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WEM | AMPLIFIERS | CLUBMAN MK8

WEM Clubman MK8

5w valve guitar amplifier

Smaller 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 WEM Clubman and Westminster also perform very well. It drives at low volumes, providing some great crunchy and overdrive tones without disturbing (at least too much) the neighbourhood.

WEM Clubman MK8

WEM (Watkins Electric Music) produced their first amp in 1954, but it is between the late 1960s and early 1970s that the brand had their biggest impact, in venues large and small and for smaller practise amps like this.

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 back view
WEM Clubman serial number

WEM Clubman MK8 video clips

1969 Gibson Melody Maker Double / 1972 WEM Clubman mk8 (short version, 5m 51s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

This is a lovely late 1960s dual pickup Gibson Melody Maker D guitar. Pots date to December 1968 / January 1969. It plays beautifully and just rocks through a WEM. This Clubman (mk8) probably dates to the very early 1970s. 5w, all-valve, with superb clean tones, but super gainy when pushed. This has a lot of crunch with the volume up high, and extreme bite when the treble is turned up too. It's loud, but not too loud. This is an AWESOME combination -you just can't stop playing!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker D / 1970s WEM Clubman mk8 (long version, 8m 52s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

The WEM Clubman is one of my favourite amps. It's small; probably too small to play out; but capable of some really gritty sounds. Fantastic recording amp. Clean sounds first, getting gainier as we go through. Check it out!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1963 Vox Super Ace / 1972 WEM Clubman mk8 (short version, 1m 27s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1963 Vox Super Ace, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

The WEM Clubman is one of the brands smaller amplifiers - just 5 watts through a single 12 inch speaker. But it's an awesome sounding amp, especially if you want a bit of grit! And the three-pickup Vox Super Ace has a lot of different tones. This video shows just one sound: the middle pickup of the Vox with the tone rolled down a little, through a fairly tame amp. Crank up those controls for some MUCH hotter sounds. Check out the other long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass 'supporting members' area to see what this combination can do. Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46).

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1963 Vox Super Ace / 1972 WEM Clubman mk8 (long version, 11m 17s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1963 Vox Super Ace, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

The WEM Clubman is one of the brands smaller amplifiers - at just 5 watts through a single 12 inch speaker, you're probably going to have the volume turned up somewhat. And this is where the magic is. Yes the clean tones are nice, but when you crank this amp, you get some seriously rich, and superbly creamy overdrive. As always, we start clean, turning gain up as we go. The three V2 single-coil pickup Vox Super Ace has plenty of tonal variation too. The combination of Vox Super Ace and WEM Clubman must have disturbed countless neighbours in the UK in the early 1970s. Not loud enough to gig, but a great recording set up with some awesome tone! TURN IT UP! Strung here with Gibson bright wires (10-46).

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1972 Hagstrom HIIN OT / 1972 WEM Clubman mk8 (7m 31s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1972 Hagstrom HIIN-OT, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

This is an awesome guitar, and an amazing amp. Early seventies Hagstroms were similar in style to the 1960s ancestors, but equipped with humbuckers and a vol / vol / tone / tone control layout. Great guitars, exceptionally playable. This one's fitted with Rotosound RS200 (gauges 12-52) top tape flatwound strings.

This video goes from clean to fuzz, as we turn up the amp. The 1972 WEM Clubman is an awesome 5w, all-valve combo with super nice warmth, that gets super gainy when pushed. A really great recording amp!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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1960s WEM ER15 Amp / Amplifier made in "ENGLAND"

1960's WEM ER15 Amp / Amplifier made in "ENGLAND"

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$875

1960's WEM ER15 which is a killer Low wattage Vintage Amplifier
Amp is in Perfect working order and the EL-84's sound Awesome!!!
All Orig Transformers, Well maintained, Someone at some point in time has added a toggle switch on the front panel in the middle as you can see in the pics, and is not connected to anything ??????️
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1979 WEM - Dominator 45 - ID 1744

1979 WEM - Dominator 45 - ID 1744

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY

€977

Rare British Combo
Zustand: Gut
SerNr: CW81773
Gewicht: 25 kg Versandklasse: Heavy
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Dieser seltene Brite kann sowohl als Gitarren, als auch als Bassverstärker genutzt werden.
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45 Watt
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15" Fane Speaker
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1977 WEM ?? Westminster - Abi von Reininghaus -

1977 WEM ?? Westminster - Abi von Reininghaus -

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY

€1027

Abi von Reininghaus, erfolgreicher deutscher Gitarrist,
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Pink Floyd 1970s rare WEM and AVIS  stickers and WEM Catalogue  all mint

Pink Floyd 1970s rare WEM and AVIS stickers and WEM Catalogue all mint

Northwich, CW9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£140

WEM catalogue mint and four WEM / Pink Floyd related late 60s / 1970s stickers all mint unused and rare -Wham its WEM sticker, Pink Floyd use WEM sticker, and Pink Floyd use AVIS Van Hire sticker, and AVIS van and truck rental sticker slight yellowing to paper on back of sticker but fronts are fine
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Watkins Westminster 1960s - Black Diamond

Watkins Westminster 1960s - Black Diamond

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£699

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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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WEM AX-100 ultra rare 100 watt solid state amp top 1970s

WEM AX-100 ultra rare 100 watt solid state amp top 1970s

Knaresborough, HG5***, UNITED KINGDOM

£350

WEM AX 100Watkins Electric Music Ltd
I've had this amp for 40 years and it's not been used since my teenage bands last rehearsal / gig 38 years ago . It's been well stored and in amazing condition for an amp that's well over 50 years old.
This is a very rare British built amp that's famous for that retro 60's and 70's sound.
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Fully repaired and serviced. Watkins Scout. Guitar amplifier. 1964. WEM

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

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This vintage amplifier from the late 60??s is a rare find for any music enthusiast.
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£125

Set of x7 vintage 1970's Taiwanese amplifier control knobs
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Elac 10" Vintage Speaker Vox Watkins

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Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12***, UNITED KINGDOM

£35

Sale is for 1 handle assembly. The end caps / fixings appear to be new old stock

1960??s Chrome fixings with black handle.

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£36

Vintage early seventies strap handle
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Vintage 1970s WEM Watkins Clubman MK8 MKIX Valve Guitar Amplifier 1x12 Combo

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£395

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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70's WEM BAND MIXER 100 AMP - OLDIE - made in UK

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€299

70's WEM Band Mixer 100 :
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WEM Westminster Valve Amplifier 1970s

WEM Westminster Valve Amplifier 1970s

Royston, SG8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£350

Vintage 1970s WEM Watkins Westminster 1x12 Valve Guitar Amplifier Combo. I have 3 of these. I use 2 for stereo and have a spare. Never needed the spare, so here it is. I bought it refurbished in 2013.
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Rare 1970s WEM Dominator 50 electric guitar amp Amplifier 2x12

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Rare 1970s WEM Dominator 50 electric guitar amplifier. This is the proper guitar version of this amp (they did an almost identical looking keyboard version too). Still fitted with the original Goodmans speakers
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Watkins Westminster 15 Valve Amp - Very rare vintage amp

Watkins Westminster 15 Valve Amp - Very rare vintage amp

Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37***, UNITED KINGDOM

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Vintage Watkins / WEM Goodmans 12?? Guitar Speaker

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£140

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

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Watkins Westminster 1959 Valve Amplifier Guitar - Serviced.

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Andrew Comment left 12th February 2016 03:03:51 reply
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
Andy Liggins Comment left 25th September 2014 20:08:35 reply
Hi - thank you for the article. Do you know what make of valves were originally used in these please? Thank you. Andy
franjo Comment left 22nd November 2012 09:09:14 reply
thanks for thegreat work, presenting the thing in a very pure way! many regards

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1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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.