname to the snappier
WEM, which he felt nicely echoed the
popular Vox logo. In any case, their
relatively low decibel-generating
capability was likely one of the things
that kept them out of professional
hands, and by the time Watkins/
WEM amps did get louder, they
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