Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Hot Rod Deluxe, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Hot Rod Deluxe series.

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Audiofanzine FR 20/08/2002

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by /translated from Audiofanzine FR)

This is an all-tube amp (original Groove Tube, 3 x 12AX and 2 x 6l6B!) ))
It delivers 40 W and you can trust me, we are talking real watts and they are really 40, not a single watt less!
The amp has two low-impedance and high-impedance inputs, one preamp output, one power amp input, a footswitch connector, and an additional output for an 8-Ohm speaker. The Clean channel has an input volume control, and shares a (super effective) 3-band equalizer with the Drive channel which has its own drive and volume controls. The Drive channel can be set to the More Drive mode to get more saturation (it's not a Randall). A switch allows you to toggle between Normal and Bright modes (you get more attack in Bright mode). The reverb is superb, and a presence control allows you to color the sound at the end of the audio chain.

UTILIZATION

Super easy to use
The sound is exceptionally good
The user manual (in English) is really simple
I use it as a complement to a Marschall JCM 900

SOUNDS

I tested it with all my guitars and effects, and it works pretty good with everything.
It is definitely a blues amp. I love the following setup: Slimcaster (my custom guitar assembled with spare parts and equipped with a Texas Special set) > Fuzz Face > Vox wah

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for six years now. I replaced the power tubes with KT66 this year and it sounds even better!
The only problem I see is that it has too much power for my apartment
I've used lots of amps and this one is true winner
It's good value for money
I would not hesitate recommending it