Hot Rod Deluxe review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (211 votes)
Fender: Hot Rod Deluxe

Sound — 10
Fender Strat with noiseless pickups make this amp a beast. You get the Texas blues sound and some great classic rock. Slide playing sounds very crisp on this amp. It can even do metal with a little help. Feedback is easy to get when desired, and it rarely feeds back unintentionally. It's a little noisy, but thats probably from outside sources with 60hertz hum. The clean is palatable to your classic rock clean, and the overdrive is just that: pure tube enriched powerful tone. It takes a lot for the amp to really break up, but it sounds good at low volumes too.

Overall Impression — 8
Classic rock and blues is our style, and this amp fits perfectly. We've been together for several years, and have opened for Pete Best, and have played several gigs on our own. This amp has incredible bang for the buck, only 500 dollars for a 40 watt loud amp. Overall, it's a nine in my book, only because I wish the overdrive could be a touch tighter.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Our lead guitarist has been using it for over 5 years with only one instance of having it not work, which was when he decided to replace the tubes but not rebias the amp. That was his own fault. This thing has had the speakers replaced, again by choice, and sounds just as good, if not better, than it did brand new. It is the most rugged amp in our group.

Features — 10
Two channels, clean and overdrive, and a more overdrive that adds another gain stage to the overdrive channel. It has an effects loop in terms of preamp in and poweramp out. Reverb is a plus, all tubes 40 watts. It's got balls like no other amp, really loud with great Fender tube tone. The equalizations affect a large range.

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