Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

40W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Fender

Description A great tube amp, its the basic Blues Deluxe with a extra hot channel. Great for any style you play. Solidly built.
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On 5/26/2006, Doug Russell (1536) posted:
Overall Rating:
I checked out various tube combos, but the hotrod has a good track record for blues players and this baby speaks for itself. However if your playing along side premadonnas they wont like you.
Model Year: 2006
Where Obtained: One Way Music Wolverhampton
Features:
I wanted a all tube combo amp that would suit my style of playing
Sound Quality:
I dont use any effects with this baby, why spoil perfection. I have plugged in my Epi Black beauty and my fat strat and this baby takes them to another level.
Ease of Use:
There is no need to mess around with programming. just get the sound you like and enjoy the ride.
Durability:
Very robust so its ideal for live playing, but it needs to be tamed, depending on the size of the venue.
On 4/18/2006, Chris Kleyla (250) posted:
Overall Rating:
A quality amplifier that is good for any genre of music. Especially good if you like to play varying kinds of music.

I would definately advise to get the cover for the amp, as well as tilt back legs for it.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $430.00
Where Obtained: Bought from a guitar tech
Features:
Three Channel Clean Drive More Drive Very loud and powerful. All Tube Built like a tank
Sound Quality:
I play my American Strat through a Vox Wah straight into this thing. I play blues and rock and I like the cruch on it so much that I dont need to buy an overdrivve pedal. It is very loud for its size, and I never need to turn it up past three on the volume. It has a really warm tube sound. Can be very clean great for any style.
Ease of Use:
Self explanatory You will need to mess around with the sound controls until you get the tone you want out of it. But that is the same for any amp.
Durability:
Built like a tank I heard about a guy who dropped it down a flight of stairs and it worked fine.
On 3/10/2006, Rod Lowe (33) posted:
Overall Rating:
Tried some peavey tube amps-they were cheaper but didn't have that deep Fender TONE this girl has. & I LIKE that!!!!!!!! Tried a H&K tube one too-same conclusion!!!! went with what sounded great! stuff the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1600.00 Aust (new)
Where Obtained: Pro Audio- Aust.
Features:
Has 3 channels clean,drive, mo drive. Tho the clean is the best by far! Vol,bass,mid,treb,prescence,reverb,gain,master vol. Jacks for footswitch-provided-,loop in/out. Tis very loud-Ive not had it past 4 yet & Ive done about 20 gigs with her. All tube-2x6L6GC & some 12AX7 for pre. Must have silicon rectifier-I dunno I'm no techie
Sound Quality:
Only really use it with my tele & gets all sortsa tones from her- enough to cover all the material we do. & thats everything from Jerry Lee Lewis, to Destiny's Child! Clean sound is SWEET AS. Dont like the dirty channels as much- prefer to use a pedal, tho I sometimes use em a bit. Does ditort luvly-but gettin pretty loud for the gigs we do!
Ease of Use:
Non-programmable, but very EZ to get a great sound outta this babe
Durability:
VERY RELIABLE I've not had-or even considered getting it re-tubed-they haven't been worked hard at all. Construction is top notch.
On 4/14/2005, Jared Wilhelm (644) posted:
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Before this, i had a crate xt 65 and had to use my gnx3 with it for good sounds. with this, i do not so this is a great amp. i would recommend it. i might buy it again if it were stolen but try to buy it from someone other than paying the 570$ price and musicians friend.
Price: $400.00
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
Very easy to use features : clean channel with bright option, bass, mid , treble, reverb,prescence and drive and more drive button. chicken head knobs. has to inputs with footswtich jack, power amp and preamp jacks. stand by switch as well as power switch. everything is simple to use.
Sound Quality:
On the clean channel, it is amazing! i really like it, just straight into the amp it sounds great:] the distortion on the amp is good and has a more drive option for an even bigger boost but it is not for metal. it is fantastic for blues or rock but does not have the thrust for metal but however could be attained from using a stompbox with it which works fine.i am using a jackson dx10 and sometimes my gnx3 for more distortion and effects but the amp sounds great by itself.also can get very loud. it goes up to 12 and i hardly move it past 3. i heard alot of people say similar things and didnt believe them but its true.
Ease of Use:
This amp is very easy to get a great sound out of it. u can't program things.very easy to use
Durability:
Havent had it for to long but it seems like it would hold up pretty good.
On 4/10/2003, Devin Clark (54) posted:
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I decided to buy this amp for a few reasons. First I wanted a tube combo that was easier to carry around than a half stack. Recently I saw an amazing guitarist (Pete Ford for any one who knows him) playing a Fender Deluxe. I checked it out against a Marshall DSL40 Combo but preferred the setup of the Deluxe. I love the volume and tone of this amp, I play a Fender Highway Lefty Strat and get great jazz and blues with this amp. Ive played rock and punk on this too, and its absolutely amazing, the 3 channels are incredible!
Price: $560.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Easy as hell to use. The footswitch and 3 channels make this amp the only thing you need to use, no effect pedals needed. Clean, Rhythm Overdrive and Solo Overdrive(with a 20dB boost). 40W Tube is great for small and medium gigs and easily loud enough punk and rock, and great for jazz and blues. All Tube Power Amp and Preamp. The Eminence Speaker is amazing, some people say they would change the speaker but they must not play guitar very well. Also has an extention jack for adding more speakers, a plus for bigger gigs.
Sound Quality:
I play a Fender Highway Lefty Stratocaster, the pickups on this guitar are great for blues and jazz and fit perfectly with this amp. The tube power and preamp are warm and powerful and perfect for almost any style of playing. Like i said, well suited for jazz and blues, and works well for punk and rock, i play all of these and either way, the clean is still clean at high volumes, and the distortion is tube! also amazing, i love the solo channel.
Ease of Use:
Plug in and Play, you just have to find your settings, once youve got that, youre golden.
Durability:
Longest ive played it at one time was only about 2 or 3 hours during a jam. The tubes are great, steady playing is fine. I figure repairs are simple, i have had no problems, its a reliable amp. I hear to replace tubes every 5 years or so.
On 1/7/2002, Robert De Groot (4781) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a 5 Star Amplifier by Fender. It is lightweight and very easy to move. Unless you must have a stack of marshalls, this is the best amp to have. I would feel comfortable playing it anywhere, miked of course in a larger club or arena. I am amazed at the crisp clean sound and the warm distortion. It's awesome.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Deland Discount Music
Features:
A great 40 Watt Tube Amp. Unbelievably more power than I need. Two Channels, it came with a footswitch and an amp cover. Has a wonderful overdrive.
Sound Quality:
This amp is a dream come true for me. Just right for nearly any gig. It's power is awesome and I have rarely had it above 2. It is well suited for any style from Jazz to Blues to Heavy Metal, to just good old Classic Rock. The best amp I've ever had so far. The distortion I can get on it is just as I like it, a nice and mellow dirty.
Ease of Use:
Non-programmable, except to set the overdrive and switch on the dirty lead when needed, and clean as a whistle when I want.
Durability:
The construction appears to be quite sound - Heavy duty. Reliable like no other amp I have ever had.
On 3/3/2001, Greg Heintzelman (4) posted:
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I looked at a few marshalls and ampegs that were in this prce range... I was on a limited buget and wanted something very portable/very versitile/reliable/and with enough power for small clubs un miked or larger clubs with alittle help from the boardman...If you are on a budget and want a very nice sounding portable all tube amp..this is a must try...
Model Year: 1999
Price: $549.00 (new)
Where Obtained: k & s music
Features:
All tube/ channel switching/ standard knob selection/reverb/plenty of power for small clubs
Sound Quality:
Two strats/one with stock fender set up/one with bmg active/classic rock and blues/some surf.../fits my playing well...work very well for country too..very much like the early fender I played in the 60's but with more bite and with the channel swiching allows more sustain and growl at a lower volume...the gain channel is noisier than I would like/but for an amp in this price range and as versital as the hotrod is.i'll put up with a little noise..when on the clean channel it stays clean
Ease of Use:
This amp is a very simple set up...and with a few hours of gettign to know it you should find the settigns that deliever the sounds you want...
Durability:
I've only had the amp about one year. it is now my main amp...very portable and hasn'tleft me down yet...
On 1/15/2001, Owen Gurry (12) posted:
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Sound is arganic and smooth, versatile and precise. all i could ever ask for....
Features:
High and low gain inputs, high end boost, treble, bass , mid on the eq, drive control, 3 channel (clean drive and more drive), presence control, reverb, standby switch, preamp in/out,included 2 switch footswitch and emminece fender gols speaker - creme de la creme. tyhe amp is all tube featuring two huge groove tubes and 3 smaller ones. chicken head nobs, silver grill and top set nobs polish the retro styling.
Sound Quality:
I use a fender strat, ibanez starfield, electroharmonix deluxe memory man, dod stereo phaser and vibrothang, two volume pedals and a morley pro wah. the amp covers all my stylistic ground from clean blues to overdriven smoothness into high en nu-metal crunch and shred style wail. i tried small mesa boogies, line six flexi, marshalls, trace elliot guitar works and used to play peavey transtube - nothing comes close. warm up those tubes and smell that sound!!
Ease of Use:
Simple but precise controls.
Durability:
Solid....what more can i say
On 10/23/2000, David Frye (5) posted:
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This amp is a great amp to get, Its small enough to carry around without throwing your back out and loud enough to make your friend with that half stack ask you what the hell that is!!! have fun!
Model Year: 1998
Price: $350.00
Where Obtained: Paragon Omaha Neb
Features:
It has three channels accessable from a foot pedal which makes it very versital, This amp is LOUD, Ive used it in a full band setting and it kept up great with the volume set on three.
Sound Quality:
I play a Fender Big apple through it, and a cry baby pedal, I play Blues and classic rock, It does a great job all the way around, I have a Crate VC212 and this amp is clearer, more distorted and louder than the Crate. Ive never turned it up passed three (trust me its blistering)
Ease of Use:
The owners manual show you how to set this amp up to achieve about 20 different sounds like a Montery pop sound to the blues Really easy to get great sound out of.
Durability:
I bought it used and have about 100 hours on it, no problems.
On 8/22/2000, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
A very good tube amp, that produces great tone at any volume, at any set up.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $549.00 (new)
Where Obtained: West Music
Features:
3 channels, tube amp, plenty of watts for a smaller to medum club. Good for any style, has bass, mid, trebl, reverb, drive, master volume knobs. hi and low inputs.
Sound Quality:
I use a strat or a dot through it, and both sound wonderful through it. I play mostly Jazz, blues, and rock through it, but it works for any style. It sounds as better then any amp i have played through before. It has a lot of headroom, and it does distorte nicely, all three channels are good.
Ease of Use:
Plug in, turn on, and play...sounds great no matter how its set up.
Durability:
Good cabinet, good speaker, well built, looks good.