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The Blues Jr. NOS takes Fender's 15W gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with tweed covering and a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker. Its powe...Read More

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The Blues Jr. NOS takes Fender's 15W gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with tweed covering and a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker. Its power is generated by an all-tube signal path using a pair of EL84 Groove Tube output tubes and 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes. Add renowned Fender reverb, flexible controls, and footswitchable (with optional footswitch - product #420703) FAT circuit for golden tones, and you're in business. And just look at that chrome panel, that tweed finish with pinstripe grille cloth, and those vintage pointer knobs!

The Blues Jr. pushed through a 12" Jensen speaker.

FEATURES
  • Series: Hot Rod Series
  • Type: All Tube
  • Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
  • Ohms: 8 ohms
  • Speakers: 1-12" Jensen C12-N 8ohm, 50 watt Speaker, p/n 0868508004
  • Channels: 1 Channel
  • Features: "Fat" Switch, Reverb, Footswitch Jack for Remote "Fat" on/off, Chrome Panel, Vintage Pointer Knobs, Controls, Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume, Covering, Lacquer Tweed finish with Pinstripe Grille Cloth

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SPECIFICATIONS

Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo

  • Weight: 31 lbs. (14.06 kg)
    18"W x 16"H 9.18"D (45.72 cm W x 40.64 cm H x 23.31 cm D)
    Tube Complement: 3 X 12AX7, 2 X EL84
    Solid State Rectifier
    Footswitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch (420703) - 0994054000
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FenderBlues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo
 
4.6

(based on 158 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (128)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (49)
  • Excellent sound (45)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Warm / comfy (40)
  • Good power output (35)

Cons

  • Limited functions (6)
  • Poor sound quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (34)
  • Performances (33)
  • Professional recording (23)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (47), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

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The Perfect Sound

I had the Blues Deluxe for a year or so, but it was SO HEAVY. And I really never turned the volume up past "1." I would barely nudge the...Read complete review

I had the Blues Deluxe for a year or so, but it was SO HEAVY. And I really never turned the volume up past "1." I would barely nudge the nob and it would get really loud. Then I would nudge it back and it would be silent.

So I traded in the "Deluxe" for the smaller "Junior" combo amp.

AND I LOVE IT! The volume is much more flexible for a jam session or for a small venue gig. It has the same, warm, glowing sound as the larger amp, it's just easer to carry and easier to adjust the sound for small room playing.

The ONLY thing I miss is how the "Deluxe" had a dedicated second channel for the tube distortion. The "Junior" does have a footswitch, but it just gives you more power/volume.

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Could be better compared to --

I'm 59, started at 7. It seems I've had a new amp every year. I know Fenders. I've been away from home. I got into Marshall combos thinking I was going smaller,...Read complete review

I'm 59, started at 7. It seems I've had a new amp every year. I know Fenders. I've been away from home. I got into Marshall combos thinking I was going smaller, but they still weigh a ton. My solution was to go back to the smallest amps that sound big. There's been lots of changes since I've been into Fender amps. The Hot Rod series has the right price for most people and just enough options to cover any application. I got the Jr to use while something else was on order. Once I heard the reverb I realized I'd been without a Fender for too long. My last was a super, nice of course, but it went toward a Marshall. Now that I know better I want that sound back again but without the weight. This series is the answer. I'm stuck on playing in stereo and two of any except the pro jr would work fine. Mine does have a problem though, I don't get the sustain I'd like --perhaps a remnant of using Marshall. Perhaps it's just tubes, which leads me to another idea. Why not 6V6 tubes. Look at the classic tone machines, all early Fender, many models, one primary power tube: the beautiful 6V6. I don't have much else. For the money the series is a great deal. They could sound better, but so could everything else. The simplicity is what this is about. Pick it up, back seat to the gig and done. No crew of five guys, no tech dialing in tone. In short, it's idiot proof. I'm using one. Seriously, not a Rockefeller, here's your amp. Sure it could be better, but she's a tube Fender with reverb -- that's all you really need to know.

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5.0

legendary tone

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Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

this amp sounds great, such great classic tone from such a small package. i absolutely love this amp. this little guy will not let you down if you are looking for pure unaffected tone.

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5.0

Always a great little classic amp!

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from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

    Great sound and power from a little amp. LOVE the tweed!

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    5.0

    Great Amp

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    from Pennsylvania

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

      Great amp. I have several amps, but was looking for a blues dedicated. Not only does the Blues junior provide versatile blues tones with a little tweaking it rocks. The Jensen 12" provides detail to all your strings over the neck. I used U Tube for assist with some presets and they work. Love this amp.

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      5.0

      Great amp!

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      from McEwen, TN

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

        I love this amp, except for the reverb which is not so hot above 3, but i'm changing out the tank for a new one I found on Amazon that gets great reviews.
        The new Blues Juniors have more of a darker, smokey tweed that looks really vintage, it adds a lot of class to the amp, making it look like a 50's version.
        This amp is the bomb for me, I set it with the gain at around 5 so it's just wanting to break up, but it gives you that fat full clean sound. Then I use a pedal for my overdrive, or if you just need a little umph for a semi-clean solo, click on the fat switch and there you go. Or you can use the OD pedal for your dirty sound and the fat switch for solos. To me it's a very versatile amp with an underlying desire to always sound bluesy. The midrange knob gives you a lot of choices as far as thickness, gain and clarity. Less MR the more clear your distortion will sound, want to fatten it up just add in some MR knob. All in all the best, lightest, best looking most user friendly amp I've owned. I love it.

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        5.0

        This amp. is fantastic !!!!

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        from Mass.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

          This amp. is a very fine unit . The sound on this baby is out standing every aspect of it is great except two things I thought Fender got cheep with one is the power light , instead of the old style light they put this little red lamp indicator light and the input jack has cheep plastic instead of the old style metal type the black model has both the old style and it looks much better on the amp. (Fender stop taking short cuts to save money if it's good stay with it !!!! )

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          5.0

          Amazing Amp!

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          from NJ

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

            Great amp! Surprised at the clean tones that come out of it. Sounds great with any style of pickup/guitar. My favorite has to be my strat through it. The gain is ok, I feel it could be better but I like to add just a little bit to tone to make it pop. Not sure what one reviewer meant when he said it wasn't lacquered and looked cheap. Mine came and was exactly as picture with a texture that looks and feels vintage. Built solid too. Also super important fact, not that it would bother a normal person but I am picky. the picture MF has on the items page isn't the lighter colored one. the one I received looks like the darker one. Looks really good I might add. Very vintage and warm. I highly recommend it.

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            5.0

            if you can't get a good sound it must be you

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            from colorado

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            Pros

            • can be used as a head
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • loud 15watt
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

            I have to laugh. Seriously who thought this had poor sound quality. If you can not get a good sound out of this it might the guitar or the player. The amp has a very full sound. It is a simple amp and yes it has limits on its own. But adding pedals which it accepts quit easily adds depth. Just adjusting the turning the volume up and the master down gives you some overdrive. The reverb is highly usable and adds space. The Fat switch adds thickness to your tone. Every feature on this amp is usable and can mold and shape your tone. This combo can also drive a 4x12 or another 8ohm external cab. You can not go wrong. This is one of the best 15 watt combos and it is a Tube or Valve amp. The build quality on mine has held up well. I have logged hundreds of hours on this sucker. It is one of those simple tube amps that once you play it your hooked. This is a buy

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            2.0

            Sounded awful, looked cheap

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            from Boulder CO

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            Pros

            • Portable

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Weak

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

            very thin and scratchy sound. Treble control did nothing. Tweed covering looks very thin and a corner was pealing up.
            Didn't seem very well built. I guess you get what you pay for.
            I returned it.

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            4.0

            Good but not great

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            from Seattle, WA

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            Pros

            • Looks nice
            • Portable
            • Simple
            • Tone

            Cons

            • Awful Reverb
            • Lightweight Construction

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording
            • Rehearsal
            • Rehersal

            Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

            First, Musician's Friend is selling this as the "lacquered tweed" version of the Blues Jr. but there's no lacquer in sight. Tweed, yes. Lacquer, no. I suspect the amp I received is just the NOS model that's been available for a few years. No big deal to me because my amp will not be traveling, but if you're a gigging musician the lacquered version might hold up a bit better.

            That said, this is a nice little amp that delivers great tone with minimal fuss. Just plug in and play. You'll have a clean to medium-grind tone dialed in within a minute or two.

            The volume of this thing is excellent for practice/rehearsal and I suspect it would handle a small club gig just fine. Anything bigger, you'll need a mic.

            Clean tone is baked in, of course, but it has a master volume so you can dial in some crunch, too. Just don't expect to win any shredding contests because this is not a high-gain amp. If you're thinking "blues" not "metal" you'll be happy.

            This amp really responds to playing technique; if you are a player who likes to control dynamics with your right hand, this could be your amp.

            The tone controls on this thing are great. Start in the middle and work from there. This is one of the few amps I have played where I did not feel the need to max the treble and mid. Pushing the tone controls past 8 or 9 (they go to 12) also gives you a tiny bit of breakup. The speaker sounds a bit flabby in the low end so if your looking for a really tight sound you won't be happy.

            The fat switch is a little disappointing to me; the tone is OK and it delivers some mid-range grind you expect but there's too much volume boost -- every time I hit the switch I seem to dial the guitar back to compensate.

            The reverb control, on the other hand, is the worst I have ever seen. You'll reach a pleasing reverb at 0.5. 1.0 to 1.5 puts you in surf guitar land. Anything above 2 is absolutely soaking wet. 3 or higher is out of control and unusable. You need a very light touch on the reverb knob to dial in a good sound. Could be the fault of the tiny little reverb unit or the control pot itself, or maybe both, but a little research reveals that this is probably the number one complaint about these little guys. Fender can (should) do better.

            Overall build quality is OK but there are a few issues. Mine arrived with two of the preamp tubes nearly falling out of the sockets and they seem to loosen every time I plug in. The cabinet appears to be particle board, which keeps the weight down to about 30 lbs. but could be a problem for long-term survival. The input jack, on/off switch and fat switch all feel really cheap.

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            5.0

            WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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            from Memphis, TN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

              All that it is cracked up to be for me.

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