HYLIGHT VR103 Custom Shop 100W Head Vintage Reissue Series Class A/B Made in England
This head is the Holy Grail of British amplification! We have transformed the classic 100W head into a leader to offer guitar players more versatility and a wide tone palette dialed into very few controls, this all point-to-point amp features meticulous original style hand-wiring plus additional modern features like EFFECTS LOOP and LINE OUTPUT. This 100 Watt Head is made entirely in the UK with the best available components for those guitar players that want a pure and classic Hylight sound in a 100W format, along with the extra modern features.
The VR103 features a pioneering design in response to a high demand for a standard format amplifier with features for the modern player, and incorporates 4 x EL34 valves in the power stage which defines the Holy Grail sound of British Amplification. This is the most sought after Class A/B amp in our Custom Shop range, which produces uneven harmonics, but with a renowned attack and clarity.
Hylight Electronics made high quality amps during the 60's, along with other well known manufacturers of the period, that were largely responsible for shaping the sound of British rock during the 60's, 70's and beyond. Bands such as Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, and The Who have all used Hylight made amps to help create their legendary sounds. With their military-spec chassis, point-to-point wiring, and marine-grade cabinets, Hylight amps are also known for being very solidly built.
This is the amp that started it all! It is powered by 4xEL34 in the power stage, with 4xECC83 alternatively 3xECC83 and 1xECC81 in the pre-amp, giving a tighter sound. The Custom 100 Head employs the original Partridge designed transformers. Switchable to 4, 8 & 16 ohm output impedance, the VR103 allows you to select from 100, 115, 230 and 240 volt sources. The dual channel pre-amp has high & low sensitivity inputs. Cross patch the Normal and Bright Channels and dial in the required drive and tone. Add your favourite pedals to create your own personalised sound. There is simply no better sounding, looking or engineered amplifier in the world! The VR103 Head can produce bright clean sounds through blending the Normal & Bright Channels to rich medium gain: this amplifier is very special and probably unique in the world! The bass, middle, treble and presence controls offer a wide frequency range that any guitar player would dearly want. The smooth EQ curves are part of a special design-tone network, which is very musical and easy to control. Less is more! High & low sensitivity inputs. Gain & Master volume controls. 4, 8 & 16 ohm selector for matching to any cabinet.
Add your favourite pedals to create your own personalised sound. There is simply no better sounding, looking or engineered 100W head in the world! This amplifier will last a lifetime!
Front Panel Controls: NORMAL HI VOL, NORMAL LOW VOL, BRIGHT HI VOL, BRIGHT LOW VOL, BASS, TREBLE, MIDDLE, PRESENCE, MASTER VOLUME, STANDBY, MAINS SWITCH
Back Panel Features: VOLTAGE SELECTOR; EFFECT LOOP SEND & RETURN, LINE OUT, IMPEDANCE SELECTOR, SPEAKER OUTPUTS
Output Power: 100W. Please note this is an All Purpose (AP) amplifier, which can be used for bass and even keyboards.
Valves: 4 x EL34’s, 4 x ECC83/12AX7’s
Dimensions (Unboxed) L x H x D: 63 x 28 x 28 cm
Weight (Unboxed): 21 kg
Colour Options: Black, Bold Red, Racing Green.
External Cabinets (Sold Separately): VE212F/C – VE412F/C. F=Fane Loaded Cabinet. C=Celestion Loaded Cabinet. (Fanes & Celestions manufactured in England).
UK RRP: £2999 (incl. VAT)
EU RRP: €2899 (ex. VAT)
US RRP: $3299 (ex. Tax)