Hiwatt Releases Festive Hi-5 420 Amp Heads

Illustrations by Ronnie B. Used with permission from the artist.

One can imagine the giggles at Hiwatt HQ, once the staff started riffing on their name. But now that they've made an amp to commemorate the greenest of holidays, you can really only ask: What took so long?

Now that it's arrived, Hiwatt's Hi-5 420 Head is sure to be the hit of the season.

Available in your choice of green tolex or traditional black with a green badge, the limited-edition run is a 5-watt wonder. And while it doesn't weigh much, its power can creep up on you. Toggle from its punchy cleans to its aggressively high gains, and you may even find that it's you that is the lightweight.

Not just a great vehicle for puns, the Hi-5 is a well-built head from one of history's top amp makers. Need convincing growl in your home studio? It's got you covered. Want to practice but keep the volume low? The Hi-5 can be mellow too.

The Hi-5 Head and HG112 420 cabinet.
The Hi-5 Head and HG112 420 cabinet.

At just $333 USD, it's also a bargain. If you need a cab, it pairs nicely with the HG112 420, which runs one 12" Octapulse speaker in a birch ply frame and also costs just $333. A green badge of "420" sits proudly, front-and-center.

The specs of the Hi-5 420 Head, according to Hiwatt, include:

  • Channels: Clean, Overdrive
  • Inputs: 1/4" Instrument Input, 3.5mm AUX Input
  • Outputs: 1/4" Speaker Out (8 Ω)2 x 1/4" Speaker Outs (1 x 4 Ω cabinet or 2 x 8 Ω cabinets)
  • Preamp Valve: 1 x ECC83 (12AX7)
  • Output Valve: 1 x EL84
  • Controls: Clean Channel Volume, Clean/Overdrive Channel Toggle, Gain, Gain Channel Volume, 2-Band EQ shared by both channels
  • Voltage: 120V or 240V (Based on your region)
  • Impedance: 4 Ω or 8 Ω (see Outputs)

Shop the Hi-5 420 5W Head Green Badge, the Hi-5 420 5W Green Tolex, and the HG112 420 cab exclusively from Hiwatt on Reverb now.

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