The world’s most popular tube amps just got better! Fender® Hot Rod series amplifiers are found on every stage in the world, large and small, and are used by guitarists from all walks of life. Hot Rod amps deliver unmistakable Fender tone and are the perfect platform for musicians to craft their own signature sound. These no-frills amps are affordable, reliable and loud, and they pair extremely well with stomp boxes. The Hot Rod Deluxe III is a 40-watt single 12” combo - the standard for gigging guitarists worldwide. Famous for the low-end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes and a versatile all-12AX7 tube preamp, it also boasts luscious Fender spring reverb, an effects loop and more. Players wanting to add a little more output, fullness and stage coverage can even add a matching 112 extension enclosure (P/N 223-1010-000). Additional Hot Rod Deluxe III upgrades include an easier-to-read 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.
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This is one of the best amps I have ever tried. I love the sound and how easy it is to use! BUT the handle is the worst I've ever seen or held!!! The handle of my amp snapped the day after purchase! On the bright side nor my feet or the amp got hurt.
If you build something as good as this amp then please do build a handle that can carry the weight of the amp! For example you could make the handle in leather or strenghen it with steel wires. And to make it more comfortable to carry, you could make two handles. One on each side.
Nikolai Baarts Johansen owns this item
I've had this amp for one month and already the handle snapped off. Luckily the amp nor my feet were injured. The product is obviously poor and I question Fender on their decision.
Furthermore, I don't understand why amplifier manufacturers only equip their amps with a single handle. Valve amps in particular are heavy and the uneven weight put on your spine should be a concern.
I always install two extra recessed handles on the side of my amps (including this one due to the unreliability of Fender handles).
This is to:-
1) even the weight distribution on my spine
2) so that two people can lift the amp
3) makes easier maneuvering in cars etc.
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First let's be very crystal clear on this: the Guitar Center Fender FSR Surf Green Hot Rod Deluxe III is a working man’s amp and it’s so good out of the box: nothing comes close. That said, I've personally played them all people, and this Guitar Center (F)ender (S)pecial (R)eserve in surf green is spec per Guitar Center's input. It is not just another production unit with surf green tolex, it has been tricked out to some degree under the hood and hearing it proves it. Wow, it’s totally smooth, and warm unlike the other Hot Rod Deluxe amps in the range including other FSRs. This 40 watt gem is a must have if you can still find one, outstanding tweaks, and fit and finish from Fender. For your next gig, recording etc., insist on the Guitar Center Fender FSR Surf Green Hot Rod Deluxe III.
Bottom line: SUPERB!
p0094932 owns this item
This amp is killer. Ive had it for about a month now. The clean tone is really great for Jazz and Ska stuff, it has a really nice bottom end. I use either a fuzz face or a BOSS distortion when clicked into the gain setting. It reacts nicely to the pedals. It also sounds great when using a wah or a delay pedal in front of it. Very loud and can handle playing with a band easily. Honestly this amp is just so great. Would definitely get it again if something happened to my current one.
MaxStephens1 owns this item
I love Hot Rod Deluxe III, primarily playing a Tele through it. It has great clean sound and a lot of gain options. The "More Gain" option generates superb tone even at low volumes, which is important to me because I mainly use it at home for my own entertainment. The clean channel stays clean and solid even at volume. This is a fantastic amplifier.
d1819 owns this item
Though I haven't had mine very long at all,...but I can say I love it's sound very much and it's all the amp I am ever going to need,...I can practice comfortably at home without disturbing the neighbors as I don't run the volume past 3 or 4! I got this amp to go with my brown sunburst MIM Standard Stratocaster guitar which I also like very much. I looked at other amps before deciding on this one,...what sold me on this amp was the sound quality of the Celestion speaker over the Eminence speaker in the Blues Deluxe Re-issue that I was originally considering. May be more amp than what a beginner/amateur needs,but as I see it,...you might as well go with what you really want and you won't have to spend more money on another amp later. Since I will eventually be playing in church,this amp was recommended over the Blues JR(another amp I had considered since I had one before) which is only a 15 watt amp as the HRD III will have more headroom to work with and still remain clean. I also like the fact the fact Fender included a cover with this amp as I like keeping the amp covered when not in use. A bit heavier than a Blues JR.,but still manageable,...and the price was right!
KC9SYJ owns this item
This amp sounds great! Overall the design and construction are also first-rate. However, I have had to take it in for repair already in the two months I have owned it. Occasionally, the reverb just stops working and to date the Fender authorized service center has not been able to find the cause of this intermittent problem because the reverb starts-working again before the tech can locate the source of the problem. I'm sure that this problem will be rectified eventually and it does not affect the use of the amp otherwise. I do highly recommend the amp to others.
daveporter owns this item
First, fender improved an already great amp. I've been using it with great results. People approach me to tell me how greatly my tone has improved. Also no matter how crazy loud your band mates are, this baby delivers 129 db more than any British stack. Don't hold yourself to old reviews, this third edition of the hot rod deluxe is built like a tank.
hoiguy79 owns this item
This 40w gem can sure deliver the tone, volume, and performance that any musician will appreciate. It is a reliable work horse. When treated with the respect it deserves, and some fine tuning, you will have a professional grade amplifier that will last for generations. On the plus side: Unsurpassed true Fender tone. From the clean and bell like chime, long associated with vintage fender amplifiers, to more modern gain with the simple stomp on the provided duel footswitch. 3 12 AX7 and 2 6L6 tubes powering a 12 inch Celestion speaker ( 8 ohm ) with output jack for additional cabinet configurations. Vintage "chicken head knobs" add to the Fender styling. Along with silver and black grill and "dogbone" handle. Original Fender spring reverb. On the minus side: Factory tolorances in these mass produced products have fallen, so some pre-maintanence is suggested. First thing I recommend, is to have a QUALIFIED technician tighten all of the chassis and speaker screws to the correct tension. This will help to eliminate any unneccesary, and unwanted, internal buzz or vibration. Have the tech check to make sure that ALL of the other jacks, knobs and included items like foot switches, function properlly and are tightened to proper factory specs. I also recommend double checking that the power tubes are fully insereted and seated in there respective inlets. Due to shipping, and again, factory tolerances, these simple yet critical steps should be taken before you trudge your 45lb investment to meet your 6 string accomplice. Again, with proper handling, care, and some common sense, the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe will preform like the proffessional amplifier that it is.
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After much online videos, fellow guitarist and finally checking it out in local store, it was a done deal = AWESOMENESS!! Its takes about 10 mins to warm up and it punches!! Used to rely on monitors to hear myself when playing live - no more of that. It has rich, deep warm tones, switch to drive one - single shotgun. Hit the second drive, both barrels punch through with authority with the GT technology tubes. Added my boxes and now the wife is gettin irritated and the neighbors complain- I'M IN LOVE!! 8D
hillgregory18 owns this item
This is a great sounding amp, a true Fender classic. I bought this shortly after buying my Strat, and they are the perfect combination for me. It has tons of power for most situations, and yet you can still practice comfortably in the house with it. I looked at all the the Fender amps before I bought this one, and also considered the Blues Jr. I'm happy with my choice though, as this is a lot of power and great sounding amp for the money. Although heavier than the Blues Jr it's still pretty easy to transport and carry.
EnglishExile owns this item
Purchased in 2003 this amplifier came with a Jensen P12N Speaker - A great sounding amp with classic Fender Drive and sparkling cleans. I have gigged this amplifier 3 nights a week for nearly ten years and not once has it let me down. Also a great platform for my pedals some of which I use the effects loop and the overdrives straight in the front end. This amplifier has so much to offer with the three channels and plenty volume and headroom. The Hot Rod Deluxe 111 is a brilliant work horse , I love it.
davidsellars1959 owns this item
Many people see a tube amp and thinking of electric guitar happiness. Completely understandable. But there is more to this amp. I run a Taylor 410ce, Fender USA Tele, Fender MIM Strat, Fender MIJ Strat, Gibson SG, Seagull Acoustic, Gibson Mandolin, and a Cello through this amp and leave it almost flat, it handles everything with such clarity, such absolutely beautiful tone it's unbelievable. The only think I wish this amp was, was a little more sturdy, after touring for a year or so without a roadcase, this amp is starting to get really haggard (what amp wouldn't though)
bsutherland owns this item
|Model Name:||Hot Rod Deluxe™ III, 120V, Black|
|Controls:||Presence, Reverb, Master Volume, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume, Bright Switch|
|Effects Loop:||1/4" - (Preamp Out, Power Amp In)|
|Inputs:||Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)|
|Speaker Jack:||Two 1/4" Parallel (Internal and External)|
|Channels:||Three - Selectable (Normal, Drive and More Drive)|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Red Jewel|
|Handle:||Molded Rubber "Dog Bone" Style|
|Grill Cover:||Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||10.5" (26.7 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||23.5" (59.7 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||18.75" (47.6 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||45 lbs. (20.41 kg)|
|Speaker:||One - 12" Celestion® G12P-80|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (3 x 12AX7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x 6L6)|
|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, Internal Variable Bias Control|
|FootSwitch:||2-Button Footswitch Included|
|Knobs:||Chicken-Head Style Pointer|
|Accessories:||Includes Amplifier Cover and 2-Button, 3-Function Footswitch|
|Cover:||Fitted Cover Included|
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