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

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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-...Read More

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A ready-to-gig amp with true tube tone.

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

Enjoy this compact gig-worthy amp. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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
 
4.2

(based on 39 reviews)

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    (11)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Excellent sound (11)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tough to beat!

    I purchased my hot rod deluxe in January of '99 and have been using it ever since. I have owned several fender amps over the years in addition to playing through GK, Marshall,...Read complete review

    I purchased my hot rod deluxe in January of '99 and have been using it ever since. I have owned several fender amps over the years in addition to playing through GK, Marshall, peavey, vox, line 6, sunn, and likely a few more that have been lost in the haze of 46 years of playing. It is simply the best tone for the money. Period. I replaced the tubes after 7 or 8 years with groove tubes- matched duet of power tubes and matched triplet of pre amp tubes and it is still going strong. It seems like it does not really care what instrument is plugged into it- strats, teles,, steinberger, Parker, PRS, les Paul.... It seems to love them all. I am on my 4th foot switch as I tend to use it quite a bit when gigging, and have gigged steadily with this amp since purchase. I looked at so many others before buying this, and was motivated to write this review when considering replacing it with something a bit lighter as it is getting harder and harder for this old man to heft it into my trunk several times a month. The more I look at the other options available, the more I come to appreciate what this amp does. It delivers the classic fender sound, on command, every time. There is a reason these amps are still in production, still sought after, and still in use by scores of musicians. If I had to complain, it would be the lack of that killer classic fender tremolo, but that was remedied with a pedal. While I feel the second channel/ overdrive on this model is a tad harsh, I understand fender has tamed it on the current models. I can't say that I have had any other piece of gear hold up as well as this amp has. Last summer I did an outdoor gig where it was 113 degrees at load in, and 102 at load out (at midnight no less) and it performed flawlessly. And that was not the only gig in adverse conditions it has done in the past 13 years. Beginner or pro, this amp is indeed tough to beat.

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    HRD Built Poorly

    Bought a Fender HRD III and was excited about the sound for the price. Less than 45 days later it started buzzing really loud. Thought I did my research by looking at reviews on...Read complete review

    Bought a Fender HRD III and was excited about the sound for the price. Less than 45 days later it started buzzing really loud. Thought I did my research by looking at reviews on sales web sites. Turns out the problem I have is very widespread. Search for Hot Rod Deluxe Issues on Google. The quality of the amp is very poor and I am very dissapointed in Fender for even releasing such a low quality amp.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I was looking for!

    By Jimeye

    from Millville,NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Carry
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None So Far

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    Exactly what I was after for use in my band.Covers everything I needed.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lots of attitude/output

    By TheSparky

    from Brooklyn, New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • 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:

      This is a very functional working-man's amplifier with tone that few could find a fault with, especially the pristine clean channel. The 'drive' and 'more drive' channels are also tasty but do require a bit more dialing to find what suits your ear.
      The real meat and potatoes of this amp is the volume output. It is very loud, you will not need to turn it up past 3 to play along with a live acoustic drummer. When I practice at home I literally have the volume set under 1.
      I bought this amp for my recording studio and after taking the time to set everything correctly it sounds absolutely delicious.
      I don't recommend this for everyone. If you are looking for Marshall sounding crunch, you're best bet is still to buy a Marshall but if you want a solid all-around amplifier that is built well and simple, look no further.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good tone

      By MTP04987

      from Undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Good tone. Works we'll with pedals. The volume knob is much too sensitive. This amp is Super Loud! Not for practicing alone. At band practice I use it on 2 or 3.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great clean channel/poor build quality

        By GH67BNKUi534

        from Chicago, IL

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

              The clean channel is really great. The drive channel, on other hand, is pretty much unusable. My biggest concern is with the build quality. The amp had some rattling parts (back panel, probably the chassis too), the rattle become evident even at low volume (clean at 3-4). The tolex was not properly glued to the back of the cabinet. Finally, the new black control panel looks very cheap compared with the old chrome panels.

              I returned this mainly because of the rattling issue. The replacement I got (Peavey Classic 30) is a much better amp overall IMO.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nothing Better for the Money

              By Cathatyptic

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Price
              • Fantastic Clean Tone
              • New Compact Footswitch
              • Perfect Clubbar Gig Amp

              Cons

              • Plastic Input Jacks
              • Weak Handle

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Club And Bar Gigs
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              This is probably the best amp I have seen in this price range; That is where this amp really shines through, an uncompromising fender clean tone with some pretty sweet tube overdrive that won't break the bank. The drive channel on this amp is really well suited to rock, but one can also coax a good blues drive from the amp with some EQ adjustments. Also, this amp pairs excellently with distortion pedals.

              I also own a Fender Supersonic 60 head with a Mesa Boogie 212 cab, which is very powerful. The problem is that my usual gigs are either at small bars and clubs, or on stages with full PAs with a mic for the guitar amp, so I rarely get to crank the Supersonic up to its "sweetspot." Thats why i got the HRD, the "sweetspot" on this 40 watt bad boy is exactly where i need it to be. Plus, bringing this (relatively) light combo amp around instead of the head and cab is just so much more convenient.

              The reasons why this amp is so cheap but sounds so good are as with any cheaper instruments: cheaper components such as input jacks, buttons, wood, rubber handle, etc.. Also,I'm sure having a solid state rectifier brings down the price a bit. I did spend the money to get a 5 year warranty, and I wouldn't be very surprised if that pays off.

              But you know, that's kind of what give this amp its character. Its not some pretentious hand-wired exact vintage replica, nor is it some solid state modeling amp. It knows exactly what it is, and does exactly what a good tube amp should do. It has more than enough power to play along side the band, with just enough settings to control just enough of the sound without being over complicated and hard to work on stage. It invites a guitarist to not worry so much about the finer and inconsequential points of his tones and amp settings, but rather focus on his playing. To set it and forget it, so to speak, and with the turning of a few knobs and pushing of a few buttons change the amp to match most any style of playing.

              Everything you need with nothing you don't. I recommend for almost any bar gig, almost any rehearsal setting. Its like a Ford Mustang, hands down the most bang for your buck.

              I don't own, but also highly recommend the Fender Blues Deluxe. Its almost the exact same amp, but tweed, a bit warmer, and with a less intense, more bluesy drive

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar Amp

              By Rude Boy

              from Asbury Park NJ

              About Me Professional Musician

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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:

                  Been around the block with amps like most players. I've decided that pound for pound and buck for buck---this amp is the best bet for me when I want straight up great classic guitar tone. I go way back with the Hot Rod Deluxe. I gigged a lot with my first one which I got in 1997 when they first came out. Never let me down or sounded bad. Ignore know-it-all Internet guitar forum clowns who bad mouth these amps. If they ever actually played a gig with one they might understand. They sound great and cut through a dense mix fine. Pedals sound great through it also, and with a little common sense and maybe a couple pedals you can cover most styles well. It doesn't weigh 80 pounds or is awkward to carry---fits in any car trunk or backseat. Fender's improvements to this "III" series are thoughtful and work well. I can use this amp for quiet basement practice or blow the walls down. OD channel much better also. Footswitch and cover included; nice touch. I have a Digitech RP 1000 and a Tech 21 Power Engine which is a fabulous rig also, and definitely has it's place in my musical endeavors---but there is no substitute for true Fender tube tone. Over the years I have learned to stick with the winners; Fender stuff rocks, enuff said. BTW---If there is a problem (I have NEVER had a problem with Fender equipment) MF and Fender will take care of you. Give them a chance to help. I know from long experience that both of these companies will stand behind their stuff. All the best, keep playing guys and girls.

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                  4.0

                  best sounding amp under 1.000

                  By Keith

                  from Tennessee

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • 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:

                    Great sounding amp. after looking for a about a year for a CLEAN/JAZZ/ROCK/METAL amp.Mesa was the only thing my ear liked BUT $$$... this amp will get you to classic rock by its self.anything more will need a pedal and wow.. only problem I had I got 3 BAD ones in a roll. had to send em all back. if I went from the distorted chanel to the clean playing i would get a loud pop.I have played and heard others that didnt do it.this will be my amp but will play it before i buy

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent tone in a small package

                    By Walker

                    from Eastern Shore

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None Yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

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

                    This is my second tube amp after owning solid state for years and a ValveKing 112 for about 2 months (i hated that amp) my first thoughts when i plugged my Les Paul in was "Wow!" The tone was warm and clear, my next guitar was a Fender Telecaster and the clean shimmering tone was very glasslike. It's unbelievable how clean and clear this amp is. The gain channel gives you that typical Fender crunch, don't expect a Marshall type distortion with this amp, but you will have some nice tube crunch with this amp. Please note that i have only used this amp for home use and haven't had this amp cranked up to 11 yet and have not performed live with it yet (that happens next month) so i really haven't put this amp to the test. That's the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars. I'm looking forward to testing it out though. If you're looking for a nice tube amp that won't break the bank but want that nice tube sound, this is a good place to start.

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                    (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Watch the Warranty

                    By DCM

                    from Walled Lake, Mi.

                    About Me Novice

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                          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. Very expensive. 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 tube. I will certainly never purchase another Fender amp. Pure ignorance. They obviously do not value my business.

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Most practical amp for most players

                          By grimster

                          from Arkansas

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth

                          Cons

                          • Handle Needs Improving

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          I have the version of this amp with the emerald green tolex and the Eminence Patriot Cannabis Rex speaker. I prefer Eminence to Celestion.

                          This amp is the most practical amp for a gigging musician, regardless of the speaker that comes with it. It is tough and has perfect tone for a wide range of styles. The 40 watts is plenty for most in-door gigs and can get quite loud in small venues.

                          My only complaint is the rubber "dog bone" handle has broken twice in less than two years. However, it is a relatively quick and inexpensive fix. I keep an extra handle just in case.

                          I should also point out that when I first received mine from MusiciansFriend, there was a problem with the speaker. Fortunately I noticed this only days after receiving the amp. MF quickly replaced the amp at no additional charge to me. Great customer service!

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