Help me decide between at Blues Deluxe and Hot Rod Deluxe III

aleiberman

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i am going to pull the trigger on one of these. I know this has been talked about many times. I am probabaly going to buy new. I have owned so many amps, blackface, boutiques, big, small, but i am down to only a single 5w swart str tremolo which i love, but i miss a larger wattage amp sound, and fender cleans, and an amp that is great with pedals. I will never give up the swart btw. I also play mainly at home, and jam occassionally. I have owned pro juniors and blues juniors, and they are not for me. i have actually owned a Hot rod deluxe III which i returned because i didnt really need it at the time. I also have a wgs et-65 which i might upgrade in either of these amps at some point. I might try them back to back at the store but was curious what others has for feedback. Also, is one have better volume management then the other? Really looking for a fender sound and versitility. I have also considered the drri, which i have also owned years ago, but it always felt like a 1 trick pony.

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FenderGuy53

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i am going to pull the trigger on one of these. I know this has been talked about many times. I am probabaly going to buy new. I have owned so many amps, blackface, boutiques, big, small, but i am down to only a single 5w swart str tremolo which i love, but i miss a larger wattage amp sound, and fender cleans, and an amp that is great with pedals. I will never give up the swart btw. I also play mainly at home, and jam occassionally. I have owned pro juniors and blues juniors, and they are not for me. i have actually owned a Hot rod deluxe III which i returned because i didnt really need it at the time. I also have a wgs et-65 which i might upgrade in either of these amps at some point. I might try them back to back at the store but was curious what others has for feedback. Also, is one have better volume management then the other? Really looking for a fender sound and versitility. I have also considered the drri, which i have also owned years ago, but it always felt like a 1 trick pony.

Thanks

Well, if you really mean what you said, then my vote would be the HRDx III, no ifs, ands or buts about it!
 

Rumble5

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I've always liked the Blues Deluxes I've had more than the Hot Rods I've had, and I still have a '92 2x12 Blues Deville. But it was a decade or so ago when I was flipping amps, so I have no experience with any of the newer incarnations of them.
 

Madison

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Can't comment on the BD, but just today Fedex dropped off a new HRD. I had tired of tube amp weight and spent a year using ss amps...a couple Quilters and a Katana. So the HRD is not THAT heavy, and it blows away the ss amps. Man, it sounds so good I can't believe it, so nice to be back with Fender hot rod series.
 

aleiberman

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So just an update here, I went a completly different route. I picked up a Mesa Boogie Express 5:50 Plus. Loving it so far. I think the cleans are fantastic and the blues and crunch modes are also very cool. It is built like a tank too!
 

Gravy11

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Do you guys have that board rattle problem with your HRD? Not tube rattle but a rattle when you play lows. It seems to be an ongoing issue. I have it. Such a great amp but that is awful. My buddy and I are modding it Friday. Making sure everything is soldered down properly. I love it though aside from the rattle.
 

DV52

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I heard a guy playing a HRD with a celestion A speaker in it the other day and it sounded fantastic.
 

aleiberman

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They are great sounding amps. Honestly, i still might get a hrd. In the end, I felt like the boogie express could do everything the HRD could do and then some. Is it a fender, no, but feel it can cover it pretty well for now. I will be gassing for an HRD in a few hours :)
 

FenderGuy53

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So just an update here, I went a completly different route. I picked up a Mesa Boogie Express 5:50 Plus. Loving it so far. I think the cleans are fantastic and the blues and crunch modes are also very cool. It is built like a tank too!

You were looking for a "Fender sound", but Mesa's have what folks call the "California sound", which is distinctly different than a Fender sound. So...

In the end, you really didn't know what you wanted, but you knew what you liked. ;)
 




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