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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Review

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp
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The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe is the big brother to the Blues Junior. It’s 40 watts come cranking out of 2 6L6’s and it is loud. The amp has a tone of clean headroom on the clean channel and gets quite dirty on the lead channel. We used one for our Easter worship service this past month and it was louder than the 40watt Class A Matchless we were also running.

The Fender Hot Rod Deluxe is gaining some popularity largely in part to it’s bass response and ability to take pedals extremely well. Bobby Strand from Bethel Church is currently using one of these and we all know the gorgeous tones they are putting out.

Pros

  • Price: $729 New & $500ish Used
  • Durability: These things are built like tanks.
  • Bass Response: The 6L6’s crank out some great bass tones.
  • Weight: Compared to an AC30, carrying this thing is like a walk in the park.

Cons

  • Over Complicated: With most boutique amp and vintage amp manufacturers sticking to Volume Tone and sometimes a few more controls this amp has alot more flexibility but also can become complicated to dial in a great tone.
  • Looks: Let’s face it we all care about looks. Some of the limited editions are cool but the standard black tolex and silver grill cloth leave something to be desired.
  • LOUD: This thing is loud. It is not a good practice or at home amp and guitarists playing in small churches will struggle to tame it.

Should You Get One?

If you like your amp to run hot and clean, and either play at a larger church or have iso booths this is the amp for you. If you like to run your amp dirty or if you like a brighter amp this amp is not for you. For less headroom in the same tonal family head to the Fender Blues Junior. For a brighter amp check out the Vox AC30.

If you play a Hot Rod Deluxe let us know your favorite settings as well as what pedals and guitars you use in the comments section below.

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