Turning a single channel (clean / over drive) HRD into a dual clean channel, or twin clean channel amplifier mod by us at sickamps
We have had a great success with modifying Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amps taking on board a dual clean channel version adding a few extra features and changing some of the paths to operate smoothly. We’re aware there are similar mods carried out on Michael Landau Fender’s, however we do not copy these and have our own secret formula.
Let the truth be known people love the clean sound of a Fender amp but generally detest the overdrive sound, leaving it sludgy and rough. The Hot Rod Deville and Deluxe can fairly easily be modified to have two clean switchable channels to provide options for you to add your own effects after.
Essentially the amp loses the drive channel, and becomes Volume 2. The bright switch will affect both channels, more drive gives a little mid boost to channel 2. The channel switch switches between the two volumes.
This gives your new Hot Rod a single channel one input , but with dual volume controls, the amplifier retains a common EQ and Reverb.
Like the ML version we keep in the main master control which enables you to still maintain a decent level either loud or quiet.
Twin channel – Using the above mod to create two clean volume controls on a single channel amp we can rewire to provide a twin clean channel with 2 inputs. We re jiggle some of the uses of the overdrive valve around to give another input which has the same components and values as the existing clean channel making sure you have 2 identical clean channels in.