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Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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A legendary setup with deep tone.

The Hot Rod DeVille 212 III is a 60-watt guitar amp combo with the classic 2 x 12 speaker configuration borrowed from the legendary Twin Reverb amp, the bottom end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes, and a versatile all-12AX7 tube preamp, with amazing clean and overdriven tones, luscious Fender spring reverb, effects loop, and more. A 4 ohm extension speaker output even lets you add a cabinet for additional stage coverage.

The new Hot Rod Deville 212 III guitar amp also includes these upgrades: Easier reading black control panel with front reading text; New badge; Streamlined footswitch; Graduated volume and treble pot tapers; Two Celestion G12P-80 speakers.

FEATURES
All-tube preamp and 60-watt power section
3-band EQ
Bright switch
2-12" Celestion G12P-80 speakers
3 channels from clean to more drive
Built-in spring reverb
Extension speaker jack
Input for included 2-button, 3-function footswitch
Amp cover included
SPECIFICATIONS
Amplifier Type: Tube
Output Power: 60 watts
Speaker: 2-12" Celestion G12P-80, 8 ohm speakers
Output Impedance: 4 or 2 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: 21" (53.34 cm)
Width: 24.25" (61.59 cm)
Depth: 10.75" (27.3 cm)
Weight: 53.5 lb. (24.26 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, Black Panel, Vintage
Pointer Knobs, Internal Variable Bias Control
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FenderHot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In a word,..AWESOME!!

Overall this amp is a workhorse. I would have bought another Twin but I decided on another Deville instead because of love the tone of the overdrive. Actually if you play funk, blues,...Read complete review

Overall this amp is a workhorse. I would have bought another Twin but I decided on another Deville instead because of love the tone of the overdrive. Actually if you play funk, blues, country, or variations of classic rock, alternative, or R&B and soul you may not need a thing other than your prefered effects pedals such as chorus, delay, rotary, etc. If you want to shred, but your favorite overdrive pedal and shred away. I play all music. From country to metal. I play them all with this amplifier and people are always complimenting me on the tone.
There is only one way or reason that this amp would get a bad review from anyone. Simple lacking of experience.
This amp is one of the finest amps ever made which is also why it is one of the most sold amps every year. No it`s not the name brand, it`s the quality, tone, and complete overall sound of perfection.
I have noticed a common mistake with reviews on this amp. The statement that it`s only good for or not good for any musical genre. This amp is a tone machine. To think for instance, that you can`t use it for heavy metal or rock is a joke. Who amoung this genre of music`s players doesn`t incorporate the use of pedals?? What guitar player doesn`t use some kind of pedal anyway?? I don`t know of any and I know hundreds of players. The most important aspect of any guitar amplifier is it`s clean tonal qualities that you can both use and build upon. This is a fact.
The only thing that I can state is to learn the amp. Educate yourself by experimenting. If you want to have a different sounding distortion than the amp already has, which is a fine distortion I might add, then there are a few things that you can do. One is the obvious,...do what the pros do and buy a pedal,..the other thing is changing to a softer output tube or getting your local tech to do so.
Bottom line is this. There is no reason for this amp to get less than five stars across the board. It is the same quality both in tone and performance as the Twin with only a few watts in power being the difference. Fender tube amps are the absolute standard of the industry. They are used across the world and millions of songs have been performed and recorded by legends while using them. I will be the first to state the obvious fact that these people got it right.
I have used Fender amps for 20 years and out of all the different amps I have and currently owned I have never had a problem other than normal wear and tear over years of dragging them around. Not once has this amp failed me.
I personally think that all music equipment is over priced but in comparison with other amps in this price range you can`t score it high enough. Other companies such as Blackstar throw in their version of Mesa`s distortion channel and without it their amps would be junk because the clean channels on their amps are glassy and thin. In a few words,..the amps are for kids.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed in Fender

I bought this amp brand new and had to take it to the shop 3 times within the first month. I kept getting weird vibration noises and then out of the blue it started...Read complete review

I bought this amp brand new and had to take it to the shop 3 times within the first month. I kept getting weird vibration noises and then out of the blue it started to periodically blast out a sound similar to amplified flatulence. I hate to say how disappointed I am in Fender. I've purchased many amps, guitars and accessories and never have I ever had to deal with this before.

Another thing: It's only good for clean, if you like extremely clean sounds. I'm more of a dirty clean kind of a guy, so I shouldn't have purchased this in the first place, but I needed something loud and cheap at the time. The two overdrive channels leave little to be desired. If you do pick this up, get a good distortion pedal.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

In a word,..AWESOME!!

By James Brady

from Southeast U.S.A.

See all my reviews

Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Overall this amp is a workhorse. I would have bought another Twin but I decided on another Deville instead because of love the tone of the overdrive. Actually if you play funk, blues, country, or variations of classic rock, alternative, or R&B and soul you may not need a thing other than your prefered effects pedals such as chorus, delay, rotary, etc. If you want to shred, but your favorite overdrive pedal and shred away. I play all music. From country to metal. I play them all with this amplifier and people are always complimenting me on the tone.
There is only one way or reason that this amp would get a bad review from anyone. Simple lacking of experience.
This amp is one of the finest amps ever made which is also why it is one of the most sold amps every year. No it`s not the name brand, it`s the quality, tone, and complete overall sound of perfection.
I have noticed a common mistake with reviews on this amp. The statement that it`s only good for or not good for any musical genre. This amp is a tone machine. To think for instance, that you can`t use it for heavy metal or rock is a joke. Who amoung this genre of music`s players doesn`t incorporate the use of pedals?? What guitar player doesn`t use some kind of pedal anyway?? I don`t know of any and I know hundreds of players. The most important aspect of any guitar amplifier is it`s clean tonal qualities that you can both use and build upon. This is a fact.
The only thing that I can state is to learn the amp. Educate yourself by experimenting. If you want to have a different sounding distortion than the amp already has, which is a fine distortion I might add, then there are a few things that you can do. One is the obvious,...do what the pros do and buy a pedal,..the other thing is changing to a softer output tube or getting your local tech to do so.
Bottom line is this. There is no reason for this amp to get less than five stars across the board. It is the same quality both in tone and performance as the Twin with only a few watts in power being the difference. Fender tube amps are the absolute standard of the industry. They are used across the world and millions of songs have been performed and recorded by legends while using them. I will be the first to state the obvious fact that these people got it right.
I have used Fender amps for 20 years and out of all the different amps I have and currently owned I have never had a problem other than normal wear and tear over years of dragging them around. Not once has this amp failed me.
I personally think that all music equipment is over priced but in comparison with other amps in this price range you can`t score it high enough. Other companies such as Blackstar throw in their version of Mesa`s distortion channel and without it their amps would be junk because the clean channels on their amps are glassy and thin. In a few words,..the amps are for kids.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ol Faithful!

By Stratmaster724

from Alexandria, LA

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Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Four stars, lost a star ONLY because for most people just breaking into the world of Tube amps, the overdrive and distortion channels are useless. They lack that certain... UMPH that most guitarists search for. The good news is that if you have, or are planning to build a pedal board, or love huge tube tone, the clean channel is perfect! I run mine in clean with the mid's scooped and it's tone rivals that of my Reissue 65 Deluxe Reverb. I use a Fulltone FD2 for the overdrive, and GT-500 for distortion, they really sing through the clean channel of this amp. The thing that makes this amp is that it is tough. It's built like a tank! On two occations it has performed flawlessly after being rolled around in our trailer, and when I say rolled around, I mean loaded in the front and found in the back upside down with a floor wedge on top of it! Excellent sounding reverb, easy to use controls, and tough as nails.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful Cleans, Not Distortion

By EverythingMan364

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Amazing Clean Tones
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatility

Cons

  • Distortion
  • heavy

Best Uses

  • Larger Stages
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Literally any sound you want, can be achieved through this amp, and will come above any standard you've ever set for combo amps. I would say this amp is the best amp you will ever find to get a great modern sound.HOWEVER, three things:-If you aren't going to be looking at large enough stages, then buy the Hot Rod 1x12. It has less wattage, so the tubes get hotter at lower volumes. The reason I bought this was to carry enough stage presence with its 2 12 inch speakers. Once you turn this past 4 (it gets LOUD), it sounds just like every tube amp should. But if you're going to have to keep it below 3, then get something smaller.-The distortion that is built into this thing is awful. It will work for those who don't care for beauty in the crunch, but at this quality and price range, you have to look into a distortion box (I highly recommend the Fulltone OCD). Once you have the distortion coming from a different place, though, WOW, does this thing turn heads.-It's also heavy. And with no wheels on the bottom, it's easy to accidentally drop it, or run into something during transport. Again, you might want to look at a hot rod 1x12 for this reason as well.But overall, I highly recommend this amp. Definitely try it out first at a local [@] (but buy it on musician's friend), and don't be afraid to turn it past 4; that's where it really starts to sound beautiful.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hot Rod it is!

By guitar monkey

from Philly Pa

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Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I must admit 15 years ago I may not have selected this amp but the more amps i've been through the more i learned and there is nothing better than the vintage basics....(.tubes and stomp boxes) it's the way to go..... find your sound , set it and forget, and just keep playing
When purchasing a tube amp, you must take in consideration the type of music you will be performing and what kind of stomp boxes you are using.......the Fender hot rod amp is a solid work horse, works great for someone who wants great power and versatile tone in a small box, yes the distortion is not the greatest ...but this is a great amp just gotta know how to use it, if you do your homework you will find this amp is very comprimising to anything you plug into it.............also the order in which you have you stomps lined up is a big factor.....love this amp!! owned it for 3 years now, the longest i ever held on to any amp and never even thought of giving it up......
No complaints
Descently priced....it's pro grade, you see them on alot of big stages

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The only amp you'll ever need.

By big ed rush

from kansas city, mo

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Built In Overdrive

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp has the most beautiful cleans. Period. Everytime I play another amp I remember why I don't need a new one. It drips tone. Very loud, very dependable and irreplaceable. It doesn't have a good distortion, but what rookies don't understand is...YOU DON'T BUY AN AMP FOR IT'S DISTORTION. You buy a pedal for that like every other rock or metal guitarist does. People add good distortion externally. You can't add phenomenal cleans. Best amp in this price range.

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

hot rod deville 212

By G-Man-Q66UI

from S.C.

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Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Ok, I've own one of these amps (Deville 2) for about 8 years now and its still trucking along. Last two brand new Fender amps I bought gave me trouble only a few months after purchase because of soldering issues from the factory. And no, the red power light won't stay on the whole gig!! Whats up with that Fender? You charge high dollar for your products so I ought to have a decent working red light !!! But I do have to say, get you some Boss pedals and this amp will become your best friend. A Boss Blues Driver sounds soooooooo good through this amp...along with a compressor,delay, and chorus. I really wish they made it possible to cut the reverb on and off via a footswitch. Fender, if your going to keep the Deville in production, get rid of that lame overdrive channel and put a master volume on it along with a on-off reverb switch and it will rival any tube amp out there.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

surf/punk amp.....

By sean greenwood

from so cal

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Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This is a review on the deville III..... Im happy with the amount of money i spent with the producted i bought so you get an 8 over all...
I play alot of surf and ramones style punk rock and this amp does it all. If your looking for that brit crunch your not gonna get it here, but what you will get is a great amp that can handle just about anything you throw at it i play it thru a crappy epiphone wilshire pro and it make angels cry.The overdrive is not gonna be a jcm 800 but it works for me and it get the job done..the louder you play the fuller the sound gets i love this amp...
So far so good..The only thing i dont like are the plastic input jacks on a amp that cost this much.
This was my first tube amp,its been rocking for just over 6 months.

(6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointed in Fender

By dead poinsettia

from Saint Paul, MN

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought this amp brand new and had to take it to the shop 3 times within the first month. I kept getting weird vibration noises and then out of the blue it started to periodically blast out a sound similar to amplified flatulence. I hate to say how disappointed I am in Fender. I've purchased many amps, guitars and accessories and never have I ever had to deal with this before.

    Another thing: It's only good for clean, if you like extremely clean sounds. I'm more of a dirty clean kind of a guy, so I shouldn't have purchased this in the first place, but I needed something loud and cheap at the time. The two overdrive channels leave little to be desired. If you do pick this up, get a good distortion pedal.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp for all!

    By Marcus Fakler

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've had this amp for 5 years and it has been nothing less than awesome. I have never had to replace the tubes yet (knock on wood). I bought it when i was still a beginner and figured I would never need to buy a new one again and so far Ive been right. Every guitar player i know is envious and it blows all their amps out of the water. Even when playing live shows in a band i rarely ever have to turn it up past 4 or so. It is loud. Unless youre playing in an ampitheatre or something you will not need more power. Aside from being loud the clean channel is super clean (not like marshall where you always seem to have residual distortion) and the distortion is also great with two different settings for rhythm and lead distortion. All in all I have not regretted buy this amp for one second.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect amp for amateurs to pros

    By ToneMan

    from Muscle Shoals, Al.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've been looking at amps for the past 6 months and I've tried about every combo tube amp made. I just couldn't find the right amp that gave me the cleans and crunch that I was hearing in my head. Then I walked into my local music store and he had a Hot Rod Deville 212 used so I gave it a shot and was blown away!!! I immediately went home, got my Fender Princeton chorus and went to trade it in.

      This amp can do anything. It has the Fender cleans like you would expect but it has a great southern rock, early ZZ Top crunch to it in the drive channel. The more-drive channel is kinda grainy but does ok for solos. This is easily the LOUDEST amp I've ever heard for its size. When I gig at decent sized clubs, I run it on 4 and its plenty loud.(It goes to 12 btw) Its kinda heavy at 54 lbs. but I installed casters and took care of that.

      The cleans have alot of headroom, great crunch but I would use a pedal for metal. It takes pedals as well as any amp I've played. Fabulous reverb and great bass from the 212 as opposed to the 410. Very simple layout and reminds me alot of the Fender Twin setup. There's a reason this is one of the best selling amps every year, it's THE REAL DEAL!! It sounds great with a strat, les paul, hollow body, etc. Just a great amp all the way around and built like a tank. Sounds as good as any handwired amp on the market but for 1/3 of the price. Easily the best choice I've ever made buying this amp. I'm never parting with it.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best Fender but soak for 3 days to w

      By Morble6

      from Glendale, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Live Recording You Name
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        when new you must turn on and play either live or guitar recording for 4 days, 24 hrs a day. that warms and sets the tubes taking out any harshness. then rock out to perfect Fender tone.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great amp, but too heavy for handle

        By tdavid

        from Cloudcroft, NM

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Rubber Handle Sucks
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Purchased this amp 2 years ago and have gone through 2 handles, the rubber type that come standard on the amp. Fortunatly the amp seems to be very durable but I don't recommend dropping it on a regular basis. The amp is too heavy for the type of rubber handle that comes with the amp, other than that, an awesome amp!!

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Probably the best amp for the price!

        By RuXTaR

        from Israel

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Got Channels
        • Loud And Clean
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • heavy

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        First of all, before buying this amp, or any piece of equipment, try it first.
        Second, know what it was designed for.

        I'm coming from a Vox AC30 sound into this one. I still own the Vox and I do have to say this is totally different. The Vox has more harmonics and 10 times (if not more) the brightness of the Deville. My friend is still disappointed with the Deville while I'm actually getting to like it.

        At first I did not like it. I don't like LOUD and this is exactly what this amp is! Practicing in my bedroom I can hardly bring it above 2 and there will be already complaints from my family. Having said that, it's such a clean amp (on the clean channel) and LOTS of headroom.

        While others complained about the drive channels I actually loved them because that's where you can get more brightness out of this amp. It does have a brightness button but it does not take it to the Vox area I'm used to. Still, you have Bass, Med, Treb, and Pres, to tweek you sound. Still, I just run everything flat and get such an amazing sound out of it

        Things to have in mind though is first, it is HEAVY! 53 lbs! It's quite the workout! And the handle feels too rubbery, it even feels like it's about the break any time. Second, it's loud. Just came back from a big worship event, ran it at 3 and it was loud enough for me to hear myself playing. The only times I really enjoyed playing this amp and started to fall in love with it is on stage.

        Last thing, my amp has some static/ground noise. I'm looking that up to see if that's normal.

        (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Solid but not for everyone

        By Slimjim-G9YL.

        from Santa Barbara (no I don't play freakin reggae)

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I picked this up as my first tube amp and have had it for more than 3 years now. This amp is a good deal in terms of raw power (60W all tube) but I should have played around with it a little more before buying. What they say about fender amps is true, they are built to last and are reliable, with the exception of the power light. The knobs offer flexible control of the tone via eq and presence. Good reverb I guess, personally i think it all sounds silly. Cleans are some of the best out there.Some things however could use some work. The speakers and tubes are lackluster, soda-can inspired fender overdrive blows (incredibly brash), and it just can't produce warm tones, no matter what pedals you add or setting you tweak.So many people give devilles 5 stars even though they either replaced the speakers and/or tubes while resorting to Boss pedals for overdrive. This is definitely a 4 star amp unless you want natural tube amp overdrive, then its about 2 stars.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My First Tube

        By W-oXfE4vw

        from Memphis, TN

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        (sweet, first to review) I have been playing guitar for almost 5 years now and I figured that it was time to upgrade the piece of crap Line 6 amp that I had. I went to my local guitar shop and the guy pointed me towards this amp. I gotta say, right off the bat, that there isn't any major differences in the sound of the amp compared to the other models (we compared them side by side). The only real difference is the plate that is underneath the volume, drive, eq, & other knobs is black instead of chrome. This way you can actually see the numbers after using the amp constantly. The only thing that I have to complain about is that the foot switch is very loud when you turn drive on, but i think that is normal. The price, like most tube amps, isn't expensive, but it isn't cheap either. Other than those small things, this is a great amp. My tone has never sounded better (playing with a modded Highway 1 strat with Samarium Cobalt hot noiseless pickups and a Super-Vee) and this amp is build to last.

        (2 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very Disappointed

        By Wichita

        from Nashville, TN

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        Pros

        • Sounds Good At Low Volume

        Cons

        • Doesn't Last Very Long

        Best Uses

        • Practicing at home

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've gone through two of these in less than one month, and both of them distorted with the volume any where above 5. The first one only lasted about 3 days because the handle broke almost immediately and the speakers crackled. The second one lasted me about 3 weeks and it took a little while to wear it out. If you want to use this as an amp to keep at home for practice it's awesome, but if you're constantly gigging like me it won't last very long unless you mic it. I bought an Egnater Renegade and am VERY happy with it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great working man's club venue amp

        By Jay38063

        from Ripley, TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Classic Fender Twin layout here... all tube 60W, with footswitchable clean/drive channels with drive/more drive and bright/normal switches. That's all I've ever needed from an amp so I am very happy with this unit. 60 tube watts is plenty for small clubs and the classic Fender warmth and roundness are delivered as expected. The surprise here is the amount of ditortion the dirty channel can pump out on the "more drive" setting. I can only compare it to having a tube screamer plugged in before a tube preamp. Very organic and thick without being screechy or insanely overdriven. Think Angus Young, not Eddie Van Halen. The only downsides for me are the sheer weight of this combo. It's not any heavier than any other 2x12 60W tube model but it's not any lighter either! A head/cabinet setup is easier to carry, but harder to setup and tear down. For my old tired back, the weight here can get to be a real problem. I'll be putting it in a wheeled road case as soon as possible. Technical issues include the fact the heavily distored dirty channel on the "more drive" setting is very noisy and hissy, and there's an audible "woof" when channel switching. Those might be huge problems for some, but not me.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sounding

          By Vetteman

          from St. Charles, IL

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Exceptional quality and sound. The nicest cleans and reverb you will find. Can see why it's the choice of so many pros for backline and recording applications. Accepts effects pedals and processors with perfect reproduction. The power is also great for just about any environment. Low end not like my Marshall setup, but that's probably related to the open back cabinet. However, didn't get it to compete against the Marshall setup. Really rounds out the sounds you can create if you have both Marshall and Fender setups.

            Definitely worth every penny it costs !

            (1 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bad

            By Maurice Jarzembski

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I own this thing, sadly. It was one of my first amps, and I think it is horrible. Its feature is screechy distrotion. Please only consider getting this if all you play is clean and even then you should probably look else where. Everytime I plug it into the wall a speaker somewhere else in my room gives feedback. If you are looking to get beautiful heavy distortion like Yngwie, Petrucci, and Batio. Go get a Rocktron Voodu Valve and run it into a Fryette 2/90/2 tube power amp. Best guitar tones I have used. Every note of arpeggios and speed picking stands out if you have the technique.
            I own this thing, sadly. It was one of my first amps, and I think it is horrible. Its feature is screechy distrotion. Please only consider getting this if all you play is clean and even then you should probably look else where. Everytime I plug it into the wall a speaker somewhere else in my room gives feedback.

            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            LOUD ! GREAT TUBE TONE !

            By Dr.LaRrY ♫

            from Winston~Salem ~ N.C.

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            Comments about Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            After replacing the junk speakers with some Jensen NeoMag 100w and the 12AX7 tubes for better ones, this thing really opened up ! It handles ANY pedal in front of the amp very well. I use a Boss Metal Zone on the clean channel at it JAMZ ! Been told to run a compressor in the loop too but I love my sound already so no thanks. Final touch was the purple jewel which made it sound ALOT better !(kidding) I have a Marshall and a few others but I'm keeping my DeVille forever ! NOTHING beats the clean with reverb for my twangy country tunes then push 1 pedal and I go to METAL LAND ! Get one, you'll love it for practice or playing out ! I have a Vintage Celestion extention 2X12 cab and it's a perfect package. Musicians Friend KEEPING AMERICA ROCKIN' !

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