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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

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

  • 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
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

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 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 12 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.

(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.

(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.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    surf/punk amp.....

    By sean greenwood

    from so cal

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (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.

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