Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Hot Rod Deluxe III , Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender in the Hot Rod Deluxe series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 5 reviews )
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SonicPulverizer's review"Big rig killer"

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III
The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III is the brands newest addition to the Hot Rod series. The amp features 40 watts of 6l6 power coupled with an all 12ax7 preamp section. Fender has revoiced the drive sounds in the amp to make them more flexible and appealing to contemporary musician's. The amp has three modes that share a single tone stack, an effects loop, global master volume and presence controls, and a bright switch. The amp isn't a terrible exciting thing to look at, but the simplicity of it's design has a sense of class that is oftentimes overlooked in other affordable combos.


The Hot Rod III takes very little tweaking to deliver a decent sound. I learned about the amp while looking for an affordable solution that could take pedals well -- this amp definitely delivers in this regard. The footswitch is small and unobtrusive, the sound is very loud, and the construction is solid. These characteristics together with the amazing used prices available, makes this version of the Hot Rod an excellent solution for the gigging musician.


I played through the Hot Rod Deluxe III with a Gibson Les Paul Traditional w/ stock pickups. A Carl Martin Plexitone pedal was used in front of the amp while a Strymon El Capistan was used in the loop.

The sounds are surprisingly good even without the aid of pedals. Fender's heritage for excellent clean sounds are available in this amp in spades. The drive channels have a sense of focus and responsiveness that I've not experienced in a fender combo previously. The El capistan added an excellent hi-fi sheen over the sound and gave it the "finished" feel of a recorded guitar track. I had originally purchased the Hot Rod to use in conjunction with the Carl Martin, and while the distorted sounds do not lack for much, the plexitone brings another level of crispness to the sound. The sounds were good enough to convince to retire my Mesa Boogie backline and use this rig for good stretch of time.


The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III is an affordable and elegant pedal platform that can survive just fine on it's own, if need be. The used prices out there are certainly a steal, and competition in terms of sound quality are few and far between. I highly recommend trying out one of these with your favorite pedalboard, you might just find it replacing your current rig and putting cash back in your pocket.

spacecoboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Its a Clean Airline news"

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III
All tube combo amp
Wholesale 40 Watts RMS
3 channels: Normal, Drive and More Drive (mini boost which thickens the sound)
Classic Fender Reverb


The use of volume is not easy to measure because the knob is not very progressive.
and we must move an inch to get a sound chamber volume
at concert volume.

Otherwise side equalization:
- It is common to two channels.
- I've seen better as equalizer but with this amp advantage is that with any EQ setting you always get a nice clean sound.
- Pity indeed that the overdrive channel does not have its own EQ
because this channel I would tend to add more contrast to acute or clean channel I prefer to leave the acute 12h.
Anyway I quibble, nothing dramatic life is full of compromises friends.
And as I said, this amp is the "plug and play" type "single effective"

Too bad no direct output "Line Out" to the sound.


Sound Clean:
- It is "Oh my god!"
- It takes a real pleasure to play clean things with spring reverb.
- The crystal-rich harmonic subtle. Who really nice clean bass

Its Saturated:
- It is not honest either be as mythical as the clean suddenly not I put her best.
Can Tater blues, pop and hard rock.
The most vicious of you prefer to stick their distos and other pedals.

I play a Gibson Les Paul Trationnal 2010 Desert Burst.
And let me tell you that the combination is more successful.


How long have you use it?
- Found OCCAZ a month ago.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
- Yes, because for a long time my leisure weekends
it was test gear in the music shop.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Pros: Its a really Excellent Clean, Fender is often chosen for it.
The -: - Volume really difficult to be determined.
- Disto perfectible but hey it's still not so bad.
Compensating with your prowess on the guitar you will manage to forget this detail.
Or call in reinforcements a pedal that goes.

How would you rate the quality / price?
Are better, gets worse so I would say it will if you find OCCAZ like me.

With experience, you do again this choice?

I'm rather infidel with the amps.
If I had more choices of where I live, I have obtained for other more flexible amps
Usage. But having returned to live in Tahiti bein not much choice next gear.

This amp is in my opinion very good but could be improved side flexibility.
But I am glad I made the acquaintance of this amp and I have LOTS of fun
to play with.