Magazine Articles and Reviews

Reeves Custom 18 Earns Guitar Player Editor's Pick Award
"The Custom 18 was easily loud enough to use with a band, delivering a voracious palette of tones that respond beautifully to changes in guitar volume and/or pick intensity.  In non-boost mode, the Gain control can be dialed to produce everything from sparkling clean rhythm textures to overdriven sounds with plenty of sustain for solos." 
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British Amp Shootout Featuring the Reeves Custom 18
The Reeves Custom 18 takes on Dr. Z, King Amplification, Blankenship Amplification, and Ugly Amps in a no holds barred British Crunch shootout in December's Vintage Guitar magazine.
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Tonequest Report July 2006
" The original HIWATT amps designed by Dave Reeves' Hylight Electronics company first appeared in England in 1966-67. HIWATT amps are known for their bullet-proof reliability, military spec, point-to-point, turret board construction supervised by Harry Joyce in the 70's, and their robust signature tone - huge, loud, and the cleanest of any classic British amp ever made. For more information on HIWATT amps and our previous review of a vintage Harry Joyce-signed DR 505 50W head, please see the May 2001 of TQR. At the time we acquired our HIWATT they were commonly available for under $800. They are easily twice that amount now, but if authentic HIWATT tone is in your future, you still have worthy options."
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Guitar Player Magazine Custom 30 Review
"...the Reeves Custom 30 ... closely resembles a vintage Hiwatt® but the resemblance doesn't stop there. Inside, you'll find the same 'military-spec' turret board construction, with chassis-mounted pots and tube sockets and right-angle wire runs, along with giant transformers, and impeccable soldering throughout ... with the characteristic bell-like clarity on clean settings, and very British KT-66 grind with the gain turned up - it has its own personality as well ... the mids are absolutely wicked, and the lows are tight and punchy ... The Custom 30 makes an excellent low-wattage alternative to vintage Hiwatts."
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"The Reeves really came into its own when we started pushing the master volume control, which brought the EL34s to life with a boatload of snap in the high-end response and a big, even, full-spectrum sound."
Bob Tekippe / Phil Feser, Vintage Guitar (November 2003)

 

Customer Reviews

"The overdrive is warm and creamy...it nails Cream-era Clapton tones and then some... no pedal or modelling amp can do what an honest to God tube amp like this can do."
Harmony Central review

"This is a 2004 Reeves Custom 50. Can anyone say DR504 4-input version? If you loved that amp, you'll love this amp. I have them both and the similarity tone-wise is remarkable. If you have a DR504, take it in and A\B it with this head. It is difficult to tell the difference. "
Harmony Central review

"I am using a Fender Strat with EMG-SA's and a Gretsch Duo Jet. This amp sounds just like a 1970's Hiwatt. Clean, full, thick, and chimey. Great amp! I will give it a 10 because they really nailed the Hiwatt sound and that is what I was after. Congrats Reeves!!"
Harmony Central review

"...It is all that a Hiwatt is and more. It has that loud blistering clean sound that is warm and sizzly, and with lots of headroom. And when you crank it, it breaks up beautifully. The controls are easy to work with...It's built like a tank and wired with care...I have played everything, and I mean everything. I also like the Komet a lot, but for half the price, this Reeves stands shoulder to shoulder...It's super loud, super dynamic, but it will stay clean until you get to a volume that will open your eyes. My Diezel has a lot of thump and will really move air. But guess what, this Reeves' got it beat."
Harmony Central review