Blues Deluxe Reissue Question

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  1. Drewboy

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    Hey gang,
    Just a question or maybe observation, my workhorse amp i gig with, the blues deluxe reissue, i think is a great amp. No hate for it at all, I havent had any problems besides a buzz on the B note that makes the whole combo resonate I cant pin point. But the volume knob, i hear its linear or non linear, and its really not useful. I cant put the volume past 2, not 2 o'clock, the number 2 out of 12. And thats at outside gigs. Just wondering why it wouldnt be the correct and practical from the factory? I would also like more clean headroom and I hear of guys on here that put a 12AY7 instead of the AX7 in position V1 and it helps with volume and headroom? Anybody try this? Thanks
     
  2. FenderBigot

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    OK... you're kinda contradicting yourself. You're saying it's too loud but you want more clean headroom? Honestly as a former owner of both an original US made Blues Dlx and a MIM reissue, these are nothing BUT clean headroom. I had one last year that never got above 2 1/2 on the MV and there was zero breakup.
     
  3. Drewboy

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    I never said it was too loud. I said the volume knob is useless, at least of my reissue is. It goes from being idle quiet to being very loud from 0-2. When I get it to where i want to be volume wise, there is breakup on the amp. In fact it breaks up at 1 1/2 on the volume. I just want more clean head room. I read changing the preamp tube will make the volume more practical and give more clean headroom, just wondering if anyone out there did this.
     
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    Do you have a volume pedal? If so, run it through the effects loop. That way you can throttle it back some and give yourself more range.
     
  5. Guitar Dave T

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    Nonsense. Just get the linear taper volume pot replaced with an audio taper one. Putting a volume control in the effects loop robs the amp of all its balls.
     
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    This is probably your best option if you wanna be able to turn up the volume and not have a ridiculous jump in volume.
     
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    i have the exact same issue in my 2004 Hot Rod Deluxe. Vol=1...too quiet. Vol=1.5...perfect, Vol=2...too loud lol.
     
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    Dave T is right. Make sure you buy the correct Fender "snap in" pots with the metal brackets to fit as well. Antique Electronic Supply has them.
     
  9. Drewboy

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    Thanks gang, I'll look into the pot. Anyone tried the 12AY7 tube in V1 ?
     
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    I've heard that the 5751 is a good choice in the first socket for increased headroom in that amp.
     
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    Something doesn't sound right. My buddy gigs one of these with a 335 and his sound is clean as a whistle and his volume is up around 4 or so. His guitar and amp are bone stock. Do you have super hot pickups in your guitar?
     
  12. Drewboy

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    I have a Strat with Don Mare pickups in it, but I have the same results with all my guitars. I will say I do play really aggressive, and I know thats part of it. It's just really hard to dial in the sweet spot on the amp with it being so sensitive from 0 to 2 on the volume control.
     
  13. dmcrisp

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    I'll have to agree with that. Something is either up with the amp or guitar. I have the reissue and i don't get any breakup whatsoever until about 4 to 5, and i also have an aggressive style with hot pickups. The clean headroom with these amps is the only reason people buy them, because it certainly isn't for the overdrive.
     

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