The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe is a great amp. This 40 watt amp features all tube circuitry with two 6L6 output tubes, and three12AX7 preamp tubes, a 12″ specially designed Eminence speaker, and two channels, including clean and drive/more drive.
The clean channel volume is controlled by the knob labelled “volume” (I know that seems obvious but you will understand why I told you that shortly). The clean channel is equipped with a ”bright” switch which gives a clean treble boost.
The drive channel’s volume is controlled by the knob labelled “Master.” The drive channel also has a fairly new “more drive” option which gives a gain boost. This is a very usable option, especially if you are using the drive channel for rythym and using the more drive channel for lead, or if you just need a little extra “umph” to cut to the front of the band. While this amp has the famous fender clean tone, as well as drive that is good for rock, blues, etc., the drive can’t really handle heavier music, such as metal, so before buying on of these make sure you try it out.
Play your style of music through it to make sure it has enough drive for your playing needs. The only other con that I could think of is the fact that both channels share one EQ, so be sure you are satisfied with your equalization settings on your clean sounds as well as dirty sounds.
All-in-all, this is a great amp. It has enough power to play a live show, but is also great for studio or bedroom use. This amp is very versitile. And while it is a great amp, it is also a great value. You can pick one up new at your local music store for under $700, or used for under $600.