Fender hot rod vs blues jr. whatcha think?

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by rob batz, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    True Henry but most people don't like the drive sound on any Fender amp.
    They've always been very poor at over drive imo - that is when you can even get any out of them :D
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  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    I see where you're at between the two for the price point.

    Like I've posted, had both, sold both. Lot's of good amps in that price range, especially used.

    Just depends on what sound you want out of the amp.

    Best of luck with your hunt.
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  3. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    The overdrive on a Tweed Bassman is horrendous! Marshall would never be inspired by Fenders overdrive :p
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  4. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    HUGE difference in those amps. The HRD is a loud amp, very brash "in your face". Dont use the OD channel. HRD's are not that easy to sell now. Sometimes $250-300.
    The Blues Jr is EL84 based amp, punchy with highs that "sizzle" for lack of a better description.
    Hard to say on that question. You have a DR right? So maybe you want the HRD in case you have some outdoor gigs or etc?
    If not, then the BJr will give a different sound than the Deluxe Reverb.
    I know pro's that use a BJr and they sound good with one.
    I know pro's who use a Blues Deluxe, slightly different amp than the HRD, but they sound very good... and very loud.
    I've never found an attenuator that sounds good.
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  5. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    If you have a DR I am not sure why you would want either of these.

    Remember, "because it's there" is a terrible reason to buy something. Buy what you want, not what happens to be put in front of you.
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  6. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    that makes sense for an amp you really like and just need to get the volume down, though I would argue a cheap attenuator will be a tone bottleneck.

    But I would not buy an attenuator just to spend more money on an amp that I have no strong interest in.
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  7. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    +1. That would work too.
  8. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    I use a Juice Box with my 65 DRRI or I would not be able to use it at home
    It was recommended by a few members here.
    I have a couple Nocturne and EQD pedals in front of it
    Works pretty well
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  9. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    agreed. U think too much diode clipping is happening in the crunch channel.
  10. NickGretsch

    NickGretsch Synchromatic

    Aug 30, 2011
    Cornwall, England
    Don’t know the HR’s but I have a Blues Jnr with a Celestion 30 I fitted.

    it’s a great amp for home recording and gigging. Yes gigging, even with a band that aren’t particularly quiet. For bigger gigs I’ve been mic’d up but that amp is really good. It’s an old US one that’s had the mains mod and other bits.
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  11. rob batz

    rob batz Synchromatic

    Apr 17, 2014
    Bristol ct.
    I just got a Vox today , but I’m still grabbing the hot rod , sometime next week
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