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

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The Blues Junior III guitar amp is a 15-watt, warm-toned, long time favorite; the perfect grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mi...Read More

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Excellent fat-tube tone with spring reverb in a compact size.

The Blues Junior III guitar amp is a 15-watt, warm-toned, long time favorite; the perfect grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL84 output tubes, warm 12AX7 preamp tube overdrive, real spring Reverb, simple control layout, footswitchable FAT boost, and external speaker capability.

The new Blues Junior III also includes these upgrades: Easier reading black control panel with front reading text, new badge; vintage Fender "dog bone" handle, vintage-sized jewel light, "Sparkle" mod, rattle-reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, super-sensitive Fender Special Design 12" "lightning bolt" speaker by Eminence, and heavy-duty set screw "chicken head" knobs.

FEATURES
  • All tube preamp and 15-watt power section
  • 3 band EQ
  • FAT boost switch
  • 12" Fender "Lightning Bolt" speaker by Eminence
  • Built-in spring reverb
  • Extension speaker jack

Take your fat tube tone and reverb with you. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • Amplifier Type: Tube
  • Output Power: 15 Watts
  • Speaker: 12 inch, 8 ohm 50 Watt Fender "Lightning Bolt" speaker by Eminence
  • Output Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
  • Rectifier: Solid State Rectifier
  • Inputs: One
  • Channels: One Channel
  • Controls: Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume
  • Effects: Spring Reverb
  • Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
  • Amp Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth
  • Height: 16" (40.6 cm)
  • Width: 18" (45.72 cm)
  • Depth: 9.18" (23.31 cm)
  • Weight: 31 lb. (14.06 kg)
  • Footswitch: Optional 1-Button Footswitch Available For Fat
  • Cover: Optional Amp Cover Available
  • Unique Features: Black control panel, New badge, Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, Fat Switch

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FenderHot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 59 reviews)

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    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Portable (17)
  • Warm / comfy (17)
  • Good power output (15)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blues Jr III Small Package-Big Sound

The "sparkle mod" on the newest Blues Jr's is just what the Dr ordered. The amp is loud, bright and full sounding. I engage the Fat Switch and leave it...Read complete review

The "sparkle mod" on the newest Blues Jr's is just what the Dr ordered. The amp is loud, bright and full sounding. I engage the Fat Switch and leave it on all the time to beef up the tone. JJ's are substituted for the power tubes and TungSol 12AX7's in all three preamp slots. Add an economical, easy to install Rubytubes reverb unit and this is the best amp I've ever had. Mine is a Limited Edition in western tolex.

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Love the tone....but....

First, kudos to the folks at MF for working with me! That have been helpful and courteous. Now to the problems. I have tried two of these amps. The first one exhibited...Read complete review

First, kudos to the folks at MF for working with me! That have been helpful and courteous. Now to the problems. I have tried two of these amps. The first one exhibited an intermittent "crackling noise" like a short in a connection or a tube issue. This amp was exchanged for another one that has a constant "buzz" that seems to be associated with the reverb (it disappears when I turn the reverb completely off) and increases/decreases in intensity but is particularly noticeable when playing some notes/chords. The noise is always present, but at times is almost overwhelms the guitar. I am returning this amp today, and and not going to try another one of this model.

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3.0

Average

By Cody

from Orlando, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Relatively Light Weight

Cons

  • No Fat Boost Foot Pedal
  • Sounds Boxy
  • Sounds Thin

Best Uses

  • Practice Amp

Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

The issues I have with this amp are not because I received one that had a high squeal that went through it. My problem is the tone of this amp. It has a fat boost switch, however there is no jack for a pedal switcher. This is needed very bad, as for clean you need one and dirty you need another on this amp. I tried many different kinds of overdrive as well. Just doesn't sound as good as it should for the price. I play in front of over a thousand people each week, and my sound guy has done foh for tons of artists. We know equipment. He can make this amp sound fine, but the average sound guy I see with most concert tours cannot. If they can't, you probably can't.

I have a hot rod deluxe as well, and that has a very full warm sound. This amp sounds noticeably thinner and boxy sounding. I sent this amp back and spent less than 100 more and got a VOX ac15 with celestion greenbacks. The VOX sounds amazing comparatively. You can get an ok sound from the blues jr, but I demand better than ok. I want the best tone I can get for my money. This, unfortunately is not it. My other electric player said he even hates this amp.

Save 100 more and get a vox ac15 or 200 more and get a hot rod deluxe. Either one sounds fine and warm at low volumes, in case the power scares you a little. Realistically you won't use more than half of the power ever on these amps. You should want a warm smooth tone, that has Quality. This amp sounds like a small amp. I was really hoping for much more tone from fender in this amp.

However, I also received one that passed Fender's quality control...and should not have. Do you want to risk it as well?

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5.0

Outstanding Tone - Great Price

By MusicBV

from Elizabethtown, KY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is an amazing amp. The tone is outstanding with a very deep warm sound. It is on the heavy side for its size, but well worth it. Great amp for the tube quality and low price.

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    5.0

    HOT ROD Blues Junior III

    By Mick

    from Prarie Divide, Co

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great warm, rich tube sound--The spring reverb sounds great with good depth (surf players will like it). The hotter it gets the better the sound.
    Suggested improvements--Standby switch, being a tube amp it also needs to warm up a bit--rubber or ABS feet not the cheep slippery metal--corner caps--couple plug-ins.
    Overall cost vs. sound it's a keeper.

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    4.0

    Blues Jr

    By Sp24

    from FL.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I own this amp and it's fun to play. Plenty of volume for its size and has some good sounds great with a mic through a P A. actually like the older version better with the chrome and without the grill protecting the tubes is a pain. For this kind of money buy a used one or a used hot rod deluxe. Much better sound. More versatile. I do like this amp for the small size for practice and very small venues but I think a hot rod deluxe is way better

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      5.0

      Hidden Jewell

      By Terminater

      from Mesa, Az.

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • And Standby Button
      • Needs Chord Recepticle
      • Needs Detached Chord

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Would be nice to have a detachable chord and a standby button. Other than that this is an excellent amp with that beautiful full tube sound.

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      5.0

      Best amp in the world. Period.

      By thegrassyknoll

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Price is great. Sound is great. I have yet to find a flaw in this gorgeous piece of machinery. What are you waiting for? BUY THIS THING.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great little amp!

        By JBnNC

        from North Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I love this amp. I had been using a Fender Blues Deluxe but needed something that sounded great at lower volumes. The Blues Deluxe doesn't find it's sweet spot until you get the volume up around 5, too loud for small venues and the type music that I play - I was drowning out everyone else to get the tone that I wanted. The Blues Jr. was the answer to my volume woes. Great warm tones at volumes that work for small clubs. I also have to say that MusiciansFriend was great to work with. I ordered this amp, got the tracking info and anxiously watched the amp start it's journey to my house. The UPS truck that carried my amp was apparently in an accident and UPS listed my package as "damaged/contacting shipper". I called MusiciansFriend (on Friday) and told them that I needed the amp for an upcoming gig (the next Friday). They immediately cancelled my previous ordered, re-entered a new order and I had the amp on Wednesday. That's what I call great customer service!

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Thx Fender (for finally getting a clue)

        By CowPunkTele

        from DFW, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Small Cabinet

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          First let me say that, I know the series III BJs(Blues Jrs.) aren't going to be everyone's cup o' tea. For many, the BJ NOS is a better fit. But for those whom prefer the "blackface" sound, the Jr. III is likely to be in their wheelhouse. I don't know if it's the sparkle mod or the new speaker, but this mama-jama buries the Series II (or whatever-whatever we're calling it now). I know I'm committing a mortal sin by saying this, but I might almost prefer the BJ III to the DRRI.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome little amp!!!

          By Fenderstringbender-jidSm

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This is a great little amp with tons of warm tone. Great for practice, recording, and small venue gigs. I would highly recomend this amp without hesitation!!!

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Blues Jr III Small Package-Big Sound

            By Rockabillybob

            from Missouri

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              The "sparkle mod" on the newest Blues Jr's is just what the Dr ordered. The amp is loud, bright and full sounding. I engage the Fat Switch and leave it on all the time to beef up the tone. JJ's are substituted for the power tubes and TungSol 12AX7's in all three preamp slots. Add an economical, easy to install Rubytubes reverb unit and this is the best amp I've ever had. Mine is a Limited Edition in western tolex.

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