As a service tech, I will say that these amps and the Hot Rods had a particular Achilles' Heel.
It's set up primarily as a blues amp, and a pedal will push it into heavier distortion.
This post doesn't mention whether this is an original issue or a reissue.
With the volume over 6 and driving it with a booster, blows away your mind! The only thing that bother me is the dirty channel, with those lower frequencies disappearing.
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Practically all good sounds between Bassman and Deluxe can be produced.
With the Eminence 12" speaker, the amp has enough power to fill small clubs with plenty of sound.Well, I had three of it over the past 20 years (original and reissue) and they never dissapointed me or let me down.The over all build quality is excellent, the tone is just pure Fender with lots of balls.I made it a couple of times but I switched back to 6L6, because I am (and wanna be) pretty loud on stage. The stock speaker is a pretty nice sounding chassis but I changed to an alnico speaker from Guitar- I use it for practice with the band and bigger concerts, and does the job great!It's also an hugh improvement to go for a Celestion Creamback. Pros: -Great sound with a lot of headroom on the clean channel!The most common symptom is intermittent switching problems brought on by the solder joints for these resistors failing at the boards. When I stopped tech-ing a few years back, the problem had not been resolved (other than changing the type of resistor). It's set up primarily as a blues amp, and a pedal will push it into heavier distortion.