I’ve been wanting to pick up some kind of combo amp for a little while and was actually going to Scam Cash to check out a Bassbreaker 15 and while I really dug it, there’s no way that amp can hang with a drummer if I ever left the house with it. This Hot Rod Deluxe was sitting right next to it for $500, I plugged a Strat Deluxe into it and pretty much had a killer clean tone right away, did my impulse thinking and walked out with it after 3 minutes.
I’m not sure which iteration of the HRD it is, but like any HRD, it’s a great pedal platform which is my primary reason for having an amp separate of my Fractal rig. And speaking of the Fractal rig; my hot take after playing a Blues Jr, Bassbreaker, HRD, a 5150 Icon, a Deluxe Reverb and a Catalyst then my FM9 rig all within the same hour- Playing a modeler into actual cabs feels exactly the f*****g same to me as playing into a tube amp. The only difference is that with a tube amp, you go from 0 - In Your Face immediately, there’s a much slower incline with the digital stuff.
I’m stuffing my face then checking this out in 4-cable method with the FM9.