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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 vers... Read More

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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.

  • 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
  • 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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A Good Thing Made Better

Still has that great Fender clean and reverb but now the Overdrive is usable. Nice basic tube amp with a 5 year warranty and Fender tone...

Still has that great Fender clean and reverb but now the Overdrive is usable. Nice basic tube amp with a 5 year warranty and Fender tone...


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Good, but the last one is better!

I had the option to select between this amp (Hot Rod Deluxe III) and the previous model (Hot Rod Deluxe II). Honestly the differences are bigger than you think. It isn't only...Read complete review

I had the option to select between this amp (Hot Rod Deluxe III) and the previous model (Hot Rod Deluxe II). Honestly the differences are bigger than you think. It isn't only the black cover and the Celestion Speaker. Most notable differences: *The 2nd model gives you a much better overdrive! ..and more gain. In this model (III) you have to increase the overdrive volume up to 5 or 6 to get the same volume of clean channel, it being on 2 or 3. *The celestion speaker of this new model you get a better clean sound and better bass equalization than the last model. This helps you to don't get a bass saturation. My recomendation: If you want this amp to play clean sounds and/or use overdrive pedals, Buy it!!! But if you are looking for the amp overdrive, try to buy the last model!

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Great Sounding but unreliable


from Pacheco, CA

I purchased my HRD in June of 2012 and it was a wonderful sounding amp until recently. I thought it was going through power tubes every 2 to 3 gigs. Now I'm convinced it's not them. I usually run the amp at a volume of 4 to 4.5. My last gig I had to run it at 8 just to be heard and it was completely distorted...even on the clean channel. I since have heard that these amps have problems when they heat up and solder points come loose and the caps they use are of low quality. I'm very disappointed in this amp. It was love at first, but now heart broken. Buy one if you like, but remember me if it starts acting up. :(

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A Great Amp!

By Felix

from Laurel

I got this amp a couple months back because i had heard a lot of good things about it and got interested about it. Also i own the blues jr and liked it a lot but thought i needed an amp that was a little louder. Anyways so here are my feelings on this amp. First off the clean channel is terrific! Very bluesy, but warm and friendly. Not very harsh at all. It has a lot of headroom for pedals and can easily be shaped to achieve a vast variety of tones. On the overdrive channel you can get a good crunchy sound. Not excessively overdriven but enough that you can tell its there and will fit a lot of your needs. The second overdrive/boot channel is the overdrive that you think about. It doesn't sound as like an orange or marshall overdrive but it is good for power chords and other things. If you have a pedal with it then you can achieve that sound. Now for the things i think this amp could do better. First off the reverb sounds really fake and annoying. it just doesn't sound good at all! An easy upgrade could fix this though. Secondly on the crunch/overdrive channels there could be better bass response. Ive noticed that you can get a really good bass low end on the clean but when you change the channel you loose a little bit of it. Not sure why but thats how it is. So in conclusion if you were to ask me if you should get this amp then i would definitely say yes (unless you play hard rock or metal). Just know that this amp is 40 watts and can get really loud. But honestly its manageable for the quality of sound that comes out of it. Also if you find it too loud you can always get an attenuator. Overall its a great amp and if you like that traditional fender sound then this amp won't let you down!

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Mixed Feelings

By Kevin

from Tinley Park, IL

The clean channel on the Hot Rod III has great bottom end, but I've found the treble side to be a bit harsh on the ears. Fortunately I can remedy this with my pedals. I think the drive channel sounds horrible. It's very thin sounding, and it shares tone controls with the clean channel, so even if I found one good tone setting, it would ruin my clean channel setting, so this wouldn't work in a live situation. But I'm mainly using this amp as a backup for my Fender Twin, so I'm used to just using pedals for overdrive and distortion. I also the think the knob arrangement is utterly stupid. But overall, for the price and the wattage and the fullness of the tone on the clean channel, I think I'll be keeping this amp as a backup for my twin.

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The Worst User Experence Ever!

By Dino

from Oregon

I am having such a difficult time wrapping my head around the 5 star rating on this amp. I am on my second Hotrod III, having owned the original Made in USA model and the MIM model. Quite simply, this amp sounds horrible! I have been a Pro Level (Meaning when I play, teach and engineer I get paid!) musician with a 20 year long career. Point one, there is no clean channel on this amp, PERIOD! Fender is known for having pristine crystal clear pedal friendly amplifiers. Apparently the Hotrod III is none of those. This amp is breaking up on 2, but if it sounded nice that wouldn?t be so bad right? This sounds like a cross between a Mosquito stuck in a paper bag and newspapers being crunched up to be discarded in a garbage can. It is a horrible unbalanced Tone that is completely useless for any application from Country to Hardcore. Thus, the amplifier is completely useless on one channel. I would strongly discourage anyone from purchasing this amplifier from the website without playing one. Point two: While the second channel is nothing special the complete grit top end channel if just garbage. This is not the layman?s workhorse amp of the past, this amp is for kids who haven?t learned to play yet whom will discard it once they do. Fender has ruined a once great industry standard amplifier cherished by guitarists and made a lemon. Do yourself a favor and buy something else.

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Watch the 5 Year Warranty

By Daniel McDonald

from Walled Lake, Mi.

I bought this amp last November. I used it since then, maybe 3 hours as I am taking acoustic lessons. My instructor was looking at amps so he checked mine out and noticed the channel select for overdrive worked in such a way that the lights functioned but - no sound. I took it to an authorized Fender Repairman and got a call a few days later. Seventy eight dollars. I figured it was a tube and new tubes were not covered but had no idea it would cost that much. I wrote customer service. Here is what I got: I'm sorry to hear that you had trouble with your amplifier. Unfortunately tubes can be somewhat fragile by nature and with shipping hundreds of miles sometimes these components can fail. These are also considered regular maintenance items and that is why the tube warranty is 90 days from date of purchase because if you have a tube with an issue in the way it was manufactured it will usually show itself pretty early. The 5 year warranty period covers internal electronic issues that are not generally user serviceable. Typically we or the servicer may suggest checking the tubes by moving there placement around and see if the issue follows and you can narrow it down but it doesn't seem like that was the case here. I told the guy exactly the circumstances to no avail. He offered to send me a 10 dollar tube. I will certainly never purchase another Fender amp. Pure ignorance. They obviously do not value my business.

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Very Powerful, Nice tone through limits, Excellent for gigs


from Colorado

Recently returned to a tube platform for my sound. I fail to find a good reason as to why I ever left. This tube amp would be the minimum I'd purchase as an "advancing/but serious" beginner. The sound quality prooves that one gets what they pay for. I was on travel, therefore purchased the Fender Mustang series and the tone quality, depth, volume, richness - as a comparison is fantastic. I liked to play with the Mustang, ...I LOVE to play now with the Hot Rod. If you are in the music business, and play gigs for fun and in front of people, this would be a fine amp for a room of 40. I am unable to determine tone quality past 2 as anything louder and I litterally shake my townhome walls. Reverb is a little pale at max setting, but I like that aspect as I seek tone quality and clear notes. Channel A is very nice, clean, crisp, deep, and otherwise tight. Channel B can be overdriven, still responsive, but can sound heavy gain and dirty but remain very tight. I love the amp! For ones first tube amp, it'll take you from practice to session no problem.

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Donn't get me wrong...

By Rick Hendry

from Springfield, MO

1. I LOVE this amp! My Balcktop Tele does too! Not to mention my band mates... I've been a working guitarist for the better part of 35 years and have played a bunch of different amps. The cleans are...well...you know.......AMAZING! I know that sometimes folks will say they don't like the "Drive" channel, but for what I do, Chicago and Delta Blues with some slide thrown in, without effects at all, I could not ask for more. I can tune this thing to sound like any blues artist's sound you can name, but I have definitely found my sound on it and am very pleased. Why only four stars? After like the 4th gig on it I notices the reverb was not there. I don't use a lot, but I use it. It wasn't until I backed up into it and jolted it a little for the reverb to kick in. There was another gig that I just kinda banged it on the side like an old TV and it kicked it. It's been in ever since but it was frustrating. Where I live, the closest factory authorized repair tech is like 30 miles away. Coming out of the recording studio last week the handle broke. It's not real fun having to grab the whole thing in both arms to load in and out. It ain't light. These issues are frustrating, but the do NOT diminish my love this amp. If you tweak it even more you can very well make it "rock". The channel footswitch is WAY improved, more heavy duty/sturdy. I also like the fact that it comes with a cover as well. I've got the extension cabinet on layaway. :) All in all

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The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40 W Amp

By Don Whitesel

from Lancaster, PA

I'm a regular customer at Guitar Center and was shopping for my first tube amp. Up till now I've played both Vox and Fender modal combo amps which are good amps. Usually on my regular visits I would also try out a guitar that might have caught my eye. Whenever I played a guitar (including my own after a repair) it was in a tube amp. After awhile I started to realize that nothing sounds better than a good tube amp. It was time to buy a new amp and Fender and Vox where the front runners. I tried out a number of amps till I played a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. I knew as soon as I heard the amp it was the right one. The Fender Hot rod Deluxe has a great clean tone and a bright switch. It has Three Selectable Channels (Normal, Drive and More Drive). It comes with a Celetion speaker. Effects is a Spring Reverb which sounds great. The amp also has many other great features inculding a footswitch and amp cover. This amps looks and sound great. I highly recommand it to anyone looking to buy a great Fender tube amp. Thanks to my friends at Guitar Center for answering questions about amps and all the help!

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Former Twin Reverb Owner

By jim knight

from columbia, ct

I bought the Twin Reverb in 1968. To me, it was an awesome product - the equivalent of the I phone for guitarist at that time. In 2013 I started playing again and wanted to buy all Fender. I had owned the 65 Mustang and 68 Telecaster ( after meeting Jimmy Page) and I finally bought the Strat. That was a trifecta in Fender Guitars. I wanted to buy the Twin again but it was to heavy. I bought the Hot Rod Delux 2 It is extraordinary. The tube preamp, amp and spring reverb is so true to the Twin Reverb. All the modifications add to the Twin's sound and do not detract. At 40 watts: it is loud and distortion free. What an incredible amplifier! The only thing I miss on the amp is the fender logo and tilt legs! Fender is outstanding! Jim Knight

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Great Tone BUT Died on the 5th Gig

By michael ciano

from Boston, MA

I absolutely LOVE the clean tones on this amp. Great headroom and handles pedals REALLY well... when it works :( On the 5th gig I used this amp on, it decided to start cutting out and finally died with a loud buzz. I'm SUPER lucky it happened at the end of the last set BUT this is how I make my living and I expected better quality. I've been a long time Fender user but they really screwed me this time. I'm reading this is a widespread issue.

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