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

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The Fender Blues Junior Amplifier has established itself as a warm-toned favorite with all generations of guitarists. Like the Blues Deluxe and Blues...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • 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

(based on 41 reviews)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Good amp, but not for me

By Nick-qR0kG

from VA

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice But Limited

By Mark Skipton

from Chicago IL

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Tone Monster - Amazing!

By Jimmy Haggard

from Orange County, CA

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I bought a Fender Blues Jr, black that was returned and discounted to $300 at the Guitar Center in Raleigh NC. It is simple perfection: bass, mid, treble, level, master, reverb, a fat switch (which I leave on), and an off-on switch. The first thing I did was replace the Groove Tubes with matched of Sovtek EL84?s for the power tubes and a matched Tung-Sol 12ax7 for pre-amp tubes. I also replaced the stock speaker with a Celestion Century speaker. I usually have the master and level between 5 - 7, and natural overdrive is tremendous and very reactive as I turn my guitar volume up. It is very receptive to pedals: booster (BBE Boosta Grande), overdrive (BBE Green Screamer), analog delay (a pair of MXR Carbon Copies) and wah (modified CryBaby). All in all, the Fender Blues Jr is an excellent amp; a tone monster. It is so good, I rarely use my Blues Deluxe Reissue.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leo would be proud

By YadaYadaYada

from in the K Y

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Baby Bassman

By Doc Don

from Central Illinois

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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.

 
4.0

Better than a Super Champ ED

By No Tube No Groove

from Edmonton Canada

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I returned a champ XD, to my dealer, garbage amp,my 30 watt Roland Cube sounded better.Bought the blues junior, and played the NOS model, wow, plug in a ES 175 Gibson with that C12N Jensen Speaker, and it cooks better than my 40watt Fender Delux Hot Rod, err made in USA model. Fender should stop outsourcing to China, Mexico,make em in Canada EH

 
5.0

Blues Junior!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ladies and Gentlemen, this review is about the great blues junior. I'm a 14 year old guitarist who's been playing for 7 years and I spend most of my time researching gear and learning everything I can about music. This amp is my first all tube amp and before I was playing on half decent solid states. I've played alot of gigs in small clubs and in outdoor venues and I've used many amps, vox AC30's, Marshalls, Fenders, Engls, and the odd peavey every once and a while. I mainly play blues and some classic rock and this amp is really great for what I was looking for. My main influences are clapton and stevie ray and if I need to have a heavy texas tone or a suttle cleaned up tone this can pull it off. I play this through a ibanez TS9, and a ibanez TS808 and I use my strat with texas specials also an epiphione les paul with seymour duncan alnico II's. Great warm tone,great dirty tube overdrive and a nice reverb to add on to it. I would definitely reccomend this to anyone looking for a relatively cheap tube amp with huge tone, OH AND ITS LOUD! So next time you are in your local music dealer, pick up a guitar plug into a blues junior and let the magic begin!

 
5.0

GREAT Amp

By Madman8199

from Norfolk, VA

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I bought this amp a decade ago and I swear it must sound better every day. With nothing more than an overdrive pedal plugged into the front end, the amp will go from blues to hard rock with a stomp of your foot. It has accompanied me through my journey through learning soul music and my experiments with heavy metal and has never let me down. Currently, I set the master (or power amp) volume all the way up and use the (preamp) volume knob to control the overall output volume. The last time I played with a band, I didn't get the preamp knob above 4 before being told I was too loud. Granted, it was a small space, but for 15W it can't be beat. This is the real deal, folks--a classic tube amp for not much more money than I paid ten years ago. And I earned that working at a grocery store back then.

 
5.0

GREAT TUBE AMP

By LONZO

from Lewisville, TX

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This amp is simply amazing. I've owned it for about 5 years and the only problem I've had is the power light fell out of it. I play either a Gibson Les Paul or a 52 reissue Tele through it. For great clean tube sound you can't beat it unless you spend a lot more money. I was playing a large family reunion and had it on a chair setting next to my old Fender Super Reverb and during a break my brother who was playing through a Hot Rod Deluxe made a statement about how much sound that the big old Super put out and I informed him I was playing through the Blues Junior. He was shocked! Great amp worth every penny! I wish it had an extra input, though.

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