Fender Hot Rod Deluxe - Brown & Jensen Limited Edition
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe - Brown & Jensen Limited Edition

Hot Rod Deluxe - Brown & Jensen Limited Edition, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Hot Rod Deluxe series.

iamqman 07/11/2011

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe - Brown & Jensen Limited Edition : iamqman's user review

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This is basically a custom piece for the Fender Hot Rod series. This amp is every way is the exact same functionally and tone wise as the black standard with silverface grill. You have the same response in feel and tone. The only difference being that the tolex is brown on the front and the grill and the speaker is updated. Instead of a Celestion you get a Jensen speaker that matches the voicing of this amp much better.

There are a couple new features in the Hot Rod Deluxe lll that are very important to me. The first one being that speaker that is standard is actually usable. They used to have some cheap speaker in there that wasn't very musical and a lot of guys would switch out the speaker for something much more sweeter in tone. The next feature is a usable gain channel two and three. Before they gain channels were so bad that I never even used them. They sounded terrible and nothing like a tube amp distortion.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:

* Amplifier type: Tube
* Output power: 40W
* Speaker: 1 x 12" Jensen
* Output impedance: 4 ohms or 8 ohms
* Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7
* Power tubes: 2 x 6L6
* Rectifier: Solid state
* Inputs: 2
* Channels: 3 selectable channels (Normal, Drive, and More Drive)
* Controls: Presence, Reverb, Master Volume, Middle, Bass, Treble, Drive select switch, Drive Volume, Bright switch
* Effects: Spring reverb
* Effects loop: Preamp output/power amp input
* Speaker jack: Extension speaker jack
* Covering/grille cloth: Black textured-vinyl covering with Blackface-style black/silver grille cloth
* Height: 18.75"
* Width: 23.5"
* Depth: 10.5"
* Weight: 45 lbs.
* Footswitch: 2-button, 3-function footswitch included
* Cover: Amplifier cover included


Type Tube
Number of Channels Three
Power 40W
Speakers 1 x Celestion G12P-80
Effects No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Bass, Middle
Amp Modeling No Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 5
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.


This amp has a better tone that the standard simply because of the better speaker. The Jensen is a far superior speaker to the Celestion for this style of amplifier. Now that they have a usable gain channel then this amp has much more flexibility that before. The old amps were just outright sloppy. The bad thing is that these amps are made in Mexico. So they are going to be cheaper made and will break down on you a lot quicker. I'm not sure if they fixed the jewel light from going out on this model. Everyone who owned this amp knows that the light always goes out on these things.

Anyway, use this amp with any nice guitar. I like this amp with a solid Gibson Les Paul. I used it with a Line 6 Dl4 and a Ibanez Ts9 and I had some great tones that cut through the band quite well.


These are a limited run so they are extremely hard to find and sometimes impossible. These amps from Fender sometimes are even exclusive to certain stores and online retailers. So hunting one don in this setup can be a challenge. They are very cool looking and fit the tone of the amp better in my opinion. I would recommend this over the black standard as the speaker is better and the tolex is very unique.