On the surface this may seem like a good idea—make full use of a component that is already installed and give more gain to an amp whose predecessor may not have had enough overdrive to satisfy some rockers.
While the result may have worked for some, it’s obvious by your comment that it did not work for you, and I don’t think you’re alone.
In 2018 it was updated again with a Celestion A-Type speaker, pine cabinet, smoother-sounding spring reverb and modified preamp circuitry.
From 2003 to 2004 Fender released two limited edition models in polished maple hardwood (no tolex covering).
This model, along with the Hot Rod Deville, were originally designated as F. The Hot Rod Deluxe is an all tube combo amp rated at 40 watts.
It utilizes a single 12-inch Celestion A-Type Speaker.
The Hot Rod Deluxe is a mono-channel amplifier featuring 3 switchable gain levels: "Clean", "Drive", and "More Drive" selectable on either the control panel or footswitch (if plugged in).
Other features include a Bass, Middle, and Treble EQ, Master Volume, Presence, Normal/Bright, and spring reverb (solid state for both the driver and the recovery circuits).
At various times, Fender has released special versions or "Limited Editions" of this amplifier.
I need to know how to “tame” my Fender De Ville—it is the loudest 60-watt amp I’ve ever heard and I’m not wild about the overdrive channel.