Fender’s popular Hot Rod range of valve combo amps are loud. Great fun for guitarists but potentially annoying to bandmates and sound engineers. Nobody needs that bassy woof thrapping your trousers and smashing your ribs as you focus on nailing that tricky flute solo.
There are many ways to change your guitar’s volume or tone in live situations to create dynamics. Simmering through breakdowns, dialling down behind a vocal, cranking up for a solo, chorus or outro – all require control. Overdrive and boost pedals, or switching amp channels, are both options. Combining the two offers even more scope.