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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe- Epic Speaker Shootout

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe- Epic Speaker Shootout

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

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:

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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:

in case the vid doesn’t display for ya, here is the direct link: http://youtu.be/fvjkdK7KW6Q

See ya all next time around.  I’m finishing up another big honkin' shootout with my Supersonic 22 … with a little luck it’ll be ready to go next!

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philip douglas
12/02/2013 10:33pm

Is the cab with wgs a open or closed back? You might have mentioned this but i'm unsure. I know the HDX is open back. Needless to say all the WGS speakers across the board sound better than the stock. Not surprising. I own a 410 Hot Rod Deville. I recently put in a pair of the g10c in an X pattern with the stock speakers. Made a world of difference. im eventually going to replace the other 2 stock ones with the g10c/s. It will make the amp a bit heavier weight wise overall as it seems the WGS are about twice as heavy per speaker. Its worth it though. Let me know what you think. Great video

12/09/2013 3:56pm

Yea, it's open ... I mention it in the first few minutes...

As for your 10's ... another option is the little Vet 10's.  They sound GREAT in 4x10s (though not as loud or ballsy as G10's) ... and are very light weight!

02/10/2016 7:42am

Great shootout!  From time to time, I enjoyed more than one speaker.  I kinda wish I'd been listening in the room instead of using $20 earbuds.

Maybe you could have another HRD shootout when the WGS Neo speakers are released!!  ;-)

I have an HRD with a some kind of Eminence Legend speaker (not original).  I like the way it sounds but I wish the amp weighed less.  Hey, I'm an old guy.  Neo speakers appeal to me because their weight, but I don't want a crummy-sounding Neo speaker just so the amp won't weigh as much.