Ah, relationships.  Sometimes they're good.  Sometimes you need to call the police.   In this episode of Gear Porn, we're going to focus on good relationships, specifically, a good relationship you might happen to be in now.

Now, even in the best of relationships, as time goes on, perhaps the sex, while still awesome, feels a little routine, a little uninspiring. It happens to all of us.  Really. 

Now some of us might go out and, well, play around on the side.   Some of us might be so rash as to simply find someone new altogether.

Here at Gear Porn, we're not here to judge you, but we would like to make a suggestion to help spice up your current situation.

Now, I was in the middle of a long term relationship with a very nice girl.  I had a gorgeous Fender Hot Rod Deluxe whom I was truly happy with. I really was. All tube (3 x 12AX7,2 x 6L6), 40 watts of power, 12 inch Eminence speaker, 3 channel (Normal, Drive, and More Drive!), real spring reverb…she's a beauty alright.   She had the perfect Fender clean sound and some creamy overdrive.

 

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I do have to admit though, that after a while, my eyes began to wander.  It started with a few catalogs in the bathroom, then checking out who my friends were with, and (sigh) I even went so far as to drive down to a music shop to check out a few available models.  (Although I swear, I didn't touch any of them!)

Then I came across a website offering some assistance for guys like me who wanted to spice up their current relationship.  The website was for Fromel Electronics in Seattle, Washington.  

One of the products sold through this website was a amplifier mod kit, specifically designed for the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.  (They of course, sell mod kits for many different amplifier models.)

Reading through the description of the modifications it included, it was like they were actually there, in our bedroom, and understood the nuances of our relationship.  Such as:

"Ever wonder why this amp gets extremely loud after you turn it up past 2. Fender uses a linear taper pot for the Master Volume when it should be an audio taper. This mod gives you usable control of the drive channel so you can get good tone without playing at stadium volume."   

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"Why does the reverb in this amp become a complete wash after turning it up past 3 especially at low volumes? This mod makes the reverb more controllable, fuller, and more natural. This is an easy mod that is nothing more than clipping one wire but the result is amazing."  (You can read the full mod descriptions here.)

fromel1I was intrigued to say the least.  It was if the website was talking directly to me!   I ordered a kit immediately.  In the mail came a plain brown box with a little baggie of capacitors, wires, potentiometers, and some instructions.

According to Fromel, "If you have a basic understanding of electronics and soldering skills you can do these mods in less than an hour."  I had Jay Allman of Allman Guitars do mine.  

And truly, let me say unto you, that these upgrades saved my relationship.   The tone was great.  It is now better.  The overdrive was creamy.  It now makes me cream.  The reverb and drive controls are much more accurate.  It's still my amp.  But the sex with it is so much better.   

In the end, I bought my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for $500 used.   After plunking down $79.95 for the Supreme Mod Kit, plus a little more for installation (which any local guitar shop can do for you), I believe I now have an amp that can rival amps three times the price and now have no interest in seeking out anything new.   

Not all of us can afford $4000 boutique amps.  But with a little research, and a little work, we all CAN get the highest quality tone from our amps, guitars, and effects within a very reasonable budget.   Here at Gear Porn, I will be preaching this regularly.

In the end, I'm a very satisfied man in a very satisfying relationship.

 

 

 

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