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

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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

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", 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
    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 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (27)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Warm / comfy (25)
  • Portable (24)
  • Good power output (22)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (20)
  • Performances (20)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (8), Novice (3)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Great little tubee amp

By carl

from Texas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    Originally I bought a pro Jr. It sounded good but just seemed to lack something. The blues Jr. gave me the exact sound I was looking for.

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    5.0

    Perfect Size, Fender Tone, and smoother overdrive...

    By steve

    from New Mexico

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • no effects loop

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    Loved my Hot Rod Deluxe, but it was just too much amp. Plus, My HRD II had TERRIBLE overdrive. This preserves that great Fender tone, but Fender has done a good job of improving the overdrive in the new version of these amps. Great reverb, great tone, and plenty of volume. This amp gets LOUD!

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    5.0

    great amp, just change out the speaker

    By andreg508

    from Boston, ma.

    About Me Professional Musician

    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:

      Great amp for classic rock, country, blues, etc. Just replace the speaker. I had a Jenson Alnico p10r laying around here. So I made a conversion ring from a piece of 3/8 plywood. It's my new portable Super Reverb. Now I leave my 67 Super at home. Plenty loud enough for stage. if not, I stick a sm57 in front of it. perfect.

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      4.0

      I would buy this amp again

      By Mick

      from Prarie Divide, Colorado

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

      sound, tone was good but mids,trebles were somewhat overlapping and muddy---swapped out the GT EL84's with JJ EL84's and what a great difference for clean slow blues, blues, country, folk--very clear ringing mids, highs- longer sustain.
      For a lower cost tube amp you can't do better.
      Now for the not so good--plug ins for fat switch and external speaker are up inside the back (can't see them) absolutely stupid design or lack of it. Would also be nice if the power cord was removable. otherwise would give this amp 5 stars

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      4.0

      Lots of tone and punch.

      By John

      from Louisiana

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        Great looks and sound. Easy to dial in. Great for modern country tele/ blues rock.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cool little amp

        By Ayengar, Consumer of Worlds

        from St. Louis

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Practice
          • Professional Recording
          • Small venues

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

          I was in the market for a better bedroom amp to replace my Peavey Envoy. I tried many different 1x12 combos, including the Marshall DSL, Blackstars, Oranges, and even some other Fenders, like the new Bassbreaker and the Super Champ. This definitely had the best sound to my ears. It's a little overkill for a bedroom amp (good luck getting a lot of natural tube saturation at "apartment" volumes) but with the right pedal it'll let me play some heavier music at a more manageable level, and with SUCH better tone than the solid state Peavey it's replacing. In situations where I can really open it up, it's more than loud enough to jam with a full band, provided it's not competing with half-stacks. And, at higher volumes, you can really coax some mean tones out of it. Great for classic rock. The reverb on this thing sounds great too, perfect for surf. And, as expected of Fenders, its controls are very responsive to small adjustments, and the sound is very responsive to which guitar/pickup you use. On a lot of lower-priced solid state amps, all guitars sound like all guitars. On this thing, a Tele sounds like a Tele, a Strat sounds like a Strat, a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul, etc.

          It does have limitations; no FX loop, one channel, and you can't control the "fat" switch with a foot switch. But if you want a no-frills, small, tube-powered 1x12, you could do a LOT worse than this.

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          5.0

          Great amp right out of the box!

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          By Wild Bill

          from Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

          I didn't purchase this amp from musician's Friend but rather from a local music store that was having a clearance sale. The tolex on my amp, which had been used as a shop demo amp for over a year was peeling so combined with the clearance sale I walked out with this amp for song and dance, lol. I had noticed in the store that the tubes were of various different manufacture so forget about matching, but the amp really made my strat sing with the synonomous "Fender" voice. I immediately ordered an electronics hop-up package which also included a metal input jack and standby switch. Also up-graded the verb tank and replaced the Jensen lightning bolt with a Celestion Alnico Blue. The tone now is out beyond. $100% boutique. EVERYONE that hears this amp is very impressed with the tonal harmonics. Would compare (with up-grades) to amps costing 3 times the base price. This is a pretty darn good amp straight from the factory, but a fantastic amp if your willing to make some mods. Who likes stock equipment anyway?
          This is NOT a metal amp. Blues from soft and creamy to thick, gritty and raunchy.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unlimited Tone Machine

          By Rick

          from Topeka, KS

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great At Low Volumes
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Personal use

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

            I have just had the Blues Junior a few weeks and now am getting used the vast range of tones that I can get. Adjust the Volume and Master controls for unlimited tone. I have left the FAT button engaged. Having a lot of fun so far. I can play this in the bedroom at low volume and get no complaints. I cranked it up when no one was home and it gets real loud. Just a slight buzz when you turn it on, not a big deal.

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            5.0

            Yes

            By Flint997

            from Warrington, PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              This amp rocks! I kind of found a sweet spot: Turn the Volume, Bass, Middle, and Treble to 7 and then set the Master and Reverb to your taste. It really sounds sweet! I use an American Deluxe Strat and it is like hand in glove. This amp can get real loud. The fat switch is a nice mid boost option. My only complaint is the dog bone handle broke within a month of usage. Many people have been complaining about the handle because it's basically a fat piece of rubber. So when you carry the amp, be sure to put one hand underneath the amp just in case.

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              5.0

              Hot little amp

              By osvid

              from camdenton, mo

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                Do yourself a favor, get one of these bad boys and slap a Cannabis Red by eminence speakers, sounds loud and awesome!

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