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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.3

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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(34 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Thing Made Better

By Tonepro

from Boise, Idaho

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

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...

(20 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By Donatello

from Fairfield, CT

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

My uncle gave me this amp after barely using it for 6 years. This is the first tube amp I've ever owned so needless to say, I was happy. This thing screams volume. It shakes my house at around 3. Plus, you can't beat true tube tone. Even the overdrive sounds good.

(19 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great amp

By niteowl

from NY

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

i bought this amp five years ago and it still works flawlessly. its loud enough for any small gig or rehearsal. if you use a mic it can be used for larger gigs as well. the stock fender tubes are good however i have retubed the amp after pounding the stock tubes for five years. the beauty of tube amps is the voicing can be changed. i traded up the stock tubes for a tungsol NOS 12ax7 @ v1, a groove tube 12ax7 @ v2, a jj 12auy7 @ v3 and two sovtek 6L6WXT+ power tubes. the current tube configuration i have was recommended by a re-nowned amp tech. there is only one word for the sound of this amp.........incredible.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love the Hot Rod's

By RickplayerSC

from Chux, SC

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

I've been using Hot Rod's for a long time, and it is actually my second favorite amp of all time, blues breakers #1. I love the old HRD's but those standard speakers were insulting (special design), the new celestion's are good, a touch duller than a vintage 30, but not as dull as a greenback. I'd actually like to get a couple 70-80's to try them out with some other amps, they're cheap. I've heard it's modeled after a classic lead 80? may be wrong, but it doesn't sound anything like a cl80 to me. Same great clean tone is in the new ones as the olds. The big difference is the drive channel. I like the fuzzed channel of the old one (i use fuzz's), however, the new drive channel is just that. More of a boosted tone, and the "more drive" is definitely a better Brit sound than the last. If you are looking for that brit/ fender the new one is the way to go. I prefer the classic american roar/ fuzz so I'll stick to old reliable, although I may try that 70-80 in an old one. The GT-CHP tubes are a great tube. These are definitely affordable and the best selling amp for a reason. At the GC store, I tried out a deluxe reverb, super champ, Blues Jr., old HR Deluxe (w/ special design), and the new HRD III back and forth with the sales guys. HRDIII was my favorite our fav. A lot of value in the new HRD, the best thing is you don't have to replace the speaker out of the box like the old one.

(11 of 26 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.

(9 of 18 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.

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but the last one is better!

By Francisco Velasco

from Oakland, CA. Actually living in Mexico

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

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!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a sleeper...

By Scott Watson

from Austin,Texas

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

Working my way up to getting the amp I truly want..The Twin is just this side of $2,000 so getting the Hot Rod seemed to be the ticket..First off I am playing a Fender American Standard Stratocaster running 11-48 strings...The Other amp I have is a Peavey Vypyr 30watt - 12in.Speaker MODELING AMP...When I PLUGGED IN TO THE HOT ROD.My first thought was the other was a joke..It even had a Fender setting but no way...The Hot Rod is out of this world and will run chills up your spine.The clean is so fine,and the crunch is just right. I am so happy about it I am beside myself.I was a little let down at no headphone jack. But hey it is the real McCoy..

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No one trick pony!

By Mark S.

from Windham, Maine

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

I am a 30year weekend warrior had almost every kind of amp at one time a lot of them are incredible, but many are one trick ponies. This amp is unique. I play many styles of music from country, r&b, classic rock to Gospel, this amp covers it all IMHO. Had the chance to A-B with the older Hot Rod 11, this amp appears to have more bass, more highs, more mids, better reverb; cudos Fender. The one draw back is the weight. Hey Fender I'd pay a little more for a birch plywood cab, but for what is; it has exceeded my expectations. Don't expect Marshall, or Boogie, but this amp will help you define your own sound get you into their territory for far less and certainly withstands the rigors of the road. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat!

(5 of 9 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.

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