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Fender Blonde Blues Junior Guitar Amp

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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. Del...Click To Read More About This Product

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Proof that great tone can come in small packages!

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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  • All-tube curcuitry
  • 15W of power
  • Hefty 12" speaker
  • Fat switch
  • Spring reverb
  • Chicken-head knobs
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4.8

(based on 84 reviews)

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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.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid, Beauitiful, and full of Soul

By ImageOfInsanity69

from Greenville, SC

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Whole Lot in a Small Package

By BluesMan-Bfmcv

from Waynesboro, MS

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST AMP EVER!!!

By Steve from Upstate

from Upstate NY

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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!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great little amp

By mikemmouse

from Kansas City, Mo.

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't overlook this amp

By T.M.M.-rkzWV

from California

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fender blues jr

By mike82694

from state collage, pa

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

With a few mods, this amp is a 10

By Meandmyguitar

from Oakland, CA

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VIntage Sound at Bargain plus Build Quality

By 52TeleStratMan

from Corona, CA

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Value - Warm/Vintage Tone

By Mr. D

from Undisclosed

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.

 
4.0

Review

By mramos42

from Oceanside CA

This amp does not have fat tone. Way too much treble. Sounds very thin, I think, even with my Gibson SG. Thinner with my American Strat. Great bluesy tone, but you have to really dial it in. If you are looking for a metal amp or anything heavy, this amp is not for you. Great tone none the less. does not do well at low volumes. Is incredibly loud when played past 2 so that is good. My reverb pot broke about 3 months into owning it. It is about a third of the cost of the amp to fix it.

 
5.0

Blonde B.J.

By Bluesbend

from north bend, WA

I have owned my Blues Junior for five years now and have had nothing but satisfaction from it. I've read elsewhere that some people have had problems with buzzing or a bad speaker. Luckily I haven't. It sounds better today than the day I got it.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just got this amp a year ago to go with my Gibson SG faded Special. I got the black version though. But man this thing has tone. It does not have all the drive I wanted But I bought a Boss Meatal zone to go with it. It is amazing I would have expected this to be at least seven hundred. Best combo amp out there.

 
5.0

AMAZING!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this amp is amazing! i was origanilly looking at a hot rod deluxe, but when i picked it up (tried to) i decided that maybe a smaller amp would be right for me. im glad i looked at the blues junior its tone is incredible for blues and classic rock. turn it uo for pure tube sound. this amp is also built to the same quality as the bigger hot rods. plenty loud, great tone, job well done fender.

 
5.0

Limited tonality, but outstanding for bluesy style

By Robert Underwood

from Austin, Texas

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.

 
4.0

Once you change the speaker; tone-heaven!

By Brad-jOnNh

from Rancho Santa Margar, CA

The stock speaker and stock tubes suck, but once you replace them with something more tailored to your needs, this thing is a tone machine.

 
5.0

Little Monster

By Color Me 99

from NY , NY

This little amp kicks butt completely. After years of playing with half stacks and 100 watt combos (Fender, Mesa Bgy, Hiwatt) and destroying my ears, I decided to get that blue and brown tube driven sound at a lower setting. The sound is true tube sound and plays well with the big boys. Most sound techs cannot believe I get this sound from a 15 watt amp. Well worth the price and durable. Had a 5 year warranty on it when I bought it. The reverb had to be rewired no big deal and it was covered. A plain and simple amp...no frills. The fat switch adds a nice chunky bottom end and the reverb is usable. I expect to buy a second one for backup and also run in stereo!

 
5.0

This amp is Deluxe

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Tried out this amp at the Guitar Center, and right away decided I had to have one. So when MF offered it in blonde I bought it. Whether you desire clean or distorted, this amp will deliver. Clean it sounds like a blackface Deluxe, but cranked it can sound just like my old tweed Deluxe. Amazing how LOUD 15 watts can get. Outstanding sound for not much cash. If you buy it you'll thank yourself. It will impress you every time you turn it on. Enjoy.

 
5.0

Fender Tone All-The-Way

By Strat 1

from Mechanicsville, VA

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This amp sounds and looks great. It's Fender tube tone all the way, crisp clean and creamy overdrive. Chicken-head knobs, blonde covering, and leather handle is eye candy. A very "user-friendly" amp with everything you need to keep it simple, just plug in and play. Great job Fender.

 
5.0

Fantastic Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp does not pack a lot of features, but is all about pure tone. Sounds great by itself, but if you use effects, stay away from modeled effects units. Do yourself a favor and use real pedals... sounds more organic that way.

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