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HOT ROD DELUXE IV & HOT ROD DEVILLE IV

Fender Hot Rods have been around for over 20 years, and 2018 sees the fourth generation hit the streets. HUW PRICE tests the latest versions of two of the world’s most popular amps

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It’s strange that Fender’s Hot Rods never seem to feature on anybody’s list of classic amps. Strange because we’ve lost count of the occasions we have made our way up to a stage to check out how some guitarist is getting such a great tone, only to find an unassuming Hot Rod and a selection of pedals providing the muscle. With that in mind, Fender’s fourth revamp of the two-decade old range is big news for your average gigging guitar player. Let’s see what they’ve done…

Upon unpacking our pair of Hot Rods – a Deluxe and its bigger brother, the DeVille – it’s immediately apparent that the aesthetic is still reminiscent of a modified tweed amp. It’s the look people achieved when they painted their narrowpanel tweed Twins and Supers black, and changed the speaker cloth to blackface spec back in the 60s. Hitherto, this tweed resemblance has been superficial, however things have taken a step closer with the latest Hot Rods, because they now feature solid pine cabinets, too.

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The March 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now, featuring Fender’s brand new 2018 flagships and a with free Taylor Guitars supplement for every reader! This month inside the UK’s best-loved and most affordable guitar magazine, we get to grips with Fender’s brand new for 2018 American Originals guitars in a UK exclusive first review. Find out if Fender’s reimagined golden era electrics will need to be on your must try list inside, and chose from our two special collector’s edition covers - will you pick Strat or Tele, or get the set? As if that wasn’t enough of a big deal, the March issue also comes with a free 24-page magazine dedicated to Taylor Guitar’s brand new V-Class bracing system – a hugely innovative way of making acoustic guitars that made serious waves when it was launched at last month’s NAMM show. Inside, we sat down with Taylor design guru Andy Powers to find out just what makes the new bracing system so remarkable, and got our hands on one of the first V-Class guitars Powers has built for an in-depth review. But we’re not all about shiny new gear here at The Guitar Magazine, and we’ve got plenty in store for vintage fanatics inside, too. For starters, we had the rare privilege of getting up close with a £230,000 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard in Vintage Bench Test, while we also spent some time with a gorgeous 1963 ES-335 made famous in the hands of Sweet guitarist Andy Scott. If vintage guitar speculation is more your game, however, then take a trip with Huw Price to Paris as he wanders through the incredible vintage guitar shops of the City of Love’s ‘Music Village’ area - you might want to book a trip yourself. For all that and much more - including new gear from the likes of Vigier, Rivolta, Swart, Danelectro, Joe Satriani’s essential gear and the latest in our DIY Martin acoustic build project – pick up your print or digital copy of the March 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine today.