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WEM advertisement (1963)

Two Great New Amps By Watkins

WEM Pick-a-back amplifier, WEM Scout amplifier

This advert from a 1963 British music magazine highlights two new Watkins amplifiers: the 14w 'piggy back' Pick-a-Back, head with 12" Pick-a-Bass cabinet, and the Scout combo, also 14w, but fitted with a 10" speaker.

These two WEM amps were widely promoted in the early/mid 1960s. Neither lasted too long though. The Pick-a-back evolved into the (very similar) ER-15 by 1964, whilst the Scout was replaced by the Custom 15.


    WEM advertisement (1963) Two Great New Amps By Watkins

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    1970 Model SS Wilson Classical Guitar in Excellent Condition w /  hard case

    1970 Model SS Wilson Classical Guitar in Excellent Condition w / hard case

    Bowdon, Georgia, 301**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Beautiful, nice playing guitar. In VERY good condition. Looks like there is a line on the back heel. It's where two pieces of wood meet. Sold as is.
    Up for sale is a 1970 model SS Wilson classical guitar with a hard case included. This guitar has been well-maintained and is in excellent shape. It is perfect for any right-handed player who is looking for a high-quality instrument with a flat top soundboard style. This guitar features 6 strings and a classical body type. The brand is Wilson ... more
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    Vintage early 1970s Wilson and Sons (Japan) grand concert acoustic guitar

    Vintage early 1970s Wilson and Sons (Japan) grand concert acoustic guitar

    Youngstown, Ohio, 445**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Absolutely gorgeous early 1970s Wilson and Sons grand concert OM-sized acoustic from Japan. Interestingly, labelled as just ??Wilson?? inside. A rather under-the-radar brand, but associated with Hiroshi Yairi, son of Sadao and cousin to Kazuo of the famous luthier family. Most of these in the USA seem to be classicals, but a few steel strings are around. This one was probably not made be Hiroshi himself, because research suggests a signature or maker??s mark would be found on the label or on a ... more
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    RARE RECONDITIONED 1964-66 Watkins Rapier 44 Electric Guitar, Fiesta Red!

    RARE RECONDITIONED 1964-66 Watkins Rapier 44 Electric Guitar, Fiesta Red!

    Marysville, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Very rare, England made, Watkins Rapier 44 that is in outstanding condition! Only a few minor paint chips and light dings. Neck is straight, action set low at .070- 060 with no buzzing or fretout
    Frets show very minimal wear, mostly in first 4 frets. All parts original except trem bar. Comes with high quality Gibson padded gig bag. Huge tonal variety available with switching system and pickup combinations!
    Guitar has been completely cleaned top to bottom including deep clean of fretboard,... more
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    Elac 10" Vintage Speaker Vox Watkins

    Elac 10" Vintage Speaker Vox Watkins

    Totnes, TQ9***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Elac 10" vintage speaker
    circa 1963
    fully working, very good condition
    Shipping Uk £15 EU £30 USA £50
    ... more
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    Set of 7x Vintage 1970s  1 / 4?? control knobs - Carlsbro - WEM - Watkins

    Set of 7x Vintage 1970's 1 / 4?? control knobs - Carlsbro - WEM - Watkins

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Set of x7 vintage 1970's Taiwanese amplifier control knobs
    these will fit a 1 / 4" shaft and afix with grub screws
    these are just over an inch wide and are nice and heavy not cheap like the later knobs in this style
    Perfect if you have a vintage seventies amplifier / FX unit and want some period correct knobs
    Buy them before I decide to buy an amp to put them on!!
    the listing is for 7
    anything else just ask
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    Vintage Watkins  /  WEM Goodmans 12?? Guitar Speaker

    Vintage Watkins / WEM Goodmans 12?? Guitar Speaker

    Clarbeston Road, SA63***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Amazing and beautiful Watkins / Goodmans electric guitar speaker. 12?? measuring 12ohm.

    Cone has had some patching done on in last and needs some more attention but sounds GREAT!

    Incredibly rare.
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    Guitarra eléctrica Watkins Rapier 33 1959 /  PERFECTAS CONDICIONES

    Guitarra eléctrica Watkins Rapier 33 1959 / PERFECTAS CONDICIONES

    Tarragona, 43***, SPAIN


    Watkins Rapier 33 1960-1965 Granate / negro / PERFECTAS CONDICIONES.
    Guitarra Eléctrica que vino a mí por casualidad (mi tío falleció recientemente) y yo que al ser "músico" y curioso me puso a tocarla pensé; es buena!?¿ es rara? antigua por supuesto,
    Bien, una vez investigado el tema, descubrí que es el modelo Rapier 33 con un NÚMERO DE SERIE bajísimo, de las primeras unidades
    Además de todo, funcionan todos los potenciómetros, interruptores pastillas está lista ... more
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    Wilson Rapier 44 - Original 1960s - Made In England - Pre-Owned - VERY RARE!

    Wilson Rapier 44 - Original 1960's - Made In England - Pre-Owned - VERY RARE!



    Wilson Rapier 44 - Original 1960's - Made In England - Pre-Owned - Original Case - RARE!
    An opportunity to own a very rare British guitar with tons of mojo
    Please study the photographs carefully as these form part of the description of condition. Paintwork showing cracking throughout - due to this overall condition this has not gone through our normal QC & set up, hence is sold as spares or repair, electrics are all working apart from the broken rhythm solo switch (photographed) &... more
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    WATKINS Rapier 22 - Early 60s

    WATKINS Rapier 22 - Early 60s

    Dreieich, 63***, GERMANY


    Zum Verkauf kommt eine WATKINS RAPIER 22 aus den frühen 60er Jahren, vermutlich 1961 / 62. Die Gitarre weist eine sehr niedrige Seriennummer auf: 1038
    Viele englische Gitarristen starteten (ihre Karriere) mit einer Rapier als preiswerter Variante einer Stratocaster, so beispielsweise auch Danny Kirwan von Fleetwood Mac (s. Fotos, mit einer Rapier 33). Bekannt war Watkins vor allem auch für seine WEM Produkte, die viele prominente Nutzer hatten. Das Besondere an dieser frühen Ausführung ... more
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    Vintage 1970s WEM Watkins Clubman MK8 MKIX Valve Guitar Amplifier 1x12 Combo

    Vintage 1970s WEM Watkins Clubman MK8 MKIX Valve Guitar Amplifier 1x12 Combo

    Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 1970s WEM Watkins Clubman MK8 MKIX Valve Guitar Amplifier 1x12 Combo
    This is a wonderful early 1970s WEM Clubman MK8 amplifier. This comes complete with the original Goodmans 12" speaker. The sound is really to die for! It is in very good condition, as pictured, with hardly any scuffs at all. The valves are both period replacements. This amplifier has been recently serviced by our leading amp tech. Please check out the in-depth pictures below as these form part of our description
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    Slough, SL2***, UNITED KINGDOM


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    Pre-1968 Watkins Rapier 33 Electric Guitar in Red

    Pre-1968 Watkins Rapier 33 Electric Guitar in Red



    The Watkins Rapier 33 guitar, a vintage gem dating back to pre-1968, embodies the timeless craftsmanship and musical spirit of its era. Crafted by Watkins, a renowned British guitar manufacturer, the Rapier 33 exudes vintage charm with its sleek design and rich tonal character. Featuring a distinctive body shape and elegant finish options, this secondhand instrument carries a legacy of quality construction and exceptional playability. Whether you're drawn to its historical significance or its ... more
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    Watkins Westminster 1959 Valve Amplifier Guitar  - Serviced.

    Watkins Westminster 1959 Valve Amplifier Guitar - Serviced.

    Blackburn, BB1***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Watkins Westminster 1959 - Red White Polka Dot. Serviced.
    Fantastic guitar amp, really excels in a studio environment
    Collection in person only.... more
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    Vintage 1970??s WATKINS WEM Clubman MK 11  Controlled Power Amplifier 10 Watts.

    Vintage 1970??s WATKINS WEM Clubman MK 11 Controlled Power Amplifier 10 Watts.

    Solihull, B90***, UNITED KINGDOM


    This vintage amplifier from the late 60??s is a rare find for any music enthusiast.
    The WEM Clubman MK11 Controlled Power Amplifier, designed by WATKINS, is perfect for guitar, keyboards and bass players alike. With a brand name that speaks for itself, you can be sure that this piece of gear will deliver the high-quality sound that you need for your performances
    This amplifier has been previously used but has been well-maintained and is still in excellent working condition. It is ... more
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    Watkins Rapier 44,  1963 Electric Guitar

    Watkins Rapier 44, 1963 Electric Guitar



    Watkins Rapier 44, 1963 Electric GuitarIn Red, 'Toaster Pickups' SN 8720Some small dings, in good condition for the year.... more
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    Wilson Rapier Left Handed 1970s Rare

    Wilson Rapier Left Handed 1970s Rare



    Up for sale is a very rare 1970s Left handed Wilson Rapier. As you'll be no doubt aware, Wilson was formerly Watkins / WEM, and briefly had a plethora of updated models from the former line-up. One of those was the famous Rapier, and this is a superb example, complete with a natural wood finish, clear scratchplate, humbuckers, and a maple fretboard
    The action is quite high, so this guitar will need a decent setup. As far as I know, electrics should work, though I don't have an amp at home ... more
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    Watkins Westminster 1960s - Black Diamond

    Watkins Westminster 1960s - Black Diamond

    Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM


    FINESTSELECTIONSHIPPINGSPECIALISTS24 HourSupportLondon Vintage Guitars are please to offer:Watkins Westminster 1960s - Black DiamondTHE MOJO WESTMINSTER
    We are happy to offer the following original 1959 Watkins Westminster that has pure Mojo in look, vibe and tone, details as follows:
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    10 Watts 
    Black / White Diamond 
    Normal / Tremolo Channel 
    Condition 5 / 10 Mojoed 
    The above amplifier was ... more
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    Watkins Rapier 44 1960s - Red With Original Soft Case

    Watkins Rapier 44 1960s - Red With Original Soft Case

    Gravesend, DA11***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Beautiful ?under the bed find?? Watkins Rapier from the 1960??s ??. I??ve put in a replacement (as original) selector switch, other than that this beautiful guitar is in all original condition with fully working electrics!!
    The neck has a couple of very minor ?dings?? to its rear (see photos) and the body colour remains vibrant with a few marks from ?youthful exuberance?? all those years ago along with a fine lacquer crack to the rear (again see photos) ?? this guitar comes with its original ... more
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    Fully repaired and serviced. Watkins Scout. Guitar amplifier. 1964. WEM

    Fully repaired and serviced. Watkins Scout. Guitar amplifier. 1964. WEM

    Bristol, BS2***, UNITED KINGDOM


    For sale is a Watkins, Scout guitar amplifier that has had a full electronic restoration
    This is a beautiful sounding valve guitar amp that would be perfect for a studio. It's also great for gigs. The amp is very versatile it can do all the lovely 60's sounding stuff but it can also be cranked and produce really overdriven, crunchy distortion. The amp works very well with a distortion pedal. This amp has a lush, vintage tone. The amp has the much coveted mustard, Mullard coupling capacitors... more
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    Watkins rapier 33 Left Hand Guitar RARE

    Watkins rapier 33 Left Hand Guitar RARE

    Walsall, WS8***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Watkins Rapier 33 guitarLeft handedEarly model no. 608Fixed neckTremolo armPlays & works perfectNew stringsSounds awesomeMade in England early 1960-61Investment opportunitycollection only... more
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    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.