Fat Sound

All about guitars and vinyl – Joe Hoyle



Victory V40 Deluxe – amp review

A few months ago, I tried a Victory V40 Deluxe combo at my local guitar emporium. It was so goddamn good,  I went back a couple of weeks later and bought it.
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Fender Champion 100 amplifier – review

I play in a band. My son, Harry, plays in a band. By default we own a lot of amps and guitars. Our collection includes a couple of beautiful valve amps: a Marshall Custom JTM Offset and a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III. So why did I buy Harry a solid state Fender Champion 100?
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Marshall Custom JTM Offset – review

I’m a big fan of Fender amps. I own a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, which has been my amp of choice for several years. So why did I buy a 1-Watt Marshall Custom JTM Offset? Quite simply, it looks beautiful, sounds glorious and can be cranked at home without blowing the windows out. What’s not to love?
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Fender releases ’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb

Hot on the heels of the popular ’68 Custom Twin Reverb, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb amps, Fender has just announced a new addition to the Vintage Modified Series: a 35-watt, 2×10 Silverface combo –  the ’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb.
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Little Hurricane: a sonic tour de force

Little Hurricane is a “dirty blues” duo from San Diego, California. Formed in 2010, the band consists of Anthony “Tone” Catalano, on lead vocals and guitar, and Celeste “C.C.” Spina, on drums and backing vocals. Their songwriting is faultless, their hooks are catchy and their sound is exquisite.
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Dan Auerbach’s guitars and gear

Guitar tech Dan Johnson gives a fascinating insight into the guitars and rig used by Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach – courtesy of Premier Guitar.

Bias setting for 6L6GC power tubes in a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Ruby 6L6GCMSTR Power Tubes
Ruby 6L6GCMSTR Power Tubes

I recently fitted the power stage of my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a pair of Ruby 6L6GCMSTR tubes. I gave a full review of the Ruby tubes in an earlier blog post. What I want to discuss here is the bias setting for the power stage in a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
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How to diagnose and fix tube rattle on a guitar amplifier

Ruby 6L6 valves in my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
Ruby 6L6 valves in my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

My Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III recently developed a glassy rattle. It was only evident at certain frequencies – prevalent when I strummed low chords or struck low notes. At first the rattle was faint and only occurred occasionally. But over a number of weeks the rattle grew in prominence and occurred almost every time I played a low chord or note.
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Cortez The Killer by Neil Young with Crazy Horse – simplicity and tone are everything

In recent weeks, I have become obsessed with Cortez The Killer from the 1975 album Zuma by Neil Young with Crazy Horse. So much so, that I’ve started pestering my son to jam it with me and have ordered multiple copies of the album from Amazon, so I can share the masterpiece with friends who I think will appreciate it. Read more…

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