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Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black 

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The Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe combo amp is fine-tuned for world-famous jazz guitar virtuoso and pop artist George Benson. It has the full b...Read More

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40W of George Benson approved tone.

The Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe combo amp is fine-tuned for world-famous jazz guitar virtuoso and pop artist George Benson. It has the full bottom end characteristic of 6L6 tubes and a versatile all-tube preamp including a 12AT7 up front for cleaner tone; especially with humbucking pickups. A 100W Jensen C12K speaker handles the immediacy of Benson's singing soloing style with clarity and range, and the solid-pine cab increases tonal resonance while reducing weight. Standard features include clean and "Drive/More Drive" channels, resounding Fender spring reverb, effects loop and more. Personalized exterior touches specified by Benson himself include gray-black vinyl covering, silver-strand grille cloth and "GB" logo badge. Road-worthy deluxe padded cover and two-button footswitch included. Separate matching 1x12" extension enclosure adds output, fullness and stage coverage.

The GB Logo design is a trademark of Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd., with which FMIC is not affiliated.

FEATURES
  • Presence, Reverb, Master Volume, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume and Bright Switch controls
  • Solid pine cab
  • Three selectable channels (Normal, Drive and More Drive)
  • Effects loop
  • Spring reverb
  • 40W

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FenderGeorge Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Portable (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Warm, powerful amp for (Smooth) Jazz!

    By BillBo on Guitar

    from Fenwick Island, DE

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    Pros

    • Good Warmth
    • Huge Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jazz Gigging
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I purchased this amp as a Blemished model; and upon its arrival - I had to look hard to find the 2-3 scuffs/ peels. The amp was obviously pre-owned.

      I did have some issues: 1) Amp would not produce sound upon taking it off Standby. I poked around and saw one speaker lead hanging off. 2) 2nd attempt: still no sound! Wasn't sure if it was a Pre-Amp or Power-Amp side. I plugged into the Effects Return and had sound. So, I went to remove the upper panel. Behold: screws were not tight (Babies must play). I found that the V-2 tube was broken AND the previous owner put a 12AX7 into V-1 (Fender advertises this model with an 12AT7 in V-1). I weighed my options here and pushed ahead - installing an NOS 5751 tube into V-2, and leaving the 12AX7 in V-1. Amp came alive with a huge, warm bloom that I haven't heard in a tube amp!! This amp loves archtops! I am debating about putting a spare 12AT7 into V-1, as the Clean channel is already Jazz Heaven. When I use the archtops' bridge humbucker in the Clean Channel, it sounds clean and strong and there's a good rock & roll vibe there. Haven't tried pedals (yet).

      I had read an article where someone recommended placing a 12DW7 into V-2 (assuming a 12AT7 in V-1) in order to clean-up the Drive/ More Drive sound. I may do this also as I don't like the sound of that other channel. (It seems only the new SuperSonics have a good Drive Channel tone).

      Bottom Line: I think this is a great amp for the clubs, home and recording studio. Not sure if I want to use the Drive/ More Drive capability. May need more experimenting. I would give this amp a '5' rating save for the speaker cable issue and the broken V-2. When the amp arrived in the Fender box, it had the 8 styrofoam corners on it. But, the container was otherwise empty of all packaging support material you'd expect to see in a box shipped from Musicians Friend. Amp was delivered upside down. So all of this may have contributed to the broken V-2 and the speaker wire issue. (I'll take better care of this amp!)

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      5.0

      long story short,,, get one.

      By bob dullam

      from kalamazoo, michigan

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            Comments about Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I traded in my fairly new hotrod deluxe for this amp, So I got to do a back to back test....without a doubt, at the very least for trad. jazz. this is THE amp....
            The amp just sounds more natural, more organic if you will. hard to describe sound in words, but if you are going to be playing standard jazz,, get this thing...

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The perfect amp for the average gig

            By asdfjln

            from Detroit

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

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              • Performances

              Comments about Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              A Deluxe is just the right size for most gigging musicians. I would say that especially goes for jazz players because the Blues Jr can break up if you need lots of volume. And really, anything bigger than a Deluxe is more than most guys want to lug around. The Benson, because of the wood of the cabinet which gives it a warmer tone, is even more transportable than a typical Deluxe, because it's slightly lighter. I found mine on sale, so that it was less expensive than buying a regular Deluxe and switching out the speaker and tubes myself. If it lives up to the reputation Deluxes have built in terms of being a work horse, then it's a perfect amp. So far, so good.

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              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Amp

              By TW

              from Fairfax VA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                This GB Hot Rod Deluxe is the best little jazz amp in town. It has a gorgeous sound which can be dialed in with minimum effort! I play a Gibson L4CES and I am loving this amp!!

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                (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ok !!! I'll Write the First Review !

                By Mr. Guitar

                from Appomattox, Va

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                Pros

                • Best Hotrod Deluxe Yet
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Blues
                • Classic Rock
                • Country
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Jazz
                • Performances
                • Pop Music
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Fender George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe 40W Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I buy most of my gear from MF but I bought this from my local music store, he's a nice guy and I'd like to see him stay in business. This is a great amp ! I bought it to use with my archtop guitars but it was just a bit to lively for me and my archtops. So !!! I purchased a Groove Tube ECC83-S pre-amp tube from MF and substituted it for the stock 12AT7 tube in position V-1. I think this was what the Hotrod series was really meant to be. The best way I can describe the sound of this amp is that it puts me in mind of the 4x10 Bassman reissue but with a lead channel and reverb. The lead channel in this amp is very usable and I think the combination of the jensen C-12k speaker and the sold wood cabinet gives this amp a superb resonance resulting in great tone.

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