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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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A ready-to-gig amp with true tube tone.

The ever-popular 40W Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, equipped with a 12" Celestion speaker, may be the world standard for gigging guitarists. With bottom-end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes and a versatile all-12AX7 tube preamp, the Hot Rod Deluxe III amp offers luscious Fender spring reverb, an effects loop and more.

If you want to add a little output, fullness, and stage coverage, you can even add a matching 1x12 extension enclosure to your Hot Rod Deluxe III.

The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III amp also packs these upgrades over previous models: easy-view black control panel with front-reading text, new badge, streamlined footswitch, graduated volume and treble pot tapers, tighter overdrive and a Celestion G12P-80 speaker.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • All tube preamp and 40W power section
    3 band EQ
    Presence control
    1-12" special design Celestion speaker
    3 channels from clean to more drive
    Built-in spring reverb
    Extension speaker jack
    Input for included 2-button 3-function footswitch
    Amp cover included

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Amplifier Type: Tube
    Output Power: 40W
    Speaker: 1-12" Celestion G12P-80, 8 ohm Speaker
    Output Impedance: 4 or 8 ohms
    Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes: 2 x 6L6
    Rectifier: Solid State Rectifier
    Inputs: Two
    Channels: Three Selectable Channels (Normal, Drive and More Drive)
    Controls: Presence, Reverb, Master Volume, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume, Bright Switch
    Effects: Spring Reverb
    Effects Loop: Effects Loop (Preamp Out, Power Amp In)
    Speaker Jack: Extension Speaker Jack
    Amp Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth
    Height: 18.75" (47.6 cm)
    Width: 23.5" (59.7 cm)
    Depth: 10.5" (26.7 cm)
    Weight: 45 lbs (20.41 kg)
    Footswitch: 2-Button, 3-Function Footswitch Included
    Cover: Amplifier Cover Included
    Unique Features: Independent Gain and Master Controls in Drive Channel, Bright Switch, Effects Loop, Reverb, External Speaker
    Jack, 2-Button 3-Function Footswitch for Channel Select, Drive Select and "More Drive" Select, Chrome Panel,
    Vintage Pointer Knobs, Internal Variable Bias Control

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  • Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

    As reviewed by Thomas on 5/25/2011

    I have owned this amp for about 2 months now and I am very happy with it. In my opinion there should be zero complaints about the drive channels on this amp because its a FENDER, it is a clean amp through and through. If you want a high gain amp then buy a Marshall, because Fender Hot Rods are built to be crystal clear and have the best clean tone possible, and this thing does it. This thing handles pedals like a champ, all of my Way Huge and Boss pedals just scream through that speaker, and I can get as heavy as I want with my Green Rhino and Fat Sandwich paired together. This amp is LOUD, don't let that 40 watts fool you, its 40 watts of all tube GLORY, and it will punch you in the face with it if you arent careful. Great speaker, incredibly clean, and it handles high gain pedals wonderfully, the black face with the dials forward facing makes it easy to adjust, and it is gorgeous to look at, my new favorite amp for on stage, although I have to turn it way down for practice :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • Heavy sound, not so heavy amp!

    As reviewed by Zachary McKinley on 3/16/2012

    I bought this amp just before I started doing lots of bar gigs, and I have to say I'm glad I ditched my old solid state Marshall half stack. Yes I love Marshall, and I loved my old Marshall but the tubes on this baby are far superior. Yes Marshall makes a kick ass JVM, but carrying this thing in one hand is really nice! The cleans are un-flippin-beleivable, the dirty channel is a dream. I love the drive/more drive because it gives you just enough of a kick up to scream out a solo or just blow people away with dynamics in a song. I play a Gibson flying v and a squire I hot-rodded with fender Tex-Mex pickups and this is the perfect amp.Call me crazy but i've plugged my Martin 00-15 into this amp it it sounds surprisingly good on the clean channel...I wouldn't buy it solely as an acoustic amp but if you don't' have one, this amp works fine. I don't use any pedals other than a volume and occasionally a crybaby because this amp sounds perfect just straight through. Oh and did I mention it's loud? Although it's loud it can still be quiet with just as much tone. Hat's off to Fender!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Hot Rod SUPER Deluxe III

    As reviewed by STEPHEN SUHR on 2/15/2012

    I purchased my Hot Rod Deluxe III in October 2011. I was at the GC in Las Vegas and spied a Limited Edition Hot Rod Deluxe III- wine red with a wheat colored grille and cream colored chicken head knobs. I played one of the floor model Squire Strats thru the amp and was impressed enough to drive home and come back with some of my guitar arsenal - a Fender 81' Black n Gold Telecaster (completely stock) and my upgraded Epiphone Les Paul Custom (it sports a Seymour Duncan TB59 in the neck, SH4JB in the bridge). I first played the Les Paul and was very pleased. The tone was great, awesome sustain and beautiful (yet manageable) feedback. I loved it - it literally will sustain forever? The Telecaster and the Deluxe III are a match made in heaven. The clean channel really compliments the Tele's single coils and are extremely bright without being harsh. The Fender reverb with the Tele is a perfect match and you can really dial in that perfect Fender sound with the Presence and Reverb controls. I don't think I will ever tire of twanging away with this setup. This amp also takes quite well to my Gretsch 5150, again the sweet feedback and tone. The Bigsby vibrato makes for a ton of rocking fun (just ask my neighbors ?) The overdrive/super overdrive channel is in my opinion weak, but then we don't buy the Fender amps for their overdrive, do we? I use a 1982 MXR Distortion+ box and that provides me with all the overdrive/SuperMegaDistortion that I need to satisfy my punk sound. The Deluxe III takes to the boxes very well and makes for a very versatile amp. The HRDIII is well constructed - I've had no problems with the tubes, electronics, power supply, speaker or anything. I play through it daily and I?ve hauled it some and so far has been very dependable. The electronics/pots all have met my expectations ? nice range of control so I can dial in my sound whether I'm playing at home and need to keep the volume reasonable, or when I?m playing a gig and can let the Deluxe III flex its 40 watts of tube-tone muscle. Next I'll be looking for the matching speaker cabinet but I'm in good shape for the time being. Bottom line, the Deluxe III is a great sounding amp with plenty of control to shape your sound, has a lot volume, is very well constructed, dependable and the kicker is that is very affordable. The clean/reverb is awesome, especially with the Telecaster. The amp is versatile and takes to the humbuckers better than I expected. The overdrive/super overdrive channel lacks some depth/guts but this is easily compensated with the use of your favorite effects boxes. I would definitely recommend the HRDIII to a friend. I had been amp shopping for nearly 6 months before deciding on the HRDIII, and I am very satisfied with my decision. Try one out, I think you'll be very happy with it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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