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WEM Clubman MK8

Valve guitar amplifier

WEM Clubman MK8Smaller 1960s and 1970s WEM amplifiers are undergoing a bit of a renaissance just now; they make great recording amps, and can be used live when mic'd or more than one is used. The WEM Dominator is a particular favourite, but the Clubman and Westminster also perform very well.

Description from early 1970s WEM advertising

A sturdy valve amplifier producing 5 watts of clean power helped by a heavy duty 12 " speaker. Ideally suited for the young musician, an ideal student amplifier. Two inputs with volume control and separate treble and bass controls. Finished in black leather cloth with silver trim.

The Clubman is actually the smallest amplifier in the early seventies WEM range. Despite this, it is still quite loud. If you like the tone of an overdriven valve amp, but don't want to disturb the neighbours too much, then this is a great amp for playing at home.

Tonally, this is a smooth, deep amp that sounds just amazing when cranked up, and the tone rolled off; some great cleaner tones too, but absolutely never sterile. Have a listen to some of the soundclips below.



WEM Clubman MK8 controls
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WEM Clubman soundclips

Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1964 Vox Shadow
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1964 Vox Shadow197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface

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Clean amp: volume 5, treble 5, bass 5

Vox Shadow. Bridge pickup. The three-pickup Shadow has no tone control for the bridge pickup.

Vox Shadow. Middle pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

Vox Shadow. Middle pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Vox Shadow. Neck pickup only volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

Vox Shadow. Neck pickup only volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Cranked amp: volume 10, treble 5, bass 5

Vox Shadow. Neck pickup only volume 10/10 and tone 10/10.

Vox Shadow. Neck pickup only volume 10/10 and tone 0/10.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Fender Coronado II
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1966 Fender Coronado II197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Both pickups

Relatively clean amp setting: volume 8, treble 8, bass 5. Guitar played with a pick; all volume and tone controls at 10.

Turn the amp to full, for a nice slightly overdriven valve sound. This amp can break up beautifully when you really dig in. Volume 10, treble 8, bass 5. Guitar played with a pick; all volume and tone controls at 10.

Neck pickup

Same amp settings, and a relatively clean sound: volume 8, treble 8, bass 5. Guitar played with a pick; volume 10, tone 10.

Without adjusting the amp settings, but turning the guitar tone down, you can get some gorgeous jazz/blues tones: volume 8, treble 8, bass 5. Guitar played fingerstyle; volume 10, tone 0.

Bridge pickup

The same amp setting: volume 8, treble 8, bass 5. Guitar played with a pick; just the bridge pickup, volume and tone at 10. This setting produces a rather nice chimey tone.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Kalamazoo KG2a
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1966 Kalamazoo KG2a197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Clean amp: volume 5, treble 5, bass 5

Guitar: Both pickups, volume 10, tone 10. Played with a pick.

Guitar: Neck pickup only, volume 10, tone 10. Played with a pick.

Guitar: Neck pickup only, with the tone rolled down. Volume 10, tone 0. Played with a pick.

Guitar: Bridge pickup only, volume 10, tone 10. Played with a pick.

Cranked amp: volume 10, treble 5, bass 5

Guitar: Both pickups, volume 10, tone10. Fingerstyle.

Guitar: Neck pickup only, volume 10, tone 10. Played with a pick.

Guitar: Bridge pickup only, volume 10, tone 10. Played with a pick.

Guitar: Neck pickup only, with tone rolled down, volume 10, tone 0. Fingerstyle.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Hagstrom H12 (F-12S)
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1967 Hagstrom H12 (F-12S)197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Clean amp; settings: volume 5/10, bass 5/10, treble 5/10

H12 neck pickup only, volume 10/10. Played with a pick. A full 12-string sound.

H12 neck pickup with 'mute' switch engaged, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.

H12 bridge pickup only, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.

H12 bridge pickup with 'tone' switch engaged, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.

Both pickups, volume 10/10. Fingerstyle.

Cranked amp: volume 10/10, bass 5/10, treble 5/10

H12 bridge pickup only, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.

H12 bridge pickup with 'tone' switch engaged, volume 10/10. Played with a pick.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1969 Gibson SG Special
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1969 Gibson SG Special197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Amp settings: volume 5/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10

Both pickups, all volume and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup only, volume and tone 10/10.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Gibson SG Special. Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

Gibson SG Special. Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Amp settings: volume 8/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10. You can get some really creamy fuzz tones with this amp

Both pickups, all volume and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Gibson SG Special. Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

The treble rolled down on the amp (amp: volume 8/10, treble 2/10, bass 5/10)

Neck pickup, volume and tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 8/10 and tone 3/10, fingerstyle.

Neck pickup only volume and tone 0/10, fingerstyle.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1976 Gibson L-6S Custom
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1976 Gibson L-6S Custom197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface

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Varitone position 1 (both pickups, in series, in phase) midrange-5, tone-8. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-5, tone-0. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-4, tone-0. Amp volume-10, bass-4, treble-0.

Varitone position 4 (both pickups, parallel out of phase) midrange-5, tone-5. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 5 (back pickup only) midrange-5, tone-10. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 6 (both pickups in series out of phase) midrange-10, tone-10. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 6 (both pickups in series out of phase) midrange-4, tone-6. Amp volume-5, bass-10, treble-0.

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There are 3 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
franjo Comment left 21st November 2012 22:10:14
thanks for thegreat work, presenting the thing in a very pure way! many regards
Andy Liggins Comment left 25th September 2014 11:11:35
Hi - thank you for the article. Do you know what make of valves were originally used in these please? Thank you. Andy
Andrew Comment left 11th February 2016 16:04:51
I am currently selling a circa 74 Clubman. It would be nice if it went to an appreciative home.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WEM-Clubman-Guitar-Amp-/262280262746?hash=item3d111f345a:g:Z6oAAOSw~OVWt1vP Thank you Andrew

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