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Brandon Earman
post Feb 24 2010, 06:05 PM
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I've had my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for a while now, and I'm wondering what the 'Preamp Out' and 'Power Amp In' jacks are for. Also, the 'Footswitch' jack - how would you hook a footswitch pedal to your rig? Would it be completely separate from your pedalboard?

My only guess was that these jacks are basically the effects loop jacks..


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post Feb 24 2010, 06:22 PM
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The footswitch is a specific device for channel selection. it's not an "effect" pedal at all. The other jacks you've correctly identified, that's how fender labels them.



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post Feb 24 2010, 06:45 PM
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ah ok, so 'Preamp Out' would go to the 'Input' on your delays/reverbs/etc. and the 'Outputs' of said pedals would run to 'Power Amp In' on the amp? I think I got it now smile.gif Thanks a lot!


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post Feb 24 2010, 07:44 PM
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Yes you got it right - and yes connect it the way you described. Footswich is used for switching channels on the amp itself, just get a fitting one and connecting straight to the amp.


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post Feb 25 2010, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (earman @ Feb 24 2010, 06:45 PM) *
ah ok, so 'Preamp Out' would go to the 'Input' on your delays/reverbs/etc. and the 'Outputs' of said pedals would run to 'Power Amp In' on the amp? I think I got it now smile.gif Thanks a lot!


Hot Rod has what I like to call a "good overdrive preamp section attempt" smile.gif The overdrive from the preamp sounds nice, but the overdriven tone of power tubes on that amp would add a (much needed) cherry on the tone cake. However, when overdriving power section, loop gets distorted too, so this reveals the point of this amp - it was made as a modern Fender with channel switching and preamp based overdrive.


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post Feb 25 2010, 02:33 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Feb 24 2010, 05:14 PM) *
Hot Rod has what I like to call a "good overdrive preamp section attempt" smile.gif The overdrive from the preamp sounds nice, but the overdriven tone of power tubes on that amp would add a (much needed) cherry on the tone cake. However, when overdriving power section, loop gets distorted too, so this reveals the point of this amp - it was made as a modern Fender with channel switching and preamp based overdrive.


I'm not sure I fully understand what you're saying, Ivan. I never have used the amp's drive channel, I always keep it on the clean channel and use a TS-9 and/or Big Muff if I want to get overdriven tones. Am I missing out by not utilizing the second channel?


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