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

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The Hot Rod DeVille 212 III is a 60-watt guitar amp combo with the classic 2 x 12 speaker configuration borrowed from the legendary Twin Reverb amp, the bottom end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Hot Rod DeVille 212 III is a 60-watt guitar amp combo with the classic 2 x 12 speaker configuration borrowed from the legendary Twin Reverb amp, the bottom end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes, and a versatile all-12AX7 tube preamp, with amazing clean and overdriven tones, luscious Fender spring reverb, effects loop, and more. A 4 ohm extension speaker output even lets you add a cabinet for additional stage coverage.

The new Hot Rod Deville 212 III guitar amp also includes these upgrades: Easier reading black control panel with front reading text; New badge; Streamlined footswitch; Graduated volume and treble pot tapers; Two Celestion G12P-80 speakers.

Features
  • All-tube preamp and 60-watt power section
  • 3-band EQ
  • Bright switch
  • 2-12" Celestion G12P-80 speakers
  • 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
Specifications
  • Amplifier Type: Tube
    Output Power: 60 watts
    Speaker: 2-12" Celestion G12P-80, 8 ohm speakers
    Output Impedance: 4 or 2 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: 21" (53.34 cm)
    Width: 24.25" (61.59 cm)
    Depth: 10.75" (27.3 cm)
    Weight: 53.5 lb. (24.26 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, Black Panel, Vintage
    Pointer Knobs, Internal Variable Bias Control
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FenderHot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In a word,..AWESOME!!

Overall this amp is a workhorse. I would have bought another Twin but I decided on another Deville instead because of love the tone of the overdrive. Actually if you play funk, blues,...Read complete review

Overall this amp is a workhorse. I would have bought another Twin but I decided on another Deville instead because of love the tone of the overdrive. Actually if you play funk, blues, country, or variations of classic rock, alternative, or R&B and soul you may not need a thing other than your prefered effects pedals such as chorus, delay, rotary, etc. If you want to shred, but your favorite overdrive pedal and shred away. I play all music. From country to metal. I play them all with this amplifier and people are always complimenting me on the tone.
There is only one way or reason that this amp would get a bad review from anyone. Simple lacking of experience.
This amp is one of the finest amps ever made which is also why it is one of the most sold amps every year. No it`s not the name brand, it`s the quality, tone, and complete overall sound of perfection.
I have noticed a common mistake with reviews on this amp. The statement that it`s only good for or not good for any musical genre. This amp is a tone machine. To think for instance, that you can`t use it for heavy metal or rock is a joke. Who amoung this genre of music`s players doesn`t incorporate the use of pedals?? What guitar player doesn`t use some kind of pedal anyway?? I don`t know of any and I know hundreds of players. The most important aspect of any guitar amplifier is it`s clean tonal qualities that you can both use and build upon. This is a fact.
The only thing that I can state is to learn the amp. Educate yourself by experimenting. If you want to have a different sounding distortion than the amp already has, which is a fine distortion I might add, then there are a few things that you can do. One is the obvious,...do what the pros do and buy a pedal,..the other thing is changing to a softer output tube or getting your local tech to do so.
Bottom line is this. There is no reason for this amp to get less than five stars across the board. It is the same quality both in tone and performance as the Twin with only a few watts in power being the difference. Fender tube amps are the absolute standard of the industry. They are used across the world and millions of songs have been performed and recorded by legends while using them. I will be the first to state the obvious fact that these people got it right.
I have used Fender amps for 20 years and out of all the different amps I have and currently owned I have never had a problem other than normal wear and tear over years of dragging them around. Not once has this amp failed me.
I personally think that all music equipment is over priced but in comparison with other amps in this price range you can`t score it high enough. Other companies such as Blackstar throw in their version of Mesa`s distortion channel and without it their amps would be junk because the clean channels on their amps are glassy and thin. In a few words,..the amps are for kids.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I gave it two stars so you would read this, it may save you your amp!!

You can read all the good reviews about how good the amp is they are all true. However,do your self a favor before you leave the store get a new handle. The rubber...Read complete review

You can read all the good reviews about how good the amp is they are all true. However,do your self a favor before you leave the store get a new handle. The rubber is weak and the time you lift it in a hurry that strap is going to break ( mine did after a month). Why put a cheap handle on an expensive amp? I have less expensive amps with nice leather handles. You will thank me on this!!! either that or buy pro coverage and watch your amp break into pieces but they will give you a new amp..lol

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4.0

Great sounding AMP

By Blankster

from Central PA land ;-)

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp sounds very good and has nice clean sound as well as distortion/overdrive. It is loud and you WILL notice the low tones, something that is missed on smaller amps. The high frequencies are very clear and sparkly and the mids are full and not hollow as experienced on other amps. The foot switch is made of metal and seems very sturdy. I like the simplicity of this amp and the effects loop is nice if you want to add a pedal or two or three or......

I've read on the web elsewhere that a lot people slam this amp for the tone of the overdrive channel, I like it and sounds very good on my Les Paul, Casino and Strat. Just crank down on your gtr volume and crank up the drive and master volume controls then gradually turn up on the gtr volume to get the sound you're after. I guess some just don't like the sound or have gtrs with not-such good pick-ups or are just ego-dorks. If you want that heavy metal distortion go get a pedal and hook into the effects loop, that's what it is for.

It is a heavy amp and you will notice it compared to single speaker, solid-state amps. If you never worked manual labor a day in your life have some one who has move this thing for you.

All in all.....this is a tube amp and you will notice the difference if you are moving up in the gtr world from a single speaker, solid-state modeling practice amp. The weight thing is a trade-off and is worth it, if you can lift it.

The only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of a 5 is because it was made in Mexico. I hate that.

 
5.0

Superb amp

By Larry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Amazing sound/tone......super fast shipment. Job well done.

 
5.0

Great amp!

By Just some dude

from Wyoming

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have been playing through a Blues Jr (and own and use Bugera, Ampeg, Epiphone amps) for awhile now and love the sound, but I needed something bigger with more power and an effects loop. I spent weeks reading reviews and trying to choose between the regular Deville or the Michael Landau version. I chose the regular Hot Rod Deville, because it has a clean channel and a distortion channel. There are a lot of negative comments about the drive channel on this amp and I get that because tone is a very subjective thing. One person's dream tone is another person's nightmare. But I am going to defend the drive channel here. I don't use massive distortion, running the gain at about 3-4 I get a great sound out of it. For testing purposes I cranked the drive all the way up and then engaged the "More Drive" button and had metal heaven. Again, tone is subjective and I am pretty easy to please...but this amp sounds fantastic. I also run delay, chorus, and a clean booster pedal through the effects loop and they sound great. I tested a Tube Screamer, a Boss Distortion, and a Ritchie Kotzen OMG distortion through the clean channel (ran straight in to the amp) and again, sounded phenomenal with all of them. Clear, warm, classic Fender bell-like chimey tone. You cannot go wrong with this amp. I threw caution to the wind and played a gig with it two days after I got it and rocked the bar. Had the master volume on 2! ...absolutely love it.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet sounding amp with a punchy signal

    By Leap Year Guitarist

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Incredible Clean Tone
    • Powerful
    • Present Low End, While Maintaining a Bright Tone
    • Reverb is Amazing

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Gigs
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp has the best clean tone that I've ever heard. When bands like the Killers, Coldplay, and The Strokes are using this very amp, you know it's going to be a good one. For the record: I'm not a huge fan of Fender amps in general: to me, most of them sound too muffled and have a wamp-y sound to them. I actually went into the store dead set on buying the Vox AC30, but then my friend recommended I try the Deville. I plugged in, and I was hooked. The bottom-end is incredible, but still maintains a bright, treble-y tone. The headroom is incredible and it is LOUD. Like to the point where if you go past 4, you need earplugs (it goes up to 12, btw). The only thing I wish I could get out of this amp is a reverb footswitch, rather than having an overdrive footswitch (I use pedals for all of my overdrive/distortion). Other than that, this amp is perfect and I couldn't ask for anything better!

    (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Very Disappointed

    By Wichita

    from Southern KY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Sounds Good At Low Volume

    Cons

    • Doesn't Last Very Long

    Best Uses

    • Practicing at home

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've gone through two of these in less than one month, and both of them distorted with the volume any where above 5. The first one only lasted about 3 days because the handle broke almost immediately and the speakers crackled. The second one lasted me about 3 weeks and it took a little while to wear it out. If you want to use this as an amp to keep at home for practice it's awesome, but if you're constantly gigging like me it won't last very long unless you mic it. I bought an Egnater Renegade and am VERY happy with it.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Probably the best amp for the price!

    By RuXTaR

    from Israel

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Got Channels
    • Loud And Clean
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    First of all, before buying this amp, or any piece of equipment, try it first.
    Second, know what it was designed for.

    I'm coming from a Vox AC30 sound into this one. I still own the Vox and I do have to say this is totally different. The Vox has more harmonics and 10 times (if not more) the brightness of the Deville. My friend is still disappointed with the Deville while I'm actually getting to like it.

    At first I did not like it. I don't like LOUD and this is exactly what this amp is! Practicing in my bedroom I can hardly bring it above 2 and there will be already complaints from my family. Having said that, it's such a clean amp (on the clean channel) and LOTS of headroom.

    While others complained about the drive channels I actually loved them because that's where you can get more brightness out of this amp. It does have a brightness button but it does not take it to the Vox area I'm used to. Still, you have Bass, Med, Treb, and Pres, to tweek you sound. Still, I just run everything flat and get such an amazing sound out of it

    Things to have in mind though is first, it is HEAVY! 53 lbs! It's quite the workout! And the handle feels too rubbery, it even feels like it's about the break any time. Second, it's loud. Just came back from a big worship event, ran it at 3 and it was loud enough for me to hear myself playing. The only times I really enjoyed playing this amp and started to fall in love with it is on stage.

    Last thing, my amp has some static/ground noise. I'm looking that up to see if that's normal.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Fender but soak for 3 days to w

    By Morble6

    from Glendale, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Live Recording You Name
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      when new you must turn on and play either live or guitar recording for 4 days, 24 hrs a day. that warms and sets the tubes taking out any harshness. then rock out to perfect Fender tone.

      (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The only amp you'll ever need.

      By big ed rush

      from kansas city, mo

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Built In Overdrive

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp has the most beautiful cleans. Period. Everytime I play another amp I remember why I don't need a new one. It drips tone. Very loud, very dependable and irreplaceable. It doesn't have a good distortion, but what rookies don't understand is...YOU DON'T BUY AN AMP FOR IT'S DISTORTION. You buy a pedal for that like every other rock or metal guitarist does. People add good distortion externally. You can't add phenomenal cleans. Best amp in this price range.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hot Rod Deville 212

      By Scott Francis

      from San Antonio, Tx

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I replaced my 1977 Siverface Twin Reverb with this amp because it weighs 35 lbs less than the Twin. Too heavy for an old guy.Great tone for Country, Classic Rock, Pop and Jazz. I like the drive channels, but a Metal player would not. The reverb is standard Fender, very nice. Extremely loud amplifier. Can't set the volume above 2 for playing in the house. The 40 watt would be more than adequate, but I like big amps and could plug my 2 x 12 Vibroking cabinet into this amp for a very full, rounded sound. If this amp lasts as long as my Twin did, it will definitely outlive me. I love Fender amplifiers.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great amp, but too heavy for handle

      By tdavid

      from Cloudcroft, NM

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Rubber Handle Sucks
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Purchased this amp 2 years ago and have gone through 2 handles, the rubber type that come standard on the amp. Fortunatly the amp seems to be very durable but I don't recommend dropping it on a regular basis. The amp is too heavy for the type of rubber handle that comes with the amp, other than that, an awesome amp!!

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