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DR201 Head

Custom Hiwatt 200W Head

200W of pure valve-driven Hiwatt Headroom. The DR201 occupies the sweetspot between crystal clean and silky overdrive. Push the channel volume or jump the channels for dirt and saturation. Though synonymous with famous bass recordings past and present, has proven itself in the production of unparalleled guitar tones.

The iconic British sound trusted by musicians and engineers for generations.


  • — Faithfully hand-wired according to Dave Reeve's original late 60's circuit design.
  • — A unique, silky character set apart by the KT88 output valve quartet.
  • — Hiwatt is the premiere Pedal platform prized for clarity and Headroom. Presents Pedals true to your sound — no effects loop requiRed.
  • — Normal and Bright channels with independent High and Low impedance inputs for each channel. Versatile and intuitive, perfect for bringing life out of dark pickups or taming shrill high end in bright pickups.
  • — Link the two channels for extra punch and dynamic control of your EQ via the independent channel volumes. Unleash the ’jumped’ channel sound Hiwatt is famous for.
  • — All the clean Headroom you could want.
  • — AP / Truly All Purpose Amplifier. Historically used by the world's most influential artists on a wide range of instruments in the studio and on stage. Ideal for amplifying bass, keys, synthesizers, guitars and other full-range and acoustic instruments.


channelsNormal, Brilliant
  • Normal Hi
  • Normal Low
  • Brilliant Hi
  • Brilliant Low
2 x 1/4" Speaker Out
preamp valves3 x ECC83 (12AX7), 1 x ECC81 (12AT7)
output valves4 x KT88
  • Normal Volume
  • Brilliant Volume
  • 3-Band EQ shared by both channels — Bass, Treble, Middle
  • Presence — Treble Boost shared by both channels
  • Master Volume
  • Standby — On/Off
  • Mains — On/Off
impedanceSwitchable using Impedance Selector on the rear panel — 4 Ω, 8 Ω, or 16 Ω
height285mm (~12")
width700mm (~28")
depth295mm (~12")
weight29.15 Kg (~65 lbs)
  • Road Ready — Rugged 18mm Birch-Ply Construction
  • Band Ready — ’Soak Tested’ by our Custom Shop Technicians
  • Touring Ready — World Voltage and Impedance Selectors
  • Based on Hiwatt’s original circuit designed by Dave Reeves.
  • Original Partridge spec English transformers.
  • Meticulously hand-wired to Harry Joyce’s exacting military standards.
  • 🇬🇧 Proudly manufactured in the Hiwatt Custom Shops.