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 p... Read More
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!
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I've been playing guitar, mostly rock and blues, for about 50 years. I now play a Gibson Les Paul double cutaway pro with Burstbucker pro pickups. I have a Marshall MG50DFX...Read complete review
I've been playing guitar, mostly rock and blues, for about 50 years. I now play a Gibson Les Paul double cutaway pro with Burstbucker pro pickups. I have a Marshall MG50DFX amp...50 watts with a single 12" Eminence speaker...and it rocks pretty well. I was impressed until I tried out this little 15 watt Blues Jr. NOS. I tried out the regular Blues Jr. and this one side by side. I thought the NOS was beefier and better overall tone. Naturally, I baught it, took it home and tried it out next to the Marshall. At 5 on the volume, it blew the Marshall away full up. Plenty of overdrive. To me, you don't want so much distortion that your guitar sounds too muddy. This has excellent crunch and great harmonics. The Blues Jr. NOS holds a chord or note for MUCH longer than the Marshall did also. Light weight, great looks and killer sound. Buy this amp. Well worth the money. Anyone need a 50 watt Marshall out there?
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Great sound poor quality
When this amp works it is a monster, tone for days and a sweet breakup. In a four month period I went through three NOS JRs, the first did not work out of...Read complete review
When this amp works it is a monster, tone for days and a sweet breakup. In a four month period I went through three NOS JRs, the first did not work out of the box took it back to GC they gave me an other in a box that one worked for about a month, then dead. Took it back they gave me the store demo with a big scratch on the side then you guessed it dead. I opted for a used mid 90's American made Hot rod Deluxe. One of my students bought a NOS Jr after hearing mine and his did the same thing died. The repair man told us the problem was the soldering job on the tube sockets, the Mexican factory has poor quality control which is sad. He then resoldered the connections and that amp now works fine. I am a giging musician and need reliable gear, I still play Fender and always will but my main amp is a Silverface Deluxe, built like a tank. I hope Fender fixes the quality issues.
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I was looking for an easy-to-carry amp to jam sessions and (big band) jazz rehearsals that had a tube amp sound. I saw from the reviews that these tend to have a lot of broken or poorly made solder connections, but figured that with a 5 year warranty and a Fender-authorized repair center 10 minutes from my house, if it sounded good, I would buy one and then bring it in as needed until all of the poor soldering was corrected. Not unexpectedly, it starting having issues within days, and is now in the shop, but I'm convinced it will be worth it. Playing mostly with humbuckers (Gibson ES-150 and Gibson 335S with Dirty Fingers pickups), and the volume set on 2, it sounds remarkably like my 1968 Ampeg Reverberocket 2. And, of course you can make it gritty by bringing the volume setting up, which is not an option on the Ampeg. I would definitely recommend it for blues & some jazz (it's not a pure clean sound), but play one in a store and decide if it works for your style and guitars, and whether or not you're prepared to bring it in for repairs until it settles down (it's not worth exchanging for a different one; the new one will probably develop problems; you want someone to fix the one you have). I actually used one for a couple of weeks before buying this one (the local store's floor model), and it had hum issues, so I have more than a few days experience with it.
Purchased one of these a few years ago. Great sounding amp, then I found the billm mods pages. First changed the speaker for a British built Celestion Heritage Green from Guitar Center. Sounded even better. Then I started the billm mods. Just about every one on now. This monster became a mini matchless. Buy it. Wait out the warranty period. Make it tons better. Honestly, the mods make this a steal. And it is not bad at all straight out of the box!
I love this amp. I've been playing for 36 years and it's the best amp I've ever owned. It's loud enough and has great tone, makes my Fender Tele and Strat sound amazing. I've played my humbucker guitars through it as well, you have to change the EQ a bit but they also sound amazing. I've had it modded to increase the bass and distortion as well as increasing the volume a bit. I also have a 1961 Fender Super amp which is 40 watts and let me tell you, this little 15 watt hot rod gives the Super a real run for the money. In fact, I got the Jr to sound exactly like the Super (which has 2 10" speakers) after the mod and the Super was at 5, the Jr was at 12! I was afraid that this amp wouldn't be loud enough at the local blues jam but they told me to turn down almost immediately which it took as a good sign. Folks you NEED to buy the Jr mod, you will NOT believe your ears. I make and sell cigar box guitars and this little amp makes 'em sound amazing.
I've been playing since I was 5 years old. I'm now 60, and in those 55 years I've owned most of, and played almost all guitar amps on the market during those years. I've gigged with many different rigs, and jammed with a lot more. I sure have dedicated time and effort to playing guitar, (for many long stretches, as much as 10 to 14 hours a day)to the pursuit. Enough time anyway, to have developed an ear for what IMO, is good tone. I've owned Bassman's, Twins, Deluxes, Marshall's, Mesa's,Dr.Z's, etc. Admittedly, I've never shelled out for any of the "Boutique" amps. Never heard enough of a difference to part with that much hard earned cash (although I did always want to try a Dumble.) I've played many different guitars over the years, Strats, Paul's, 335s, to jazz boxes, as well as a variety of high end Martin's, Taylor's, and classical acoustics. I think I've used every effects pedal ever made. As I got older, I realized the music I wanted to play (mostly blues) could all be hammered out of my 335, a few mods not-withstanding, (Tone Pros tail piece, bridge, and Grover locking tuners, as well as a re-fret and plek job), a good tube amp, a delay, and an overdrive. Easy to carry, easy to set up and break down. Since most of my years have been spent without Roadies to haul my gear, believe me when I say I love the concept of less is more. As I've gotten older, the less inclined I am to lug around anything too heavy. Of course tone is fundamental and should always be the primary consideration for any serious musician. When I made the decision to downsize, the guitar and pedals were no brainers, Maxon delay, Fulltone OCD overdrive, and my ancient Boss tuner. When it came to the amp, knowing I could always mic it through the PA, I knew fully well that size itself really doesn't matter. Since I'd owned and gigged for a brief period with a stock Jr a dozen years ago, and not been too unhappy with it's tone, when I saw this version with the Jensen I had to try it. Needless to say, I bought it on the spot. Now I know there are some better small amps available if you want to shell out big bucks. If I ever do end up hitting it big I may decide to pick one of them but I doubt it. Then it would be a matter of dancing with the one you brought to the ball,(or balling the one you brought to the dance, if you prefer.) At any rate, I own this Tweed Junior with the Jensen in it and I've never looked back. Like everyone else, I wish it had a standby switch, but that's sure not a deal breaker for me. If you need the show of huge amps, just carry around of empty cabs and prop em up on stage. I've heard that's what Santana did when he started playing his Boogie. Good luck to you, and great tone!
This is a really nice amp. Like many of you I have been a tone seeker for years buying then trading amps in search of the perfect tone. I finally found something that I really like which is a Bogener Duende 25 Watt Head and two custom cabinets. I thought I finally had the perfect amp which would allow me to use either one 12 cabinet or two depending on the gig. But I started playing small clubs and with the Duende 25 watt I was blowing away the rest of the band. Like many amps, if you don't turn it up all the way, the fatness of the sound diminishes. So, if I wanted to keep getting asked back, I needed something with less volume, same fat tone and also something that looked less imposing. Voila--the Blues Jr. When you first get this out of the case, you might think, this looks more like a toy than an amp, but when you plug it in and fire it up, its more like a small Mesa in power. For the size, it still has some weight for you older bad back musicians, so I would recommend getting some wheels or a cart. But with my 63 SG or 73 Strat, the sound is sweet and fat. You also have the ability to run another speaker 8 ohm off of it instead of the one in the box. And the tweed look is classy. This is my first impression and like most of you other tone heads out there, I am sure as time wears on, I will find something I don't like about it, but I'm not there yet.
Most everything everyone has said about the sound of this amp is true. Great tone, decent volume for practice and small gigs. What I don't like is the way the amp controls were designed. Looking at the amp from the speaker side, as most musicians would, the words and markings are all upside down and controls go counter clockwise to make them higher/louder. If you are standing behind the amp, no problem, they look and work they way they should. I've looked at reversing the assembly, and remounting it, which can be done, but the transformers stick out the back and the back cover won't go back on. As long as you don't mind the revered controls, this is a fantastic amp. Since I have a pedalboard, I don't worry about setting the controls since most everything I want to change is done on the devices I use. I'd blame it on someone that can't read a schematic, but it's definitely built this way on purpose.
If you're looking for just the right amp to pair up with just the right guitar (Fender, obvs) that will just put out the sweetest, most beautiful, most soulful tone you will ever produce from you fingertips, the Jr. NOS is IT. The key is the low 15w amp output, still pretty loud and clean before break up, but push those tubes as hard as you want to the get THE most coveted natural overdrive you will ever here. Throw away your Tube Screamer. If you're a minimalist like me, there is nothing better than plugging the right guitar directly into the right amp and let those two do the work for you. The question that's left is, what are your fingers going to send through them? - awesome vintage look - amazing classic fender reverb unit - perfect for light home use or serious gigging
This amp is tops as far as I am concerned. I bought my first at GC in Knoxville. It kicks butt!It is truely 15 watts of tube power. I never need to put it above 4 and it rocks. I felt the need for another to run my rig stereo. Bought it, and with two they just compliment each other. Great speakers, great build, tubes protected by metal bars. Incredible quality built amp. A little pricey for a 15 watt, however, this 15 watts is like a 40 watt amp. Plenty on stage in a classic rock band. Love them!
I had a Hot Rod Deville, and a Fender Pro Jr. They didn't have the sweet sound I was after, but the Blue Jr does. The thing you need to know is that thhe amp sounds much more trebly (I know not a word) then other Fender Amps. So, some pedals don't sound as good, but some sound so much better.
Bought this as a small practice amp playing with some clean settings and some crunch settings. Use it with tremolo pedal sometimes. It is really addictive to play this little amp. It gets pretty loud, so I'd guess it would do fine with a drummer. I wouldn't bother with the optional boost pedal. I usually use the amp with the boost on all the time. Sounds great with a 52 American reissue tele.Not as flexible sound-wise as my Mesa 5:25 but very cool for what it does.
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