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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe vs Blackstar HT-5 5W combo

masayako

Member
Need some advice.

If you were me, will you consider trading the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for a Blackstar HT-5 5W combo?
I use my HRD for worship & home practice (I got a attenuator) but I have some GAS for Blackstar HT-5 5W combo due to its smaller size and tone (& cool look). I use 335, tele, & LP _ some pedals. I use clean channel 90% of the time with my HRD because of dirt channels suck (IMO).
Is it worth the switch? Mainly worship songs, blues are what I usually play. Thanks.
 

champster

Member
I'm mainly a blues player and also play in the praise band at the church I attend. I do have a Blackheart 5 watt amp but wouln't really consider using it with the band. I sometime use my HRD which works out just fine. I also use a SCXD at times. I run the amps clean and usually have an overdrive pedal going. I have tried the Blackheart during practice and figured it really just wouldn't work with a packed church. The group I play with has become mainly a blues band that happens to play praise tunes.
 
you can mod the HRDx, omega modes will improve the drive channels tones

http://www.omegaamps.com/mods2.html

my presonal mod has been to use JJs 6v6 tubes, they around $18 each as I recall, I put a dummy plug in the extension speaker jack to get the bias right, checked the bias an it was right on that way.

http://www.eurotubes.com/euro-e.htm

the 6v6 will make amp a 22 watt amp if you wanting to lower the power, I do that and channel 2 which has 6dB attenuator when I and to lower the volume, and get into a usable volume control region.

if you want to check the bias its really easy on the HRDx

http://www.eurotubes.com/euro-video.htm



JJ's 6v6 is the only 6v6 tube that will work, the others can not handle the plate voltage.
 

mcalo42

Member
I just got an HT-5 and really like it. I'm really impressed with this little amp - a steal at the price. No reverb but has an effects loop, which works very well with my T-rex replica. It also takes pedals in the front well. I got the mini stack and while those 1x10 cabs sound pretty decent cranked (after a little break-in) they lack some bass and sizzle. The head sounds great through a cab with V30's!

But I'd say if your mainly using your HRD for cleans or slightly overdriven cleans then stay with the HRD. The HT-5 excels in distortion channel (70's -90's; classic rock, hard rock and metal). The clean channel is decent but not very Fenderish and doesn't have much headroom but if you have a good PA you can mic it. The clean sounds a bit sterile to me but a very, very light touch of some quality chorus makes it a bit more lively and organic.
 


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