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 ...
Mike Rutherford states in [this interview](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/22307-mike-rutherford-back-in-the-shop-with-the-mechanics?page=2) with PremierGuitar, "The key thing in my rig is an old Fender [Hot Rod] DeVille 4x10. I’m running the guitar and pedals into it. I sometimes run them in stereo, with one amp being the straight sound and the other having delay only."more
zZounds: What amps do you use live? Connor Doyle: When we have our own backline I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 1×12? and when there is a rented backline I usually use a [Twin Reverb](http://equipboard.com/items/fender-twin-reverb). Original source [here](http://blog.zzounds.com/2015/05/06/borns-guitar-rig/).more
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.
I love this amp, and it works flawlessly with my board, giving me the cleans I need to really let my pedals do the talking. The overdrive channel is mediocre, but who buys a fender for the overdrive anyway? It's that beautiful clean that makes this amp a phenomenal choice.
I bought this amp because it has pretty good headroom in the clean channel, and it takes pedals really well. I essentially wanted an amp that is a clean sonic palette for my pedals and this amp does the job really well. It sounds super full and warm. This amp can get pretty loud though, so watch your volume when playing in smaller venues.
I recently acquired the FSR western noir version (Black faux-tooled leather vinyl covering, wheat grille cloth, Celestion G12H Greenback speaker). The amp was everything you'd expect from a classic Hot Rod Deluxe. Takes pedals well, lots of out of the box clean Fender tone to work with. As others say, the distortion is wimpy, but low gain settings might be useful. I would recommend this for most churches, and venues where where guitarists will be mic'ing their amps. A Sennheiser e609/906 against the grill is a great, easy combo for this. I have already swapped the tubes on this little amp with a combo that I will swear by for a long time to come. 3 Tung-Sol 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 TAD 6L6WGC-STR power tubes yield a pretty phenomenal tone from this amp. Compared side by side with another Hot Rod Deluxe III, the swapped tubes (with the G12H speaker) came very close to a much beloved tone I found in a vintage silver face Twin Reverb. This isn't to say it's the same; it's not. However, with the bright switch engaged, it is in the direction of the scooped mid and spongy hi's and lows that the SFTR produced so well. This is now one of my most favorite amps due to the combination of it's tone, portability and price.
Mostly I play blues and rock and I like the ability to deliver a clear, warm sound; everything else that I need comes from my pedalboard because I am not very fond of the distort channels, especially the More Drive for its loudness. I think that generally the only thing that I find difficult to master is the volume, too loud too soon.
Mine is customized with a Celestion speaker, making the sound a bit directional. A reminder to anyone who uses this amp, that the right side input is less loud than the left side.
The Hot Rod has a great American sound to it. It chimes and has crisp cleans. The distortion channel leaves something to be desired, but I use separate pedals anyway for overdrive and grit.
The Hot Rod Deluxe III, (improved model with new Celestion speaker), is the best for using pedals for. it has FX loop as well as its own distortion which is great for arranging how you want your pedals layout.
I traded my VOX AC15 for this amp because I needed something with more headroom. This is a solid amp, and after a speaker swap and new tubes, it's been treating me really well. A huge improvement over the earlier models (Of which I've owned 2)
While waiting for another amp to come in, I picked this one up. I played at GC several times before I went for it. I love the clean channel. In the store, I liked the dirty channel too, but at home, not so much. The dirty channel cuts the bass, resulting in a mid-tone sound that is OK, but not what I prefer. I'm still keeping this for now because it is small and covers most of the ground I need it for. One use is to run my Line 6 HD500 into the FX loop and rely mostly on it's power section. Works pretty well. (Stop cringing.) But mainly, I find that this amp, a compressor and a Telecaster are all I need for just about anything. Done and Done. It's all about the tone, man.
I'm convinced this is the only amp I would ever need. With the addition of an attenuator, the amp can be used in a room for practice without disturbing the neighbors, and the same amp can hold its own in even the loudest of club settings.