So my band is about to start rehearsing and I got a surprise concerning my gear.

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  1. Blazer

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    Well one of the reasons I ended up selling my Fender Red Knob Deluxe 85 and replacing that one with a Hot Rod Deluxe by that same brand...

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    Was the fact that the Red Knob was just too loud, even when opened at a half, it simply drowned out everybody else in the rehearsal room. The Hot Rod will get its baptism of fire next Thursday when the band will re-start rehearsing but already I found that even at home, it can do a comfortable volume.

    Now I read time and time again that people hate the overdrive channel of the Hot Rod Deluxe and so I went at it with the drive pedals on my pedal board.

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    THIS is "Miss Piggy", my Washburn Mutt guitar and my main instrument with my band, it's nothing special, late eighties plywood monster.

    But today when trying out the Piggy through my Fender, I on a whim turned on the more drive channel and all of a sudden, there was THE sound, it sounded so much fuller than through the drive pedals.

    I'm not superstitious but I do see it as a sign, that I got the sound I wanted pretty much by accident just as we're getting ready to get this show back on the road.
     
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    I have always been a Huge fan of the What's-this-thing-do? Form of discovery.
    Obviously, it has served you well!
     
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    That very much reminds me of the very first 45 I ever owned.


    Around the 1:40 mark in this clip.
     
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    Have fun with the band! :)
     
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    Haha, I have one of those Washburns in its case in the closet. But, it has a much more conservative paint job. It's also toast. I played it into the ground. The frets are almost non-existent. The tremolo has like 2-3 stripped allen screws. Right where the pick guard would be there's a spot worn through the paint from using by finger as an anchor while picking. I'm thinking I may turn it into a fretless, as it has an ebony fingerboard.

    Good luck gigging. It's giggity, giggety good!
     
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    Nice to hear you're rehearsing again.
     
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    Thanks, my Washburn was the final purchase from the final Music shop in Maastricht which I was a customer of for the better part of 35 years. They closed two years ago because of business not being good anymore, thanks to web shops and the DJ culture.

    Here's what it looked like before I added the pig face.
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    There was a Kahler on there at some point in time, why the final two frets are missing is anybody's guess.

    It currently has the bridge pickup from an eighties Charvel Model 2.
     
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    Love the Piggy. Yeah

    The HR is a solid amp used by most players at some point as a backline, or alot of guys just own em.

    The drive channel(s) aren't my cup...but thats not to discount the fact that some pretty smart people developed that thing.

    Drive is hard to nail at 'home volume' because it never sounds the same in the wild. I would bring your best overdrive just in case.
     
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    Do yourself and your bandmates a favour. Put a lower gain tube in V1. 12AT7, 5751, 12AY7.

    It makes the volume knob work way better.
    It makes the reverb sound sparkly and warm instead of nasally and harsh.
    It makes the drive and more drive sound not just usable but pretty damn good. It's easier to get usable tones on the footswitch without EQ fiddling.

    Phil is not quite right in how he describes what happens, but you can hear the result. Done this with four amps. It makes all the difference in the world.

     
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    I got that amp from a guy who services amps for a living and it came from a well known player (Although I'm sworn to secrecy here.) So anything that COULD be done to improve the sound has long since been done.
     
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    Ok. Your amp.
     
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    Looks like something the Reverend Horton Heat would play. Am I close?
     
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    Enjoy the piggy guitar... we gotta have some fun.
    OTOH the HRD is a solid performer. I have yet to hear (or play) one I didn’t dig. Enjoy!
     
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