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  • Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

    Vili T, a friend of mine, recently released an EP of jazz cover tunes. This track was included there:



    His amp of choice is a Hotrod Deluxe. From the engineer aspect, it was one of the most instantly functional amps to record I've worked in a long while (and not in a Marshall JCM branch). I'm not sure and have no A/B test experience but to my memories the tone is pretty damn close to a Twin. The one thing I'm sure about is that it vastly outperformed anything I recorded clean during the last couple of years.

    What sets the Hotrod Deluxe apart is its warmth and range (from old jazzy through country to contemporary clean). Think "pleasant". It is vastly different from a SS clean like the Jazz Chorus (that I greatly dislike either as a player or a recording guy, to be honest) or anything modelling whatsoever.

    Also it is a ridiculously good pedal platform. Vili uses a clever floorboard that goes from this nice to modern high gain and this thing sings. So, if your direction is clean (or pedal platform) and you're scanning the horizont for a new combo, check this one out.
    Last edited by NecroPolo; 07-02-2019, 07:17 AM. Reason: typos
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    Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

    Sounds great, and cool to know -I would have never picked a HRD for this application without hearing this -but rather one of the other Deluxes by nature.

    I've always seen them as angry, but then again -I've never tried to clean it up much.
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      Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

      Are you sure that there is the stock speaker used? I found my BD (HRD's older brother) most promising, but the speaker lacked.
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        Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

        There's a reason they are Fender's best selling amp. :P
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          Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

          Originally posted by GuitarStv View Post
          There's a reason they are Fender's best selling amp. :P
          Interesting. I thought Blackface Deluxe Reverb was the best selling.

          I used a club backline HRD at a show in Denver last year and loved it.
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            Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

            Do you know which version of the HRD he has?
            Tone is in the hands, but it helps to have gear that doesn't totally blow ass.

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              Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

              Originally posted by TMD View Post
              Do you know which version of the HRD he has?
              As far as I know it is a mark III but I might be wrong about it. I sent a message to Vili.

              Originally posted by hamerfan View Post
              Are you sure that there is the stock speaker used? I found my BD (HRD's older brother) most promising, but the speaker lacked.
              To my knowledge the amp is in a vanilla state, straight from the shop in 2018. No mods whatsoever.
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                Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

                Originally posted by NecroPolo View Post
                As far as I know it is a mark III but I might be wrong about it. I sent a message to Vili.
                Okay I was wrong. It's a IV.
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                  Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

                  Originally posted by NecroPolo View Post
                  Okay I was wrong. It's a IV.
                  Those come with a Celestion A-Type, yes?

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                    Re: Fender Hotrod Deluxe clean sound (jazz)

                    Originally posted by Rex_Rocker View Post
                    Those come with a Celestion A-Type, yes?
                    The one with the red label, yes.
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