Hot Rod Deluxe alternatives?

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  1. joegold

    joegold Member

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    I was getting ready to buy a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, which has all the features I need for a theatre show I'll be doing but then starting noticing all the posts online about QC, build qualiy and reliability issues.

    Can anybody recommend a similar amp that's built better?

    I need:
    a 2 X 6L6 or 6V6 circuit
    a 1 X 12 open back cab
    an effects loop, preferably tube buffered
    a good clean tone with lots of head room
    built-in spring reverb
    not too expensive

    Overdrive from the amp is not an issue.
    I'll use pedals for that mostly.

    And tips appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. GCDEF

    GCDEF Supporting Member

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    I don't get it. The Hot Rods are know as being reliable workhorse amps.
     
  3. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    If 6L6/6V6 power section weren't a requirement, I'd suggest a Peavey Classic 30. (but I'm quickly becoming a fanboy of the Classic series)

    Side note:
    If they do a ML Dlx version of the ML Deville, that would definitely be the answer.
     
  4. joegold

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    What does "ML" stand for?
     
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    Hey Joey,

    Years ago I think I had a preliminary copy of your guitar method and it was great.

    Anyway, I have a couple of SF Champs, a couple of SF Princeton Reverbs, a SF Deluxe Reverb and a SF Vibroverb and a Princeton Reverb II.

    I actually prefer the under-rated Princeton Reverb II for gigging because it has Mid and Presence controls for added EQ flexibility and a 12" speaker.
    20W
    6v6's
    1x12"

    I like the Weber Alnico Blue 30W in mine for it's warm, well-balanced tone.

    I don't know if 20W is enough for your needs.

    Just an idea. Good luck in your amp search.

    -bEn r.
     
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    Michael Landau version?
     
  9. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

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    Correct.
     
  10. b80

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    It seems you're describing a Hot Rod Deluxe or a Blues Deluxe. Embrace it.

    I had a HRDlx for around 10 years and now I own a 410 Deville. I NEVER had a quality issue of any kind with my amp. Lugged it all around to practice and gigs. Never a problem.
     
  11. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    The Hot Rods are good amps. The only issue they really have/had, was/is the volume pots weren't tapered (they are now with the III) and the drive channels are meh. Put a good dirt pedal in front and rock on. Pretty damn reliable. As far as the negative reviews go, Fender has sold an incredible amount of these amps. There are bound to be some bad reviews out there. Most of the folks using the amps enjoy them in anonymity.
     
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    Don't believe what you read on the net.
    HotRod Fenders are reliable work horses.
     
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    Vox Tony Bruno?

    6v6 circuit, tube driven spring reverb, 35 watts, open back, 12" Celestion G12-65, birch ply cabinet.
     
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    They are plenty reliable, I just don't think they sound very good. I like bright amps, but these amps have a very unpleasant high end to me.
     
  17. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a fan of the Egnater Tweaker 40 .. Very versatile channel switcher, although the HDR 3 is a fine production amp, sans speaker...
     
  18. joegold

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    Re my book: Thanks!

    Re the Princeton II: That's not still in production is it?
    Did it have an effects loop?
     
  19. joegold

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    Interesting.
    They had several Traynor 1 X 12 tube amps at one of the colleges I used to teach guitar at.
    They all sounded like ass.
    But they were VERY poorly maintained.
    I haven't tried another Traynor amp since then.
    I never had much luck with them when I was kid either.
    But maybe they're worth looking into again.
    Thanks.
     
  20. joegold

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    Thanks. I'll look into that one.
    Might be hard to find locally though.
     

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