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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-...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 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good power output (21)
  • Warm / comfy (21)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Portable (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (8)

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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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

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        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.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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!

            (2 of 2 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.

               
              5.0

              Again and again

              By Martin man2000

              from Miami, Fl.

              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.

                (1 of 2 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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