Fender Hot Rod DeVille
The Fender Hot Rod DeVille ML amplifier delivers beautiful tube tone with features inspired by instrumental solo artist, world-class sideman, session master and “players’ player” Michael Landau. An influential guitarist known for creating rich, expressive tones, Landau has used Hot Rod DeVille amps on stage for many years, with a special two-amp setup fed by a variety of stomp boxes.
Designed in conjunction with Michael Landau, the new ML model is based on the Fender Hot Rod DeVille III, with tube circuitry and 60-watt output, two 12″ speakers, spring reverb and an effects loop. The ML version ups the ante by incorporating several cool features that guitar players are sure to appreciate, such as volume-switching and boost capabilities.
History Of The Deluxe Amp
All Fender amps trace their lineage to three “woodie” models of 1946—the original Princeton, Deluxe (also called “Model 26”) and Professional. The amps appeared in spring of that year, almost immediately after Fender was formed on the dissolution of its short-lived predecessor, the K&F Manufacturing Corp. They were the immediate successors of the small, nameless K&F amps of 1945, and were designed for use with Fender’s early steel guitars. A notable step up in design and construction, they were built with hardwood cabinets that eventually provided their nickname (Fender didn’t call them “woodies” at the time; that name came later, from collectors).
Next up in size among the three original woodies was the Deluxe, which, as noted, was also referred to as the “Model 26” (which was seen on the control panels of early models). The first to bear a venerable and enduring name in Fender amp history, it featured a single 10” field-coil speaker and five tubes in a 14-watt design that “may not seem like much today” as stated by authors John Teagle and John Sprung in their indispensable reference book, Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years, but in 1946 “satisfied most playing situations.”