I've had my hot rod deluxe for about 5 years now and for the most part it's done the trick. I'm not too fond of the touchy volume or its brittle reverb sound, but other than that I can't really complain. I mostly play clean so it was ok for me just to rely on a nice OD or distortion pedal when I wanted some dirt. I tried the drive channel early on and didn't really like it so I never used it. Today I decided to see what it would be like to keep the drive fairly low and crank the master..... wow! What a great tone! I can't believe I've missed out on it for so long! I feel like an idiot, but its kind of like having a new amp which is cool.