20 Most Recent Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Guitar Combo Amplifier Questions & Answers


Check the power supply voltage and look for a hot component. If it takes a while to bring on the symptom it's probably something getting hot.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Nov 19, 2017


It doesn't happen often but I suspect that the high gain input jack is defective. With nothing plugged into either input jack part of the signal is grounded and there should not be any noise. It might be that plus a noisy preamp tube. Try swapping the first two tubes to see if there is less noise. Carefully bang your fist or use an insulated tool's handle to hear if the noise changes. It might be an intermittent solder connection as well.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Jul 15, 2017


The unit is screwed down. There are two screws one at each end. Look hard you will find them. Most of the time there is a small transducer (coli of wire) the small wires are usualy broke.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on May 24, 2017


Here is a test you can do at home for the sound. Test out the speaker. To do this you will need two alligator clips with wire about ft. long. Remove the speaker wire clips under the speaker magnet and attach the alligator clips . Take a C size battery and touch both ends of the battery. You should here a scratching sound . If you do you know your speaker is OK. Then you have a problem that needs a Technician. A good music shop should be able to give you a idea of the repair cost. Don't go to a big music change, find a small full service shop that deals with Fender. I don't think this will cost a lot. Fenders play for years, Its truly worth the bench fee. Good luck DFD , please rate me thanks

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Apr 27, 2017


Wayne, There's a time to take the amp to a pro shop andf get it done right. It' saves time and headaches, and also keeps you from inadvertantly smoking other parts or yourself. Now is that time.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Apr 23, 2017


Personally, I like to have all "tone effects", such as wahs, distortions and equalizers in front of "time effects" such as phasers, chorus, flangers and delays. See my set up in the photo. Guitar input is from right to left, starting with the wah pedal.
Tom, 30yr player


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Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Apr 22, 2016


This could be any of several problems including a failure in the power supply filtering, a tube that has shorted, or a broken ground someplace. Take unit in for repair.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Jun 13, 2015


You have to ask the question for us to try to get an answer.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on May 31, 2015


For the Drive channel you need to use the Drive control AND the MASTER volume control. When the Drive channel is active, the Channel Indicator lamp should be RED indicating the Drive Channel is active. The Drive control knob is used to adjust the preamp volume and distortion level of the Drive Channel. This gives you a clue as to what to check if adjusting the controls doesn't work -- the preamp tubes. Having said that, ONLY try to check these tubes with the amp OFF! Never stick your hand up into the chassis of a live amp. It could be lethal. Your preamp tubes are the ones farthest from where the power cord enters the chassis. They have a rubber like stabilizer on them. They have a tendency to wiggle loose, which is part of the reason for the stabilizer. Again, if you're not familiar with the insides...stay out and get an amp tech to help you.

The Normal Channel only uses the Volume Control to adjust volume.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on May 16, 2015


Just because tubes light up does NOT mean they are good or working... While heaters not lit are an indication of failure, teh reverse is not necessarily true.
Time to troubleshoot this... Plug a set of headphones into teh preamp out. See if audio there is clean... it will be low level using headphones and ONLY from one side as the output is mono and your headphones are stereo usually... If audio is clean here and not muffled, then problem is in power amp section else in the early stages of the unit.
Report back the results of this test...

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Mar 29, 2015


http://intl.fender.com/en-CA/support/ Here is a link that will help you.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Feb 14, 2015


http://www.guitardaterproject.org/fender.aspx

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Feb 13, 2015


with or with out a guitar plugged in

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Feb 02, 2015


Plug the guitar on the "power amp in" jack near the "presence" knob.
If you get sound, you have a problem on the preamp. If not, it´s probably on the power amp section.

Its a good start...

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Jan 29, 2015


Fender hot rod´s have an common problem on the plate resistors of the preamp and phase inverter tubes.

Check if the 100K and 82K resistors on the tube socket board are not brown. Those resistors usually need to be changed to bigger ones 1/2W.

this guy made a good document about this fix:

http://home.comcast.net/~fredholz/Justin-Holton/Fixing%20Loud%20and%20Intermittent%20Crackle%20or%20Static.pdf

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Jan 29, 2015


Your guitar was made in 1960

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Jan 23, 2015


What does 'it does not work correctly' mean? The reverb? Low sound? Hums?

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Dec 07, 2014


Most likely one of the diodes CR6 through CR9 is shorted... Test them with an ohmmeter with the standby switch OFF and no power plugged in either. Slight chance one of the power tubes is shorted but that is rare. A shorted tube socket is another possibility but it too is rare. If one of the diodes is shorted, replace them all as the others are likely degraded. Put a 150 watt lamp in series with the power cord to test to avoid blowing fuses. If the lamp lights and stays on, there i still a short. the filter capacitors may also be degraded if a diode has shorted.

Fender Hot Rod... | Answered on Dec 07, 2014

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