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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe - Made in USA w/ Upgraded Tubes & Mods - $200 (Charlottesville)

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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Fender
model name / number: Hot Rod Deluxe
Made in USA Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Mk. 1 original from the early 2000's. The amp has been modded and upgraded with higher quality parts to ensure reliability for years to come. The power tubes have been upgraded to Tung Sol 6L6 tubes and properly biased. The preamp tube in V1 has been upgraded to a TAD 7025WA High Grade, one of the best going. V2 has been upgraded to a Tung-Sol 12ax7 and the V3 phase inverter tube upgraded to a JJ/Tesla 12ax7. All eight of the no name potentiometers attached to the pcb have been upgraded to Alpha-brand pots (Volume, Drive, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master, Reverb, Presence). The Volume potentiometer now has slightly more of a linear sweep. Instead of getting extremely loud right away there is more of a gradual decibel increase, fixing one of the main gripes about the HRD. The 20+ year old filter capacitors have been upgraded to top of the line F&T filter caps, made in Germany - the first filter stage is now 100uf value instead of the stock 22uf, for increased low end handling, no farty low notes. Sprague Orange Drop and Silver Mica caps in the tone stack circuitry, much smoother tone. Electrolytic caps upgraded to either Panasonic or Nichicon. The two white cement resistors have been replaced with brand new ones, those are the ones that burn out eventually and can damage the board. The two input jacks previously attached to the pcb have been upgraded to two stand alone Switchcraft jacks, much safer for the pcb.

The reverb tank does not seem to be working, probably needs replacing but they are not very expensive. There is a slight background buzz to the amp, maybe a ground issue somewhere. When you're actually playing the buzz tends to get drowned out by the guitar's volume. If you're handy with a multimeter you can open it up and try and find the ground loop wherever it may be - might be a cold solder joint I overlooked or it could even be because of the reverb tank. A multimeter and soldering iron (or a brand new reverb tank) should diagnose the issue fairly quickly. I lost the footswitch years ago so it does not come with that. As you can see from the pictures the tolex and grill cloth have seen better days but some new tolex/cloth, to be found fairly cheap many places online, will get it looking brand new once again. Or you can just keep the "rustic" vibe.

Because of the slight background buzz and aesthetic look of the amp I'm selling it for $200, much less than it's worth considering all of the mods performed and the new tubes. Just trying to shift it and get it played by someone else as I'm mostly playing through a Fender Tweed Princeton nowadays. Firm on the price and not looking to trade. Any questions please just ask, thanks very much.

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