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

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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.

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
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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FenderHot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Great Amp...Classic tone and great for gigging

By Matt the Shredder

from Cedar Knolls, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    The amp has great tone, it really is the perfect tool for any guitar player; furthermore, it is flexible in its uses. Any genre of musician can and should use a Fender amplifier.

     
    5.0

    Great amp for a reason

    By DONALD

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Next to my Twin Reverb, this sounds similar, and lighter. Loud enough to gig with and takes overdrive pedals well. Turn it into a Marshall with the right overdrive. Play country with the right overdrive, or just crank it and play the blues.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Happy with my new Hot Rod Deluxe III amp

      By Jimmy

      from Nashua, NH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Purchased a HRD III from Nashua NH after looking at a lot of combo tube amps Amp has plenty of power and clean and overdrive options. The footswitch did not work out of the box, but they replaced it with no issues. In general very happy with the amp, but still breaking it in. The skin on the back panel was a pulling away where it wraps around the cut outs so I had to adhere it back on. Overall, very happy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Satisfied with Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

        By ziggy

        from Thibodaux, LA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Was extremely pleased with the friendly and knowledgeable personnel. The amp is extremely powerful and provides excellent effects which would normally require an extra pedal or other components to get the same sound. Very satisfied.

             
            4.0

            Amp review

            By Scotty

            from Brea, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I love the amp. My guitar comes alive with it.

              (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great Sounding but unreliable

              By DONALD

              from Pacheco, CA

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

              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. :(

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Great Amp!

              By Felix

              from Laurel

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

              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!

              (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Mixed Feelings

              By Kevin

              from Tinley Park, IL

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

              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.

              (8 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              The Worst User Experence Ever!

              By Dino

              from Oregon

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

              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.

              (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Watch the 5 Year Warranty

              By Daniel McDonald

              from Walled Lake, Mi.

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

              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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