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Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Fender belonging to the Blues Junior series.

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  • The affordable Fender sound

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 04/07/15 at 09:21
    Overview

    The Fender Blues Jr. is easily one of Fender's most popular guitar amplifiers of the past decade. In addition to the classic black tolex model, there have been several limited edition releases over the years as well--often equipped with different speakers or electronic mods to offer a unique spin on the original amp. The original amplifiers were produced in the USA, but production was later moved to Mexico to keep costs down and meet the high demand for this little charmer of an amp. Currently (in 2015) the Blues Jr. sells for about $530 brand new, but they are extremely easy to find secondhand for a good price if you take a little extra time to look around. For settings, the......
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    Overview

    The Fender Blues Jr. is easily one of Fender's most popular guitar amplifiers of the past decade. In addition to the classic black tolex model, there have been several limited edition releases over the years as well--often equipped with different speakers or electronic mods to offer a unique spin on the original amp. The original amplifiers were produced in the USA, but production was later moved to Mexico to keep costs down and meet the high demand for this little charmer of an amp. Currently (in 2015) the Blues Jr. sells for about $530 brand new, but they are extremely easy to find secondhand for a good price if you take a little extra time to look around. For settings, the Blues Jr. has it all: input gain, master volume, treble, middle, bass, reverb (from the included spring reverb tank), and finally a "fat" toggle switch that acts as mid-range/gain boost to the overall signal.

    The Blues Jr.'s popularity is due, in part, to the fact that it's a solid, affordable tube-powered amplifier, which is often considered a step up from solid state amps (depending on who you ask). As its name suggests, the Blues Jr. has been tailored to suit blues and rock genres, and it definitely does what its supposed to. The Blues Jr. is powered by two EL84 tubes, and driven by three 12ax7 preamp tubes (although this is the stock setting…the 12ax7's may be substituted for other tubes…more on this later). The stock tubes can be easily dialed to produce the "warm, crunchy tone" that many blues and rock guitarists are looking for in a tube amp, which cannot be fully replicated by solid state amplifiers (I say this from experience). Another reason for this amp's popularity is its ability to retain tone and overdrive at low volume levels, making it a great practice amp for apartments, dorms, and houses with napping babies. No wonder this amp appeals to such a wide audience.

    My Experience

    Unfortunately, I bought my (Mexican made) Blues Jr. in (very) used condition, and that came with its own set of issues. Luckily, I was able to fix most of the problems myself with a lot of research and a little soldering (with repairs/parts, I paid about $325 total for the amp…still a good deal). My Blues Jr. also came with dying stock tubes, so I later replaced the stock EL84's and 12ax7's for a different set-up, but I will quickly touch on the stock tube sound.

    My favorite aspect of the Blues Jr., which I have mentioned above, is that it can sound good at low volumes (as well as high volumes). In my opinion, this amp can be used for practice in the bedroom, recording in the studio, and even live amplification at a gig with a microphone on the cabinet (some would disagree with this, but they're probably thinking of playing in a freakin' huge stadium). The stock tubes can stay bright and clean with the gain rolled back and the master volume cranked. On the other hand, diming the gain and rolling back the master volume creates a powerful tube-driven overdrive that is not too harsh on the ears. The only problem in my case was that my used amp (before I fixed it) would occasionally give out and stop working, or it would start making loud cracking noises. This leads us to the next phase of my Blues Jr…

    After making the necessary adjustments and replacements my Blues Jr. was back up and running, but this time I added a new combination of tubes to change things up. I replaced the stock Groove Tube EL84's with two Mullard EL84's, and I replaced the stock 12ax7's with two JJ 12ax7's and one Electro-Harmonix 12ay7 (in the V1 position). The reason I chose these tubes is two-fold: 1) I already had the EL84 tubes on hand and I needed affordable replacements for the preamp tubes, and 2) I wanted a combination of preamp tubes that would make my Blues Jr. less prone to naturally overdriving… this is where the EH 12ay7 comes in.

    12ax7's are known for their ability to overdrive easily and create classic tube distortion. The Blues Jr. comes with three of them, but only one really works to create this overdriven sound--the preamp tube in the V1 position (in the image below, the tube on the very right)

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    For my own guitar rig I use a pedal board with several effects, including overdrive, delay, and reverb. When I would play them through my Blues Jr. at high volumes the pedal sounds would be influenced by the overdriving 12ax7 in the V1 position. I did some research and found out that the high gain 12ax7 could be replaced with a lower gain 12ay7, which roughly uses about 70% of the power a 12ax7 uses (in simple layman terms). In other words, I could simply replace one tube and instantly have a "cleaner" amp, less prone to overdriving at higher volumes. The Blues Jr. works on a 'fixed bias,' so swapping out tubes is extra easy--the fixed bias eliminates the need for bias adjustment with a new set of tubes, which is an area of electronics outside of my expertise. Since I have made these changes, I have yet to run into any real problems with my Blues Jr. amp.

    A Few Objective Observations

    Though my experience with my own Blues Jr. has been complicated at best, I do have a few objective observations to share (I have played several of these amps in different stores and borrowed a few from friends).

    First, I have really never been impressed by the EQ and tone settings on the amp. The treble and bass settings have a fair amount of flexibility, but the middle control in particular has never made a difference to my ears. I've tried cranking it up and rolling it back, and it barely produces any variance in sound. As far as I'm concerned, the Blues Jr. would be better off without it.

    Second, the stock speaker and cabinet combination could definitely be better. Granted, my Blues Jr. was purchased very used. But even on other stock Blues Jr.'s I have not been impressed by how the cheaply made cabinet projects sound from the stock Eminence speaker. This may be more of a flaw in the cabinet design than the speaker itself, but I have heard the Celestion Vintage 30 is a popular replacement for the stock speaker.

    Finally, despite its design flaws, the Blues Jr. does offer a lot of bang for the buck. Though it's only a 15W amplifier, the Blues Jr. can be as loud or quiet as you need it to be. It's definitely a modern Fender amp, but it can still be dialed to capture the classic chimey tone that Fender is so famous for.

    Bottom-Line

    The Blues Jr. is a solid tube amp for an affordable price. It does not offer the same world-class tone and flexibility as high-end tube amps, but its a good alternative for the average joe who does not have $1,000 or more to spend.
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  • hi

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 09/06/11 at 12:58
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    I wonder if this amp is made for my style of reggae music? ... thank you in advance

    USE

    10

    SOUNDS

    10

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    9
  • Anonymous

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 01/09/09 at 20:26
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    See below

    USE

    Very simple config
    this is what I needed
    I customary due to turn the knobs, including live, to find what I want
    the amp responds very well (the habit) such use
    I'm not a fan of the FAT, which compresses too acute got my
    damage, for once they had set the boost footswitch
    and not on the reverb (still not understood why !, to fade ... I do not know)

    SONORITS

    I played professionally in many different styles
    the amp is top !!
    he does not like the powerful double (my taste) the sound becomes dull and compress ... beeeerk
    this is very subjective, but I had a lucille, and the couple n'tait terrible.
    with tl or a Start, shit is serious better !!
    we......
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    USE

    Very simple config
    this is what I needed
    I customary due to turn the knobs, including live, to find what I want
    the amp responds very well (the habit) such use
    I'm not a fan of the FAT, which compresses too acute got my
    damage, for once they had set the boost footswitch
    and not on the reverb (still not understood why !, to fade ... I do not know)

    SONORITS

    I played professionally in many different styles
    the amp is top !!
    he does not like the powerful double (my taste) the sound becomes dull and compress ... beeeerk
    this is very subjective, but I had a lucille, and the couple n'tait terrible.
    with tl or a Start, shit is serious better !!
    we do not have the choice of a 'low gain' in between so not everything.
    the rverb is a bit zero, I find nothing at all ... but no balance
    no one is perfect, that's when even my main amp

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    I use it for more than a year in contexts very varis
    I never retrouv me even short power
    has sent !!!
    V1 by changing the lamp, I could get a longer run clear
    suddenly, the Pramp background saturation is much more natural
    I am using more than fat, which crushes the sound ...
    its advantage gnial
    15 kg small size, high power (if I miss, I put the amp above)
    formidable weapon for the small and big scenes
    provided one knows how to use
    this is not the most versatile amp that is, but sre and robust value
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  • Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 01/31/10 at 01:00
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Hello,
    Looking for occas this amp I ever tried several times, not bad, even though for its ergonomics.
    As a perfectionist, we could change the speaker him though! If it is to go to his power as a major brothers take that offer other small options and more.
    For information currently found in nine junior blues delivered 475 euros on the net, I will not mention the site.
    Prices constantly falling, but always was like this for the hardware bourr of electronics.
    I seek an occas to my apartment a price in connection with this new price, which will soon become general.
    tph 0664307140
    @ +
  • Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 11/11/14 at 06:44
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Tube amp. No effects loop. 15W. Reverb. Function '' fat '' controllable by footswitch.

    UTILIZATION

    Simple setup: you set the gain, tone: bass, treble and mid, volume and reverb.

    SOUNDS

    Easy to sound amp, suitable for blues and classic rock. I used Fender Strat, Tele and Gibson ES135. Clear and crunch sounds. Adding a pedal Marshall Bluesbreaker II

    OVERALL OPINION

    Amp sold in 2013. Before I had a Mesa Boogie 22W (too typical High gain). I liked my Blues Junior but difficult to use in apartment! I replaced it with a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 (switchable 5 and 1W).
    The Fender Blues Junior is very easy to use, but it needs to be played at a volume to excite the HP 12 "and......
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    Tube amp. No effects loop. 15W. Reverb. Function '' fat '' controllable by footswitch.

    UTILIZATION

    Simple setup: you set the gain, tone: bass, treble and mid, volume and reverb.

    SOUNDS

    Easy to sound amp, suitable for blues and classic rock. I used Fender Strat, Tele and Gibson ES135. Clear and crunch sounds. Adding a pedal Marshall Bluesbreaker II

    OVERALL OPINION

    Amp sold in 2013. Before I had a Mesa Boogie 22W (too typical High gain). I liked my Blues Junior but difficult to use in apartment! I replaced it with a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 (switchable 5 and 1W).
    The Fender Blues Junior is very easy to use, but it needs to be played at a volume to excite the HP 12 "and issued a typical Fender sound good.
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  • polite and brave!

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 11/02/14 at 12:38
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    amp lamp, jack .25 w 25 w but really, more than enough to live again and if there are returns (for large scenes) .We have a channel with a gain setting of + eq low, middle , treble, and master output. It also has a great reverb:) there is a button to boost the gain knob sides, to get faster saturation over tube.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, one branch, we listen, we rule, we play!

    SOUNDS

    It is suitable for all styles of music. One can get a wide array of sounds, playing with the gain and master.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this amp for 8 years. I also have a band master and a bassman 50, you can not compare them, but in general, I use mostly the blues junior for his versatility;) you can......
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    amp lamp, jack .25 w 25 w but really, more than enough to live again and if there are returns (for large scenes) .We have a channel with a gain setting of + eq low, middle , treble, and master output. It also has a great reverb:) there is a button to boost the gain knob sides, to get faster saturation over tube.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, one branch, we listen, we rule, we play!

    SOUNDS

    It is suitable for all styles of music. One can get a wide array of sounds, playing with the gain and master.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this amp for 8 years. I also have a band master and a bassman 50, you can not compare them, but in general, I use mostly the blues junior for his versatility;) you can put another speaker output and that's cool !!
    If you can get an old blues junior made in usa is better.
    Finally I highly recommend this amp, and I do it again without hesitation that choice.
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  • Good amp Blues / Rock

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 10/16/14 at 12:12
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    All-tube amp 15Watt
    Integrated spring reverb
    Button effective boost to "tweak" the sound

    Ability to disconnect the HP to plug into a speaker (not possible to connect the two together).

    No line out (but usually is taken up with a microphone and that's just fine).

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use.
    One soft to crunch following channel settings.

    SOUNDS

    The sounds are crystal clear.
    Coupled with good effects pedals, beautiful and very melodic sound is obtained.

    Amp excellent for all types of music if you do not need a big distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 4 years in rehearsal and concert with a rock band.

    It is a practice amp, small, light, and we keep. It......
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    All-tube amp 15Watt
    Integrated spring reverb
    Button effective boost to "tweak" the sound

    Ability to disconnect the HP to plug into a speaker (not possible to connect the two together).

    No line out (but usually is taken up with a microphone and that's just fine).

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use.
    One soft to crunch following channel settings.

    SOUNDS

    The sounds are crystal clear.
    Coupled with good effects pedals, beautiful and very melodic sound is obtained.

    Amp excellent for all types of music if you do not need a big distortion.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 4 years in rehearsal and concert with a rock band.

    It is a practice amp, small, light, and we keep. It is a tool to always have on hand.

    However for the more beefy (metal ...) rock is limited.

    Suitable for small venues and bars, but it is better to take a microphone for better sound dispersion, as it is too prescriptive.
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  • Anonymous

    we do not crunch at home ...

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 10/06/14 at 01:39
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Everything has been said about the characteristics

    UTILIZATION

    Yes there is the clean sound easy and it's not bad, but not the best clean I know (for me it is the Peavy delta blues). But the crunch there is only one channel and a boost button pseudo unconvincing. On stage it may be very good but not in my room at all. This is not an amp made for the house, because you have to either push too hard to make it crunch naturally, or add a distortion and lose the natural crunch that you wanted this amp effect. This is the reason for the return at seller to finish with an excellent little Roland Cube 40 watts, far more versatile (many crunch sounds with foot control pedal if purchased),......
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    Everything has been said about the characteristics

    UTILIZATION

    Yes there is the clean sound easy and it's not bad, but not the best clean I know (for me it is the Peavy delta blues). But the crunch there is only one channel and a boost button pseudo unconvincing. On stage it may be very good but not in my room at all. This is not an amp made for the house, because you have to either push too hard to make it crunch naturally, or add a distortion and lose the natural crunch that you wanted this amp effect. This is the reason for the return at seller to finish with an excellent little Roland Cube 40 watts, far more versatile (many crunch sounds with foot control pedal if purchased), more malleable and therefore less fragile lamps without frequent trips to the in my case ...

    SOUNDS

    Just the clean sound and the reverb and that's it ... this is very expensive for so little I think.
    Well for jazz and that's it not for the blues at home and so big regrets.
    The volume is too loud I could not exceed 2 !!!
    Unable to leave home a nice crunch without blowing my ears or those of neighbors. I made it because of screwy.
    It lacks a real crunch channel as my Peavy Delta allows much more without blowing the eardrums.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I did not keep. Because the prices are too expensive for what it is, this big problem of volume and low to nonexistent crunch. My peavey yet more powerful delta to much better it was redundant and was looking for a good little amp for getting out there and playing with pals or repeated. I have not found the exceptional clean, I tested it with my 8 guitars and I ended up back at the seller to take a final roland cube 40 nice little more suited to my needs and I ' love and that I carry around everywhere.
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  • top notch

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 09/28/14 at 12:44
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    All Tube
    15 watts killing

    UTILIZATION

    Only 1 channel
    but who cares with a good pedal

    SOUNDS

    suitable for all but the metal

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 10 years
    it is super
    weighs only 14 kgs
    yes I do it again
  • a classic small rooms

    Fender Blues JuniorPublished on 01/17/14 at 18:01
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Characteristics are very well detailed in previous reviews and the Internet. My opinion is on the model 2000/2001 (bought OCCAZ in 2002).

    UTILIZATION

    This is a single channel tube amp everything there was more classic.
    The reverb is actually a bit special and less friendly than other Fender combos. I find it very usable up to 2 ;).
    The eq is quite effective for small corrections.
    It is possible to play "reasonable" volume with a small sound to help, but no way to do it in an apartment while your partner / companion pionce in the next room.
    It is just terrible in live situations in small venues and bars: sufficiently powerful, compact and not very heavy.

    SOUNDS

    Suitable for......
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    Characteristics are very well detailed in previous reviews and the Internet. My opinion is on the model 2000/2001 (bought OCCAZ in 2002).

    UTILIZATION

    This is a single channel tube amp everything there was more classic.
    The reverb is actually a bit special and less friendly than other Fender combos. I find it very usable up to 2 ;).
    The eq is quite effective for small corrections.
    It is possible to play "reasonable" volume with a small sound to help, but no way to do it in an apartment while your partner / companion pionce in the next room.
    It is just terrible in live situations in small venues and bars: sufficiently powerful, compact and not very heavy.

    SOUNDS

    Suitable for a wide range of sounds, excels in the blues / rock, funk or tape very very rock with a tele, sounds poisseusement jazz / funk with half cash.
    The sound is faithful to the characteristics of the instruments and with the EQ is refined easily depending on the room and power to cover.
    When you push a bit the beast we get a nice sound texture that allows to express and qualify with a nice grain. Riding the gain can have a nice little crunch not dive beetles.
    The grain is a little special, quite characteristic of the Hot Rod series and very different princetones and deluxe reverbs, plus vintage and sparkling. For me it is the sound a bit blues / rock of the late '90s.

    OVERALL OPINION

    To play in small venues is just great: lightweight, compact but powerful in terms of volume. More volume together it makes perfect size and goes effectively with different guitars and pedals.
    I mainly played with a strat and a copy of .335 at the time and frankly I was very happy. Since I'm done help me out several times with this type of amp and each time it was a cakewalk.
    on the other hand it is not very suitable for playing at home. A low volume can troubleshoot without more because it takes a little shake Jr for it to become interesting. Too bad for the reverb especially when compared to other similar power fender combos.
    In three years it was mainly used for rpeter and concert and not beaucup home. I never had any glitches with. I find the quality / price very good time.
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