Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III
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.
- All tube preamp and 40W power section
- 3 band EQ
- Presence control
- 1-12" special design Celestion speaker
- 3 channels from clean to more drive
- Built-in spring reverb
- Extension speaker jack
- Input for included 2-button 3-function footswitch
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Based on 43 Reviews and 205 Ratings
Amazing cleans with plenty of volume
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.
From Gear Setup:
I’ll admit, I don’t play much clean stuff but this amp does the Fender cleans great. The reverb many complain to be very washy, I personally love a washy reverb. Many take issue with the gain channels, personally I find them great for shoegaze and black metal-ish stuff. My only issue would be the inability to switch off the reverb for the gain channel. Otherwise, it’s a great amp.
My main amp
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.
Limited Edition "Western Noir"
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.
I was looking for an amp with plenty of break up, also something that can go from rhythmic cleans to screaming leads on a moments notice. This is that amp. It's clean, vibrant, and brings your guitar to any place it needs to go. Looking to "cut through the mix"? Throw on a high gain overdrive or a Big Muff and tear down the venue.
Trustworthy companion but too loud
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.
Loud, Clean, and Working
For the price the hot rod deluxe is the best workhorse out there. 40W is perfect for any venue that isn't huge, and you'll be clean all the way past 5 on the volume. The reverb isn't as pristine as a deluxe or a twin reverb, but you won't be unhappy. Great amp to modify too.