Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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Great amp, great sound, great price

I just bought this amp and love the thing. I've used it in practice and have gigged with it and still haven't had the volume up past 3, and that's a gig with a...Read complete review

I just bought this amp and love the thing. I've used it in practice and have gigged with it and still haven't had the volume up past 3, and that's a gig with a full band in a decent sized club. I like that this is somewhat of a bare-bones amp without built in effects or anything like that. I use a pedal board and find that I get a great sound by using the amp's preamp before going through my pedalboard. The tone of this thing is amazing. I'm getting sounds out of my tele that I've never heard before. My les paul with my Boss metal distortion absolutely screams through this amp. One note: the built in drive/more drive. I haven't really used it much because i prefer my pedals. It does deliver that classic fender tone, but I'm not sure if it needs both "drive" and "more drive."

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One Trick Pony Lemon

The Hot Rod DeVille 212 is an extremely loud amp. It has 3 foot-swithcable channels which is awesome. Clean, crunch and overdrive. The clean sounds absolutely amazing, but, the crunch and overdrive...Read complete review

The Hot Rod DeVille 212 is an extremely loud amp. It has 3 foot-swithcable channels which is awesome. Clean, crunch and overdrive. The clean sounds absolutely amazing, but, the crunch and overdrive channels leave little to be desired. They sound really, really bad. But, with a good pedal, such as an Ibanez Tube Screamer, this thing is awesome! Mine was a lemon. 3 times this thing went into the shop after barely owning it. First it was the high pitched squeek and the loud buzz. Then it was the theremin sounding squeal whenever the reverb was turned on. And the problems went on and on. After the final time in the shop, I played around with it, it seemed ok, so I sold it and bought a Vox. If you want a loud amp that has some fat tone (on the clean channel anyway), pick up this amp and get a good distortion pedal. Hopefully its not a lemon.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp, great sound, great price

By MML

from Minnesota

I just bought this amp and love the thing. I've used it in practice and have gigged with it and still haven't had the volume up past 3, and that's a gig with a full band in a decent sized club. I like that this is somewhat of a bare-bones amp without built in effects or anything like that. I use a pedal board and find that I get a great sound by using the amp's preamp before going through my pedalboard. The tone of this thing is amazing. I'm getting sounds out of my tele that I've never heard before. My les paul with my Boss metal distortion absolutely screams through this amp. One note: the built in drive/more drive. I haven't really used it much because i prefer my pedals. It does deliver that classic fender tone, but I'm not sure if it needs both "drive" and "more drive."

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hot Rod, Hot Sound

By Fritz

from New York

I am a traditional rack rig guy - stereo with at least 2 cabs. Someone recommended I check this out - "it's what Trey Anastasio uses" he told me - so I did and no regrets. I have 2 words for anyone planning on playing one of these any louder than 3: EAR PLUGS. This thing is dangerously loud, and will cut through anything like only tubes can. As for tone I had to mic it up (only the verb) and re-record 4 tracks I was happy with before I got this amp (big difference). While I do love the sound of this amp straight up, I'm using a certain other make blue tube pedal preamp/FX into the clean channel and I've gotten RAVES on my tone. I was even thinking about getting another to revert to stereo, but the thought of lugging 2 of these around stopped me - it is heavy, but tube amps are... For the money these Hot Rods are a steal. FritZ

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the Cadillac of Fender Amps

By ThrobRocker

from Arizona

So my quest to find my first tube amp started by refering to one of my favorite local bands. I loved the guitarist's thick rich tone. So I started my research and found that this was the amp he used. So I went to Guitar center and played many amps before trying this one. I found many that were impressive until I plugged into this amp. With the volume set on 3 I proceeded to hit my first chord and was defened by the sound. WOW....I actually turned it down around 1.5 and was still getting the crunch. To keep a long story short if you are looking for a quality tube amp that won't break your budget this is the amp to get. It is more amp than I will ever need, but better to have too much than not enough. You cannot beat the tone of this amp. Simply Perfect.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Creamy Saturation

By TelePlaya66

from Vancouver, WA

This is an excellent amp! It works great for stage/gig use, and the volume goes low for home practice. (and it dosen't sound too bad low either) It obviously sounds better cranked (the creamy tone comes around the 2 or 3 mark on the clean channel) and it's very very loud. 60 watts of tube power can fill a very large area. The drive and more drive channels are okay, but I prefer pedals and natural overdrive. I use a Boss GT-8 with my "obsolete" Boss DS-1 and Crybaby Classic. With those 3 pedals, I can get any tone I want! Great for blues and rock. plug a pedal in and it will do any type of music. Sounds great with humbuckers, but I prefer the single coils (my Fender Telecaster!) And it has the classic Fender reverb as well! Simple amp, great tone, big bang for the buck. I highly and strongly recommend this amp to rock players!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superbly Clean

By SilkyHotLicks

from Sacramento, CA.

I got an opportunity to purchase the floor demo while at my local Guitar Center. I play a Godin xtSA fitted with Thomastik blues sliders. While I'm not a fan of the drive/more drive channel configuration, the clean channel is marvelous and the amp is amazingly loud. It was good choice. Try it for yourself.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Schizoid - but in good way!

By Father Time

from Deptford, NJ

Last year my wife bought me a '52 Fender Telecaster reissue, but made it clear the amp was on me. Using a combination of product descriptions, consumer reviews, and word of mouth I settled on the Fender Hot Rod Deville. It didn't disappoint. What I love about this amp is its schizophrenic nature. It can be sweet, clear, clean, and springtime melodic or rough, slashing, and take no prisions grim depending on how you set it and what effects you place between it and your axe. I use an Ibenez tube screamer overdrive connected to a Boss DD-6 digital delay that in turn is attached to and sweetened by an MXR M-135 noise reducer. I swear sometimes I suspect another guitarist is hiding in my practice room. Could it actually be me sounding this good?

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect For Me

By Rob

from Ellington, CT

Classic Fender clean sound and great crunch on overdive. A lot of people don't like the distortion on this puppy. I find it to be fantastic..just have to know how to set it. This thing has the signature Fender tone written all over it. Turn the reverb up and you know what you're playing. If you want to tackle a lot of signature sounds, this is the amp for you. Read the description for the details, it's your basic amp with a HUGE, HUGE sound. My wife thought I had become a better guitarist overnight when she heard this thing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Create Your Own Signature Tone w/ This Amp!

By avrocker1

from Apple Valley, MN

I was shopping around seemingly forever trying to find an amp that, when paired up with my guitars, could give me a tone that I could only think of, but could never hear. After wasting my time, and too much money, I finally came across the Fender Hot Rod Deville. When I plugged in any one of my guitars I was instantly sold on the sound that came out of the speakers. Finally, after searching for my perfect tone, I found it with this amp. If you are worried about playing big venues and not having enough sound to reach everyone's ear, then get this amp. The tubes are so powerful, especially combined with the two Celestion speakers. This is definitely a buy for any blues or alternative rock fan. The only downfall would be the overdrive and more overdrive channels on this amp, because it isn't the best sounding. It is nice if you want kind of a throw back rock sound similar to The Who, or any of those 60's and 70's groups, but if you are into heavy metal I wouldn't necessarily look at this amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Amp

By Mike

from North Port

I recently bought this amp and I have to say how impressed I am. I thought it was near impossible to get a loud, good quality tube amp at this price. I was wrong. The amp sounds great at all volumes I feel. Don't worry about it not being loud enough. This thing can stand up at any gig that doesnt call for the use of a PA. The sound quality is good. It sounds nice clean and the distortion isn't as bad as some people make it out to me. If you don't like it, you can always substitute in a pedal. This amp is fairly versatile too. It sounds good no matter what genre of music you throw at it. The reverb sounds wonderful as well. Only thing I dont like it the non linear volume knobs. Overall, there won't be any regrets after buying this amp. I play everything from Pink Floyd to Jazz, and even some metal and it all sounds great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bang for the Buck

By Roundhouse Rocker

from Oneonta NY

This is a great combo amp. It works well for a stage rig. It has nice warm tone in a nice portable package. It sounds great with a Strat or Les Paul. It?s hard to beat the clean channel. The drive and more drive channels are pretty good for the money. I prefer getting my overdrive from the amp; however, I find the fulltone OCD works extremely well with this amp. I currently own an Ampeg Reverb Rocket and a few Boogies?, I have owned Peavey Classic?s and 5150 combos and various other tube amps. While they all have their strengths pound-for-pound the Fender works the best for me and what I am doing (Classic Rock, Blues, Country). The DeVille?s simple functionally makes it very easy to use. The amp works well with pedals or on its own. If you are looking for a metal shredder amp it?s not the best choice. If you play Blues, Classic Rock or Country it is a great amp.

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