Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

40-watt 3-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Celestion G12P-80 Speaker, Fender Spring Reverb, and Bright Switch - Black
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40-watt 1x12
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40-watt 1x12

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A Cornerstone of Modern Music

The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III carries on one of the world's most popular lines of guitar amplifiers. Armed with a pair of 6L6 power tubes, this amplifier gives you the deep and soulful sound that has formed the backdrop of modern guitar-based music. Another part of the Hot Rod Deluxe III's classic sound is the rich and brilliant Fender spring reverb - a sound favored in rock, blues, and country. Need some extra coverage onstage? Add a 4-ohm or an 8-ohm extension cabinet to your Hot Rod Deluxe III.

This updated model also adds some excellent new features to the Hot Rod Deluxe line. One of the most noticeable is the front-reading text, which makes dialing in settings much easier than before. A streamlined footswitch and graduated volume and treble pot tapers are also nice touches. But the thing that will absolutely blow you away about the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III is the Celestion G12P-80 speaker, which features an impressively clear and tight sound - perfect for the Hot Rod Deluxe III's improved overdrive response!

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:
  • 40-watt tube amp
  • 1 x 12" Celestion G12P-80 speaker
  • 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes, 2 x 6L6 power tubes, and 1 solid-state rectifier
  • 2 inputs
  • 3 selectable channels (Normal, Drive, and More Drive)
  • Volume, Drive, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master, Reverb, and Presence controls; Bright and Drive switches
  • Spring reverb effect
  • Extension speaker jack
  • Black textured-vinyl covering with Blackface-style black/silver grille cloth
  • 2-button, 3-function footswitch included
  • Amplifier cover included

Take home a classic-style Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III combo guitar amplifier today!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 40W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 18.75"
Width 23.5"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 45 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2230200000

Customer Reviews

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As usual, great service from Brandon and Sweetwater. 2 day delivery from Indiana to Alabama not bad. Had a lot of great amps over the years just can't beat Fender tube amps. The clean channel with a touch of reverb has a sound of its own. Plenty of power and as loud as anyone could want.overdrive sounds great also. Plus it has a more drive channel, for nice leads. Just a all-around great amp. You will not go wrong with Sweetwater or this amp.

Better Than a Plug-in

I bought this amp because my other amp was producing a humming noise. When I plugged in the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, I was happy to find that it was noise free. It sounds really warm and you can crank it up very loud while maintaining a clean sound. Of course if you want distortion, you can at the flick of a switch or the pedal that is included.The distortion sounds better than any plug-in or effect pedal that I've tried. I always relied on amp simulation plug-ins, but I didn't realize how much better a real amp could sound until I tried this amp.

Great, Clean, LOUD amp

I've owned this amp for about a month and I'm having a blast getting used to it. As you have probably heard in other reviews, "the clean channel is absolutely great", as well as the spring reverb. The 2 gain channels are also great, although I would only use the regular gain for the types of music I play (Blues, Jazz). The amp is very loud, so you don't really have to set your volumes very high. I've found that I'm able to better control the volume of the amp with the volume knob on my guitar. The Hot Rod Deluxe is a perfect match for my Big Apple Strat, as I'm pretty sure it would be with any other guitar. I'm very pleased with my purchase. The staff at Sweetwater was very helpful and provided top notch service. I am your customer for LIFE.
Music background: Musician

Fender Hot Rod review

I had purchased a 75 watt modeling amp, when I made the transition from acustic guitar to electric guitar. I was not happy. i decided to try this amp. I cannot believe how awesome the different guitars sound through this amp, the spring reverb is great also. It really brought out the sound of my Gretsch, Dot , and Am telecaster. i am even running my Taylor 814 through this amp. I can't say enough good things about the Fender Hot Rod Delus III! Thank you Ryan S from sweetwated for making this happen for me.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer, Acustic Guitar and now Electric Guitar

Hot Rod all the way

I have been looking for an amp in the $700 price range. I wanted a really great warm clean tone that I could build upon with my pedals. I sometimes lead worship with electric so wanted the flexibility of a great sounding distortions with clean in the lower moments. This amp does not disappoint! I tried 3 amps - Fender blues deluxe re-issue - VOX AC15 - Fender Hot Rod III. I tried all amps side by side using a USA telecaster. I ran all the amps clean and was shocked out how mechanical and flat the VOX sounded in comparison to the other 2 amps. The blues junior deluxe and hot rod sound very similar thou I found the hod to have a slightly more cleaner purer sound. There was a very small amount of grit from the blues junior in comparison. Hot rods distortion tones were a lot better than any of the other amps and gave the tone I was really looking for. It has great head room and versatility to have a nice just a breaking point distortion to full on grunge sound. Handles both really well. I believe this amp is the best in its price range. I was actually shocked as well by the natural distortions the amp produces with the foot pedal it comes with. Great surprise.
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