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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 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Warm / comfy (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Portable (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7)

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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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.

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    5.0

    Awesome amp!

    By Jay

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Great amp!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't beat it.

    By Acrylic

    from Maine

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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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      5.0

      Again and again

      By Stratocaster2000

      from Miami, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        I have the one with the chrome panel. Great clean channel with plenty of volume in a 1x12 combo. Nice looking amp too. The drive channel I've seen not consistent amp to amp with some good some terrible. Mine is pretty good. Buy good quality tubes. Especially the 6L6's that will help. I use Sovtek. Reasonable price and good sound. This amp sounds great clean or with a ts9.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Overall Pleased

        By B-rak

        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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best combo amp ever built.

        By Mark

        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.

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          (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Save up

          By John

          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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          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Buy it used and mod it

          By CSPAYTON

          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.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Exactly what I was looking for!

            By James

            from undisclosed

            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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lots of attitude/output

            By TheSparky

            from San Diego, CA

            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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