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The George Benson Hot Rod Deluxe amplifier

Fender tastefully revises a modern classic

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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