Dr Bonkers Guitar Cab-Oddities™ Volume 11: BIGW 4X12 Guitar Cab IR Collection
Dr Bonkers presents the BIGW 4X12 Guitar Cab IR Collection based upon a 1972 Hiwatt® 4X12 SE4123 ™ 100w Straight Guitar Amp Cab. This cabinet included 2 of the original 4X12 Hiwatt® badged Fane® purple label speakers [(code 125114 2943) labeled as BL & BR in my single mic files] made in England speakers and two 1973 square magnet Eminence® manufactured for Sound City® speakers [(code 67 7348) labelled as TL & TR in my single mic files].
Dr Bonkers impulse response file tribute to this cab is featured in both Fractal Audio Systems® file format, WAV format, and a buy both bundle. Pull down on the menu below to see details on each.
Below where it says “Description” in bold type, please click below on the arrows or grayed out words to hear sound samples or see more information (see images below main product image if this is not clear- one is mobile view, one is desktop computer view).
A demo from Manuel Guerrero who purchased this cab pack:
Demos of the guitar cab impulse response (IR) file in action:
All tabbed information is for both WAV and Fractal Syx format Cab IR Packs unless otherwise noted.
WAV version is available for immediate purchase. Fractal Syx version is available for immediate purchase. Combo is available for immediate purchase. HELX version is available for immediate purchase.
Please click above to hear sound samples or on the arrows or tabs to see more information.
Use of Hiwatt®, Hiwatt Amplification®, SE4123 ™, Eminence®, Fane®, and Sound City® are owned by their respective corporate entities and mentioned on this site under the terms of fair use. Use of Line 6® and Helix™ are owned by Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc® and mentioned on this site under the terms of fair use. Use of Fractal Audio Systems®, AX-8™, Axe-FXII™, Cab Lab3™, and Ultra-Res™ are owned by Fractal Audio Systems® and mentioned on this site under the terms of fair use. Any band names or artists mentioned in a purely historical & educational context are owned by their respective corporate entities and mentioned on this site under the terms of fair use. All such mentions do not connote any endorsement, approval, or use of Dr Bonkers Soundlab LLC® products. The trade name of HypeReal™ in the context of Cabinet Impulse Response Packs as well as the actual files for sale on this website are the intellectual property of Dr Bonkers Soundlab LLC® and may only be used under the terms of the EULA.
2 of the original 4X12 Hiwatt® badged Fane® purple label speakers [(code 125114 2943) labeled as BL & BR in my single mic files] made in England speakers and two 1976 square magnet Eminence® manufactured for Sound City® speakers [(code 67 7348) labelled as TL & TR in my single mic files].
Microphones Used in This Cab Impulse Response (IR) Cab Pack:
AKG 451 EB
AKG C414 XLS
AKG D-12vr (used in passive mode)
Audio Technica AT4033
Blue Electronics “The Ball” (used in “active mode”)
David Bock Audio – Soundelux U97
Sennheiser MD 421 II
Sennheiser MD 441
Past Brand Cabinet Users
Here are some famous players who were rumored to have historically used a similar brand of cabinet in the past as reference and educational purposes for your tone quest or inspiration:
Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin
David Gilmour – Pink Floyd
Pete Townshend – The Who
John Entwhistle – The Who
Robert Fripp – King Crimson
Buckethead – guitar player extraordinaire
Neal Schon – Journey
Lindsay Buckingham – Fleetwood Mac
Ray Davies – The Kinks
Peter Banks – Flash
Steve Marriott – Humble Pie
Justin Sullivan (aka Slade the Leveller) – New Model Army
Martin Barre – Jethro Tull
Albert Hammond Jr. – The Strokes
Buzz Osbourne – The Melvins
Duane Dennison – Silverchair
Daniel Johns – Silverchair
Hide (Hideto Matsumoto) – Zilch
Jonatan Ramm – Graveyard
Bernie Tormé – Electric Gypsies
Photo of Hiwatt® Fane® purple label speakers & Eminence® for Sound City® speakers
Hiwatt® was started as a boutique amp builder by Dan Reeves in his garage in 1966 when he wanted to do things in a slightly different way compared to his previous employer, Sound City®. The amps and cabs were relatively expensive compared to their peers in the UK Guitar and bass amp scene, many of the early amps were customized for artists in unique ways. Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, Hiwatt® became serious competition for space on stages across the world by major touring acts up until Dan Reeves’s untimely demise in 1981. The name passed between two concerns in the 1980s and 1990s, befoer being centerd in ownership under one coroproate concern.
His cabinets were not only legendary for their use of tongue and groove joints, 9 point bracing, Fane® speakers, but also for their use of 14 ply Baltic birch plywood and the toughest vinyl he could find, that would be copied by boutique guitar cab makers for years to come. This made the Hiwatt® cabs known as being tank-like in their road worthiness
How does the cab sound? The cab is tighter in the low end and brighter than any Marshall® or Mesa® I have encountered. I cannot imagine how much volume would need to pass through those speakers before they distort or blow, as they get quite loud singing tones, as loud as a human being can stand being in front of them. They are not a cab you can easily say, you can substitute this other brand to get their sound.
The well loved cabinet was purchased from a musician who did numerous gigs in Brooklyn and the Jersey shore with the cab (most of the stories the seller told me of where he bought the cab and its history before his ownership were unfortunately debunked in my research by cross referencing them with others on the local scene during the era- much thanks to the band Silvertomb and various TGP members for their help debunking things).
Wav & Combo Pack File Compatibility Info
Please check the documentation of your Yamaha® THR-100™, Kemper® KPA™ (Kemper Profiler Amp), Line 6® Helix™, Boss® GT-1000, Two Notes® Torpedo™, Atomic Amps® Amplifire™, Digitech® GSP 1101™, NuX® Cerberus™, AMT® Pangaea CP-100™, Mooer® Radar™, Positive Grid® Bias™, or other hardware or software based Impulse Response (IR) loader to see which WAV file format is correct to use.
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