Having owned many amps over the years, I know that I'm definitely not a "head and cabinet" guy. I love the Fender Rod Rod DeVille 410 III because the four 10" speakers give it the feel of a half stack in a portable form. Many make reference to an amp "turning up to 11," but this one literally goes to 12 - and I've never had the need to turn it up past 5. And while I've never been a high gain type of person, this amp can also be a crunch machine! It gives me shimmering Fender cleans, gritty blues crunch, and a nice "More Drive" channel which is perfect for solos. If you're into the 6L6 Fender sound, this is the way to go!
Fender Clean and Marshall Crunch
This is a portable stack! It has the Fender Clean tone backed up with a very good sounding spring reverb. The tone controls allow you to get the sound you want.
The Crunch Channel has Gain and More Gain so it's like having a 2nd. and a 3rd. Chanel besides the Clean Channel. I used to have a large Marshall JCM 900 MK1V Full Stack with 2 JCM 900 Speaker Cabs loaded with Celestion V30's a total of 8 of 12" quality speakers. That rig was pure rock heaven. I sold it when I moved because I was thinking it was causing me to loose my hearing. Anyway a couple of years back I ordered the Fender Hot Rod DeVille from Joseph Seccu at Sweetwater to fill the void left after I sold my Marshall JCM 900 Full Stack. This Fender on the Crunch (Gain and More Gain) Channels can get so loud and it also has a nice Gain knob that when cranked allows for a Marshally Tone at high volume and even at quit room volumes. It's also only 55 pounds total even with 4 of 10" speakers and 60 watts. This makes it portable. That's how an amplifier should be, great sounding clean or distorted with a choice of channels, reverb and portability. Having the ability to really get loud and crank is something not many amps can achieve and that's what sets this amp apart from most of the rest. It's really loud, while being portable and great sounding. Honestly what more can you ask of an amp?
I don't write a lot of reviews but I am so happy with this amp and since I have had it for 3 years now with no problems I decided to do a review. One more thing, this amp is designed to allow you the owner to change the tubes because it has a built in "bias" port. No need to pay a service technician. I use an inexpensive meter to set the bias. There is even a "How to bias the Fender Hot Rod DeVille 410 III amp on YouTube.
Best Fender tube amp of all time
As the progenitor is the Bassman this Hotrod Deville amp spawned from an iconic blues amp loins to become the perfect tone machine.
The balance of 4 eminence classic speakers coupled with a 3 x 12axt pre
Section driving the senseous 2 6L6 iconic bad boys the only thing that must happen is rock Angels,coming out the cab. The nuances and vocality, dynamics and tome come together in perfect harmony
Can be appreciated at all levels of "loudness"
Buy this amp,,,give it a name like Steve or BB it will be your friend for life.
The 4'Eminence speaker complement is synergy in action
Don't pass up treating yourself to hours of sonic bliss...Ger this amp
It's a keeper
Classic Fender Clean
This amp is a beast! I was looking for an amp that could deliver shimmering fender cleans at high volumes, but I wanted to spend slightly less than the 65 twin 'verb sells for. I am glad I pulled the trigger on this amp. The headroom on the clean channel is outstanding - the neck pickup on my strat, a little bit of spring reverb, and I am in tone heaven. I play mostly classic rock, blues, and improvisational jam music. Primary guitars are a Japanese strat, a 1980 Les Paul Custom, and an Epiphone Les Paul. I played this amp at an outdoor gig the day I bought it. I didn't have time to figure out it's sweet spots, so I basically set everything at 5 o'clock and let her rip, and I was blown away. within 30 second of our first song, I knew I had hit the money. I noticed that the 4 10 speakers cut through the mix a lot better than my previous 412 setup. The other guitar player in our band uses a 100 watt Marshall DSL, and I had to turn my amp down a bit because I was cutting through the mix so well.
One thing I will say about this amp is that it is extremely loud - 2 o'clock on the volume will rattle the house. I only use it for live gigs, and ended up getting a used blues Jr. for practice.
The drive channels are so-so; they sound great when the drive is dialed in just a bit, but at higher gain the drive is sort of muddy. A tube screamer makes this amp sing like bird. The spring reverb sound amazing. This amp is very responsive to my playing/picking, is very dynamic, and the eq is very musical throughout the bands. This amp is a true classic sedan that produces pure tone magic, and the cleans are outstanding, even in large venue settings with the master volume cranking.
Best clean sound I've ever heard, period. the 4 ten inch speakers are great for guitar, and cover all needed frequencies, with lots of volume and bottom end. Throw a tube screamer in front of it, and watch out!
This 410 sounds excellent with plenty of volume. Sturdy footswitch included. Even my acoustic/electric sounds great through it.
Bought this amp after owning only solid state amplifiers for years, and decided to finally spend the extra money and go for the tubes. I'm mainly a heavy rock/metal player, but I wanted to focus on an amp that would provide crisp clean tones, as there are so many quality distortion pedals on the market that do a fine job of providing that side of my sound. This amp is definitely not a standalone metal amp...but the clean channel is outstanding. The clarity is excellent. It is the best sounding amp I've ever played through clean. The distortion channels are also very good. Great classic rock and mild overdrive tones, and great for blues. But yes...you will need an aftermarket pedal if you are looking for that supersaturated, rip your face off metal tone. But as I said, thats what pedals are for. And this amp handles them without a hiccup. With a Mesa Boogie throttle box in front of it...it screams and punches you in the gut when palm muting. This amp is loud, but very balanced and projects a very warm and full sound. No regrets. If you need an amp that can handle larger rooms, sounds amazing, and provides versatility as far as different styles of music go, this amp will give you that. Metal guys and girls....don't hesitate. You know your going to use a pedal anyways for your distortion...so just buy an amp that sounds great clean and run your pedal into it. This my first order from sweetwater, and the customer service is excellent and very personable. David Snyder was my rep, and took the time to follow up on my satisfaction with this order, and has been extemely helpful in working with me in finding additional products I am interested in buying. And that is what I found to be cool about Sweetwater, and what separates them from the competition. They seem to genuinely care about the satisfaction of their customers instead of just taking your money and blowing you off once it's in their pockets....like another retailer I won't spell out (but will initial...GC). As long as Sweetwater can get me what I want....they have my business. Excellent company to make your purchases from.