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

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  • Series: Hot Rod Series
  • Type: All Tube
  • Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
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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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Hot Rod Series Blues Junior NOS 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 136 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (29)
  • Excellent sound (27)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Warm / comfy (24)
  • Good power output (23)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Amateur recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (7)

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.

VS

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

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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great little tone machine

          By Tunesmith57

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Americana
          • Blues
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          This amp has 'that Fender tone' in spades. Clean with a touch of sparkle to righteous crunch with a little 'hair' around it to smooth classic overdrive depending on your settings. It starts to break up at a club-friendly volume. If you need clean and really loud or total metal grind there are better choices but this amp is so responsive with my Strats & Teles that it's downright inspirational. It takes EFX pedals up front in stride too. The NOS model seems warmer than the standard Blues Junior III. This is more than just a grab and go amp, it's got real character.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This great little combo really delivers

          By NateDogg

          from NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • band practice
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Small gigs

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

          I have owned and played everything ranging from the most basic solid-state practice amp all the way up to the nicest boutique tube heads and combos, and let me tell you: The Blues Junior NOS is an absolutely wonderful amp for the money. Simple, user-friendly, and good-looking to boot, I can't think of a better tube combo in its price range. It has that classic, warm Fender clean sound at lower volume levels. Turn the volume up some, and that transitions seamlessly into a great natural overdrive perfect for blues and rock. One of the nicest things about this amp for practical purposes is that it allows great tube tone at lower volume levels that won't damage your hearing or get the police called on you. All of this is in a lightweight, portable package with a very attractive Tweed finish that gives the amp a classic look at home on any stage. Wonderful by itself for practice, smaller gigs, and recording. You can of course always mic it for bigger gigs and venues as well. The reverb is good (Not vintage Fender quality, but still quite usable), and the Fat switch allows for some switchable tone variations, but having only one channel to play through is the only possible shortcoming I can even think of with this amp. It isn't meant to be an all-in-one amp, but the simplicity of it is what makes it so great. Just plug and play, and the Blues Junior NOS will sound good at almost any setting you have it on. Fender really hit the nail on the head with the Blues Junior NOS, and anyone who picks up one of these won't be disappointed.

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          5.0

          Very nice surprise.

          By Jon Vito Sal

          from Tucson, AZ

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            Cons

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

                Great customer service at musicians friends I had a return and instead of a refund I took this amp. It is great and quiet as well. I play jazz blues rock and have gibson products. No bad sounds at all just keep turning the dials and you'll surprise yourself.

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                5.0

                great amp

                By psycho

                from stoke on trent england

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Great Amp Vintage Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Rockabilly Heaven

                Cons

                • Us Transformer To Uk

                Best Uses

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

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

                this amp will not dissapoint great vintage valve sound that takes you to another level.superb look and portable .

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                4.0

                great sounding tube amp

                By chango

                from dunn,nc

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                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 tube amp,my fender srat sounds amazing through this amp. jensen speaker sounds good. fat switch is really only good for a boost switch, but sounds good when you crank the gain. takes pedals well.

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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Could be better compared to --

                By LesPaul(2)

                from North of Chicago

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Price
                • Pricereverb Weight
                • Reverb
                • Weight

                Cons

                • Drive

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom
                • Bedroompractice
                • For Stereo
                • Practice
                • STEREO

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

                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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it

                By mpaap

                from St. Joseph, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I got a Princeton from MF about 6 months ago. Sounded great at high volume, not so good at low volume. MF was nice enough to take it back. The Blues Jr. sounds better to me at low volume because you can get that Chicago blues muffled breakup at low bedroom volumes. This Amp. is really what I needed.
                    Thanks MF.

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