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 DeVille 212 III is a 60-watt combo with a classic 2x12” speaker configuration borrowed from the legendary Twin Reverb® amp, the low-end headroom characteristic of 6L6 tubes, a versatile all-12AX7 tube preamp, an effects loop and more. It produces amazing clean and overdriven tones and luscious Fender spring reverb, and a 4-ohm extension speaker output even lets you add a cabinet for additional stage coverage. Additional Hot Rod DeVille 212 III upgrades include an easier-to-read black control panel with front-reading text, new badge, streamlined footswitch, graduated volume and treble pot tapers, and dual Celestion® G12P-80 speakers.
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First off, this is the best sounding amp Fender has ever put out, in my opinion. This amp huff's and has a living breathing sound like no other, but why this printed circuit board? Mine has been to the shop so many times for repairs to the board, I have lost count of the money I put into it. It was a love-hate relationship that finally ended with one last repair to sell this amp. When the new buyer showed up, plugged in, played for 2 minutes, it went out again!!! I sold it for the speakers (parts)...I cannot understand why this amp wasn't offered in a REAL point to point design? I surely would have paid through the nose for it? This isn't the first run in with Fender circuit boards either. My Princeton reverb was the same, the dealer finally took it back, and I purchased the Blues Deville.
Now I only own Fender Vintage, Twin Reverb, Super reverb, Quad reverb amps, they go the distance! and if Fender wants to be a name to be remembered again for quality, they will go back to the formula that works!!! POINT TO POINT PHENOLIC BOARDS!!! There is no short cuts here, only short circuits.
gwhpnut owns this item
I have played professionally, and still own, classic pre-CBS blackface Fender amps, including a 1963 Bandmaster, 1964 Vibroverb and 1965 Princeton Reverb. The Hot Rod DeVille 212 sounds better than all of them. It should, because Fender has had 48 years to learn how to improve on those classic amps. The DeVille has classic Fender tone and spring reverb, but it improves on the old amps by adding Master Volume Control versatility, much more responsive tone controls, two high quality tube overdrives, and an effects loop. With this amp, my James Burton Fender Telecaster and a few quality effects, I get sounds as good as anybody's. There's no reason to spend a lot of money for one of the boutique amps when this amp is so good and so reasonably priced.
R&BComboSideman owns this item
Owned this for over 10 years now, but just had a fresh opportunity to explore it with a new guitar with humbuckers.
Its always sounded great clean, and it has multiple layers of overdrive for variable vintage fuzzy tones, between the drive knob and the drive/more drive switching. A lot of volume for its size and rating. It always made my Strat sound like a classic rock or blues strat. Now its making my Gibson SG sound like Alex Lifeson on a ES355 or Angus Young depending on how i set it. really beautiful fuzz. Can really cut through on leads and produce a lot of chunky or crunchy rhythms.
I don`t love the reverb but it might be just because I don`t like reverb.
It was all the amp I wanted without a lot of junk I didn`t want or need.
I own several guitars but only one amp and this is it. Mine is a 1994 so I've tried different tubes and I am currently using Tung Sol for preamp and power. I get classic fender twin tones clean to crunchy with a bit more bite overall. I've considered other amps but I simply can't part with this baby. I should mention that I've done some simple mods to cut the reverb sweep for less effect and to be more fine-tunable and compressed the overall tone somewhat, but that's just personal taste.
Not the best Fender amp, there are aspects about the tone I do not like. The reverb is "floppy" the bass has to be almost off for this amp to sound "good". I have tried retubing it and getting it checked. I would not buy another. I am a an OLD Tube amp guy, maybe I should stick with vintage gear.....
As an amateur, playing for personal enjoyment, I love this amp. However, tube amps want to be turned up for the best tone and I could have definitely gone down to a smaller version of this amp since I primarily use it at home. I have let a few of my musician friends use this amp on stage and it has plenty of power and punch for great sound in a local venue. I have had it for about 4 years and continues to sound great every time I flip it on.
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|Model Name:||Hot Rod DeVille™ 212 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:||10.75" (27.3 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||24.25" (61.59 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||21" (53.34 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||53.5 lbs. (24.26 kg)|
|Speaker:||Two - 12" Celestion® G12P-80|
|Impedance:||2 or 4 ohms|
|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, Vintage Pointer Knobs, 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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