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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

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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
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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FenderBlues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo
 
4.7

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

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    (2)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little Giant

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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Good, but not great

Heads Up: This is a nice size amp for your home, and very light to carry, and easy to use. But, it is NOT what you hear in any web demos for...Read complete review

Heads Up: This is a nice size amp for your home, and very light to carry, and easy to use. But, it is NOT what you hear in any web demos for the clean channel. The best clean settings is Master at "10" to "12" and the volume to "3" and no higher. You will notice very little to very poor sound below "3", and when you hit "3" the sound kicks in. But, over "3" instantly turns dirty with distortion. So, there is nothing from "1" to under "3" setting. There is a clean sound with very little, or non-existent sound people call the Fender creamy, warm, chiming Fender sound (Reverb on "3" or less). Nope, not there. You will need the bigger Fender amps over $1,000.00 to attain that sound. Yes, you will get clean single notes, but if you strum, it gets dirty, and do not have a heavy strum hand too - more dirty. I have read many reviews, and people say there is just not enough "Head Room" with the tubes for a clean sound. I have heard fantastic clean sound on many videos on the web, but I notice they all microphone the amp to a powerful PA system to get better clean sounds, and also very little to no strumming. Some people say you need to buy a modification kit, or try adding a Tube screaming pedal to clean it up. Wow, that is not realistic for me. In conclusion, if you seek that clean Fender sound, you will not get it with this amp. There always be a little dirty sound there. As I said, I viewed many web video and I even copied their knob settings to no avail. I wasted many hours for 10 days of testing this amp. No, it was not defective amp at all. Just not what is advertised for a clean sound. As, for me, I bought one, then after 10-days of frustration trying find that Fender clean sound, I returned mine and back to the store, and shopping again. PS: It does have a Master and a Volume knobs, which is a big advantage many tube amps do not have. I would like to hear back what other people found with this amp in their homes, and not modified, and not microphone to PA system.

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5.0

Positive Addenum for a negative refiew I posted

By 

from Orlando

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

I wrote s very lengthy review about not getting clean sound. (TG in Orlando) I am new at using a tube amp, and when I bought it, no one told me that the pickups (pups) are very powerful sensors sending signal to amp. All makes and model guitars are different power pups, and humbuckers are stronger. So, to get a clean sound, I found this tube amp is very sensitive to changes by the control knobs (not a bad thing). So, I experimented and turned volume to (2.5) to (3.0), and the Master to (10.0). All other knobs to your ears liking. Now, turn down the volume on the guitar (I was never told this), and it will be a nice clean tone strumming cords. It can be load, but usable in a small room with ear plugs. You want more head-room from the tubes for a cleaner sound? I have heard (can't confirm) that the three preamp tubes (Grove Tubes 12AX7) are rated a (4 rating), and if you change out these same tubes to a rated (10 rating), which is the max rating, you will get more head-room for clean tones. Again, I do not know, and hopefully someone will post something here about this. Keep in mind the Power Tubes (Grove Tubes EL84) are Biased, and need to be adjust or calibrated by a technician when changed. The Preamp tubes are not Biased, and you can do it yourself. However, even when the amp is turned off, be careful. Use the hand-in pocket trick. Keep one hand away from amp in your pocket, and be careful what you touch with the other hand. The amp can be unplugged for long time and still shock you bad. Yup, may even cause death. So, have s professional swap out tubes for you. As for me with this amp? The Jury is still out. It may just be too loud for my home use. But, it is an excellent amp, once you learn how to use it with your guitars volume control with amp.

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5.0

Lovin it

By 

from Beulah Co.

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

    it makes me want to play the blues all day

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    4.0

    AMP For Life

    By 

    from Pa

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

      This AMP is amazing, the sound I've been looking for. I was in search for a Tube Amp with out a lot of gadgets on it. I was looking for really clean tone and got it. The reverb on it has kicked off a few times since I've had it, but just pushed on the wires for the reverb box and it works again. Must just be a loose connection, not a big deal for me, but if your a gigging musician that could be a problem. All and all I love it.

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      5.0

      Great twang (blues) for the buck

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      from Staten Island, NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

          Although a novice guitarist, using this amplifier makes learning more fun. The sound is great and so was the price

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          5.0

          Great twang for the buck

          By 

          from Staten Island, NY

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

              This amp has a bluesy sound that is easy to adjust. Although I am a novice guitarist I still enjoy learning with this amplifiers sound. The price was not too bad either. I will enjoy this amp for many years.

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              5.0

              Great amp

              By 

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gigs
                • Practice
                • Studio

                Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

                I could not be happier with this amplifier. It's louder than I'll ever need but it also sounds fantastic at bedroom levels. I compared it with the stock Blues Junior at Guitar Center and I think this one is far superior. Definitely worth the extra money. Great blues tones, but also works well for jazz with my archtop. A highly recommended amplifier.

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good, but not great

                By 

                from Orlando FL

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

                    Heads Up: This is a nice size amp for your home, and very light to carry, and easy to use. But, it is NOT what you hear in any web demos for the clean channel. The best clean settings is Master at "10" to "12" and the volume to "3" and no higher. You will notice very little to very poor sound below "3", and when you hit "3" the sound kicks in. But, over "3" instantly turns dirty with distortion. So, there is nothing from "1" to under "3" setting. There is a clean sound with very little, or non-existent sound people call the Fender creamy, warm, chiming Fender sound (Reverb on "3" or less). Nope, not there. You will need the bigger Fender amps over $1,000.00 to attain that sound. Yes, you will get clean single notes, but if you strum, it gets dirty, and do not have a heavy strum hand too - more dirty. I have read many reviews, and people say there is just not enough "Head Room" with the tubes for a clean sound. I have heard fantastic clean sound on many videos on the web, but I notice they all microphone the amp to a powerful PA system to get better clean sounds, and also very little to no strumming. Some people say you need to buy a modification kit, or try adding a Tube screaming pedal to clean it up. Wow, that is not realistic for me. In conclusion, if you seek that clean Fender sound, you will not get it with this amp. There always be a little dirty sound there. As I said, I viewed many web video and I even copied their knob settings to no avail. I wasted many hours for 10 days of testing this amp. No, it was not defective amp at all. Just not what is advertised for a clean sound. As, for me, I bought one, then after 10-days of frustration trying find that Fender clean sound, I returned mine and back to the store, and shopping again. PS: It does have a Master and a Volume knobs, which is a big advantage many tube amps do not have. I would like to hear back what other people found with this amp in their homes, and not modified, and not microphone to PA system.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This one is a keeper!

                    By 

                    from Northeast USA

                    Pros

                    • More Tone
                    • That "fender" Clean
                    • Tone

                    Cons

                    • A bit pricey
                    • No Effects Loop

                    Best Uses

                    • Gigging
                    • Home Practicing
                    • Home Recording
                    • Jamming

                    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

                    Where do I begin? Oh, lets start with this amps tone. Its AMAZING!

                    All the sweet Fender tones you've heard on recordings and concert stages are in this amp. From chimey clean to Texas Blues grind, it's in there.

                    This amp is very usable at "bedroom" volumes. No, the tone isn't as good as when the amp is opened up a bit, and yes, its loud. I'll get more in to that in a minute.
                    Bedroom volumes have plenty of tone and sustain, and if you use pedals, even better.

                    Put the volume up a bit and the amp really comes to life. I play with my stock American Series S/S/S Strat, and the tones are to die for! More than loud enough to keep up with a drummer in a smaller jam space. For a larger space, or mid sized club, you'll want to plug in to a larger cabinet, or mic in to the P.A.

                    Overall I am very happy with this amp. Yes, its a bit of a one-trick-pony, but it does that trick exceedingly well.
                    Bedroom, garage, bar or hall, this little beast will serve you well.

                    I see other reviewers bashing this amp because it sounds "small" and "boxy", or it doesn't have Twin Reverb cleans. Well, no it doesn't, its also not a $1000+, 100 pound, multi-speaker monster.

                    The Blues Jr is a great amp, play to its strengths, and it will reward you.
                    You'll never want to unplug. Yes, it sounds that good.

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                    5.0

                    Tone. Tone. Tone.

                    By 

                    from Georgia

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

                    This amp has amazing classic Fender tone. It breaks up nicely at lower volumes (volume at 10+ and master around 3) for playing at home but the tone is so much sweeter if you are able to run the volume up about half way. This is about when it could start to annoy neighbors. My favorite thing would be the simplicity of the amp. The past few amps I've had were solid state amps with 300+ effects and various amp models. I ended up spending more time playing with setting than actually playing the guitar. If you want one amp that can cover 10 different genres, this probably isn't it. If you're looking to play country, rock, or blues(from mellow BB to screaming SRV or a crunchy Gary Clark Jr tone), this is a great bass. After about an hour of playing with settings, I got the bass tone I wanted and haven't touched it since. Between the volume and tone settings on the guitar I can go between most any tone I'd like to play (which is mostly blues, classic rock and country). Haven't had any issues with quality but I've only had it for about a month and could not be happier! Can't wait to push some pedals through it...

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Know what you're buying

                    By 

                    from Merced, CA

                    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 Combo:

                    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.

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