January 20, 2013 in Gear Reviews

1973 Vibrolux Reverb vs Hot Rod Deluxe (Video)

My bass player loaned me his silverface Vibrolux Reverb today. All stock and no modifications that I know of. Same with the Hot Rod Deluxe, no mods, all stock. I wasn’t able to crank them in this video, but I did earlier today at rehearsal and they both screamed! Very nice break up and they get similar sounds, but different. I mean, you can tell that they’re both Fender amps. My Hot Rod has some rattle in there when cranked. Tubes or something – I’m going to have to find the source eventually. I love both of these little monsters. With volume set to 7 on both amps, The Hot Rod Deluxe was a little louder than the Vibrolux. Their breakup seemed to be … Continue Reading

January 12, 2013 in Gear Reviews

Ibanez Tube Screamer TS-808 Reissue vs TS-9 Reissue (Video)

Although I no longer own these two pedals, they are the overdrive pedals that set the standard in the guitar world. Loved by many and hated by some, they give that classic overdriven boost with a mid hump when engaged – Perfect for allowing your guitar solos to stand out.

When I first got these two pedals, I compared them as much as I could before deciding on which one to keep and which one to sell. Well, I liked them both so much that I ended up keeping both of them! Why? The TS-9 seemed to have a lot of smooth roundness to it (like a cranked amp with mids in the mix) and the TS-808 sounded a little bit more mean with … Continue Reading

January 10, 2013 in Gear Reviews

Hot Rod Deluxe – Great Or Not So Great?

I’m going to take a few minutes out of your day to talk about the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe from a tone snob’s point of hearing. This amp is one of the best selling amps of all time. I’ve been through quite a few guitar amps over the years and I now own the hot rod deluxe. Below is a list of some of the amps I have owned, in no particular order:

Fender Frontman 25R
Marshall Solid State Half Stack (can’t remember the model, but it was terrible – Before I transitioned to valve amps)
fender hot rod deluxeHot Rod Deville
65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue
59 Bassman Reissue (early 90s model)
63 Vibroverb Reissue (early 90s … Continue Reading