Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 III (Standard)Item ID: HRDev3-212
60-watt Tube Guitar Combo Amp with 2 x 12" Speakers, 3 Channels, and Reverb
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Get Your Tube-powered Thrills with This DeVille!Plug into fantastic FENDER® tube tone! The 60-watt Hot Rod Deville™ 212 III packs three distinctive channels of tube-fired Fender tones into a 2 x 12" combo that's perfect for the practice room, the stage, or the studio. You'll love the glistening clean sounds you coax from the Hot Rod DeVille 212 III. But switch to the Drive channel, and you'll experience that magical bluesy breakup. Choose the More Drive channel for sweet, sustaining leads. You also get classic onboard spring reverb, an effects loop, and a handy extension-speaker jack. The 6L6-equipped Hot Rod DeVille 212 III pumps its power through two great-sounding Celestion speakers.
Fender built this Hot Rod DeVille 212 III to perform - and to look great doing it. The classy black-vinyl covering, "Blackface"-style grille cloth, stage-friendly front-reading controls, and updated badge make this combo the perfect combination of subtle and stunning. You'll also appreciate the Hot Rod DeVille 212 III's onstage functionality, thanks to a streamlined footswitch that lets you easily move between the amp's three channels.
Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212 III 60-watt, 2 x 12" Tube Guitar Amplifier Combo Features at a Glance:
Fender's Hot Rod DeVille 212 III puts true tube horsepower and a variety of great tones into a beautiful 2 x 12" package!
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Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
For Fender cleans - Get a Fender!
by Carlo Falco from Rockwall, TexasThe cleans on this amp (bright switch on, Celestion speakers) are some of the very best Fender clean tones I've ever heard. And that is compared to all of the top line Fender amps. It's a bargain for ... read more [+]the price! close [-]
February 26, 2013
Music Background: Live musician
Best amp you'll ever own so buy one
by fromI bought a Mesa Mark V, had it for 6 months and it sounded awful. I traded it in for this amp and a Fender hot rod Deluxe (haven't opened that yet) and this amp makes the Mesa look like a $2400 piece ... read more [+]of crap. This amp sounds amazing with distortion and overdrive pedals too on the clean channel. With my Keeley modified DS-1 this amp sounds just like a Marshall JCM 800 but the Marshall didn't have a good clean sound. This amp does. close [-]
August 17, 2012
Music Background: Professional musician
Amazing Out of the box...
by Dave from Chicago, IllinoisI have been a Fender guitar and amp owner throughout the years, and while I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first from all the Fender hater negative reviews.
June 2, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician, Hobbyist, Recording Engineer
While there is nothin... read more [+]g wrong with Hi-Gain amps , or it's lovers for that matter, you can't compare apples to oranges people, and give Fender a bad rap. Even IF they are made in Mexico and not in the USA. You also wouldnt be paying $899 for it either if that were made in the states!
I was , and still am blown away on how it sounded out of the box, with the stock GT tubes, to which I am NOT a fan of what so ever.
Without getting too techincal, let's move on:
I rebiased the stock GT power tubes, which only made the tone better. I can only imagine how a tube upgrade would positively affect the tone of this amp.
Graduated volume and treble pot upgrades help substantially. (In comparison to my BDRI)
This amp takes OD / Dist. pedals in the front very well. (Fulltone Fulldrive 2, Hardwire SC-2, TC Novadrive, TS9DX) as well as chorus & delays, Sonic BBE)
Spring reverb is superb....For me , almost too present with it's setting past 4...Could be the V2 GT tube playing a part. Not certain. Definately nothing to complain about.
FX Loop. I won't pass judgement here since I haven't used it yet.
Adjustable Bias point. How convenient to have on board without a mod!
Clean Channel? If you know anything about Fender's cleans, need I say more? Ok. I will. ;) Fender Guitars and Amps were definately made for each other.....You want that Texas grit? Bust out your single coil's and push that clean channel to Texas grit heaven....The cleans have a punch like no other when the tube's are slightly pushed. Toss in a Keeley Compressor , a TS-9 or Fulltone Fulldrive and wallah.....LUSH BABY. PURE CREAMY LUSH! Or, use your favorite distortion pedal for full on rock n roll!
Drive and More Drive. It's all subjective to personal taste. I personally don't think the drive is horrible. Definately useful, however I prefer my pedals over it. It's a great backup if I don't feel like schlepping a pedal board. Maybe even as a back up in the event of a pedal failure.
Celestion G12P-80's sound superb, and give this amp some well defined acousics. Can't wait until they are broken in to really hear their true tone.
Esthetic's...the black top control panel was a great add. The mirrored reflection of it's earlier model , as well as the BDRI makes it difficult to see in certain lighting situations. The Silverface repo grill, really sparkles on stage. Any pics online I've come across don't justify how great it looks.
It was delivered on a Thursday, took it to it's first show that Saturday , put it thru the wringer, without a hitch, and it preformed flawlessly.
There is one downside. It's damn heavy. You wouldn't think 53.5 lbs is a back breaker. Ha. Using the single rubber handle to lift it with two hands feels awkward and wobbly. Side mounted top handles would be a great add. (Check out the VOX VT120+ top handles to see what I mean.) close [-]
An Amazing Amp at a Great Value!
by John Mills from Nova Scotia, CanadaAll I can say is "Wow!". This amp just rocks! No matter what I throw at it, it chews it up and produces this really ballsy tone that compliments any kind of music.
May 9, 2011
Music Background: Hobbyist, Student
Obviously, Fender amp... read more [+]s go best with Fender guitar, so I normally run my American Deluxe Telecaster through it. I have yet to hear a better sounding amp.
My only two complaints are that after a while, the distortion gets a little to grainy, but this is easily fixed by buying a distortion pedal for your high-gain needs. Also, this amp is REALLY loud, so bedroom practicing it is a no-no. This thing literally shakes my house at level three, and it goes to twelve. On the clean channel... Yeah, it's loud.
But all that aside, it's amazing! close [-]
Not the greatest tone
by Gary from PhiladelphiaFirst of all the amp is heavy, but with 2 12" speakers that is to be expected. If you're a gigging musician, think about that before you buy. I own a '65 Super Reverb, a '65 Deluxe Reverb and I boug... read more [+]ht this for the versatility. I'm obviously not a Fender hater. I gig a lot. I'm giving an honest review from my point of view. The distortion channels are OK at best when turned down very low. Put the volume at 3 and you start to hear why people complain about both the distortion and more distortion channels. Its just not acceptable. There is a presences dial that helps, but dont buy this amp for the distortion. The clean channel is fine, but really nothing that just floored me. The reverb sounds somewhat processed. Maybe I'm spoiled with my other amps but why settle when there are so many other options. Fender makes a great amp, unfortunatley this one just doesn't cut it for me. close [-]
August 22, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician
David, Renton, WA
Fender Hot Rod Deville 212 III (Standard)
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