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

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The Blues Jr. NOS takes Fender's 15W gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with tweed covering and a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker. Its powe...Read More

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The Blues Jr. pushed through a 12" Jensen speaker.

The Blues Jr. NOS takes Fender's 15W gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with tweed covering and a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker. Its power is generated by an all-tube signal path using a pair of EL84 Groove Tube output tubes and 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes. Add renowned Fender reverb, flexible controls, and footswitchable (with optional footswitch - product #420703) FAT circuit for golden tones, and you're in business. And just look at that chrome panel, that tweed finish with pinstripe grille cloth, and those vintage pointer knobs!

FEATURES
  • Series: Hot Rod Series
  • Type: All Tube
  • Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
  • Ohms: 8 ohms
  • Speakers: 1-12" Jensen C12-N 8ohm, 50 watt Speaker, p/n 0868508004
  • Channels: 1 Channel
  • Features: "Fat" Switch, Reverb, Footswitch Jack for Remote "Fat" on/off, Chrome Panel, Vintage Pointer Knobs, Controls, Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume, Covering, Lacquer Tweed finish with Pinstripe Grille Cloth

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SPECIFICATIONS

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

  • Weight: 31 lbs. (14.06 kg)
  • 18"W x 16"H 9.18"D (45.72 cm W x 40.64 cm H x 23.31 cm D)
  • Tube Complement: 3 X 12AX7, 2 X EL84
  • Solid State Rectifier
  • Footswitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch (420703) - 0994054000
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FenderHot Rod Series Blues Junior NOS 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 143 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (36)
  • Excellent sound (34)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Warm / comfy (30)
  • Good power output (29)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Professional recording (17)
  • Amateur recording (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Perfect Sound

I had the Blues Deluxe for a year or so, but it was SO HEAVY. And I really never turned the volume up past "1." I would barely nudge the...Read complete review

I had the Blues Deluxe for a year or so, but it was SO HEAVY. And I really never turned the volume up past "1." I would barely nudge the nob and it would get really loud. Then I would nudge it back and it would be silent.

So I traded in the "Deluxe" for the smaller "Junior" combo amp.

AND I LOVE IT! The volume is much more flexible for a jam session or for a small venue gig. It has the same, warm, glowing sound as the larger amp, it's just easer to carry and easier to adjust the sound for small room playing.

The ONLY thing I miss is how the "Deluxe" had a dedicated second channel for the tube distortion. The "Junior" does have a footswitch, but it just gives you more power/volume.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Could be better compared to --

I'm 59, started at 7. It seems I've had a new amp every year. I know Fenders. I've been away from home. I got into Marshall combos thinking I was going smaller,...Read complete review

I'm 59, started at 7. It seems I've had a new amp every year. I know Fenders. I've been away from home. I got into Marshall combos thinking I was going smaller, but they still weigh a ton. My solution was to go back to the smallest amps that sound big. There's been lots of changes since I've been into Fender amps. The Hot Rod series has the right price for most people and just enough options to cover any application. I got the Jr to use while something else was on order. Once I heard the reverb I realized I'd been without a Fender for too long. My last was a super, nice of course, but it went toward a Marshall. Now that I know better I want that sound back again but without the weight. This series is the answer. I'm stuck on playing in stereo and two of any except the pro jr would work fine. Mine does have a problem though, I don't get the sustain I'd like --perhaps a remnant of using Marshall. Perhaps it's just tubes, which leads me to another idea. Why not 6V6 tubes. Look at the classic tone machines, all early Fender, many models, one primary power tube: the beautiful 6V6. I don't have much else. For the money the series is a great deal. They could sound better, but so could everything else. The simplicity is what this is about. Pick it up, back seat to the gig and done. No crew of five guys, no tech dialing in tone. In short, it's idiot proof. I'm using one. Seriously, not a Rockefeller, here's your amp. Sure it could be better, but she's a tube Fender with reverb -- that's all you really need to know.

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5.0

Best valule in small tube amp PERIOD

By Dave

from PA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I am an amateur guitarist of 35 years. Not famous, or a performer, but know a good sound when I hear it. This amp doesn't need more praise, but let me pile on anyway. Got the tweed model with the jensen speaker, and it does everything you ask of it, beautifully, in a small, portable package. Looks great too, by the way, if that's important to you. Has just as much tonal quality as my Fender Twin, but SOOOO much easier to carry, and my wife even lets me keep it in our living room, as it actually looks like a nice vintage addition to the decor. (huge bonus) Its no-frills, but you can add all the pedal effects you want. This just delivers the cleanest tone you could ask for, and will drive nicely when pushed. the reverb is good, not excellent, but again, you can add pedals if its not to your liking. I plug an American Tele straight into the blues jr, and love the tone that comes out of that simple combo. If you want an awesome tube sound, but the trouble of a 50-80 pound monster, get this amp. You won't be disappointed!

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      5.0

      Little Amp, Lots of Beautiful Sound

      By Equipmentkid

      from Elkins,WV

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      I bought this amp to go with my new 70's reissue Strat. I can safely say this is one of the best pieces of equipment that I have ever purchased. Fender is the way, you cant go wrong. From playing in a garage band or a bar, you wont need to turn this bad boy up passed 4 on the volume scale. It is Loud and sounds Amazing. The Phat tone switch on the amp even gives more of those fat tones that all of us Fender enthusiasts love. Buy it!

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      5.0

      Great amp

      By Bossfan32

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Great sounding amp and for 15 watts it is powerful. I use for jamming and practice but it could easily be used for a small or even a medium sized gig. Controls are basic and it's easy to dial in great tones. It also loves my full drive 2 pedal.

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        5.0

        Well worth the $$$

        By Danjameer

        from West palm beach

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great practice amp
          • Performances

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

          Great sounding fender tube sound easy to use and loud enough to play small venues. Plays nicely with pedals. So far very pleased with my purchase.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Jimi

          from Cooper City, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

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

            Been playing for 52 years .. done a lot of studio work .. I used this amp on a tune last night in the studio with a 82/52 reissue Tele .. got a similar tone to "Wind Cries Mary" .. Master on 12 . Volume on 3 , bass on 9 , treble and mid on 7 .. amp is super responsive to touch ..for 15 watts this little thing is LOUD .. great buy

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little tube amp

            By Doc 1059

            from Corvallis, OR

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              Great as a practice amp with enough power to use in a small venue. Love that warm tube sound!

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              5.0

              Simply amazing !!!

              By JT

              from San Juan

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                This box is as pretty outside as it sounds from the inside. Impossible to make a better sounding / looking Amp for the amount of money we payed for it. Since the very second we opened the carton box and plugged it in, it has been in use many hours a day, in many different places. Friends at the Conservatory of Music tried it and don`t want to let it go, everybody loves it ! A great investment !

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                One of the best practice amps out there

                By Ross123

                from Tucson AZ

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                • Reverb Unit Fragile

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Practicejam Amp
                • Home Studio

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

                If you could only have one amp for home use, this is it. I have the Blues Jr and a Deluxe Reverb Reissue with the warmer Jensen speaker on a A/B switch in my "office/studio". In this smallish room the Blues Jr holds it's own against the DRR, no matter how I dial them in, they are both great sounding amps. The sweet bell like tube tone makes it very enjoyable to play and practice. The NOS tweed is a nice look too. This is also a great amp to haul around to Jam Sessions. When transporting, don't lay it down on it's side or back. The spring reverb wiring is very fine and breaks easily, especially if you lay the amp down on its back and hit a bump. When it breaks you can solder up some new wires or easily replace the entire reverb unit in 5 minutes. Spring reverb units are cheap and easy to replace (4 screws and two RCA plugs). If you have a Blues Jr you have been hauling around check your reverb it's probably broken. Don't lay it down when transporting.

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                4.0

                number one amp

                By raul duke

                from sacramento ca

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

                      been dragging the NOS blues JR. around for a few years now. i play in a little blues band. we are older and a bit feeble so we usually sit in chairs at gigs. i run the Blues Jr on an amp stand behind me. during the course of a show i can turn the knobs on the amp a bit and get clean or dirty. scooped or more mids, or jack up the reverb when needed. i run some delay, a clean boost and a dirt box in front of it. the tweed is starting to look a bit shabby, the tube sockets were replaced under warranty. the leather handle is starting to scare me a bit, it's pretty worn. i put 12at7 or ay 7's in the front end to tone down the volume a bit. (don't want to offend the dinner crowd) i have been through soooo many amps. i almost always grab the Blues jr first. the controls and the way they interact make this the easiest amp to make, do your will. that i have used. there are a lot of good sounds in there. would i trade this for a $1500 boo tiki deluxe? you betcha, but for the chicken feed we earn it might not make much sense.

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                      5.0

                      What I was looking for

                      By Flash

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Performances

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

                        The tone I was looking for. I play a Hagstrom Tremar Viking Deluxe and recently added a G&L semi hollow Bluesboy classic. This amp is spot on with my pedal board (Line 6 DL4, Red Witch Medusa Chorustrem, Boss RV-3, Fulltone OCD, EP- booster and a Ditto X2 looper). Play surf, 50's/60's pop/rock, country and blues/jazz. I simply love this amp. The upgraded Jensen C12 is great. The Tweed has a classic look and the tone is what I was seeking. Really happy with my decision. I had spent a couple years deciding on this. Was pretty sure Fender was where I was headed due to the cleaner tones (after eliminating Vox and some boutique amps). Had a hard look at the Deluxe Reverb, but in the end, this Blues Jr Limited Edition Tweed was just what the doctor ordered.

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