According to the folks at Fender, the
Hot Rod Deluxe (HRDX) is their best-selling amp of all time. So while there are plenty of folks who diss
the amp . . . obviously there are many MORE who like the amp enough to
actually buy one!
What’s up with that? Seriously, is it a great tube combo or
not? If not, what can be done to MAKE it
great? A quick Google search returned
plenty of “mods” that various folks have tried, with varying success. The
average user, however, isn’t going to be qualified to actually whip out a
soldering iron and start swapping resistors and capacitors. Bringing the amp to a tech to “mod” it could
easily cost more than the amp itself!
Ah, but WE know that NOTHING can alter the tone of an amp like the SPEAKER, so let’s look at a speaker upgrade. I always say: Change your
tubes or your strings and you’ll see a SLIGHT tonal change … but change your
speaker and you’ve got an entirely new amp!
So, let’s get to crackin’.
I did one of my infamous, monsterous, totally epic speaker
shootouts, and I hope you will take the time to watch all 37 minutes of
it. But hey, if ya ain’t so Inclined, I
totally understand (Shoot even I can’t take that much of ME sometimes). If ya want the end result here it is:
The Reaper HP was the winner. Several models were very nice in different
ways, but the Reaper HP just plain excelled in bringing what the HRDX was
missing while retaining what’s already great about the amp. So there, if ya wanta go the whole 9-yards,
here is the video: