Honey, I shrunk the Hot Rod Deluxe!
OK, so it’s not as powerful as that, but this little puppy can still rock – for its size!
The Fender Mini Deluxe looks like the “Mini-Me” to the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe – it includes identical “dogbone” handle, chrome control plate, mini chicken-head knobs. The Fender Mini Deluxe has Fender tone too (just a bit less of it than it’s 40w, tube powered big brother)! In fact, it’s a 1w solid state amp with a single 2″ speaker.
Fender Mini Deluxe Features
This is where I usually state the “features at a glance”, but to be honest – the Fender Mini Deluxe is a really simple battery powered amp and there isn’t a lot of room for bells and whistles. These pretty much are the features:
- One watt of power
- Single 8 ohm, two-inch speaker
- 9V battery-powered
- Headphone out
- simple controls: Volume, Tone, Drive
This is the big debate.
People who love the Fender Mini Deluxe say it’s the real deal, while people who bought it expecting a “real” amp say it’s a toy you’d expect to buy at Walmart.
The truth is somewhere in the middle.
The Fender Mini Deluxe is pretty awesome for its size ( 5.8 x 6.2 x 2.8 inches and just over 1 lb) and price, but it will not compare to a traditional practice amp. It’s surprisingly loud for its size, but it won’t rattle any windows.
Yes the Fender Mini Deluxe is a bit of a novelty, but it’s a rocking novelty well suited for late-night, dorm or apartment practice. And selling for around $35, the Fender Mini Deluxe Amp is a very well priced novelty at that.
Besides, the damn thing is just so cute!