I just bought myself a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III amplifier. Great tone machine. I tried a lot of amps before deciding on the Hot Rod Deluxe. I was looking for an amp that covered tones from clean, through to crunch, and all the way upwards and onwards to full gain. I tried Fenders, Blackstars, Egnaters, Vox etc etc and very soon realised that no amp does everything well. But I kept being drawn to the Hot Rod because of its clean channel, which blooms and shimmers. It also has a drive channel which offers great crunch, which can be boosted by the “More drive” switch which takes one into high gain territory.
The Hot Rod deluxe excels at clean and crunch, but only really knocks on the door of high gain. To cover all bases, I decided to partner the amp with a boutique distortion pedal from Suhr – the Riot. Used in conjunction with the Hot Rod’s cIean channel , I can get any tone I want. And if I kick in the Hot Rod’s more drive channel via the amp’s footswitch, I get the option to beef up the gain for solos.
The Suhr Riot distortion pedal is a quality piece of kit. It’s not cheap. Prices start at around £160 in the UK. But what you get for your money is well built tonal flexibility which sounds like an amp, not a pedal, and at the gainy end of the spectrum could be mistaken for a raging stack. Suhr’s focus on quality and attention to detail extend to the packaging. The Riot comes in a very cool hand-numbered box.
Features include a 3-position voice switch, tone (EQ), distortion (gain) and level (volume).
Here are a few video demos that helped me decide on the Suhr Riot: