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Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A workhorse amplifier that pairs vintage tone with modern features.

    The Fender Blues Junior Amplifier has established itself as a warm-toned favorite with all generations of guitarists. Like the Blues Deluxe and Blues Deville, it takes selected circuit design cues from a '50s tweed Fender to deliver the sound of a classic Deluxe or Bassman with some modern flexibility. The result is a screaming all-tube, 15W amp that pushes hot tone through a 12" Fender Special Design speaker. That sound comes courtesy of a pair of EL84 Groove Tube output tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. Add legendary Fender reverb, flexible controls, and a FAT circuit for golden tone even at low volumes, and you're in business. And just look at that chrome panel and those vintage pointer knobs.

    Features
    • Series: Hot Rod Series
    • Type: All Tube
    • Output: 15W into 8 ohms
    • Ohms: 8 ohms
    • Speakers: 1-12" Fender Special Design 8 ohm, 50W Speaker, p/n 0994812002
    • Channels: 1
    • Features: "Fat" switch, Reverb, Footswitch Jack for Remote "Fat" on/off, Chrome Panel, Vintage Pointer Knobs

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    Hot Rod Series Blues Junior 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Weight: 31 lb. (14.06 kg)
    • Dimensions: Height: 16" (40.64 cm),
    • Width: 18" (45.72 cm),
    • Depth: 9.18" (23.31 cm)
    • Tube Complement: 3 X 12AX7, 2 X EL84, Solid State Rectifier
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    4.6

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    Good amp, but not for me

    I picked this amp up about a year ago and was in love with it. As time wore on, however, I started to think there was something wrong with my guitar. It seemed...Read complete review

    I picked this amp up about a year ago and was in love with it. As time wore on, however, I started to think there was something wrong with my guitar. It seemed to be lacking brightness, so I turned up the treble knob and it turned kind of shrill. I started looking at new guitars, then, on a whim, starting trying out my guitar with other amps instead and realized that it was actually the amp that was the problem. Don't get me wrong, if you overdrive this amp, it will get you an all-out rock tone that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other amp in this range, but the clean tone is just not there for me. I tried a new speaker, new tubes, and a couple of Billm mods, but it still wasn't happening. After experimenting with some other amps, I think the problem is just that it uses EL84s instead of 6L6s, but there is a mod for that if you are willing to drop another $115 (and have good soldering experience), but at that point, you might want to just get a different amp. If you are a jazz player or someone else looking for a more muted tone, this amp is a good one to look at.I marked it down on features because it doesn't have an FX loop. I marked it down on quality because the knob shafts are plastic, as are the input/speaker jacks. Otherwise, it's a rock solid amp with great sound (unless you want brightness) that has more volume than I think I'll ever need, plus it's easy to tote around.

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    Tinny, Brittle, Unynamic Amp

    My other guitarist uses this amplifier in our alternative band. He plays with a Gibson LP, but the tone is brittle, tinny, and pretty unresponsive to playing dynamic. It sounds pretty cheesy...Read complete review

    My other guitarist uses this amplifier in our alternative band. He plays with a Gibson LP, but the tone is brittle, tinny, and pretty unresponsive to playing dynamic. It sounds pretty cheesy and the solid state rectifier doesn't do this bad boy any favors either. But for its price, it is decent, but it is definitely not as good as its fellow hot rod, the Pro Junior. The Pro JR has such a sweet tone with much better dynamic response to playing, and a simpler set of controls (just volume and tone). Buy the Pro Jr, but if you really want a hot rod with more gain, but a Deville or a Deluxe.

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    4.0

    Nice But Limited

    By Mark Skipton

    from Chicago IL

    I've played through one of these for a few years, and it's good for dirty blues or if you're looking for that retro Kinks kind of garage rock tone. This amp does not clean up well at almost any volume, however. There's just not a lot of low end, and it's prone to sounding muddy if you run humbuckers or turn the reverb past 1. I'd also suggest switching the pre-amp tubes to 12AT7s if you want less mud. I'm not a metal guy, but there's no way you could get anything close to that Mesa mid-scoop sound. Feature-wise, there's no standby switch and no bias knob either, so you're going to get a little hum and go through power tubes more quickly than you'd expect.

    On the plus side, it's a ton of volume for the price and weight. If you're playing bar or small club gigs, the acoustics are usually lousy anyway, so attention to tonal nuance and an expensive amp is mostly wasted effort. It's a good, inexpensive option for the guitarist who has to lug his own gear and isn't playing metal or crisp, technical leads. PCB Fenders aren't exactly know for being rugged or glitch-free, but again - a decent amp for the price.

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    5.0

    Leo would be proud

    By YadaYadaYada

    from in the K Y

    I normally play a Mesa Boogie F-50, which I love. But it's pretty heavy to pack around for a 1x12 combo. So I've been looking for something a little more lightweight for practice and small gigs. A couple of my buddies recommended I try a blues junior because they both love theirs. So I borrowed one of theirs.... WOW!!! If you can't get tone from one of these you need to give up music altogether. It doesn't have much clean headroom but if you want something that breaks up beautifully, more volume than you'll ever really need, that legendary Fender reverb, and tone that will cause you to have to change your underwear then this little devil box is for you.

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    5.0

    No Downside

    By MH & Mojosaurus Blues Band

    from Minnesota's Iron Range

    I've been playing blues and blues/rock for nearly 50 years, I own lots of newer and vintage combo tube amps, and the one thing my combos have in common is weight, tons of it. After becoming tired of carrying around 100 watts of amp so I could use 10 or 15 percent of it (I mic everything anyway), I went looking for lighter amp, digital being out of the question, I tried some new low wattage tube amps, and the Blues Jr. seemed worth a try. Now, a couple of months later, my other amps, including my Mesa/Boogies, are gathering dust; I don't even carry a pedal board these days; just straight in the Blues Jr., and let it rip. Honest to God, this little beauty would be cheap at twice the price, and they will dial in nearly any tone I want. Simply amazing. Play any small gig straight through speaker, or mic it and play the Super Bowl.

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    5.0

    this little baby rocks the cradle alright!

    By cUpBsrmjO

    from Undisclosed

    I just recieved the Blonde Blues Junior from Musicians Friend last week and man do i love it!!! I can get the same tone that i have dialed in on my hot rod deville on the junior. except without the presence control. i get that little bit of drive i use perfectly on this baby! this amp works great for the bar gigs and smaller occasions! i used it for an outdoor party and my other guitar player used his fender twin and both amps matched perfectly. it puts out enough volume for lead work and rhythm work! its so easy to lug around as well!!! my favorite guitar to play with is my Fender Mexican Standard Telecaster and it sounds so good through this amp! I sincerely love it!

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    5.0

    Great little amp

    By LooseHeatSink@gmail.com

    from North Carolina

    This amp is really great for blues and classic rock. It takes well to pedals, and can actually get quite loud. My only concern is that the tubes aren't secured in place. I tried ordering this amp twice from MusiciansFriend, but had to send it back both times because the tubes had gotten loose, fell out during shipping and shattered. I ended up just buying it local. The same concern would be valid for gigging as well. but again, the amp sounds great.

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    5.0

    Killer Little Amp

    By Telealltheway

    from South Carolina

    This is a great little amp that packs classic tube punch. I usually play through a Fedner Deville 410 (which is also a great amp), but got tired of having to crank it waaay up to get the full tube break-up sounds I wanted. With the Blues Junior you can get the perfect natural, bluesy overdrive at moderate volumes (just keep the master knob lowerer while cranking the volume knob). The "FAT" switch also adds a great kick. The amp is loud enough to play smaller venues, especially if you're going to mic the amp anyway. From now on, I'm going to leave the Deville 410 at home unless we're playing big venues where I know I'll need the extra power. I'm fairly picky about tone and have no complaints about this amp. The people on this site that dog the Blues Junior are probably tech nerd carpenters that constantly blame their tools. If you can't make good noises with this amp, you probably rely too much on pedal boards. A good guitar + this amp will give you an authentic blues/old school rock tone.

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    5.0

    Is it just me?

    By Stratophonic

    from Santiago, Dominican Republic.

    Is it just me? or does this little dollar Amp have top dollar tone? I've been playing for 5 years with a Marshall 15CDR solid State Amp. This is my first tube amp and I feel like I've never played with a real amp. I was always a distortion fanatic till I heard this clean "Complex and Loud" tone. Honestly when I can live without pedals now that I've got this tone. I can only wonder how a 57 twin would sound, but for the price you can't ask for more.

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    4.0

    Good amp, but not for me

    I picked this amp up about a year ago and was in love with it. As time wore on, however, I started to think there was something wrong with my guitar. It seemed to be lacking brightness, so I turned up the treble knob and it turned kind of shrill. I started looking at new guitars, then, on a whim, starting trying out my guitar with other amps instead and realized that it was actually the amp that was the problem. Don't get me wrong, if you overdrive this amp, it will get you an all-out rock tone that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other amp in this range, but the clean tone is just not there for me. I tried a new speaker, new tubes, and a couple of Billm mods, but it still wasn't happening. After experimenting with some other amps, I think the problem is just that it uses EL84s instead of 6L6s, but there is a mod for that if you are willing to drop another $115 (and have good soldering experience), but at that point, you might want to just get a different amp. If you are a jazz player or someone else looking for a more muted tone, this amp is a good one to look at.I marked it down on features because it doesn't have an FX loop. I marked it down on quality because the knob shafts are plastic, as are the input/speaker jacks. Otherwise, it's a rock solid amp with great sound (unless you want brightness) that has more volume than I think I'll ever need, plus it's easy to tote around.

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    5.0

    Baby Bassman

    By Doc Don

    from Central Illinois

    What a great little amp! I am a true fan of the 15 watt format, I currently own a Blues Jr., a Pro Jr., and two Vox AC15CC1's(see my review of those tone monsters). The Blues Jr, which I have owned for about ten years, is as user friendly as any amp I have ever owned, and I have been playing guitar since 1960. I can use it alone or in any combination with my other amps. My favorite combination is with my '59'Bassman. I set the Blues Jr to easily cut through the mix and then bring up the volume on the Bassman, with it's full thick bottom, to match. I run my Fender 57 Stratocaster or my Gibson goldtop Les Paul though my old TS808 into that setup and it's pure magic. I have to admitt, I did do the whole BillM Mods to the Blues Jr, and it helped the Jr. stand toe to toe with the 59 Bassman and I installed a set of Fender tilt-back legs(the hard to find 12 inch size). So, if you're looking for an amp that works will with others and can easily cut it on it's own, this is the amp for you.

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    5.0

    Little Giant

    By Q-Ball,MS

    from Gulfport,MS

    I've been using my Fender Hot Rod Blues Junior in small clubs for about 4 months.My strat,tele and les paul all sound great through it,never brittle and tinny.The volume and tone constantly get positive comments from fellow guitarist in the audience.Common sense should tell you,don't bring a knife to a gun fight.Thats when I breakout the Hot Rod Deville 212.The Blues Junior is just a great little amp.

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