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Curse my living in a small apartment. Fell in love with the fender hot rod deluxe four

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by StratGuy4692, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. StratGuy4692

    StratGuy4692 Strat-O-Master

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    So I love my limited edition blues Junior three tweed. But I went to guitar center to try the new hot rod deluxe and I got to say I really love it but I live in a very small apartment and it would just be too loud You would think that fender would start to put built-in attenuators on their amplifiers does anyone know why they don't do this? The hot rod deluxe just has so much more headroom then when I currently have but I just wouldn't be able to get the full benefit of owning a hot rod deluxe it's such a small space. I know that the drive channel is not the best on the hot rod deluxe it never has been but like most people I'd be getting it for the clean head room and getting my drive sounds through pedals.
     
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    Move out of the apartment and into the amp?
     
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    Thanks I'll look into that.
     
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    I have one of the Carl's volume boxes too, put into the effects loop it really helps to tame the beast.
     
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    I'm confused, you want the bigger amp but you can't use the bigger amp unless you have the attenuator. Why do you want a bigger amp with MORE headroom if you can't even turn it up to get the benefit of having more headroom? You just want a different amp?
     
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    Better get a van
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    High output DC==>>AC inverter...

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Power-B...Lf1I7kj9JLbMT6IwHOXTSR8-b1gabuXhoCeGkQAvD_BwE
     
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    It is way too loud. Just stick with the blues junior. For high headroom, turn master up and other one down.
     
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    Full Marshall stack in case he has overnight guests, they can sleep in the top cab.
     
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    If you don't plan on using the HR Deluxe drive channel then you'd be a lot better off getting the Blues Deluxe in my opinion. Thing is though neither would make a good small apartment amp as is, 40 watts can get loud very easy. I have the BD and changed the V1 tube from the 12ax7 to a 12AY7 and it did tame the beast while still maintaining it's ballsyness so you *can* make them apartment friendly to a degree.

    To compliment your BJ have you looked into the Vox ac10? 10 watts than can get loud but also apartment friendly. It would make a good addition to your BJ without duplicating what you have but would still be in the same tone ballpark.
     
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    My Princeton Reverb is only 15W but I have never been able to go much past 2 in my small apartment. I can't imagine having 40W at my disposal.
    Someday I would love to hear what my amp sounds like on the edge of break up but that will never happen at home. I use a combination of TS and Klon style pedals when I want some dirt, or simply plug into my THR10.
     
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    They don't do this because of money, because the answer to every question is "money." :D

    Every Fender amp is built to a price point for a target market that will pay that price. You and a 1,000 others would pay $800.00 for a new HRD4. At a price point of $900.00, 999 people say "What? It's not worth it, to me. I don't need an attenuator. If I ever want an attenuator, I'll buy the attenuator that suits me."
     
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    At my first apartment, I had a Peavey Deuce stacked on a 4x12 that I built.
    My 2nd apartment, I had a Fender Stage Lead 212
    My current condo... among other amps... I have a Carvin X100 112 and a matching 4x10 (oak) I can stack it on (but usually run the Blues Jr through the 410)

    Hot Rod Deluxe doesn't have to be too loud for an apartment ;)
     
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    I don't know I just feel like I'm ready for a big boy amp I know I know The blues Juniors are great maybe if I talk it over with my neighbor see what he thinks I had no intention of using the drive channel on the hot rod deluxe so maybe a blues deluxe would be better. Do they still make that amp? If not do this still do repairs on it?
     
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    Yes they still make the blues deluxe.
     
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    I've actually looked into it how do you like it it's the same wattage as mine. I might just save it for that it's nice and small like the blues jr but obviously more $$
     
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    Do you run out of headroom in the BJ before it gets too loud for the small apartment? :whistling:
     
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    Dude the Hot Rod is not a "big boy" amp compared to the Blues Jr or any other small amp. My 12 watt 57 Custom Tweed Deluxe (with my volume knob on the guitar) will hang with most any band without a mic and give me clean to Neil Young style dirt all with a magical 3D quality. Know why, because I'm running the tubes

    Hot Rod Deluxe is a very good backline or house amp for a venue to have. It's very loud and very heavy and makes no sense for an apartment player to use.
     
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