Crowther Hot Cake with a Blues Jr.?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Kev O))), Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Kev O)))

    Kev O))) Member

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    I currently have an EL84 equiped Tweed Blues Jr. and I'm looking for something to just dirty it up a bit for rhythm tones and would work equally as well with a Germanium Fuzz Face as a foundation tone.

    I've been searching a lot of threads and found a lot of positive comments in regards to the Hot Cake with EL84 equipped Voxes but wondered if the same would be true with a Blues Jr.? Or are they that fundementally different in tone [Fender Mid-Scoop, etc] that a TS808 would work better for me.

    They're both the same prices so...

    Any comments or first-hand accounts would be appreciated.
     
  2. JoeE

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    I use a blues jr so I bought a hotcake under the impression it would sound great as it was EL84. Probably someone will disagree but I thought it was terrible combination. I could see why people love the Hotcake, it is a transparent smooth overdrive that can do anything from clean boost to fuzz. But the problem was with bottom end. I dont think the blues jr handles bass very well at all. The hotcake sounded flabby and farty in the bottom end (pun intended). I even kept it just in case I could get it to work for me but after being on and off my board for a year, it was time to admit that it just sounded bad with a blues jr. This is also why I love tube-screamers (I have a TS9 with 808 mod). It cuts the bass which is perfect for the blues jr. So I say get the 808
     
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    Yeah, I'd get something that gives you real control over the bottom end. Or stick with a Tubescreamer since low end isn't really an issue.

    I really dig the Garagetone Drivetrain lately. Cheap too. Works with everything because you have Bass and Treble knobs, as opposed to just Tone.
     
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    Got it.

    I will look into a 808 or something similar.

    Thanks guys, much apprecitated.
     
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    The Hotcake and BJ combo didn't work for me either.
     
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    I'm really not a fan of the Hotcake not even with its so called "match made in heaven" the ac30.
     
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    Horrible. But the MI Audio Crunchbox is a different story...
     
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    I've had four HCs over the years and yes they are amp dependent but IIRC, they seem to work better (for me anyway) with a HB equiped guitar.
     
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    FWIW, I prefer the bluesberry vs and use it as a rhythm low gainer.
     

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