A 1970s Music Man HD-130 REVERB stack, AMP: Serial No. B010815, Chassis No. [2275-130], 5
Lot 77W
A 1970s Music Man HD-130 REVERB stack, AMP: Serial No. B010815, Chassis No. [2275-130], 5
Sold for US$ 14,640 inc. premium
Lot Details
A 1970s Music Man HD-130 REVERB stack,
AMP: Serial No. B010815, Chassis No. [2275-130],
frontcontrol style cabinet with black tolex covering, metal plate stamped MUSIC MAN and logo in black, silver grille cloth, black control panel with eleven 'numbered' style rotary controls, four jack inputs, two rocker switches and red pilot lamp, 117V, US plug; SPEAKER CABINETS: two 1970s cabinets in open-back style with black tolex covering, silver metal plate stamped MUSIC MAN and logo in black, silver grille cloth, two 12-inch JBL blue label K120 alnico speakers in each cabinet, the top cabinet with the initial E and TOP stencilled on the back, the bottom cabinet with the initial C stencilled on the back; and two blue flight cases with DUCK BROS. stencils (5)


  • In a 1976 interview with Dan Forte in Guitar Player magazine, Clapton stated:
    EC: "Music Man is my favorite now [HD 130 Reverb], because they have dual volume controls. You can use them in the studio at low volume and still get a fair amount of distortion, just as if it were a really big amp. I also like their sound; they're just like Fenders-in fact, I think Leo [Fender] had a big part in designing them.
    DF: Were the amps you used previously more suited to your sound at that time?
    EC: [Music Mans] could have been used with Cream. You can get exactly the same sound as you would with a Marshall, but then you can take it down to the same sound as a Champ. It's really got a wide range. [Ed. Note.. Spears reports that Eric amps are beefed up, with the bias up all the way, by Walker at Music Man. This HD 130 Reverb has special open-back cabinets, as opposed to the folded-horn type, with JBL D120 speakers...]"

    In a 2001 interview with Tonequest Report, Clapton's guitar technician stated:
    "When I first started working for [Clapton in 1979] he was using Music Man amps and open back cabinets with JBL K120s in them."

    This configuration of an HD130 Reverb stack with open back cabinets with two 12-inch JBL alnico speakers is the set up that was most commonly used by Clapton on stage from the time of his 1974 'come back' tour till the end of 1970s. Clapton endorsed Music Man amps during the years 1974 to 1983 and the Music Man promotional poster featuring Clapton on stage in the U.S.A in 1974 with his 'sawn off' 1958 Gibson Explorer standing in front of a 'wall' of these amps was one of the iconic images of 1970s rock scene.

    Bob Margolin, the then-guitarist in the Muddy Waters Band, in his interview with Tom Guerra of Vintage Guitar magazine in December 2006, commented on how he was introduced to Music Man amps by Eric Clapton in 1976 and in turn, introduced Johnny Winter to Music Man amps in 1977:
    "I played at the Last Waltz with Muddy, and met Eric (Clapton) there. At the time, there were big ads on the back of Guitar Player for Eric endorsing Music Man amps. I asked Eric if he really used them and liked them and he said he did. He offered to let me use his on Muddy's set, and I did, and liked it. I bought one, a 2-10" 65-watt model, for $330 at Wurlitzer Music in Boston right away. When we were recording "Hard Again", I told Johnny [Winter] about the amps, and the next time I saw him, he had an endorsement deal with Music Man, and they gave him one of each kind."

    Johnny Winter still plays through his Music Man amps and was seen using one on stage at the 2010 Crossroads Festival.

    Photo: a) Clapton playing Blackie through similar Music Man HD-130 Reverb stacks, Cow Palace, San Francisco, 21 July 1974. Photograph courtesy of Watt Casey.
    Photo: b) Clapton and fellow Duck Brother Albert Lee using similar Music Man HD-130 stacks, Hammersmith Odeon, 15 May 1980. Photograph courtesy of Peter Still.
    Photo: c) A 1976 Music Man advertisement from Japanese Player magazine. Courtesy of Ernie Ball/Music Man Inc.
    Photo: d) Clapton holding his Blackie replica in Lot 120 sitting in front of this lot and lots 77-79,81,83-85. Photograph courtesy of Jack English © Marshbrook Limited 2010
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