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

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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

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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 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (31)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Warm / comfy (29)
  • Portable (28)
  • Good power output (26)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (23)
  • Performances (22)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (9), 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

Small Amp, Big Sound

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB Canada

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Might Require Distortion Pedal
  • No Effects Send/Loop
  • No Standby Switch

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

I have used a Fender Princeton Chorus (solid state amp) for going on 21 years now and was always wanting to get into a tube amp, but as we all know, tube amps aren't the most affordable things out there - plus tubes can be finicky and you have to careful during transport, they can blow at any moment etc. To test the waters, I rented a Fender Blues Jr. III from my local pro shop. The band I play in is a classic rock / blues band so right away I can tell a couple of things. 1: For 80% of the songs we play, the Blues Jr. provides the perfect level of blues overdrive. For that other 20%, I had to go with an actual distortion pedal (over an overdrive) simply due to the sounds I required. 2. We use Roland V-Drums in the band, so this amp is more than loud enough for a live gig. If you have a monster drummer and everyone is cranking it up, this amp might not cut it, but I'd be surprised if it didn't. 3. I only discovered how much I loved this amp by switching it back and forth from my FPC during rehearsals. Alone they sounded very similar to me (and the FCP has great distortion for my needs) but I realized the clarity of the tubes (harmonics maybe? I don't know I'm not a scientician) really cut through for me (I have single sided deafness and hearing my amp is like, really important!) I finally decided I couldn't live without it and everyone loved the sound of it. My wife is in the band and she loved it too, so buying another amp wasn't an issue. Everywhere I look, bar house equipment, other guitar players, recording studios - this amp is literally everywhere. If you really want to see what it can do, try it with your band, not just on its own in a music store somewhere. There are some drawbacks (see cons list). Every guitar I put through it shines: USA Fender Strat (HSS), Telecaster, SG etc. If you're playing small to medium clubs, this is your new amp. Sounds great, lightweight portable and doesn't take up much room.

 
5.0

I Love my Blues Junior

By Big Wave

from Tempe, Az.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Still learning to get what I want out of it very versatile takes pedals well, sounds fantastic it's a great little amp. Not at all sorry I got it Musians Friend really worked on the price with me to the point it was impossible not to get.
      Thanks MF !

       
      5.0

      The most bang for the buck.

      By jackinjax

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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:

        Big enough to provide the punch I need and small enough to grab and go.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        yes

        By mike

        from hot springs arkansas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          home use practice amp

           
          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.

             
            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!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Lots of tone and punch.

              By John

              from Louisiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                (2 of 2 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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