Turning Fender Hot Rod Deluxe into head.

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  1. mims2

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    I have a Fender Hot Rod deluxe that I was thinking about redoing it a head and cab version. Has anyone done this before or got pics?
     
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    I would run it with an extension cab first to see if you like what it may or may not do to your tone. After you mod the amp that drastically you can say good bye to the resale value!
     
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    Sounds like a pretty cool idea, actually. Let us know how the Project proceeds! :cool:

    Cheers, :BEER
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    That has top mounted controls right? That would be a real PITA to convert to a head, wouldn't the tubes be sitting sideways?

    If you were really set on having the amp as a head maybe you could find a mod guy to put it into a new chassis, then upgrade the board to a tag board, then put in new tranny's, then replace the caps and..well you get the picture$$$

    Whatever you decide just don't cut or modify the original cabinet! At least you could go back to stock.
     
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    There has been a thread on this forum some months ago with pictures where someone did exactly this. I don't know if threrads disappear after a certain time, but you should be able to find it. It was a lovely looking thing.
     
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    Looks pretty cool like that but one day I might do this conversion with maple or something.
     
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    Having just taken one out for the first time for mods...

    The controls are on top, and the trannies sit "forward" while the tubes stick out at the bottom. I'm wondering if the guys that really do this move the tubes or just build a big enough head around it to let it stay as is.


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  9. aleclee

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    In the Vintone link above, you can see that they moved some components around.
     
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    Niiiiiice!

    Please send the above to the address on my webpage.

    Don't really need it - but it fills the cool factor to a T!

    Eye-candy consuming Cowboy
     
  11. alvagoldbook

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    wow. If Fender made these themselves, I'd buy one in a heart beat.
     
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    Sorry, I don't get the advantage?

    As a combo it's a perfect grab-and-go amp ... why would you want to make it a head?
     
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    I'd rather carry two light weight pieces rather than one heavier one. Also having a head, you can move the tubes away from the speakers, to limit vibrations. This will give you a bit longer tube life and less tube rattle.

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    The Hot Rod Deluxe is hardly a "grab and go" amp - it weighs a ton!!!
     
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    The iron needs to be moved for the tubes to mount vertically off the back. I've gutted a bunch of these and there is definitely room on the chassis for it. Also, the newer amps have things moved a bit for some reason, too...I have a DeVille on the bench now that's newer, and it's got the power transformer scooted up towards the controls more. Don't know why it was done that way, but there it is.

    The Vintone thing is really sharp looking, and he just uses the original HRD cab as the extension cab. The heads are made from scratch. Cool stuff.
     
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    Agreed - Fender would probably sell a ton of them if they did put one in that format.
    Heck, just the head @40W with only the clean channel and reverb would sell.

    A small, basic head that you could pair with just about any speaker cab.
     
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    @Bucksears... sign me up for one of those. Great pedal platform and none of the extra stuff I don't need.
     

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