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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,
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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hot Rod SUPER Deluxe III

By STEPHEN SUHR

from Las Vegas, NV

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

I purchased my Hot Rod Deluxe III in October 2011. I was at the GC in Las Vegas and spied a Limited Edition Hot Rod Deluxe III- wine red with a wheat colored grille and cream colored chicken head knobs. I played one of the floor model Squire Strats thru the amp and was impressed enough to drive home and come back with some of my guitar arsenal - a Fender 81' Black n Gold Telecaster (completely stock) and my upgraded Epiphone Les Paul Custom (it sports a Seymour Duncan TB59 in the neck, SH4JB in the bridge). I first played the Les Paul and was very pleased. The tone was great, awesome sustain and beautiful (yet manageable) feedback. I loved it - it literally will sustain forever? The Telecaster and the Deluxe III are a match made in heaven. The clean channel really compliments the Tele's single coils and are extremely bright without being harsh. The Fender reverb with the Tele is a perfect match and you can really dial in that perfect Fender sound with the Presence and Reverb controls. I don't think I will ever tire of twanging away with this setup. This amp also takes quite well to my Gretsch 5150, again the sweet feedback and tone. The Bigsby vibrato makes for a ton of rocking fun (just ask my neighbors ?) The overdrive/super overdrive channel is in my opinion weak, but then we don't buy the Fender amps for their overdrive, do we? I use a 1982 MXR Distortion+ box and that provides me with all the overdrive/SuperMegaDistortion that I need to satisfy my punk sound. The Deluxe III takes to the boxes very well and makes for a very versatile amp. The HRDIII is well constructed - I've had no problems with the tubes, electronics, power supply, speaker or anything. I play through it daily and I?ve hauled it some and so far has been very dependable. The electronics/pots all have met my expectations ? nice range of control so I can dial in my sound whether I'm playing at home and need to keep the volume reasonable, or when I?m playing a gig and can let the Deluxe III flex its 40 watts of tube-tone muscle. Next I'll be looking for the matching speaker cabinet but I'm in good shape for the time being. Bottom line, the Deluxe III is a great sounding amp with plenty of control to shape your sound, has a lot volume, is very well constructed, dependable and the kicker is that is very affordable. The clean/reverb is awesome, especially with the Telecaster. The amp is versatile and takes to the humbuckers better than I expected. The overdrive/super overdrive channel lacks some depth/guts but this is easily compensated with the use of your favorite effects boxes. I would definitely recommend the HRDIII to a friend. I had been amp shopping for nearly 6 months before deciding on the HRDIII, and I am very satisfied with my decision. Try one out, I think you'll be very happy with it.

(4 of 4 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 9 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

Great amp for a reason

By DONALD

from undisclosed

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Happy with my new Hot Rod Deluxe III amp

    By Jimmy

    from Nashua, NH

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    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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply The Best. Better Than All The Rest!

      By Carl Morrone

      from Albany, NY

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

      This thing is amazing. It's loud enough for all sorts of venues. If you know how to craft tones, then this thing will cover any style. Buttery reverb and killer clean tone! I was pleasantly surprised with the overdrive too. The 6L6's are the secret weapon.

      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great Tone BUT Died on the 5th Gig

      By michael ciano

      from Boston, MA

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

      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.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I should have bought a Vox

      By heyheymymy

      from Indianapolis, IN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Weak

      Best Uses

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

        I never write reviews for anything, but I've never been more bummed about something I bought. I've owned this amp for almost two years, and already it's falling apart. Fender wont do anything about it since I played out with it one time. From the beginning the reverb gave a high pitch feedback ring, the clean channel no longer works at all anymore. The tone sounds like total butt now anyway you turn the knobs. I also had to replace a power tube within the first six months of owning it. A huge let down from a company I've supported for a long time. I SHOULD HAVE LISTEN TO THE SALES REP AT GUITAR CENTER AND WENT WITH THE VOX AC 30. This thing is so frustrating, I play way less guitar now because it.

        (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

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        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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great cleans, and a nice dirty channel too !

            By David Therrien

            from Nashua NH

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

            I've owned Marshalls, Egnaters, Mesa Boogies, and I keep coming back to Fender. The clean tone is snappy and sparkly. In the past the dirty channel on the previous version was flubby, but they really made the dirty channel sound great on this model. I'm getting a good classic rock rhythm/crunch out of the drive channel and MORE DRIVE sounds great with leads. I plan to use a Fuzz-Comp-Distorion trio in front of the amp and the Line 6 M9 in the effects loop for modulation and delay effects. I love the sound of this amp - played it until I was almost falling asleep standing last night. I was looking for a reasonably light weight amp with a 1x12 and 6L6 power tubes. This is IT.

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