#1
I just picked up a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and while the clean sounds great, the OD channel is so noisy/hissey as to be virtually unusable. Is this a basic problem with that amp in general or have I got myself a dud?
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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (but not sure if I'm keeping it)
#2
if you bought it from guitar center, go trade it with another one.
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#3
probably a bad preamp tube, just go try to exchange it.
It's a great amp, i would try to get another one if i were you.
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#4
That's so annoying. Means I'm gonna have to shell out on a cab just to cart the thing all the way back to the shop.
Gear:

Am Series Strat
Rat
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (but not sure if I'm keeping it)
#5
I have a Hot Rod Deluxe and one thing I've realized is that the gain channel is very high-gain, in a sense. Granted the problem you're having is something else being wrong, prepare to have a crazy OD channel when it's fixed...
#6
I took the amp back to the shop and the another Hot Rod they had in stock seemed to have the exact same problem. Ended up swapping it for an American Series Precision Bass. The bass is my main instrument so the switch isn't quite as strange as it might at first seem.
Gear:

Am Series Strat
Rat
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (but not sure if I'm keeping it)