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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-...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Warm / comfy (22)
  • Portable (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (24)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Buy it used and mod it

Do not buy this amp new! These saturate the used market (generally too loud for most people) and you can find a great one for cheaper. This amp is an EXCELLENT base for...Read complete review

Do not buy this amp new! These saturate the used market (generally too loud for most people) and you can find a great one for cheaper. This amp is an EXCELLENT base for modification and can sound like a boutique amp if you have the experience and patience. I love this amp! I just don't love it stock... Here's what I recommend:

1) The stock speaker is thin - I bought a WGS G12C and I run a G12C/S through an extension cab. Improvements all around. More bass clarity and warmth. I hear Celestion Vintage 30s work well.
2) Use a 12AT7 in P3 tube. This really cleans up the output channel signal and gives you more control of the volume pot so it doesn't jump to super loud volumes as quickly.
3) Buy a mod kit like Fromel makes. Only do the work if you are talented at working on PCBs. The stock components are very fragile and cause many of the problems other people have with the amp. I had leaky filter caps and one of the box resistors failed. Fromel addresses all of these and adds an excellent tone stack. I did these mods and am blown away. I will never part with this amp because I am in tonal nirvana.
4) Last, and easily most important, BUY A NEW HANDLE RIGHT AWAY! Don't carry this EVER by the stock handle! Read the reviews on the handle! It is horrible that Fender ever made a 50lb amp with a hand I wouldn't trust on a bag of groceries.

Otherwise, it's a solidly-built cab with all the bones of a superb amp. For this price range new, don't buy it. There are better options.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

I have owned many hot rods yes I would buy again

By Musician

from Nashville Tennessee

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    First two received fried in no time the third one sounds great OD Channel great Blues tone

     
    4.0

    Hands-down perfect gigging amplifier! Get it USED!

    By Ray

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I bought mine used at a pawn shop. I believe it is the first generation and has the chrome face plate. I hear these are better than the newer third generation but would not know first-hand. I concur 100% with the person that said to buy it used. Got mine for almost half the cost of a new one, replaced the reverb tank, bought a foot switch (which were both missing) and replaced the "Clean Channel" pre-amp tube with a 12AT7 (as has been recommended) and still paid less than half the cost of something new! It sounds like a FENDER amplifier which is exactly what I wanted! If you are complaining that it doesn't have the "British" sound like a Marshall or a Vox, perhaps you should have bought a Marshall or Vox in the first place?

      It does not sound quite as good as a Deluxe Reverb but then again, I did not pay what I would have had to shell out for one either!

      I will likely do some additional mods like changing the resistor value in the volume circuit which is the proper way to deal with the volume control issue. The 12AT7 does help some though. This is probably the biggest thorn in its side! Then again, you may not even notice if your band is not concerned with things like "Volume Control!" LOL

       
      3.0

      Good design and poor build quality

      By Bruce

      from Gotham

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        This is my seventh tube amp and second fender. I've had it for about three months now. I agree with most of the reviewers on here in that the clean sound is amazing and the overdrive is average. The problems in my case are with the build quality. They are/were as follows:
        The channel indicator light on the amp was protruding from the chassis at a funny angle. It was way off, visible from a mile away, and not possibly caused by shipping. Upon opening the back of the amp to see what might be causing this, poor workmanship was plainly apparent. Sloppy glue gunning was the worst offense. Stripping that goes between the chassis and the back panel to prevent rattle was way off target. I measured the width of a preamp tube from where it was supposed to be. Little bits of solder could be found in places they weren't supposed to be as well.
        I bent the wires going to the channel light so that it sat where it's supposed to, cleaned up the glue and solder, and re-glued the stripping. It all took about a half hour, which is not a big deal. In a perfect world; I would have simply returned and exchanged it but the ordeal of going through that outweighed the work I did to fix the condition it came in from the factory. Also, I would have just had my butler do it, but he's sick with AIDS. Anyway, the sound of the amp is great but the quality control is dismal. I've been playing it about ten hours a week for the past three months without any further issues.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        lots of problems

        By charles

        from Frederick Md

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

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

          I thought I was getting a nice amp. It sounded good at first then after about 3 months started to gets lots of noise when I played like a bunch of crackling that overpowers the guitar sound coming through the amp. Looked this up and turns out this is a big problem for this amp just search on google and youtube wish I would of before I bought this amp. Took it to get repaired, the place that fender said I had to take it to said they could not find a problem and wanted to charge me for it saying fender would not pay if nothing is wrong. So now I'm stuck with an amp that's does not work properly and just going to try and fix it myself by replacing the parts that the electronic repair people on youtube say is what fixed theirs. Also, if you search the amp many other problems come up. Could be a nice amp if it was made with quality electronics.

           
          5.0

          Hot rod deluxe 111

          By Charlie the drummer

          from Moncton,nb,Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            The best amp I have ever had. Didn't buy new which is good in a way. Not sure if it applies to all the deluxe 111 amplifiers. But there's 2 capicitors in the amp. that is prone to failure. So far mine is working really great. All the power you need and then some. Even the weight is great. When you compare it to a vox with twin speakers.

             
            4.0

            Hot Rod Heaven

            By Gearhead

            from El Segundo

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Takes pedals very well

            Cons

            • Muddy Overdrive

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I have had this amp since 2003. I have modified it to my liking. I swapped out the speaker for a classic 100w Carvin British Series, all JJ tubes biased to its sweet spot, and it also has a Fender Hot Rod Mod for the overdrive channel from Granger Amps. The overdrive is the weakest part of the amp. With these mods, the overdrive is now very good. It will never sound like a Marshall but if you place a tube screamer in front of the overdrive channel, you will get very close. It will also tighten the overdrive channel. My sound comes from an MXR Distortion + and a Tube Screamer with a noise gate in front of the amp using the clean channel. Add delay and chorus in the effects loop with the built in reverb, I am now in the brown sound territory. My rhythms are thick and chunky and the leads are singing with a lot of bite. There is no harshness what so ever. I have other amps but I always keep coming back to this amp. It is plenty loud and it is very versatile.

             
            5.0

            Great versatile amp

            By Sven

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              This amp delivers on the mythical "sparkly clean" Fender Tones. The spring reverb is awesome. The distortion is okay, it does well for rock, blues, and lead tones. This is not a great sounding amp for metal. Unless you get the right pedal, it might sound good then.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              All around great amp ...

              By Zevster

              from Spring Valley, NY

              About Me Experienced

              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:

                What makes this amp so great is that it works for all of us - with all of these amps they are component heavy devices that are built by people so some of us get lucky and some end up with a lemon... that's what happens when you have a popular amp ...

                The HRDs real greatness is that it works for all of us regardless if we are playing 3 to 30 years, know what sounds good but may not be sound geeks and don't know our way around the insides of an amp - as well as for those who will use the HRD as a platform to mod it up to boutique status. This amp never has to apologize and no matter what others are playing with I never feel like a second class citizen with my HRD III totally stock.

                Only slight issue as stock is that the volume jumps from nothing to everything, so as a home practice amp you cannot really use it comfortably with all that power jumping right out unless your home has vaulted ceilings.

                Fortunately there is an easy inexpensive solution which is to simply swap the stock pre amp tube on the left for a GT-12AT7 ( stock is a 12AX7 ) this cuts the power down and evens out the volume increase on the low end ... I will be doing this in the near future and even a total non geek like me can perform this minor mod ... http://www.musiciansfriend.com/search?Ns=r&Ntt=12at7

                There seems to be no end to the improvements that can be made to the HRD but even left stock as I have had it for the last number of years it is an awesome sounding amp. She may not do any one tone great but does every tone really really well and as such it is for me one of the more versatile tube amps …

                Unless you are a tonal freak and a rig master you will love this amp and that is whom this amp is made for, the 99% of us who just want a great sounding tube tone for blues and rock that we can use at home, in the garage and at the occasional gig we jam at.

                If your reading this and you have not yet tried it go to your local music shop and try the amp ... you will like it.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome amp!

                By Jay

                from undisclosed

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

                Great amp!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Can't beat it.

                By Acrylic

                from Maine

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                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 one of the greatest amps ever made. I've had mine for almost 10 years. It still sounds as amazing as the day I got it. Never even changed a tube (I know, shame on me). Never had a problem with the handle as some other people have mentioned. I just get the best clean tone in the world. Not too large (deville) or too small (Blue's Jr.) but just right to grab with one hand and be on time for any gig, anytime, anywhere. Don't plan on using the overdrive channel. It's nothing special. But with a good pedal board comprised of carefully selected stomps, there isn't a sound on earth you can't achieve. Besides, the clean channel makes up for any shortcomings the overdrive channel has. Also, this amp is LOUD. Why on earth would you want to lug around half stacks with portability and power like this? Just doesn't make sense to me. I don't understand how you could be disappointed with this amp.

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