Hi, over the last month, my son got his first Fender, a Performer Strat. I got the Ultra Tele and a Hot Rod Deluxe. I'm not really sure why I got the Hot Rod since I'm not currently playing in a band and this thing is sooo loud. I threw together some parts and made a volume box to help with the volume being so sensitive. Anyway, I'm really enjoying all the Fender after so many years of metal guitars! Anyway, I've went a lot over what I should be spending so getting a more expensive amp isn't something I think I want to do but I am thinking about a used Twin or maybe the Tonemaster?? That said, I already had to exchange my first one because the bright switch didn't work. Now, the next one has a popping electrical sound when switching from the drive channel to clean. Clean to drive doesn't make any noise. I also have to be playing or have a note ringing. This doesn't bother me too much since I'm not playing live. I really hate the thought of going back to Guitar Center and going through the long process of exchanging another. It also doesn't make much noise, if any, when I'm using the Tele, just a humbucker guitar does it. Thanks for any help.