Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III Review

Fender are one of the most well-known guitar amplifier brands, and have offered a huge range of different amps over the years. Having tested this one, we think it is perhaps the best yet!

It is hugely powerful, offering a full 40W of noise, and is incredibly loud when pushed to its limits. The people we spoke to for this review even said that this was the only amp that most guitarists will ever need.

It sounds great even at low volumes, making it perfect for the practice room. The sound then stays remarkably stable even up to the limit of its volume. With 40W of power, the amp is capable of playing small venues on its own, and if you are playing larger venues it will be plugged into a PA system anyway, so any more power is somewhat unnecessary!

The amp is also really reliable. These amps are seen on stages throughout the world, and with good reason. Musicians know that this amp will go on delivering great sound for years to come, and so getting one is a worthy investment!

In addition, this amp comes with some great features:

8 Total Score
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III

Fender are one of the most well-known guitar amplifier brands, and have offered a huge range of different amps over the years. Having tested this one, we think it is perhaps the best yet!

Durability
8.5
Design
8
PROS
  • The no-nonsense design of this amp is a great advantage. With some guitar amps, manufacturers feel obliged to pack the front panel with as many controls and features as possible. Whilst great for some musicians, the majority simply want an amp that will reproduce their sound accurately, and let the guitar do the work!
  • That said, the spring reverb on this amp is gorgeous. The first time you use this function, you will be reminded of so many tracks that have used it in the past, and it sounds so good that you may end up changing your style to incorporate it more often!
  • If you are looking at building a large set-up, this amp is the perfect place to start. It is powerful enough to form the base of a huge system, and reliable enough that even if you spend years tweaking your sound, the Fender will keep going.
  • It is hard to beat the sound of tube amplification. Even the most advanced amp simulators available today are not quite able to match the warm, vintage sound of tubes. If you are looking for an amp to reproduce classic 60s sounds, then this is the one!
CONS
  • Very few. If you break a tube, they can be difficult to replace, but be careful and this amp will give years of reliable service!
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