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

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Overview
  • All tube preamp and 15-watt power section
  • 3 band EQ
  • FAT boost switch
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    $729.99
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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.

 

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

  • 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 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Portable (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Good power output (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (11)
    • Performances (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (13), Professional musician (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.

    VS

    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

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 6 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!

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 4 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.

        Comment on this review

        (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!!!

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blues Jr III Small Package-Big Sound

          By Rockabillybob

          from Iowa

          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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great little Amp, Big sounds for the $$

            By Artgtr

            from Upstate NY

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Does Whats Needed
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None So Far

            Best Uses

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

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

            Hey I bought this from MF, great price. Very easy to use, sounds great, now I'll have to get rid of my other small amp, it doesn't compare to the FBJ. Seriously I have a friend and he has one, I saw him using it at one of his gigs, sounded awesome. I went right to MF and ordered one had it in a couple of days, Fantastic. You really can't beat the sound for the money, I have a few boutique amps very expensive, I wouldn't say it blows them away. I'd rather take the FBJ out to gigs than anyone of my Finicky $$ boutiques. You can also mod this thing like crazy. Done some already, just keeps gettin' better Will do a lot more mods also.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Blues Jr. III Great Amp

            By THE MIX

            from South Carolina!!!

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              So here's the deal. I have the 3rd version of this amp. There are some upgrades which are cosmetic and some which are from my understanding "under the hood". I bought this amp after selling my beloved MESA LONESTAR SPECIAL which I've used for the last several years. I'm 32 and while not old or out of shape I really just was tired of the weight of the MESA in it's road case.

              So... I settled on another EL84 based amp in the the Blues Jr. III
              First Impressions are that this is an easy to use amp and easy to carry. 15watts is plenty for me and most places I play I'm usually always mic'd up so volume isn't an issue.

              Tone: With a Telecaster and a Stratocaster I find I need to turn the bass to about 2-3 on the bass and not much higher than that or it sounds about flubby. Also this amp being version 3 is a bit brighter than past renditions and I find that I have to dial the treble back a bit too or they can become unbearable. As long as their backed off I really don't have any problem. The mids are very nice and I have them dialed up around 6 so it'll cut more.
              With humbuckers the treble is nice around 5-6 and I still keep the bass at 3.
              Reverb is nice, but I use my Reverb pedal always regardless of the amp. But the Reverb on this is nice. Verison III seems about bit more "Fender" sounding than past versions in my personal opinion. Not that past versions are bad or anything like that.
              The fat switch I don't really use, but it's nice for some added warmth for your single coils in case you need it. I feel a little robbed since they don't sell the fat switch foot switch with the amp. Nickel and Dime I guess.

              Plenty of Head room for me going for classic rock and blues tones. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

              Comment on this review

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Little Amp

              By Schutz

              from Tulsa, OK

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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:

                A Wonderful little amp. I've had Roland, Ampeg, Marshall, and Line 6. None of them have the Usefulness of this Powerful little guy. I expect to be discovering new uses for it as time goes by but it picks up the nuances of my Nashville Power Telly Perfectly. Rings like a bell, and captures the round, bass, power sound of my Telly. The reverb is awesome.

                One thing, though: it doesn't look like the pictures of it in the MF website. The picture makes it look rectangular. It's not. The face of it is almost square, 18" across and 16" down. It's pretty small and not too heavy.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

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

                By G-man

                from Huntsville, Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Warmth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great amp

                  By JJ

                  from Lethbridge,Ab.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Great Service From Mf
                  • Powerful
                  • Very Impressed

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  Wanted an extra amp for visiting in Florida. Les Paul Studio sounds sweet through this one.

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