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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

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.

VS

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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4.0

Overall Pleased

By 

from Brooks, GA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Performances

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

I use this amp regularly, I retired a Mesa Boogie DC-3 for this due to change in style of music. The sound overall fits the music I am playing (Mod Country and Southern Rock), however I notice the low end is slightly distorted on my clean channel when volume is around 4 or higher. I play a Strat primarily but it does it will all my guitars.
For the people that are getting the rattling noises...about 3 months after owning this amp, I was slipping my cover back on and it got hung up mid way down, I had realized one of the screws on the back panel had backed over half way out. I simply tightened it down and checked every screw on it as some were starting to get loose. I check them regularly now, and have not had the problem since, I wiil mention i did not notice any rattling noise originally when I had that screw back out.
My power light has failed now for the second time, first time I took it in to get repaired, it really don't hurt anything, just a little aggravating it has burned out again.
The things I mentioned are important and think it should be known, however the for the price, weight, and overall performance of this amp, I'm pleased with it. I use but don't abuse my equipment and expect it to be reliable, as anyone would for this type of product. Again overall I'm am pleased with this amplifier and expect to get many years of use out of it.

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5.0

Best combo amp ever built.

By 

from staunton IL

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:

    wow! The clean channel is the best tone in the world.The amp takes pedals very well. but you dont need any.Perfect Rock N Roll Amp.Very happy this the tone.2 thumbs up.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Save up

    By 

    from us

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    Do yourself a favor and save up and buy a better amp. This amp is just cheaply built, the handle snaps instantly, and it just does not sound good. If you turn it past 2 it gets muddy filled with undesirable hiss. Also, it stops working over night. I had it replaced twice (under the warranty) and twice it stopped working (untouched). Buy a supersonic, an AC30 or any other fender if you truly want that famous tube sound, you will end-up spending more money replacing or fixing this thing.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Buy it used and mod it

    By 

    from CLEVELAND, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for!

      By 

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lots of attitude/output

      By 

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good tone

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great clean channel/poor build quality

          By 

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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 

                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 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar Amp

                By 

                from Asbury Park NJ

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                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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