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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...Read More

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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 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.

40 watts of creamy tube distortion with a vintage vibe.

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

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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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Set 4 Life

By 5150

from South Georgia

This Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp is out of control. I ordered the vintage edition Fender Blonde Hot Rod Deluxe. This amp is very, very loud. Wow! On the clean channel it sounds so crisp and clear, just simply amazing to someone who appreciates music. When I play on the Drive channel, I blow the doors down on 2. This amp has aggressive ?Out Of Control? overdrive that will definitely wake up the neighborhood. When you open up the master volume knob, coupled with the overdrive knob, the sustain factor is ridiculous. The tubes generate serious sound, and I have not gone past 3 without hurting my ears. I do not use any special effects pedals; I get all sounds from the amp, although one time I tried my MXR Flanger thru the FX loop and it sounded simply outstanding. My setup sounds exactly like Jimmy Page, that?s how true this tube amp is. The foot pedal and amp cover were included, so for this price, you are set 4 life! Before you buy this amp I would try it out if possible. Very loud! Lastly, if you live in an apartment, this amp may not be for you? Otherwise, enjoy!

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Amazing amp!

By emptyminded42

from Cleveland, OH

This amp is epic! It has extremely warm clean tones and aggressive overdrive that will definitely wake up your neighbors. This thing is LOUD! When you see 40W, most people think a tiny little box amp. It definitely isn't. The tubes push some serious sound, and I don't think we've pushed it past 3 without hurting our ears. You can't go wrong with this amp!

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By Slimchance

from Bay Area, CA

This is the best value combo amp out there and is a great value for the the price. It will take you from Bedroom to Arena all in one small package. (the only Con might be that it is a tad loud if you live in an apartment) but otherwise just rock out with organic tone. From rock to jazz to blues twang you got it. I sometimes use a Korg PX4 in front of mine and it just sounds great, leaves modeling amps in the dust (and I've tried quite a few).

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Powerful Workhorse

By Walter

from Pinehurst, NC

I play a 1970 Super Reverb but I do not want to take it out to every gig. I picked this amp up to use on the road. I like it very much and I added a conversion kit to enable me to use the EL84's. I use it with a 2x10 cabinet and it is has all the volume and tone you need. Good value for the cost. Almost as good as my old Super.

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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!

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getting everything I need from it costs more

I've been in love with the clean channel on Fenders for a long time and really want to get it. The only thing for me is the distortion. It's fine for classic rock and most modern rock. But I play metal too and HATE ovd. & dist. pedals with a passion. They always sound like $#!t no matter how expensive or hyped-up. Well I was a my local music store today trying to figure this dilemma out and bam I finally figured it out. I mixed a Fender bassman pedal (from Boss) with a humbucker (I usually play single coils) and used the regular drive channel from the amp at about 3 o'clock and oh so sweet. The only problem with it is now if I want to switch to clean I have to stomp to pedals. I'l get it all figured out someday. For now I'm happy I've figured that much out.

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Versatility. Always a good thing.

By guitardude90

from San Antonio, TX

I have played this amp dozens of times at my church. We play all sorts of styles at our, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creed, George Strait, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Disciple. So we play about every style out their. And let me tell ya. You can do it all with sucker. It's a true workhorse. If you need it loud it can get loud. Amazing clean, and overdrive. I love this Amp. It's gotta be the best thing I have ever heard, in all those styles. It doesn't matter what you're playing this baby will make your tone sound sweet.

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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!

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Vintage Sound For A Gigging Musician

By Goldtop26

from Phoenix , Az

I recently had a chance to play this amp in a Guitar Center and I must admit, it did not surprise me to hear that amazing Fender tube sound at the first jazz lick played. I paired it with a Highway One Tele (which I'm getting SOON!) and it was Fender blues all the way! Great sounding reverb with killer drive channels. The one thing that bugged me was that once you get to 7, it doesn't get louder. But that doesn't take away the sound. It is also VERY loud, as in, rattle the walls loud. It's truly perfect for a club sized venue but if you're looking for a quieter practice amp go with the Blues Jr. or the Champion 600 (since it only has one volume knob and nothing else, I would buy a BOSS '65 Deluxe Reverb prdal, which totally rocks!). Overall an amazing tube amp at a reasonable price. Rock on!!! Overall:A

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Better than expected!

By Zoomin' Noomin'

from S.W. CO.

I played my new amp last night and everyone was blown away by the way it sounded. I was worried that it would not be loud enough for the rock music we play, but it sceamed! I even played longer than we had to. Clean rythmns! Sustain! I have a simple set up, a cry baby, and chorus, but with the three settings of the foot switch it was plenty.

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