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

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Overview

  • 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 130 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (25)
  • Excellent sound (23)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Warm / comfy (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (4)

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

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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(4 of 5 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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(1 of 1 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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Buzz Master

      By Mitzy

      from Boulder CO

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I like everything about this amp except that it buzzes like crazy. Did it right out of the box. I tried burning it in by playing a looper through it but the same problem. I just sent it back, and based on other similar reviews will not order another. Too bad. Fender should look into their quality control procedure.

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      4.0

      Pure Fender lush sound

      By Matan

      from New York, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Tweed Tolex Seems Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Home Playing

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

      This Amp sounds great. You can get a Blackface type of tone out of it by turning bass up an middle down (which is great since usually this type of sound tends to cost a whole lot more). the Jenson speaker sounds sweet and it adds clarity. The clean sound is very fendry and with a tube screamer it sounds even better.
      It's no metal amp, but it's takes pedals well, if you crank it up it saturates nicely.

      I enjoy it a lot.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Needed a near Fender and Marshall tone

      By Pete

      from Belen, NM

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      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        If you need a amp for small venues and want the Fender and the mean old EL84 sound that Marshall kicks out here it is. Truly powerful little amp.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best sounding little amp I have heard!

        By The Music Man

        from New Orleans

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Looks
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Have Not Found Any

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Recording Studio
        • Small- Medium Clubs

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

        I have owned lots of amps looking for the perfect tone, I wished I had tried this one sooner! Could have saved myself lots of time and money, its just the sound I have been searching for, may not be for everyone, but for me it is

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fender sound

        By Lefty Carmine

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Excellent tube amp even with the solid-state rectifier. Sound is very clean and clear, and gain control adds just enough crunch for blues especially when using the Fat switch. Plenty of volume, solidly built and portable. Reverb is pretty good but I expected better for a spring unit. Nit picking aside, this is one of the best smaller mid-priced amps out there.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Sound

          By LoB - 2nd guitar

          from Northern Wisconsin

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            The amp is wonderful. I love the sound. Easy to use controls. I run it through a Boss GT 6 and its as good or better than my Fender Deluxe. I will try to use it at events in the future as we mic our guitar amps.

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