#1
Hey all, I'm hoping on buying one of these, after using them a lot at college, and seeing them used all over the place in gigs.

I've started multiple bands, and will need the amp mainly for function stuff, playing funk/soul/r & b/rock, and am aware that it will be sufficient for that kinda stuff.

One of the bands is a stoner rock band, so will a fuzz be good for those tones?

However, I like to improve aspects of my technique by learning Paul Gilbert, Petrucci, Malmsteen etc pieces, so I'm guessing I will need a pedal to push the gain further for bedroom practice to get closer to their heavier tones? If so, what pedal would be best for that?

Personally, I think when the gain is maxed out and 'More Drive' is pushed down, the distortion tone rocks hard on the amp.

Oh, and I'm using a PRS Custom 24.
#2
Its a very good quality amp, cleans are great, the more drive mode is a little weak so you'll need that fuzz pedal, but yeh defintaly a good buy
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Is the Hot Rod Deluxe a Tube amp or SS amp?


All-tube

Wouldnt the HRD be a bit too bright for stoner rock? Something like an Orange or Matamp would be more suitable
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All-tube

Wouldnt the HRD be a bit too bright for stoner rock? Something like an Orange or Matamp would be more suitable


I'm actually saving up for an Orange Rockerverb 100 on the side, but for now I'd like a gig-worthy amp that will sound great with the other types of music I'd be playing to earn some money. And the HRD is a LOT easier to transport.
#7
You'll be fine with that. Get a fuzz factory or big muff for the fuzz that you want, and a full tone overdrive to push the amp into the hevier stuff. You'll be set with that.
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I'm actually saving up for an Orange Rockerverb 100 on the side, but for now I'd like a gig-worthy amp that will sound great with the other types of music I'd be playing to earn some money. And the HRD is a LOT easier to transport.



Sounds good to me, thinking along similar lines for myself.
#9
hey i have a fender hot rod deluxe.

i use an ibanez ts808 for overdrive and an electro harmonix big muff. it sounds amazing, and im sure you'll be happy with it.
#11
well the hot rod has a strong distortion already. but the overdrive would tighten up that sound, and make it more clear, and it you want, push the amp into hard rock/ metal territory (sp?)
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#12
there is a nice long clip on my HRD in my profile. i go through all of its sounds.
it IS a very nice sounding amp for the price, if your patient and now how to tweak everything just right. it is extremely unreliable though. I have had countless problems with mine, (keep in mind im a touring musician and it has to take a beating on the road).
you may also want to look into some used fender twin and deluxe reverb reissues.
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Nice clip chea_man, I listened to the whole thing.
What's better for a stronger sound distorted sound then, the OCD or tubescreamer? Also, what is this keeley mod I hear so much about?

well, the ocd would be better if you wanted to get most of your gain from the pedal, i use the tubescreamer to tighten up and get rid of the fizzyness of the gain channel.

i just added another clip where i used my tubescreamer as the main source of distortion throughout the song, and in the solos you can hear me click onto the lead channel of the amp. the recording is much clearer than in that other one. my guitar will be in the right speaker. i just got done mixing it last night. its called satisfy.

the keeley mods are easily done by yourself, i dont feel they need it though. it often increases the bass, and gets rid of the mid hump.
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#15
if you like it, get it.

that being said, and in my personal opinion:

i think, considering you have a PRS (which is a good guitar), that you should probably get a better amp. Also, unless you only need good cleans (and it doesn't sound like you do), i'd personally prefer a more versatile amp. Something like an engl screamer, laney tt50combo, etc. etc. depends how much spare money you have, of course.
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if you like it, get it.

that being said, and in my personal opinion:

i think, considering you have a PRS (which is a good guitar), that you should probably get a better amp. Also, unless you only need good cleans (and it doesn't sound like you do), i'd personally prefer a more versatile amp. Something like an engl screamer, laney tt50combo, etc. etc. depends how much spare money you have, of course.


Well at the moment I'm only really looking for something giggable to get me through some paid work and actually get the money to get something the guitar deserves, like a Mesa or that Orange.

I'll have a look at those other amps.

Cheers.
#17
ok, that's no problem. it really depends how cheap you can get the HRD for, i guess. if it ends up costing you £550 or something like that, you're already pretty close to that engl or laney. i know which i'd prefer... but as i said, it's your call.

just bear in mind, mesa and orange aren't the only people making nice amps (when you do get round to getting a kickass amp). for example, mesa go for less than half what they go for here, in the USA (where they're made). a lot of the price of a mesa goes on customs, shipping, advertising, to the distributor, profiteering/extortion (lol), etc., just because it costs £2k doesn't mean that all that £2k is going into the quality of the amp.
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#18
The HRD is the most ****ing giggable amp ever

I got mine new for $525, so just know where to look
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