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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / HRD tavern...

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"Ohhh! Facecake!
Jan 17th, 2012 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  


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Superior, WI

Jan 18th, 2012 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

That Peavey must be real loud if it's louder than the Hot Rod!

You got a great deal.

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Jan 19th, 2012 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I'm very happy with it. I can't wait to jam with the guys (big 2-story garage in the middle of nowhere) and turn it up a bit.

I don't know if the HRD is louder than the Peavey Special 130 and I doubt I'll ever find out. I like the Peavey and am keeping it but the HRD is really cool, especially for the price.

I have a couple hours of play time at home on it now, at nearly the lowest audible volume, which is how I usually play at home. I should explain I mean the HRD's lowest audible volume, not my ear's audible volume, if that makes sense. Let's call it "TV-watching volume".

Even turned down low, this thing really feels "alive". I've been on the clean channel mostly but even that seems pretty touch-sensitive.

A couple questions:

The amp didn't come with a footswitch. I can buy a Fender one from various sources, but will something like a Boss FS-5L (latching) or FS-5U (unlatching/momentary) work? The Fender manual I downloaded doesn't specify.

I have one Boss FS-5L and two FS-5Us already and plenty of extra cables, so if I can use one of those to change channels, I will. I don't think I need to go from Drive to More Drive - just Clean to one or the other. One of the 1-button footswitches I already own would work for me if it will work with the amp.

Channel-changing switches aside, does anyone here plug straight into a HRD? Even at my low volume on the Drive channel, I can control the drive with my Telecaster's volume knob. While I love the clean channel and will use it most of the time, I'm thinking I could also set up a mild Drive setting and turn up the guitar's volume when it's time for some crunch without spiking the volume coming from the amp.

Thanks for any suggestions.

(...and yes, I'll eventually read this whole thread but it's a lot to swallow at once)



1964 Gretsch Tennessean (Owned 30+ years
Mar 10th, 2012 12:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just found this thread! Although, I just joined last week or so.
Anyway, I'm a new member of the Hot Rodders, or whatever this loosely associated group is called, having purchased a VERY LIGHTLY used MIA Hot Rod Deluxe! And I LOVE it!

And, yes, it is loud, but if you read one of my other recent threads/posts (in amp mods, etc) I made a volume box last week and now this amp is just about as perfect an amp as I have ever played through...and I've been a pro player for over 30 years!

Seems like this amp is not held in high esteem by the majority of members of the forum, but that's OK, that's why I got mine so cheap! LOL!

So...how many members do we have now?

Bad Scooter


Scott Jones
Mar 14th, 2012 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I plug my Clapton Strat straight in to my HR Deville and get the sound I've always wanted. I use both drive channels. The Clapton Strat is so versatile I can get any sound I want out of the amp. Here's a video.


(This message was last edited by Bad Scooter at 08:41 PM, Mar 14th, 2012)


Cuba, MO USA

Apr 13th, 2012 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds good to me.... Though mines a modded Deluxe.

Good solid fairly cheap amps.

With a custom bottom speaker, of course :)


(This message was last edited by golfmann at 08:07 PM, Apr 13th, 2012)

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Jun 7th, 2012 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got a great deal on a 2x12 speaker cab
IF, I run it with my HRDlx should it be wired to 4 or 16 ohms??



North of Bean Town

JAFO guitarist
Jun 14th, 2012 01:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

You will need to remove the internal speaker cable and put a dummy plug in the main speaker jack and then wire your cab for 4 Ohms and plug it into the external speaker jack.

Or..., replace the speakers in the cab with 16 Ohm speakers and wire them in parallel..., for 8 Ohms and then plug it into the external speaker jack.

I didn't know about this thread and posted a question asking for comments on what people were using for external speakers. But..., I haven't gotten any responses yet.



long island NY

how about a nice iced tea?
Jun 23rd, 2012 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey gang, just thought I'd stop by and say howdy since I haven't been here in about 6 years I think. I still have my original HRD that I bought new in '97 and it still has it's Reverend speaker, Vandenberg bass mod, RCA NOS and Mullard reissue 12AX7's, and TAD short bottle 6L6-WGC's, and it still sounds great. Best of luck to everyone.



Don't watch my foot!
Jul 18th, 2012 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just got an HRDlx III and outside of the black control plate (a welcome improvement) and some grill over the tubes, have there been any changes to the circuit? I have had 4 or 5 HRDlx in the past and loved 'em so I bought this one without trying it out.

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"Edited for bad taste...."
Dec 27th, 2012 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

The difference betwen the old and new HRD is thst the new one sounds good straight away.[The drive channel is better sorted & voiced]
The old one needs the right tubes...then it's fine.
I'd have had a lot less fun over the years with the new one ;^)

(This message was last edited by smokestack at 09:24 AM, Dec 27th, 2012)

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"Edited for bad taste...."
Dec 27th, 2012 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Who's tried a 12AT7 in the PI of a HRD ...and what did you think ?

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Michigan, USA

Mar 25th, 2013 12:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own a very early Hot Rod Deluxe (Made in USA version).

I believe that there have been several revisions to the circuit of the HRD. The newest HRD III has a tone stack (and other changes) that don't sound as good to me when compared to my older Hot Rod Deluxe. I made the comparison before I did any mods to my amp.

I am still using the original stock tubes. Recently I modded the volume to get a little more control at lower volume levels. I also replaced the jacks with all metal Switchcraft units.

I did ditch the Fended Jenson Special Design speaker for an Eminence Texas Heat. It really opened the whole range of the amp. I don't play "Texas Blues" but the Texas Heat speaker really works well for my Tele and some of the old country tunes I play clean (Big Buck Owens / Don Rich fan!). Even on the dirty side of the amp the speaker upgrade was well worth the money / effort.


Mike R

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Michigan, USA

Mar 25th, 2013 12:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

The best mod I ever did was to get a small UPS (un-intruptable power supply) from ADC to condition the power going to my HRD. It really hushed down some of the noise from the house wiring. Just plug the amp into the "battery backup" side of the UPS and you get a perfect 60hz at 120v. Since I am not using it for battery backup like on a computer, I just bought the smallest one they had.

Mike R

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Howl like a wolf

And a witch will open the door
Mar 25th, 2013 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm crazy in that I like the mean drive channel of the first MIM models. It's not something I'd want for generic blues/rock stuff but if I step on a distortion channel, I want to be floored by mean. And it does that quite nicely.

It lives on clean 99% of the time though, simply because I have a pedalboard that I like and I got it because it was the first new production Fender amp that sounded on clean like I wanted at the time in a package that wasn't huge.

Grey Goose


May 21st, 2018 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

MK Our Shangri La

(This message was last edited by Grey Goose at 07:23 AM, May 21st, 2018)

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May 21st, 2018 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, I thought this was going to be about *this* kind of...



usa Thumb area Mi

May 27th, 2018 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Modded HRDeluxe III

Clean is awesome and the Drive I love too. I put some really old Oxford 12T6s in it and I fell in love with it.

I have some vintage Fenders that I love... this HRD III of mine is right up there.

Great amp line if you ask me

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