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The George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe amplifier

Fender tastefully revises a modern classic

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Introduced in 1995, Fender’s Hot Rod series of amplifiers quickly became ubiquitous, and for good reason. Like the brand’s Stratocaster guitar, the Hot Rods are versatile, durable and affordable workhorses-the sort of loud, moveable, stylistically flexible amps that make for ideal backline. Guitar great George Benson’s new signature Hot Rod Deluxe elegantly revises the bandstand staple in welcome jazz-centric ways.

The model’s vitals aren’t dramatically different from those of the standard Hot Rod Deluxe, the most current production model being the Deluxe III. The GB Hot Rod is a tube combo pumping 40 watts through a 12-inch speaker. It features three channels (Normal, Drive and More Drive), nine controls (Master Volume, Presence, Middle, Bass, Treble, Reverb, Drive Select Switch, Drive Volume, Bright Switch), two quarter-inch inputs and an effects loop, and ships with a two-button footswitch and a padded cover.

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