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Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo   

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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. 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
  • Footswitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch (420703) - 0994054000

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FenderBlues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo
 
4.6

(based on 152 reviews)

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    (15)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (44)
  • Excellent sound (40)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Warm / comfy (35)
  • Good power output (31)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home studio (29)
  • Performances (29)
  • Professional recording (20)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Amateur recording (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (42), Professional musician (11), 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

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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    5.0

    Classic Fender Tone with Tons of Reverb

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    from WI

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      Highly recommend to those who are looking for that classic Fender tube tone with a whole bunch of that classic Fender reverb. With the lacquered tweed finish, it looks classic and cool as well. Very straightforward, simple amp that looks great, sounds great, and is easy to tote from place to place.

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      5.0

      Great tunes Great amp!

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      from Brazil

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I love this amp!

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        5.0

        The Tweed

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        from Santa Fe, NM

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not A Perfect Tone

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

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

        Had both for years.I did an a/b with the tweed and tolex Blues Jr. I was sure the tweed is better. Wrong. So I sold it. Still a great amp, but you're not gonna set the world on fire with it. The tweed and tolex both go through tubes pretty regular, and I love them both, but I won't sell the tolex Blues Jr.

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        3.0

        Still got my socks on...

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        from Ontario Canada

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        Disappointed - I used a Radial ABY switch and compared the Blues Jr. with a 65 Princeton Reverb reissue and the Jr. just didn't compare. We found it pleasant, but thin sounding and we felt the reverb was a bit weak.

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        5.0

        Great Amp

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        from Fulton, KY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great tone
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Gigs
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Practice
          • Professional Recording

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

          I owned one of these years ago and wish I'd never gotten rid of it, Soooooo, I got another and am so glad I did. Love the tone, the lightweight, etc. I use it for ANY gig, either alone, for small rooms, or miked for larger clubs and outdoor festivals. I play mostly blues and some classic rock and you can't beat this amp for that.

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          5.0

          Great for my National Resonator Reso Roc

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          from Port Townsend, WA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I bought this amp to use with my National Reso Rocket. It has the Hot Plate installed. There is nothing about the amp that does not meet or exceed my high expectations. I have amps from Rivera, AER, Mesa, and Henricksen. I was dubious that an amp in this price range would meet my needs. It works just fine. I am completely satisfied with its sound and performance.

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