J.P.'s Gear Review v2.0 - Ep. 7 - Fender Hot Rod DeVille, or the conclusion of The Bassbreaker Saga
First and foremost, Happy New Year!
Back in August, I purchased a Fender Bassbreaker that I reviewed (sort of) here. I ended up returning it because of some issues with the effects loop, the insane temperature it reaches while in operation, and a general feeling of "it could be so much better". I instead ordered a Fender Hot Rod DeVille IV 212 to replace it, and I regret not purchasing that in the first place.
Note: this review is not totally unbiased since I previously owned a Hot Rod Deluxe II and it's very close to my heart, being the first expensive pro-ish quality hardware I ever purchased (and the first tube amp I owned). I'll try to be as objective as possible.
- Three switchable channels: Normal, Drive, and More Drive
- 3-band EQ (shared between Normal/Drive channels)
- Volume (clean channel), Drive, Master (drive channels volume), Presence, and Reverb controls
- Bright switch, and Drive/More Drive switches
- Two ¼" inputs (input 2 operates at -6db)
- A real spring reverb!
- Effects loop with ¼" jacks (Preamp out, Power amp in)
- Two ¼" speaker jacks (internal and external)
|Hot Rod DeVille PCB layout|
|Hot Rod DeVille schematic|
The overdrive situation
It's really loud
It's built solid
It runs cool
The not-so-cool stuff
It's large and heavy
It's power-hungry and power-sensitive
|Picture taken after the final electrical rewiring was complete. David from Tripp Lite approves of this setup.|