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The Fender Blonde Blues Junior Guitar Amp is a warm-toned favorite. All-tube preamp and power amp circuitry creates fat tone at moderate volumes. Delivers 15W through a 12" speaker. Features fat switch, spring reverb, chicken-head knobs, footswitch jack for fat on/off. This blonde model with oxblood grille cloth is especially vintage-looking, and is available exclusively from us.
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Limited tonality, but outstanding for bluesy style
I bought the lacquered tweed NOS version of this amp which Jensen speaker and is over a hundred dollars more expensive. Some reviewers of the Fender Blues Junior amp have written that it seems...Read complete review
I bought the lacquered tweed NOS version of this amp which Jensen speaker and is over a hundred dollars more expensive. Some reviewers of the Fender Blues Junior amp have written that it seems to have only one sound, but it is really good at having that one sound. I definitely agree. The word "Blues" in the product name tells it all--it is an excellent blues amp. Don't expect it to sound great for a fusion sound without using pedals. One welcome feature is the fat switch, which really works well and gives a push to the overdrive sound. I am unable to get what Eddie Van Halen called "the brown sound" out of it at moderate volumes without using pedals. Interestingly enough though, I can get that brown sound (i.e., a smooth distorted tone with rich sustain) at a very low volume setting of between 1 and about 1.5 on the scale of 1-12. Regarding volume: it seems FAR LOUDER than its 15 watts indicates. I usually leave the volume at 12, but don't like to turn the master volume up past 4 since it is so powerful. If you are a blues player and want an outstanding blues amp without a lot of fancy built-in effects, then you might very well give an overall rating of 10 to this amp. My overall rating was subjectively lower only because I couldn't get the tone I wanted with my Stratocaster. I tested it with a Les Paul which sounded much better, fuller and beefier.
Most Liked Negative Review
It works for me...
This little amp amazes me. It is absolutely sweet. The tube tone is very good. And it is loud! I use it with a Strat, a Tele, and an old Hamer and...Read complete review
This little amp amazes me. It is absolutely sweet. The tube tone is very good. And it is loud! I use it with a Strat, a Tele, and an old Hamer and these guitars love this amp. I turn the amp's master down to 3 or 4 and crank the input volume and get great sound that keeps me coming back for more. Go ahead and gig with it. Mike it if you must for the venue. The only pedals I use are an MXR compressor, a Dunlop Cry Baby, and a Voodoo Labs Tremolo. If you like that sweet tube sound, you'll love this amp.
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This amp growls,snarls and snaps with the best. Sounds Great clean and breaks up exactly when it's suppose to. Blows the Peavys, Kustoms and Blackhearts AWAY!!! Stock speaker sounds fabulous...You don't need to change a thing!!!!
ok, lets make this short and easy. great tone and at a price that isnt too much. extremly loud, i put it to bout 4 and it blows u away. I use this for all styles rock, blues,hard rock,and some metal even. buy this amp and you will not be let down.
I actually purchased the tweed ltd edition, but I feel its my responsibility to share my experience with it. Honestly the only real difference is with the speaker, so I would say upgrade that first. I was planning on putting in an Alnico Blue in mine but the speaker in there sounds far far better than I expected. This amp just sounds so damn good I can't believe it. Its got the nicest tube break up I've ever heard personally. Especially for an amp at this price. I own a Deville 2x12 and a silver face deluxe reverb, but those are far too loud to get a good breakup in my apartment. And I like the sound of this one better anyways. I'm going to buy an AB switch pedal and use this amp for my distortion channel when I play live. Do yourself a favor and buy this amp. Its perfect for all the styles I play.
I recently bought the Fender Blonde Blues Jr. Amp. I have to say that I'm very surprised with this amp. I thought that 15w was too small to produce the amount of sound I needed, but I took the risk. This is plenty of amp for a small to medium size gig. The sound is amazing. You can get really, really loud before the amp begins to break up. Or you can turn the channel volume all the way up and turn the master volume down and get that dirty blues sound at a comfortable level. This amp is great. Definetly worth a whole lot more. I guess that you could do some mods to change the sound, but why? What other sound do you want from a 15w blues amp. Try this one. You will not be dissapointed.
I've never owned a tube amp before, and the Blues Jr. was a very plesant surprise. I was worried, because some say the stock amp isn't that great without modifications. For me, it was perfect. The tone can range from clear as a bell to dirty with the fat switch. Now I know why tube amp devotees are so loyal.
I had been a big Marshall solid state kind of guy for awhile, shredder, neo-classical kinda player, owning a Ibanez SZ720FM.The story, short and sweet, I needed a great amp that I could load into the back of my car...easily.I played this amp and I was in love. Great bluesy sound, warm and FAT. They packed so much "soul" and body into this little tube amp. I would strongly recommend it, for even though, it isn't designed for metal or such, with a noise gate and a good petal system, this amp is GOD.Good "natural" overdriveGreat responseBrings out all your tone and more.Just wish it has more features, but, for a little amp that has everything else, who's complaining? You have all you need straight out of the box to plug and play, just need a board and this thing has more than enough power for a small gig.
I own two, a black and a blonde, and I use both every night. I play harp and guitar. I use one for each. In smaller rooms the tone is totally unbelievable. The one I use for harp gets all "Mississippi dirty" for me and the one I use for guitar gives me the tube response I want. In a big room, I mic the amps and let the PA do the work but the amps still kick it. I will continue to purchase these little beauties.
Not to sound like an old timer, but I've been a serious guitarist for over 40 years, played and owned the best, and continue to do so - rock and blues. While my preference is authentic vintage tube eqluip, the Blues Junior is absulutely great. It would be nice if Fender built in its' glorious vibratio, but that would cut into their much higher end offerings. So, add a Boss TR-2 Tremelo and Digital Delay and watch out! It is clean, it is pure tube overdriven like velvet, and all in between - and with the "FAT" switch it breaks apart like an original early sixties Blonde Showman on 10 or a VibroKing on 8. Make sure to purchase the optional footpedal for the Fat switch. I would recommend this amp to anyone serious about pure tube tonality (clean or overdriven) and warmth or for a player that wants real vintage tube sound at a fraction of the price. Recording with the Blues Junior is stellar as well. The price is cheap for what this workhorse can do.
Stock, the Fender Blues Junior is a solid, no-frills rock and blues amp. Decent tone when clean or moderately over-driven. Personally, I think it rates right up there with any competitors in the price range, especially if you're looking for that classic tube sound.But...with a few mods you can make this amp sound like a $1500+ "boutique" amp - at half the price. Sure, you won't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive amps and you'll lose some of that classic tone but gain a much more versatile amp that will put you into tonal bliss.What I did (these are simple, you can do it yourself): - Swapped the speaker for a Celestion G12 Vintage 30.- Replaced the pre and power tubes with GT-ECC83's (pre) and GT-EL84S's - 6 Rating (power).What I gained: - Tighter bass, extended highs and overall amazing sensitivity and frequency response. Quicker breakup when over-driven and well-defined tone in all frequencies when playing clean.My main ax is an American Strat and coupled with my modified Junior, it really shines. I also play an ES-335 knock off, also with impressive results.If you didn't already know, this amp has a very loyal cult following so for old Blues Junior gear heads this is old news. Get this amp and if you've got a little extra cash, start playing with different speakers and tubes and you'll soon have the amp of your dreams.
Took delivery on the blonde Blues Jr. last week. It is not out of place with the nicer pieces of furniture at home as it has a great look. The tone is very earthy and warm. In my opinion, the clean Fender tone is unbeatable and this amp delivers. The gain gives you a nice warm crunch which is helped if you add a touch of compression. Additional overdrive pedal is required to get beyond the "vintage crunch" tone. On the downside, there is a fairly consistent hum at basically any volume and the amp feeds back (regardless of the location of the guitar) when the treble is turned all the way up on the Tele. Overall, you won't get a warmer tone for less money.
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