I bought this amp after searching for an upgrade from my Hot Rod Deluxe, and finding the exquisite tones the Deluxe Reverb offers. The reverb is an improvement over the what the hot rod offers, and the vibrato is a very nice addition too! The amp has a tight, focused sound that brings out the best in my Strat & Les Paul, and is very loud. I haven't even had a chance to really push the amp for that naturally overdriven sound due to its volume. One interesting thing I noticed is that the distortion/overdrive pedals that sounded great on my hot rod have a totally different feel on the Deluxe Reverb. Not bad, but different enough that it has me on a search to replicate the sound I had with the pedal/hot rod amp. This amp has a beautiful sound, which also translates over when recording, as my recent guitar tracks have more presence and an overall sweeter sound. I highly recommend this amp!