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Fender Hot Rod Series Pro Junior III 15W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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

Take your tube tone with you. Order today

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
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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.

VS

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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5.0

Hot Rod Pro Junior Special edition w/black and white tweed

By Stratopunk

from Laurel, MD

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cuts through the mix
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Light Weight
  • Screams

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I saw somewhere that Jeff Beck is/has toured using Pro Jrs, and was intrigued immediately as I am a big fan of his. I was anticipating a small light weight 'practice' amp with a bit more volume than my Fender Champ. I got a new inspiration. My JR has pushed aside my 'Bill Somebody' modded Hot Rod Deluxe w/ Celestion Vintage 30 I usual gig with. JR is a serious and loud and simple tone machine in the smallest possible least complicated package. It is all about tone. Now the caveat- the Jensen P10R speaker it came with was not my cup of tea. I replaced it with a Fender Vintage Ceramic. Huge difference! I experimented some with different EL84s but actually think IMHO, the Sovtecs are very well suited for this amp. I replaced the pre-amp tubes with JJs and in the process, lowered the hiss noticeably. These few easy (relatively cheap) changes had a dramatic affect on the sound and delivered 'my tone'. I look forward to experimenting with some new speaker/tube combinations. I plan on getting another one and setting it up the same, for backup and/or running stereo. In summary, this amp is too light, simple, loud and soulful to not use all the time. I gave this 5 stars because it sounds like a boutique amp at half the price. That being said, I have been using it regularly for about a year with no issues to date.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    outstanding AMP - small but quality is evident.

    By Duke

    from San Diego

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      Home office, practicing and playing my American Standard Stratocaster.

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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Cheap components

      By William

      from undisclosed

      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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Junior III

        By Jimmy P

        from Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        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.

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            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good But Not Great

            By Les Ismour

            from Woodstock 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.

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            (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Amp has excess buzz and hum

            By electricblues

            from st paul MN

            About Me Experienced

            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.

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            (7 of 8 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.

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              (9 of 10 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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tone to the bone from this little box

              By longbow

              from New York State

              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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