MegaHIWatt - Vintage HIWATT Amp Tone

One PCB, two different circuits based on 70s Hiwatt™ amp tones. Shape your sound into something close to two classics:

  • NORTH - based on Pete Townsend's sound on The Who - Live at Leeds.
  • SOUTH - Page's sound from Led Zeppelin at the Royal Albert Hall, 1970

Either can be made on the same PCB (though not both at once - sorry!)

NORTH is simpler in both construction and tone shaping, having Vol, Gain, Bass and Treble. The tone controls are highly interactive.

SOUTH adds a Mids control, which adds more interaction into the tone stack mix. Slightly fiddlier to work with, but a lot more versatile.

Both versions are very responsive to playing dynamics.

Designed for vertical mount pots (which have round shafts), or you can wire up normal pots if you prefer.

Partial kit: PCB, all board-mounted components, pots.

Full kit: As above, plus footswitch and appropriate daughterboard/components for your selected bypass type (see Downloads section for details of those), jack sockets, DC socket, battery snap, hook-up wire, LED.

Enclosure (pre-drilled) is only available with full kits, and will not take a battery. Knobs are not included.

If you want the kit pre-built you must select the full kit/enclosure option and vertical-mount pots. Don't forget to select knobs from the set-screw section too.

Difficulty: Medium

PCB size: 50 x 50mm

Knobs required: 4 (North), 5 (South)

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)


Here's the older version


Pedal Parts



£36.00 inc. tax

£30.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

1 review(s) posted (write review)
Cuts like an angry knife 5 product stars
"Very nice pedal to build, sort of complicated and fiddly but very satisfying. The sound is excellent. I normally use extreme fuzzes and a TS9 clone for more sane stuff (all from Poodle) but this is a serious contender for the saner end of my tone. Clear and cutting, with a lot of tonal range to play with due to the 3-band EQ, it's a great pedal for getting your tone noticed. Great with dynamics too. I built the south version and strongly recommend not being put off by the ever-so-slightly fiddly build." Steve - 05/02/2014

Recently Viewed

Full kits DO NOT include enclosures unless you select them in the 'Kit Type' drop-down menu.

Don't forget to download the appropriate daughterboard build document for your kit:
Standard 3PDT