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Fender Blonde Hot Rod Deluxe   

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Whether you like to twang, sing, burn, or grind, the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe will get you there like a souped-up sedan. A flawless 40W tube power secti...Click To Read More About This Product

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40 watts of creamy tube distortion with a vintage vibe.

Whether you like to twang, sing, burn, or grind, the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe will get you there like a souped-up sedan. A flawless 40W tube power section is fired up by a 3-channel Hot Rod tube preamp and voiced by a 12" Fender Special Design speaker. Genuine Fender Reverb, an effects loop, and external speaker jack help you set up your sound. Included footswitch lets you navigate between clean tones with irresistible appeal and presence and hot, throaty overdrive roar. Classic chicken-head knobs and blonde Tolex with the oxblood grille cloth for righteous retro vibe. Nylon cover included.

FEATURES
  • 40W tube power
  • 12" speaker
  • 3 footswitchable channels
  • Reverb
  • 2-button footswitch
  • Cover included
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4.6

(based on 79 reviews)

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I love my Hot Rod Deluxe

I?ve been playing guitar for 15 years now. My influences include Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I?m not affiliated with Fender in any way.This...Read complete review

I?ve been playing guitar for 15 years now. My influences include Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I?m not affiliated with Fender in any way.This amp is marketed as a three-channel amp, but it?s really a one-channel amp with three different stages: 1) clean stage 2) drive stage 3) more drive stage.The clean stage sounds great. Think about it. This is an all tube Fender amp. Fender amps are known for their great clean sounds. But this isn?t why I bought this amp.When I hear the words ?Fender distortion? I think of a farty, frumpy, fizzy sound. Yucko. This is not the case with this amp. The drive stage provides a nice creamy overdriven type of distortion. But this isn?t why I bought this amp.My idea of a perfect guitar sound is one that has lots of gain and still captures the clarity and tone of each string. This can be found in Eddie Van Halen?s early sound and this is why I bought this amp! The more drive stage in combination with my Les Paul Standard produces a rich, creamy, crunchy sound with lots of tone and clarity. No pedals required. It?s perfect.The only thing I don?t like is the sensitivity of the master volume control. The difference between 1.5 to 2.0 is earth shattering. I?m serious. I think Fender is telling us that we need to turn this amp up to get a good sound. And that?s the truth. The signal path is all tube. The power amp section of this amp simply doesn?t work hard enough at low volumes. I think this amp is an incredible deal. It produces sounds of tube amps that cost twice as much. I bought the blonde one and I love it. I?ll never play a solid-state amp again. I?m thinking about buying another one to run in stereo. It?s a tone monster.

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Bad speaker after only 8 months

I've had the amp for about 8 months. The sound of the Fender hot rod deluxe is excellent, but in the last weeks I noticed that the sound is coming out different, a...Read complete review

I've had the amp for about 8 months. The sound of the Fender hot rod deluxe is excellent, but in the last weeks I noticed that the sound is coming out different, a little distorted even in the clean channel. I guess the problem is the speaker, but I have to send the amp to a technician. What surprises me is that the amp didn't see a lot of action to have a blown up speaker. It has never been gigged actually. Anyway, that detracts from the amp's reliability, since it is only a few months old.

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2.0

too noisy

By Johnny D-2HL6e

from N. Hollywood CA.

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Good tone but the drive channels are noisy to the point of being unusable, had to return it. I purchased a Mesa Rectoverb 50 which sounds amazing,has hellacious clear gain and ZERO noise even with my Clapton strat which has a built in preamp

 
5.0

True Fender Tube Sound . . .

By Washburn Owner

from Maryville, MO

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This is an incredible amp! I plugged it in and couldn't believe the quality of the sound . . .I was thinking that I spent too much $$ on it, but not now. I recommend this amp fully.

 
4.0

volume

By Auidopot

from Seattle, WA

Just to let you know, apparantly they put a linear pot for the Volume("Fender uses a linear pot for the Drive channel instead of the practical logarithmic pot?often called "audio taper." This is done so shopping musicians will think the amp is more powerful than it is, (not that it isn't powerful). As a result the guitarist may be impressed enough to take the amp home.")So just get someone to fix that if you need to practice with it quietly.

 
5.0

A super amp!!!

By Stebbie51

from Louisiana

This little baby will go to the cleanest bright to the heavy distortion you want! I have played all brands of amps and this one is, the best!!

 
5.0

Sounds like a Mack Truck stuck in a mud hole!

By Tuck Beilmann

from Delta, UT

This is by far the best combo amp I've ever played! The clean channel is impeccable for warm bluesy sounds and the overdrive is just outrageous. Then you get MORE overdrive for hot leads and solos. No need for pedals or effects either, just plug right into the amp and rev it up! The tubed overdrive is just incredible and it gives you that raw growl that just fills the room and no pedal or digital effect can ever come close. I recommend that you start with your settings low and work up from there, it can get out of control sometimes! I never had that problem with solid states or other brands of amps, I never could get enough, this is all I need and way, way more!

 
5.0

I love my Hot Rod Deluxe

By Martin-jgTam

from Richmond, VA

I?ve been playing guitar for 15 years now. My influences include Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I?m not affiliated with Fender in any way.This amp is marketed as a three-channel amp, but it?s really a one-channel amp with three different stages: 1) clean stage 2) drive stage 3) more drive stage.The clean stage sounds great. Think about it. This is an all tube Fender amp. Fender amps are known for their great clean sounds. But this isn?t why I bought this amp.When I hear the words ?Fender distortion? I think of a farty, frumpy, fizzy sound. Yucko. This is not the case with this amp. The drive stage provides a nice creamy overdriven type of distortion. But this isn?t why I bought this amp.My idea of a perfect guitar sound is one that has lots of gain and still captures the clarity and tone of each string. This can be found in Eddie Van Halen?s early sound and this is why I bought this amp! The more drive stage in combination with my Les Paul Standard produces a rich, creamy, crunchy sound with lots of tone and clarity. No pedals required. It?s perfect.The only thing I don?t like is the sensitivity of the master volume control. The difference between 1.5 to 2.0 is earth shattering. I?m serious. I think Fender is telling us that we need to turn this amp up to get a good sound. And that?s the truth. The signal path is all tube. The power amp section of this amp simply doesn?t work hard enough at low volumes. I think this amp is an incredible deal. It produces sounds of tube amps that cost twice as much. I bought the blonde one and I love it. I?ll never play a solid-state amp again. I?m thinking about buying another one to run in stereo. It?s a tone monster.

 
5.0

Great tone.

By stratman240-ku3Gu

from chicago

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sounds great on clean channel. great tone at all volumes. solid amp. portable but still very loud. great for club gigs. this was what i was looking for.

 
5.0

Finally Found

By FenderPicker-NcHS5

from At Home

The Hot Rod Deluxe is the 6th Amp I have owned.I presently own 4 amps and play two gigs a week. The Hot Rod Deluxe is the amp I use 99 percent of the time.Why?? well I fell in love with the sound when I tried it out in a guitar store. Apparently other people like it too as I get frequent compliments from folks at the gigs who want to see the set up during breaks.One reviewer said that it did not have an effects loop??? cant figure that one out because mine does and it works great.....go figure....

 
5.0

awesome/very very good

By PUnk RockeR223

from Maryland

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I just got this amp for my birthday and it kicks A-YASS. Tubes may be pricey but this amp has got it all, killer reverb clean tone and when distorted its awesome 4 Punk rock.

 
4.0

40W of Big Sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had this amp for about 1 year now. No functional problems with it at all. Clean channel sounds good with my Ovation, even for a tube amp. All the volume you need. I have gigged it and can't get close to half way on the volume before it starts to growl over everyone. The downfall as I can see is that when you switch from distortion to overdrive the volume level is dramatic and I have not figured out any way to stop it. Line out on the amp is a nice feature to run to another cab, and it will drive it. Overall, great Fender tube quality!

 
5.0

Boogie Time!

By SRVfan-A567w

from Ft. Collins, CO

I spent weeks trying to find the perfect low-mid watt tube amp, i finally settled on this one and i'll never look back. Awesome clean channel, nice drive, great for blues. It really sings when you crank the volume, which may provoke your neighbors to storm your house with pitchforks.

 
5.0

Randy

By Revrandy

from Antioch Ca.

Great amp. I switched the speaker out for a celestion vintage thirty. Definitely made a difference. My G&l Legacys and Paul Reed Smiths sound great through this amp. I have a Marshall DSL 50 watt head and a Boogie 2x12 Rectifier Cab, which plays like a dream, and the Hot Rod hangs right with it in most areas. There nothing like Fender clean and Nothing like Marshall overdrive/distortion. The crunch modes are a toss up. Get One, Crank it up and be suprised.

 
5.0

Solid build, great tones, excellent value

By TimUK

from Bristol UK

Warm clean & overdrive tones, nice bluesy sound, but true tone only shows at band volumes when the sound really fattens up. Superbly built.

 
5.0

its a great sounding amp.

By nigel bullocks

from longview, WA

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its very cool sounding and it reminds me of the vox ac-15.

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Jerry-_6s9x

from Japan

I've had this amp for about 2 months now. I've been pleased as punch with it so far. It's my first tube amp, and I never had any idea that the tone could be so sweet. The features are all I need...honestly I'm just a plug and play kind of guy. The drive channel is great, and although I haven't really used the "More Drive" feature yet, I'm glad it's there if necessary. If you're an intermediate hobbyist like I am, this is a "lifetime" amp. I don't need any more than this, it works perfectly for whatever I want to do. It's a very loud amp. In my apartment, I can't turn it up past about 1/2 (that's one half, not one or two!) without risking poor relations with my neighbors. The difference between one half and one is earth shattering. I haven't had it cranked up yet, but I can't wait for the opportunity to do so!

 
5.0

The best tube amp ever!

By Crazycracka

from Meridian, MS

Its awsome and loud and its everything I thought it would be.

 
5.0

Hot Rod Deluxe

By Stickyfingers851

from Wall,NJ

This is an amazing amp. It has a sparkling clean channel with a decent drive channel. I dont use the drive channel at all. For overdrive and distortion, I recommend the mxr distortion plus. It ounds great through this amp. It is a very versitile pedal. Also, the deluxe is extremely loud. Can hold its own in mostly any venue. It's a great blues/rock amp with a low price. awesome professional sound. Buy it today.

 
5.0

If the hole was big enough...

By Bretguitarguy

from Gainesville, GA

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This amp is very very good, which is an understatement. The clean is sparkly, crisp, and punchy. Great low end support on both channels. The dirty channel sounds great w/ single coil and humbucker. It's almost hollow. Plus the less drive can go from to lightly overdriven pop-rock sound to a dirty blues. The more drive channel gives you that dirty blues to an 70's/80's metal sound. Really a great amp.

 
5.0

Great amp

By Fender Man

from Lake Norman, North Carolina

This amp is a great amp. Although it is only 40 watts it goes very loud. CLean channel sounds great. The distortion channel isent great for metal or hard core rock but it is good for the harder blues stuff, and theres nothing a distortion pedal cant fix. If you like blues or rock this amp is the perfect amp. Great for practice and giging. Must buy!!!!!

 
5.0

love it

By plgmojo

from Menlo Park, CA

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i have a mesa road king head w/4x12 but was looking for a small combo. I was looking for that fender clean and fender reverb. all the reviews i read talk about how good it is. Most reviews also mention how bad the overdrive is.Next to the road king, the fender clean is no better. In fact I can get as good a clean if not better between ch1 (with 2 6L6's) and ch2 (with 2 EL34's) on the road king. And i see little difference in the reverb. But the overdrive!! I fell in love, it can go from a balsy blues to a real vintage creamy overdrive. Brought back a lot of memories... It is a real nice complement to the road king, which also can get a nice creamy overdrive, but it will knock you over. The hot rod seems more controllable.It is also built like a tank. I got the cream/oxblood for that vintage look. My one complaint it the white lettering on chrome is hard to see at times.

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