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    I thought there was a thread on the Fender HRD recently, but I can't find it. Anyway...

    My Ampeg 120watt is too heavy, and I haven't liked it too much lately, and my Fender Pro Jr. sounds great but I wish it had an effects loop and possibly a 12" speaker. So...

    I've been thinking about ditching both for a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.



    The price and features seem about right, but I haven't had a chance to hear one. My friend just bought a '65 DRRI and it sounds awesome, but it's expensive and has some features I don't want/need.

    I seem to remember some folks loving the HRD and others hating it. Is this assessment about right?
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  • #2
    Right. Some of the best cleans you can get for under a grand. Takes pedals well. Mods available for it but it doesn't need any imho. I use it for everything and love it immensely. Good luck and hope you like it.

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    • #3
      The general consensus on the HRD is that the clean channel is fantastic but the overdrive channel is pretty blah. That's been my experience with them as well - great cleans, but if you want gain it's best to use pedals rather than the gain channel. I've never actually owned one, however, so that assessment is only based on playing through a few of them at stores and the tweed one that a friend of mine owns.
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      • #4
        I'll be the naysayer and say that I am not a fan. I really can't imagine a situation where I'd rather than a HRD than a super reverb. Or a vibroverb. Or a bassman. Or pretty much any other mid powered blackface fender.

        Me no likey the HRD. If you want modern mid-powered fender rather than a re-issue, I'd go Supersonic.

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        • #5
          Found some clips for ya...

          Here is a clip with OD - WARNING: This guy has a beautiful Carvin




          The White Lightning HRD OD clip




          HRD review

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          • #6
            I used one for eight years on every tour, every show, every recording... With all sorts of guitars, from Les Pauls to strats and teles to the Brian May guitar... No matter what, the HRD always sounded great.

            A lot of people are naysayers just because they don't like the gain channel - well...... If you don't like the gain channel, don't use it! The cleans are wonderful, the amp is small-ish, light, but very loud. It loves pedals more than anything.

            What's not to like? It's a great amp and you'll love it
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            Originally Posted by Strung_Out


            your rig is excessive and loud; I dig that.

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            • #7
              yeah, the dirt chanel sounds bad to my ears. I would like to try the blues deluxe if I find one...

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              • #8
                I used one for eight years on every tour, every show, every recording... With all sorts of guitars, from Les Pauls to strats and teles to the Brian May guitar... No matter what, the HRD always sounded great.

                A lot of people are naysayers just because they don't like the gain channel - well...... If you don't like the gain channel, don't use it! The cleans are wonderful, the amp is small-ish, light, but very loud. It loves pedals more than anything.

                What's not to like? It's a great amp and you'll love it


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                i'll admit, i'm prejudice... prejudice against ****************ing stupid people...

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                • #9
                  WARNING: This guy has a beautiful Carvin


                  Ha! You're funny!

                  Thanks for the clips, the cleans on that Blues Deluxe and the White Lightning guy sounded great. Since the HDR is a modified BD, I assume the cleans are the same. Strange that both amps cost the same, but the HDR has more features.

                  The third guy didn't sound as good, but I'm sure that's a recording issue. I wasn't blown away by the drive channels, but that's not a deal-breaker for me - I'll definitely need to hear that in person. BTW, don't you hate that most "reviews" don't ever tell you the problems with a product? I'd like to see GuitarWorld or whoever record a review of something and say that it was a complete piece of crap.

                  As far as the comments about the Super Reverb, Twins, etc - I bet they do sound great, but they are more expensive and surely heavier than a 1x12". I'm trying to downsize!
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                  • #10


                    DO IT!!! Best amp I've ever owned, and it sounds even better than it looks! And...If you need it, you can add an extension cabinet....

                    The Twin was just TOO LOUD and too expensive...and you can't beat the Hot Rod for the price!
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                    • #11
                      I'm not that fond of the cleans on the HRD, with chords it seems to lack clarity and turn things into mush. Quite a bassy amp, due to the cab I believe. I would advise saving for the DRRI but if you play an HRD and like it, go for it. If it sounds good to you, nothing else matters.

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                      • #12
                        I used one for eight years on every tour, every show, every recording... With all sorts of guitars, from Les Pauls to strats and teles to the Brian May guitar... No matter what, the HRD always sounded great.

                        A lot of people are naysayers just because they don't like the gain channel - well...... If you don't like the gain channel, don't use it! The cleans are wonderful, the amp is small-ish, light, but very loud. It loves pedals more than anything.

                        What's not to like? It's a great amp and you'll love it


                        Wow, that's a solid recommendation! What pedals do you generally use it with? Do you use the dirty channels at all?
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                        • #13
                          I like my HRD a lot. Been gigging it for 2 years now and it's been great. Sounds real good with all of my guitars, especially the LP's. Like everybody else, I find the drive channels to be limited but I do use them on a couple of songs. Clean channel is really nice and effects loop is great. I've seen used ones on CL going for $400 or less. Great amp for that $$$.
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                          • #14
                            I'm not that fond of the cleans on the HRD, with chords it seems to lack clarity and turn things into mush. Quite a bassy amp, due to the cab I believe. I would advise saving for the DRRI but if you play an HRD and like it, go for it. If it sounds good to you, nothing else matters.


                            I find the cleans on my Hot Rod to be extremely good, and not overly bassy at all. Granted, mine has a Celestion in it, maybe that makes a difference...
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                            2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                            Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
                            2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                            Takamine acoustic

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                            • #15
                              i have a hrd and i think its really good. the clean channel is delicious, not a big fan of the dirt channels on it though, but i got a tonebone plexitube that takes care of that. id say go for it, its a great amp! and as others have said before me, it takes pedals well.

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