Kitty Hawk amps

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  1. rnau

    rnau New Member

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    So I'm watching a Winger concert today. And I remember Reb Beach playing Kitty Hawk amps in the 80's. Does anyone know anything about them? They have a website, but I don't think they sell them anymore in the U.S.
     
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    12barjunkie Well-Known Member

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    ...heh...winger...
     
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    I looked into these amps 10 years ago. I think I came up with the company went out of business according to someone on the HC amp forum.

    Have you seen the Winger Live DVD from 2007? Gave me a whole new respect for these guys. Great show.

    If your interested in Reb's tone on that older stuff, I'd be more looking into where they recorded, and who recorded them. It'll get you closer to figuring out what amps were used. The Kitty Hawks might have been used just for touring.

    I think I remember reading a review of a Kitty Hawk and the user compared it to a Mark series Boogie. FWIW.
     
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    Reb States that he never used Kitty Hawk amps in the studio, only the preamps Live for effects. He goes on to slam them pretty good in this article.

    Reb Beach - Reb's Gear

    I saw Reb twice. First time in the 80's with like 12 Kitty Hawk 412 cabs, whatever the heads were, they were hidden. Sounded great.

    The second time with Dokken 1998-99. 4 1960 Marshall Cabs and a rack with 3 1959/1987 JMP's. I think those are/were his go to amps "Suhr or Bradshaw modded I believe" of choice. His live tone with Dokken was Serious.

    NR
     
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    Reb's amps for everything up to 2005 were two 1976 JMP 100 watt heads modded by John Suhr. Right before the 2005 Whitesnake tour he switched to the Suhr OD100 100 watt heads.





     
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    Blokkadeleider Well-Known Member

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    I had a Kitty Hawk Supreme I. Great amp. Very heavy however.
    It was a 1x12" combo, hardwood version weighing about 50 kilo's.
    The power amp had 2 6CA7's and 2 6L6's. Switchable to use only the 6L6's.
    Most pots were push/pull and it was extremely flexible. Great cleans and fantastic overdrive and lead channel.
    Mine didn't have the standard 150 Watt celestion in it, I put in a 150 Watt Sidewinder in it.
    The models that came afterwards were never that good and did indeed have some reliability problems. The company still exists.
    Sold it after I picked up an old super lead (a 1967 jtm) cheap and never regretted it.
    Should I ever have to choose between any boogie and that Supreme I, I'd choose the latter. I think they're hard to come by these days.


    Gr,

    Gerrit.
     
  7. LAARS

    LAARS Well-Known Member

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    I had Kitty Hawk amps back in the 80s. Kept blowing them up. So much in fact that after the 4th time with 2 different heads, I called Kaman -Latin Percussion (the distributor of the amps) and bitched because I had a few shows coming up.

    I received a call from the amp designer, Roy(don't remember if this is his first or his last name). He had me go to a local music store who carried Kitty Hawk, and told me to pick out two of his amps and they were on him. He also had me send him my stage amps for him to go over.

    I blew up those too...... My stage rig had a Furman voltage regulator in it to keep my power at 110 V, so it wasn't from bad power.

    I ended up trading them in for Bedrocks.
     
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    Reb always referred to them as "Shitty Hawks".
     
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    :applause::applause::applause::thumb:
     
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    what do you think of the bedrocks?

    what are they voiced like? marshall? i keep seeing some pop up on CL in my area...they arent cheap, but priced just so that it makes you curious if it would be worth the investment.

    they appear to have a reputation for being pretty bullet proof, but the tones, im not sure about...i know joe perry played em, but ive never been a huge fan of perry's tones either...
     
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    It was the 07 concert on DVD. It was a great show.
     
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    I also have a Bedrock, you can see it in my picture album in my profile. Mine is sort of Vox meets Fender as far as tone, I've never played through a head though. All I know is I really like mine, but it is definitely not a Marshall sound.
     
  13. LAARS

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    hey Scat7..... they were more like an old Marshall or vox cross type.... Didn't sound anything like a new Marshall.

    I loved my Bedrocks but mine weren't stock. I had a few of the first handwired amps. The bottom end was either not enough when on 10 but knob pushed in, or too much with the knob pulled out and on 1.

    Evan, one of the amp techs at Bedrock took my amps and modified them for me. I played at my stage volume, while he had this chip board thing connected to the amp, and he tried different resistors and caps, until I had the sound I wanted.

    Stock they were really good sounding amps and I would own another one if I found one.
     
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