I got to jam with a guy I sort of know a few nights ago. He had an amp that was clearly labeled as a Hot Rod Deluxe, in tweed, that sounded like no Fender I've ever heard up close. This thing could push bigger air than I expected, but it sounded GOOD. It sounded a bit more aggressive than I expected, but in a very useful way. It was pretty darn perfect. But he wouldn't tell me what he'd done to it. He admitted to a speaker change, but his wife snorted and said "You've done a lot more than THAT to this little monster. But he wouldn't tell me what the mods were. It was smoothed out with a really even response. There was a LOT more useful tone to be found than I expected. It still got more burnt han a lot of Fenders (But isn't that the whole point behind the "Hot Rod" name?) but it never went harsh or brittle. I want it. So I guess the question is: If you were modding a Hot Rod Deluxe to make the ultimate broadly voiced, smooth-toned, blues and rock machine, how would you mod it? As a second question: All the HRD's I'm seeing are the black ones. Have they quit making tweed?