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Modding Blues DeVille to a Hotrod Deville


 
8/27/1999 4:18 AM
Scott
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Modding Blues DeVille to a Hotrod Deville
Can a Fender Blues DeVille be modded to a Hotrod DeVille? I'm looking to get more gain from the Blues DeVille...any suggestions?
 
8/27/1999 8:23 AM
Steve A.
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Scott:  
 
 
 
    I've got the schematics for both of them on my site:  
 
 
 
http://www.techaccessinc.com/blueguitar/  
 
 
 
    Why don't you try it out and let us know how it worked?  
 
 
 
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8/27/1999 1:29 PM
Gus
I think a gain petal would be a better fix
 
8/27/1999 2:14 PM
Paul
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Yes you can mod your amp to Hot Rod specs. If you like the NO tone, almost high gain of the Hot Rod Deville, go ahead. After spending many hours retracking the PCB, repairing damage (it will happen) to the PCB you may be happy. I do warranty repairs for Fender products and have worked on many Deluxes, Devilles and hot rod updates. If you don't like what you have, buy what you want. While you spend hours, days, weeks, months stuffing around with your amp (if this is your only amp) you won't be playing your guitar through the amp. The bottom line is guitars and amps are for producing music. This seems to get lost in the quest to rewire the amp for the 1000th time. If you have the time, knowledge and money go ahead. Why turn an almost OK amp into a les than ok sounding amp. Ever thought of an Soldano, gain to burn but again where is the tone. Try a pedal as stated in an earlier reply. Cheaper, better results.  
 
Paul.
 
8/27/1999 5:06 PM
Ken
Gee, I don't know, Paul...  
 
 
 
Some folks--hell MANY folks--think Soldanos have a pretty good tone.  
 
 
 
It _IS_ all about personal preference, right?  
 
 
 
~KG~
 
8/28/1999 6:05 AM
Steve A.
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Paul:  
 
 
 
    Just to play the devil's advocate, if no one ever tampered with the classic Fender designs from the 50's and 60's, perhaps we never would have seen Marshall, Mesa Boogie and Dumble amps... But I agree with you here, and other than maybe adding a Ck cap switch or mid-boost cap, it's probably best not to dig too deeply into mods on those amps. The saying about sow's ears and silk purses comes to mind, except that in the case of a blues deville and a hotrod deville, it would be sow's ears and another sow's ears... < g >  
 
 
 
Steve Ahola
 
8/28/1999 12:43 AM
Joe Movich
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Scott,  
 
I have a Blues Deluxe, I changed the bright switch (which hardly added any highs) to switch in a cathode bypass capacitor on the second tube stage, basically like Fender's "Fat switch". This doesn't give a real lot of additional gain but it might be enough. You can tailor the response if you like by trying different value capacitors.
 
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