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Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Excellent all-tube tone in a compact size.

The Pro Junior III is a simple, uncluttered 15-Watt tone machine, a great grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL-84 output tubes, a dual 12AX7 tube preamp, and a 10-inch Fender Special Design speaker with vintage cone. These ingredients add up to incredibly touch-sensitive dynamic response that experienced players prefer.

Other features include a unique clean-to-drive volume control, and external speaker capability. The new Pro 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; Lower-noise shielding; Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL-84 tubes; Heavy duty set screw "chicken head" knobs.

FEATURES
  • All tube preamp and 15-watt power section
  • Volume and tone controls
  • 1 - 10" special design Eminence speaker

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SPECIFICATIONS

Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Amplifier Type: Tube
  • Output Power: 15 Watts
  • Speaker: 1 - 10" Special Design Eminence 8 ohm, 30 watt Speaker
  • Output Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Preamp Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
  • Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
  • Rectifier: Solid State Rectifier
  • Inputs: One
  • Channels: One Channel
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
  • Amp Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth
  • Height: 14.5" (36.83 cm)
  • Width: 15.25" (38.73 cm)
  • Depth: 8.75" (22.22 cm)
  • Weight: 20 lbs (9.07 kg)
  • Cover: Optional Amp Cover Available
  • Unique Features: Black Panel, Vintage Pointer Knobs

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FenderHot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Truly Professional Sounding Amp

    I continue to be impressed with this amp. Another gig last night playing Everything from Beatles to Bad Company to Stones to Skynyrd with a Fat Strat and it kicks butt. Those mids that...Read complete review

    I continue to be impressed with this amp. Another gig last night playing Everything from Beatles to Bad Company to Stones to Skynyrd with a Fat Strat and it kicks butt. Those mids that sound overpowering at home are perfect for a live band situation. Add a compressor, and a Blues Driver and a little delay for some songs and you are there. You dont need reverb!
    This amp gives you a fat sound that is still bright enough and has plenty of low end. Leave it on the floor and dont tilt it, its fine as is.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Amp has excess buzz and hum

    I tested a new one at a local shop. It sounded fine. I purchased it from the shop. Brought it home, plugged it in and a loud 60Hz buzz came through the...Read complete review

    I tested a new one at a local shop. It sounded fine. I purchased it from the shop. Brought it home, plugged it in and a loud 60Hz buzz came through the speaker. Apparently, the flat three mile ride in the back seat of my car from the shop to my home was too much for the amp to handle. The amp is now sitting in the shop waiting its turn to be repaired. Looking at other reviews, it appears that the failure rate of these Pro Junior's as they come out of the factory is about 20%. If I'd known that Fender was having quality control problems with these Mexico models I'd never would've considered it. I like to spend time playing my gear, not fixing it or paying someone else to fix it. I would advise local dealers to stay away from this model unless they think disappointing customers is a good business strategy. At this point I have buyer remorse.

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    2.0

    Cheap components

    By BooBoo

    from Kalamazaoo, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this used. It sounds good and works with pedals well. Simple little tube amp. Nice....but the plastic input jack threads stripped out and since its soldiered directly to the circuit board, plugging and unplugging the cord could cause major damage. The design of the circuit board makes it nearly impossible to install a new input. So the cost of having it done by a certified electrician costs more than the amp is worth. Come on Fender. An input jack is kinda important. Do you really need to use brittle plastic? I believe the term is called "built-in obsolescence."

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      5.0

      Junior III

      By J

      from Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I purchased one of the "new" pro jr III models used...I REALLY like it...love the natural midrange warmth. No hum issues with mine except at bars with wiring that is...well...let's say: not quite up to code...ANY amp hums at those places!

        Bottom line: if you don't want yours, I'll take it.

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        5.0

        Incredible tone in a compact amplifier

        By Nicholas "Steamer" Bouffard

        from Edgewater, Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          great amp, high volume, full sounding, clear and crisp.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good But Not Great

          By Les Ismour

          from Atlanta GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Rehearsals
          • Small gigs

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Good for the price, but ultimately a disappointment for me.

          The Good:
          *Nice Fender Clean Sound
          *Nice Clean with Hair with the amp turned up *halfway - good classic 60's rock sound.
          *good value for the money. This is why I give it a 4 instead of a 3.

          The Not So Good:
          *Becomes useless to me when really cranked - Distortion lacks character and becomes "fizzy".
          *Harsh sounding high end (I'm a tweed kind of guy)I have tried several speakers and other tubes. This helps but doesn't solve these deficiencies.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Amp has excess buzz and hum

          By sledge

          from midwest

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                I tested a new one at a local shop. It sounded fine. I purchased it from the shop. Brought it home, plugged it in and a loud 60Hz buzz came through the speaker. Apparently, the flat three mile ride in the back seat of my car from the shop to my home was too much for the amp to handle. The amp is now sitting in the shop waiting its turn to be repaired. Looking at other reviews, it appears that the failure rate of these Pro Junior's as they come out of the factory is about 20%. If I'd known that Fender was having quality control problems with these Mexico models I'd never would've considered it. I like to spend time playing my gear, not fixing it or paying someone else to fix it. I would advise local dealers to stay away from this model unless they think disappointing customers is a good business strategy. At this point I have buyer remorse.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Truly Professional Sounding Amp

                By mack

                from Tullahoma, TN

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I continue to be impressed with this amp. Another gig last night playing Everything from Beatles to Bad Company to Stones to Skynyrd with a Fat Strat and it kicks butt. Those mids that sound overpowering at home are perfect for a live band situation. Add a compressor, and a Blues Driver and a little delay for some songs and you are there. You dont need reverb!
                  This amp gives you a fat sound that is still bright enough and has plenty of low end. Leave it on the floor and dont tilt it, its fine as is.

                  Comment on this review

                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Rocking little amp

                  By RockerDuck

                  from Marietta, Ga.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I've used more amps than most will in a life time. I've got 45 yrs of playing under my belt and felt I needed to write this review. I wanted a small amp to practice with, but I ended up playing a gig the next day with this little tone machine. I'm a lead player and the sound might not be for clean players. I can mic this amp thru the PA and sound like a Marshall plexi. Slide guitar sounds great and harps sound great.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Tone to the bone from this little box

                  By longbow

                  from New York

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      Bought this little amp used at the HOG. Modified in some way but they didn't know what was done to it. It is pretty darn quiet I'll say that right off. Not alot of static or back ground noise. Been looking for a small tube tone since I got rid of my VOX AC151C.

                      So picked this up for cheap. This I do belive is an earlier version and USA made. Without a doubt the finest sounding, easiest to use tone machine I've ever had. And that is saying something since I own an old BC60 and an older Pathfinder s.s. amps both. Both of the aforementioned amps are absolutley stellar performers too.

                      But the tube tone of this little Jr is something to experience. I can not believe how loud and room filling the sound is. Had it in our living room which is pretty large and it just blooms in there. Moved it to my family room/music room which is about half the size but it still sounds full, rich, and just plain GOOD. Playing it with a strat and an AXL LP jr(modified the electrics in it) copy and rolling off the tone and turning the vol of the guitar up and having the tone and vol of the amp on about 4 it just has that wonderful thick tone break up that it seems you can only get from tubes.(BC60 comes very very close, really close) The Jr,s tone is kind of like Tom Waits on steroids if you can beleive that analogy.

                      Just ordered a BOSS FDR for it. That is all it needs is a decent reverb for it. Don't know if you could somehow connect a tank to it but probably you could with a lot of effort so the FDR is the way to go. I can not believe the 10" spearker drivers sounds like it does. Can't give this amp enough kudo's. thanks

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                      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      fender pro junior III... wow..!

                      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      i love this amp... only thing i dont like is that there are about 9 screws you have to remove to get to the back off to get to the tubes........on the plus side, the fuse is very easy to get to , once the back is open....beware, it might need a fan placed in back of the amp to cool power tubes, if you leave it on for long periods....'(like more than an hour)
                      its got the GREAT FENDER SOUND..forget the blues junior....this is the ticket.....great fender punch..great tone......lots of volume..and so easy to carry...!.....contrary to the other posts, the amp is NOT NOISY..it sounds great and is gig ready right out of the box..i used mine that way...put a boss fender reverb pedal and a good overdrive into it and you are good to go..!..this amp sounds like a 4/10 bassman in a can..!
                      well made...!..solid..
                      the parts are good....the stock sovtek el84's are good tubes for this amp.......you want bright sounding el-84's for this amp, and they are......EH el-84 tubes make this amp very dark sounding..if you have the budget there are several other brand el84's to choose from that could improve it even more........the stock power tubes are real good for this amp.......the preamp tubes, i changed ...
                      V1 (the first tube on right as looking from the back) to a NOS Sylvania 12AT7(which has 60 percent of the gain of the 12ax7).....and V2 to a
                      Tung-sol reissue 12ax7 ....great great improvement in tone and lowered floor noise even more...
                      i also had a spare eminence Rajun Cajun 10 inch 8 ohm speaker...i replaced the stock speaker with it....man, with the new preamp tubes and the new speaker this amp is up to boutique amp level....for a small cost....it rocks....!!!....the
                      RC speaker kicks out way more volume and lots more bass and has a pleasing tamed hi end...its sounds vintage but with way more gusto.......the new preamp tubes i used are not expensive..this amp now kills a tweed deluxe ....kills it..!....you can keep em,.,!.....this is fender's best amp in a LONG TIME..its small...light,,inexpensive...and man it sounds so good..!...so loud too...!.....2 of them together would be an incredible rig..!..i dont see any need to buy any of those hyped up mods for this amp....sorry Bill or whoever you are.....

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Pro Junior III

                      By KB BROWN JR

                      from Mississippi

                      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                      I got this little tube amp for Christmas. It buzzed,popped, and sizzelled from the moment it warmed up...even without an instrument cable plugged in...and at all volume and tone settings. It only got worse when I played a guitar thru it. Sent it back to MF and they sent me another...same story. I have a Hot Rod Deluxe III and it is a great amp in every way. I thought the Pro Junior would be a smaller,lighter version. Boy was I wrong. I have a bunch of other Fender products and they all work and sound great. I sent the second one back and am waiting for my G-dec 30 to come in now. Still a Fender fan though. Thanks so much to Musician's Friend for standing behind their warranty.
                      Simple two knob operation.
                      A lot of un-wanted noise.
                      If you could cut thru all the unwanted noise it would have a great tone. Really loud for its size,even though it is a tube amp. The simplicity of operation is good too.

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