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

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!

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
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FenderBlues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo
 
4.7

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (72)
  • Excellent sound (66)
  • Easy to use (64)
  • Warm / comfy (60)
  • Good power output (52)

Cons

  • Limited functions (7)
  • Poor sound quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (57)
  • Performances (50)
  • Amateur recording (35)
  • Outdoor events / games (33)
  • Professional recording (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (66), Professional musician (16), 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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(22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a surprise !!!!!

By Mr. Guitar

from Appomattox, Va

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Only Has One Channel

Best Uses

  • Performing In Small Clubs
  • Professional Recording

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

I have many other amplifiers and all but two of them are tube amps. I already owned a Blues Jr. what is considered today to be the Blues Jr. II. I purchased the Blues Jr. NOS because I didn't think I would like the new speaker or the sparkle modification made in the newer Blues Jr. III. However, the Blues Jr. NOS is an animal all unto it's self. Don't let people kid you when they say, that the only difference between the Blues Jr. II and the Blues Jr. NOS is the speaker and cosmetics, the Jensen c12n speaker in the NOS Blues Jr. makes the amplifier sound much louder and I also, prefer the sound of the Blues Jr. NOS to the sound of the Blues Jr. II.
I had originally purchased the Blues Jr. NOS to use with an overdrive, chorus and digital delay, in stereo with my Blues Jr. II, however, it seems that I'll have to put a Jensen c12n speaker in my Blues Jr. II before I'll have the balance between the two amplifiers that I was looking for.

(18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Lacquer on Tweed-not a NOS!

By Jim K.

from Nashville-Music City USA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • This Is Not A Nos
  • Tweed Is Not Shellacked

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

Great amp but ad is very misleading. This amp is not lacquered as the ad indicates. MF has been advertsing this amp for some time now and I have discovererd that Fender is not making the lacquered tweed at this time. The amp is not a NOS. NOS refers to NEW OLD STOCK. At one time Fender issued the amp with tubes made "back in the day". These tubes were brand new and left over from the old days. The tubes in this amp are standard GT tubes. This amp is actually a standard tweed version with a Jensen speaker. It is called an FSR Limited Edition version of the Blues Jr. It does have a tube guard to keep the tubes seated. I have contacted MF several times and they say they will remove the ad or at least change it as it is very misleading. I returned the first amp I received due to a very loud hum that occurred after about a 10 minute warmup. Of course the tweed was not lacquered as well and after several calls to MF and Fender I discovered that lacquered tweed Blues Jr.s are not being manufatured now. Fender indicated to me that over 100 different versions of the Blues Jr. have been produced. I have 45 years experience, own about 20 guitars and 5 Fender tube amps as well as many other instruments.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC SMALL AMP

By drbill51

from Taylor, MI

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No standby switch

Best Uses

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

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

Having a small recording studio I have 8 quality amps and 10 high end guitars. Each amp and guitar has it's place depending on the type of music I'm recording. The Marshall JVM410H takes care of my classic rock or metal. While the Fender Twin and deluxe handle the clean end. Even so, I wanted an amp that would get a little break up but not distorted. After doing my research I decided on the Vox AC15C1, and the Fender Blues Jr. NOS. I've now had the Blues Jr. NOS for over two years, and I would let my Marshall go before I would the Fender. The sounds you can get out of this small easy to carry box is amazing. In addition, it is very pedal friendly and great for recording. Don't let the 15 watts fool you, this little amp with an overdrive pedal will get loud. I feel that it could be used in a club setting if it was miced through the PA. The fat button when pushed down gave me the break up I was looking for, and I have never had to turn the reverb over 3. The Blues Jr. NOS has the 12" Jensen speaker, and I suggest you spend the extra instead of getting the one that is black. The brown tweed gives it that vintage look, and just looks great. It has never given me a problem, and is built really well. The only complaint I have, is the fact that is doesn't have a standby switch on it. Fender really short changed us by not adding that feature. Nevertheless, I still love this amp and would replace it in a heart beat if something happen to it. The Fender Blues Jr. is in the same price range as my Vox AC15C1. If I had to choose between the two, the Fender would come out on top. If your looking for an amp that is low in watts but sill strong in sound. Look no further than the Fender Blues Jr. NOS.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp in a small package

By Andre Lesco

from Montreal

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

So far, I've used it to practice by myself and also played a couple of times with my friends and I would definately recommend this amp.
I received my Blues Junior NOS about two weeks ago, it has that famous Fender sound and it comes with a 12 " Jensen speaker that is great for Blues and Classic Rock, and just like the regular Blues Junior, it also comes with a volume and a master volume knob that allows you to push the tubes and get good distortion without blowing all the windows in the house. There is a dirty button that can be controlled by a foot switch (sold separately). So far, I used it with a Boss Blues Driver and with a Boss DS-2 and they both sound good with this amp. Finally, I find that the tweed covering gives a very nice vintage look to this little amp.
When I first plugged in the amp, the sound was very weak, so, I unscrewed the back panel and I found out that the speaker is connected to the amp with a standard jack that had loosened up during transportation, I simply pushed it back in, and now it works perfectly.
Only time will tell, but so far, It appears to be a great value for the price.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Destined To Be A Classic

By VG

from The ATL

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

I can't imagine why any blues, jazz, country or blues-rock player would not like this amp. If you play heavy rock or metal, this isn't going to be the amp for you. Then again, it is called a Blues Junior. I play out with this in church twice a week and at an occasional open mic night at local coffee shops. It hasn't let me down a bit. What this amp does, it does well. I prefer to play without pedals, but when I do use them they all sound fantastic through the NOS. I will say this though: the more you play through the speaker, the better it sounds. Give it a cance to break in. You'll be glad you did. On a side note, I do wish Fender would produce a genuine 6v6 powered amp in this format. That would open up Fender devotees to some serious vintage options.
Still can't figure out why they won't throw a standby switch on it, but oh well. You still get a lot of amp between the tweed finish, reverb, "Fat" switch and upgraded speaker.
I've had it for well over a year and have had no problems at all. I had the guitar input jack replaced with a metal Switchcraft jack as more of a precaution. Amp is solid and sturdy.
This amp has just about everything I need at this price point. Fender tube tone for roughly half a grand. Between the volume an master knobs, you can make it quiet enough to play at home in your living room or loud enough to jam unmic-ed on a small to medium stage. It covers a lot of ground for the money.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love that vintage blues tone

By bluesman94

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great tone
  • Portable
  • Touch Sensitive
  • Versatility

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dorm room practice
    • Events
    • Performances

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

    When I walked into my local guitar shop this Saturday, I was completely ready to buy a box ac15. I was returning an egnater tweaker due to a lack of warmth and a boxiness to its sound. When I plugged into the AC I was expecting the warm smooth tone of my ac30 and was disgusted at the result I got instead. Weak thin and dead sounding I stood up in despair. Then one of the employees at the store referred me to this little beauty and it was love at first sound. It had the full room filling sound I would usually associate with a 2x12 in the size and weight of a 1x12. I have been looking all summer for an amp that would work for my dorm room this fall and I found it here. I play a more contemporary blues and the hot and dirty tone that it has. I thought when I picked this up that it would be a back up amp that I wouldn't mind playing but now that I have it...wow! It's my new go to. For anyone looking for classic rock, jazz, blues and an amp that can sound just like a jumbo acoustic through a fender strat this is it look no further!

    Ps: the ladies love the tweed cover

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blues Junior Hot Rod Series

    By Guitar Guy

    from Peachtree City, Georgia

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

    Easy to carry, amazing sound clarity, a great bang for the buck.....what else do you need?
    If your objective is to own an amp that delivers beautiful clean souds, this is the one to own. It's a great balance between the key points of price, performance, quality and weight. This was the amp I was shooting for when I first purchased a Super Champ XD series amplifier. The Blues Jr. is at least 2X or even 3X the sound quality.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The little amp that could...and DOES!

    By Polish John

    from NY, NY

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

    If I could choose only one amp, this would be it. If it were stolen, I would replace it immediately. I fell in love with this amp from the moment I plugged into it and still love it.
    Sleek, simple and to the point. This amp is a no-nonsense, single channel tube wonder. The reverb is great and very useful, I love the fat switch, but I honestly can't decide whether I like it better with or without it on; both tones are excellent. And, this amp is LOUD. Still small enough to get a good bedroom volume, but it's 15 watts pumping through the 12" Jensen speaker holds it own with the band too, and the tone really opens up at high volume.

    The clean tones on this amp are amazing and pumped it creates some nice gritty distorition, but fear not, it handles effects perfectly. Just plug in your favorite stompbox and get anything you need out of this little monster.
    Built like a tank, this little wonder weighs nearly 40 pounds and feels solid as a rock. Definitely a gig-worthy amp.
    Worth every penny, this amp is built to last and handle whatever you throw at it.

    The upgraded speaker in this amp is well worth the $80 markup compared to the standard Blues Junior. Really excellent upgrade.

    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NOS GREAT AMP

    By Blues n stuff

    from Southern California

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

    Mine was just called NOS. It did not have the amber shellac. But the same amp I'm pretty sure. I had a black Hot Rod III few years ago. Did not really like it that much. But this one with the Jensen C12 has got it going on. Plus I like tweed. Don't waste your money modding this amp. However I will recommend one thing. Put a Solvek 5751 tube in the V1 slot. Its the tube on the right looking at the back of the amp. I won't go into the details of what that does just do it. Basically it turns it into a wonderful loud amp. No more of the early tube mud on the volume dial. It takes a few more minutes to warm up and kick in.

    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blues Junior NOS

    By DB51

    from Tyler TX

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

    Playing my black tolex version along with this version I came to the conclusion they both sound great, just a little different. The NOS has a Jenson speaker that makes it sound different. I can not personally choose a favorite. They just sound good in different ways! I love the late fifthies and early sixties look of the NOS though, but then I like 1936 Fords and WWII fighter aircraft. Great service from Musicians Friend, they got it to me quickly and in great condition.
    What you expect with a Blues Junior.
    Well Built.
    This amp is pretty cool!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Traded in a new Hot Rod Deluxe for a new Blues Junior after 30 days. Smart move!

    By Robert Schulman

    from The blues capitalof the world...New Jersey

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

    My only problem is that all controls face away from the speaker face... so they're upside down. Not sure why Fender does this... but you get used to it. (Maybe they want you to play from behind the amp, in which case it's fine.) Could use a seciond input connection. A standby switch would also be nice, and add life to the tubes. But the sound.... warm, sweet, rich. Perfectly complimenting a Gibson ES345, 1972 Les Paul Custom and a Heritage Sweet 16 archtop.
    All the basics are here. Done well. Easy to carry. Gorgeous lacquered tweed with two-tone gril make this a looker. Upgraded NOS and Jensen 12 inch speker. 15 tube wats (sounds much larger.) Nice spring reverb, Fat switch is nice without being overbearing. If you like super heavy metal, look elsewhere. If you like warm, sweet blues or even jazz and country, your amp is here. Only wish it had a serious footswitch outlet. But concidering the rainbow of tones you can get, it's a small sacrifice to me. Wish it came with a cover and casters.
    Covering fits like a glove. Not too heavy, but solid. No extraneous buzzes (like my ex-Hot Red Deluxe.) Treat it well, and it will last a long time.
    More than the solid state modeling amps, but worth it.
    Fender tube quality with a drop dead gorgeous appearance and rich sound for a great price.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tweed Bliss

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

    I have had SO many amps - good grief! Thought I had to go digital so I've been thru 3 different Line 6 amps as well as the GDEC. I have had a lot of fun with all of them but there's just no substitute for the tone and response that you get with the tubes. In regards to tubes, I have the Blues Deluxe and it's LOUD!!! I got the Blues Jr. NOS because it's an incredibly dynamic and touch sensitive amp that I can play without blasting my ears out. This amp is the best I have EVER owned and will probably be my end pursuit on the trail for tone. I just don't think it gets any better than this - PERIOD. Buy one now before they're gone.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Could be better compared to --

    By LesPaul(2)

    from North of Chicago

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    Pros

    • Price
    • Pricereverb Weight
    • Reverb
    • Weight

    Cons

    • Drive

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Bedroompractice
    • For Stereo
    • Practice
    • STEREO

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

    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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Perfect Sound

    By renckster

    from Frederick, MD

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    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.

    (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Loved it until it broke

    By Victor Murray

    from Philadelphia

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

    The first few times I used the amp it was AWSOME. Great tone, it was love at first sight. However, I paid for a NEW amp so I did not expect problems so soon. Right now I am sorry I bought it. If they fix it, and it holds up, I may fall back in love, but I doubt it. I would be very scared to gig with it. If you do buy it for giging, take a back up or you could be sorry.
    Very easy to use - straight forward design. But would have liked a standby switch.
    I bought the amp new in Feb 2012 and used it about a dozen times for practice/jams; it never left the house. On April 15th I turned it on and it went "pop" and died. I put in a new fuse and it "poped" and died again in about 3 seconds.
    The amp does come with a 5 year waranty. I took it to the authorized dealer. Let's see if they fix it properly.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic tube amp that opens the doors to the Texas Blues

    By Roadieshow

    from Philadelphia, PA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Paired with a Strat (Texas Special pickups preferred) this little amp sounds like SRV's personal rig shrunk down to combo amp size. Cut the mids to zero and you have a near-perfect '65 Twin Reverb tone, giving you two amps for the price of one! The reverb is pure Fender, dripping with springy goodness. Set the volume at 8, the master at 3 and get ready for that dreamy electric blues tone you've been after your entire life. The tweed is handsome and durable albeit slightly darker than the tweed used for Fender cases. This slight color difference comes from the lacquer applied to the tweed on the amp to provide extra durability and a slightly aged look. Most won't notice the difference but for those people buying this version of the Blues Jr. just to get it to match your guitar case, I thought you'd like to know. For the rest of us, the main difference between this amp and the standard Blues Jr. is the speaker. The NOS uses a speaker with a more vintage voicing, a mild difference that takes it one step closer to the sound from recordings made decades ago that we still listen to today. Oh yeah, don't worry about the low wattage. This amp is LOUD. You won't have any problems with volume on stage or in rehearsal. Make sure your live sound engineers are aware that the speaker is set off-center when placing a microphone. Enjoy it!

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sweet Tones!

      By rezillos1977

      from california

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      Pros

      • Beautiful sound
      • Great Looks
      • Lush Reverb
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Heavy for its size
      • Knob Labels Are Backwards

      Best Uses

      • Home use
      • Small gigs

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

      I used to have the legendary Twin Reverb, but I live in an apartment now with some very uptight neighbors so I had to downgrade to a smaller amp. The Blues Junior fit the bill. Basically I wanted a tube amp that was best with clean tones. Classic Rock, Surf, Blues, Jazz, Funk. The junior can get all those sounds.

      I love that it uses a real spring box reverb, and not digital reverb. This is important to me since I love using reverb, and I use it when I play Ventures songs.

      While the amp can get some overdriven bluesy tones when you crank it loud, do not expect to get hard rock, punk, or metal type tones. However, for most players who have stompboxes or guitar processors, this is a non issue. I have a good pedalboard to get me almost any kind of tone I could need, from Santana to Slayer, and all of the presets sound good coming through this amp. The 12" Jensen sounds great, and i've got no desire to swap it.

      My only complaints are that the control panel labeling is backwards. But that's not a big deal as you soon memorize what knob is what and don't need to read the labels. Some people see it as an endearing Fender trait. Also, it is quite heavy for a little combo, and the vintage style handle is not very comfortable. But that's not a problem for me as I hold it from the bottom with both arms.

      I've owned other small tube amps. Epi Valve Jr, Crate Palomino V8, Peavy Valveking, and a Hot Rod Deville. The blues junior is my favorite. I play a 50's strat with it, and the tones are heavenly.

      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Boxey sounding with annoying tube rattle

      By stonesplayer

      from Charlottesville, VA

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        • Poor Sound Quality

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

          This amp isn't worth the money. The reverb is horrible and sounds nothing like classic Fender reverb, the EL84 tubes are prone to annoying filament rattle (google "Blues Junior tube rattle" to get an idea of just how widespread this issue is,) and it sounds "boxey" due to its small size.

          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Failed out of the starting gate

          By Rich Lucas

          from DC

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

          It's pretty irritating to order something like this and have to get it repaired immediately.
          Looking forward to using this -- but it worked once and then stopped.
          I took this out of the box, and it worked great at first use (about 2 hours band practice). Next time that I fired it up, it put out almost no signal, even turned all the way up. All the tubes were glowing so I don't know that the deal is. I'm taking to a Fender service center this week for warranty (I trust) service.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Sounds good, built poorly

          By B-rad

          from Monterey,Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • built poorly

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • small gigs

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

          The Blues Jr is not built to last. I've had to repair mine several times and I haven't really used it that much. I've had problems with the input jack, reverb pot and a ribbon cable. I've assemble electronic products and I can tell you this is one of the most cheaply made products I've seen. All of the potentiometers are PC board mount, so every time you put ant pressure or turn the knobs it stresses the solder joints. The tube sockets are the same PC board mount, so when changing tubes it can peel the solder traces off the board. In the process of repairing these problems one of the cheap ribbon cable started breaking off at the PCB. IMO total garbage when it comes to quality.

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