#1
Hi guys

Today the drive/lead channel on my Hot Rod Deluxe died on me. The clean channel still works perfectly but the lead channel is virtually silent. If I turn it up my guitar comes through at a low volume but with a fizzy sound.

I'm hoping that this is just a valve needing replaced. Whaddya reckon?
If it is a valve can I just replace one or do I need to replace the whole sert?

Thanks in advance for any help.
Mo
#2
Count your blessings, lead channel on the HRD sucks anyway...

More seriously, swap v1 and v2 and report back.
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#3
Preamp tubes (ha, valves) you can just swap. No bias or matching. Although you'll want to get the right type, so 12AX7 I think. Also that kind of sound could also be just from loose contacts. Spray some contact cleaner on the pins and make sure they are pushed in all the way.
#4
Quote by Arby911
Count your blessings, lead channel on the HRD sucks anyway...

More seriously, swap v1 and v2 and report back.


Haha I don't think he is missing much.
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#5
Quote by mondobong
Hi guys

Today the drive/lead channel on my Hot Rod Deluxe died on me. The clean channel still works perfectly but the lead channel is virtually silent. If I turn it up my guitar comes through at a low volume but with a fizzy sound.

I'm hoping that this is just a valve needing replaced. Whaddya reckon?
If it is a valve can I just replace one or do I need to replace the whole sert?

Thanks in advance for any help.
Mo


Silence on the HRD drive channel is sweet paradise. Now is your chance to get a TS9 or OCD for OD and leave tone suck behind. It is surely a failed preamp tube. You *could* replace it but... why?
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#7
Tubes most likely.

I agree, drive channel does pretty much suck on the HRD

I run a OCD into a TS9 along with the clean channel- its music to my ears.
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#8
Thanks for that Clark.

I've jut bought a Blues Driver BD-2 which I set to just breaking up with some volume boost and it seems to suit me fine.

But I guess it's time I replaced all the tubes in my HRD anyway
#9
You're a Brit, it's valves
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#11
It's only the Americans who called them vacuum tubes rather than thermionic valves, guess they couldn't spell it
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#12
I agree with everyone else.
Its a tube issue.
And any Hot Rod Dxxxxxxx Fender's drive channel sounds like ass.
I've got a friend that has 2 Hot Rod Deville 4x10.
He can even make a Line 6 Spider sound good and he doesn't use the drive channel on his Hot Rod Deville.
This guy could give Steve Morse a run for his money (and no, I'm not exaggerating).
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It's only the Americans who called them vacuum tubes rather than thermionic valves, guess they couldn't spell it

Bah...

thermonc valves
thermonic valves
thrmeionic valves
Tubes
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#15
Quote by mondobong
I have just replaced the three 12AX7 valves and both channels are now working. Unfortunately I'm getting an annoying background noise now. I think it's probably time to take it to my tech guy.


clean the sockets. spray a little contact cleaner on the pins of the tube, and work them in and out of the socket.

or maybe one tube you got is a dud.

try contact cleaner first.
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