#1
So I think, I'd like to swap out speakers in my Hot Rod Deluxe III, but I was just wondering what people would suggest. Budget isn't really a problem. I need something that will be really versatile, because I play all sorts of rock, from Dream Theater to Ten Years After, From Zeppelin to Wintersleep. I either use my Fender Amer. Stan. Strat, my '87 MIJ ESP, or my Ibanez Hollowbody. I think that just about covers it, I hope.
So suggestions?
#2
I like Eminence Patroits, there warmer sounding speakers. I had the fender but it was too bright and I was use to a bit more gain, loved the clean channel.
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Last edited by ksmc at Mar 30, 2011,
#3
I've heard Celestion V30's are nice in HRDs. I myself am looking in to the WGS Veteran 30 for mine. It's supposed to be a cheaper, better version of the Celestion.

BTW, have you compared the III with the last model they had out? How's the drive channel?
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#4
i have a HRD, not the III though. it's the 2nd version. i have it plugged into a mesa 2x12 at the moment and i think it sounds really good. although i don't think vintage 30s would be my FIRST choice for this amp. although for the styles you want, a vintage 30 is probably the most used speaker. do you use the amps distortion or pedals?
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When you crank up the gain to 10 and switch to the lead channel, it actually sounds like you are unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.


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#5
I would go for an American voiced speaker since it is an american voiced amp. I have the II and replaced the speaker with a Jensen Neo 12 inch, and it sounds amazing! I would go with that. It also takes a bit of weight off the amp. its very versatile and it sounds great overdriven.
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#7
Quote by barden1069
I've heard Celestion V30's are nice in HRDs. I myself am looking in to the WGS Veteran 30 for mine. It's supposed to be a cheaper, better version of the Celestion.

BTW, have you compared the III with the last model they had out? How's the drive channel?


I tried a HRDx II about a year ago and thought it sounded like shit on the drive channel. Consequently, I ruled them out of my amp search for a long time. Then Last January I saw a guy at GC jamming out on a HRDx III and it sounded good, so I bought one. It took me a while to dial it in, but I really like the sound now.

I noticed a huge improvement in the tone of my amp after a month or so of playing. I heard that speaker cones are really stiff when they are new and that they soften up with use which improves the tone. Maybe your speaker isn't broken in yet?