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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 103 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (80)

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    (16)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Portable (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (8)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(85 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Little Giant

By Old Rocker

from Marysville, CA

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

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?

(67 of 87 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old School Sound

By strat_git@yahoo.com

from So Cal

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

The best sounding amp out there for the money! When I was growing up my Dad had one of these back in th early 60's and played an early 60's Gibson SG through it. I rememeber as a young boy watching my Dad play and hearing that clean Fender/Gibson sound. To this day that sound still rings true. I finally bought this baby and it reminds me so much of my Dad playing his Old Blues Jr. again. Don't waste your money on those fancy digital amps you will never get this clean tube sound. Don't let the 15 watts or small size fool you either, this baby like my Dad's is very loud and will blow your sox off! My Dad who is now in his 70's recommends Gibson or Fender guitars and Fender tube amps nothing even comes close! Get this amp you will never regret it! Fender tube amps all the way!

(43 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender gets it right

By jw

from Hudson, WI

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

I've been playing since 1974, part time now. I mostly play Strats and Teles, some odd vintage stuff too, I have owned & played many amps. Presently a 65 Supro, a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe when I need LOUD, plus a sweet Vox...I had been looking for a lightweight low wattage versatile amp that can dial up rich tones at lower volumes suitable for the occasional church gig. The HRD sucks at lower volumes, & the Supro is too valuable to gig with. An amp that sounds good at low or high volumes is really rare, but this is that kind of amp. The salesman at GC spent a huge amount of time with me, was very helpful. He plugged me into the BjrNOS, and I was blown away by its rich, harmonically complex tones especially on the fat circuit. Clean, crunch, grind, it's all in there, and it's friggn SIMPLE. I also considered a Carr, the Boogie 5:25 & the Vox AC15, all awesome amps, totally different but compelling, some pricey. I bought a new BjrNOS in a box, loved it, but had problems with funny grinding noise on decay and an intermittent buzz that was unacceptable. I brought it back after two weeks, the GC salesman put me in the sound room with three BJNOS's and I compared all three using a Vintage Tele reissue-no surprise all three were different in subtle but important ways. And that, my friends, is how tube amps are. They are all unique. I took the one I liked, and it is a killer tone machine, light, versatile, takes pedals well, responds well to picking attack (dynamic), and good response to volume knob on guitar, going from pristine clean to crunch. Very bright amp. Use a little boost, and the overdrive is huge. And, yeah, I can get great tones at low volumes. Clean tones can be had but not with the same headroom as Fender's 40W+ amps (no surprise) but that is the trade off. The cleans that this amp does produce are clean but more buttery & harmonically complex than a Twin or others, maybe thanks to the EL894's and probably the Jensen speaker. Volume/Master volume work as expected providing diverse volume/clean/crunch/burn options in a LINEAR gradation, unlike the stupid HRDlxe volume controls that produce all the gain from 1 to 3, not to mention that useless Master volume... Plus the BJrNOS Tone control knobs provide more tone shaping than on other Fender amps I have used. I sometimes play in stereo with the Supro which has a 15" Jensen so a lotta bottom. This works well as the BJrNOS as it's a bright sounding amp (as all tweed covered amps tend to be,) but you can easily darken it up. Buy the BJrNOS. Fender got this one right.

(37 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage Tone, Look, For A Bargain!

By WillyC

from Atlanta, GA

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

The Blues Junior series is one of the best bang-for-buck tube amps currently available! As a gigging musician and sound engineer, I've grown weary of large amps that are heavy to carry and too loud to to really use effectively in most club settings. I borrowed a friend's Blues Junior for a few gigs while my lead guitarist borrowed my Peavey Classic 30 (for which I get a LOT of compliments on it's tone), and I loved it so much I didn't give it back! The two EL-84 tubes produce 15 screaming watts that are WAY louder than you'd expect. I play a telecaster into it and crank it up to where it's just starting to break up nicely. I've never played a club where it wasn't loud enough yet. The footswitchable "Fat" switch thickens my tone up nicely when I need an extra boost. The three band EQ lets me dial in just the right tone, and the reverb and master volume let me get big sounds even at apartment volume levels. On top of all that, this amp is an easy carry with just one hand! I finally bought one of my own and opted for the gorgeous tweed N.O.S. version with the Jensen speaker. It's got more of a '50's Fender sound than the stock version, and I just love the look! I let my lead guitarist use it for a gig and he loved it even more than my Classic 30! For any level of guitarist, hobbyist through pro, this is a killer amp and at this price, it's a must-have item for your gear collection!

(37 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!!!

By Jerryseinfeld777

from California

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

This is the best amp I've ever owned! I previously had a GDEC, but I sold it because I was getting better and the GDEC is a very quiet amp, and could not play over a drum set. You also can't get the kind of pure sound From the GDEC that more experienced musicians want. Note I've also owned a Marshall JCM. So I sold the GDEC and used the money to buy this amp. I tried it at the store and it sounded great, but they didn't have any new ones there so special ordered one from another store. I had to wait for a week, but it was definitly worth it. I tore it out of the box and pluged it in right when I got it home. I was very impressed at the level of volume it had. The amplifer itself is 15 watts, but the special disign Jensen speaker is 50 watts. That gives you an idea of how loud this thing is. I was also impressed with the tone. The work of the pair of EL-84 power amp tubes and the three Sovtek preamp tubes comes out to give you incredible tone and crunch. Now keep in mind that this amp doesn't have a drive channel, so you can't get a lot drive, but it does have a FAT switch (Increases preamp gain) and a volume knob (which I would call the gain knob). Don't make any second thought's about buying this amp. I have yet to find something I dislike about it :).

(32 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TONE!

By Johnny Faber

from Tucson, Az

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

The Blues Jr is a TONE beast! It weighs in at about 30 pounds, and is compact which lends it perfectly to rehearsals, indoor gigs, and recording. It is clean as a whistle until about 6 on the master and then breaks up beautifully with a deep sweet tube distortion. I was looking for something that was easy to lug around to indoor gigs and rehearsals, or jams, and I found so much more! what an amp! there are alot of great mods out there for this sweet little thing as well. go buy one, you will not ever regret it!!!

(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't beat it!

By English Pete

from Bellmore, NY

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

My main amp is a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and while it sounds great, it's sometimes a bit too loud for smaller gigs and always weighs a bit too much for ALL gigs! (When I can afford a road crew, I'll gladly retract that statement!) It's got much more tone and character than the "standard" Blues Jr. and it looks better too. I play mainly Gibson's, but I don't usually need to use the "fat" switch as once it's around 6 on the volume, the combination of alnico pickups and Fender amp/Jensen speaker give me as much blues tone as I'll ever need! Compact, value for money, LOUD (trust me, it merits the upper case lettering!), great sound...what more could you want in a 15 watt, all-tube combo?

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Amp

By Dave

from Warwick, RI

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

Ridiculous. This amp is just that- ridiculous. It�ۡ���s everything you want out of an amplifier. The tube sound is unmistakable. I just bought this amp a couple of hours ago and I can�ۡ���t remember ever sounding like this before in my life. I have been searching for this sound for years. I have bought solid-state amps and Boss foot pedals to try to imitate the sound, but this amp is the real deal. I wish I never wasted my money on the other three amps I have bought in the past. The cranked, tube-driven overdrive on this amp model can be heard even at low levels, which is what attracted me to this amp over the other higher end models like the Blues-Deluxe and the Twin-reverb. When I first got the amp, I plugged directly into the amp, and immediately got the sound I was looking for. I also have a GNX4 that I plugged into after a couple of hours and the sounds that I can get are endless. Only downside is there is not a �ۡ��̏Stand-by�ۡ�ݕ�_ switch, to switch off when you are not playing. The �ۡ��̏stand-by�ۡ�ݕ�_ switches are nice because you can cool the tubes down, but still keep them warm when you are not playing. Besides that, the upgraded Jenson speaker is outstanding. I also love that classic look of the Lacquer Tweed finish with Pinstripe Grille Cloth, it is a pleasure to look at. My dad has been playing for years, and when he cam over to take a look at this amp, he said it brought back some good memories for when he first started playing out in the old days�ۡ��_

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tuh--WeeeeeeeeeeeD!

By Pierre

from Scranton, PA

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

I bought this tube beauty from GC this October. Big, bad, bodacious cleans and crunches. The aesthetics are obviously dripping cool, but the tone and power that this highly mobile tube machine delivers can't be touched by any amp at or near its price range. Grab my Gibson SG Classic, Special, or Standard, plug in, tune up, turn up, and let 'er rip! Big, fat, juicy, obnoxious, snotty, searing, nasty tone for days. Great tone at low volume (rare in many tube amps) for writing, practicing and recording is the main reason I purchased this tweed honey, but cranked up this amp is plenty loud for most gigs (you can always mic the amp for large shows). Think Link Wray meeting Buck Owens by way of Malcolm Young and you'll get the picture. Rock and roll, rhythm and blues, funk, jazz, and country are the terrains this amp is best deployed in, however, metal dudes can always place a quality distortion/overdrive in front of it for more gain. I'm after tone - not gain - and that's why I've always loved Fender tube amps. This amp's clean sound is comparable to anything out there, and its dirty sounds are absolutely greasy. Most good tube amps have a sweet spot; this amp has a several tone zones in it. Add Fender reverb, versatile three band eq, WWII era Krupps-like construction, pin up girl looks, and you can't go wrong. Also, the amiable salesmen at my local Guitar Center (Fud, Jim, Justin) are knowledgable, helpful, and gave me a great trade-in to help me get this amp. If you're serious about tube amplification and gritty guitar tone try the Blues Junior NOS!

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

blues jr. NOS

By van from Philly

from Philly

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

I am an aspiring blues player but have a ways to go. I wanted to upgrade my practice amp and after some research ordered the blues jr. NOS. I may have been ok with just the basic blues jr. and bought one intially but decided to trade it up on the tweed, upgraded speaker NOS version. It is a great little amp. Even with my developing skills the sound it incredible and stimulates my playing. I play an american strat and love the sounds that emulate from this speaker. I am a beginner guitarist but choose to play my strat throught the incredible tone this amp produces rather than use my martin acoustic guitar. I bought my martin guitar through Guitar center and got a decent price. Likewise, my intial purchase of an amp was a good experience. I traded the standard version of the blues jr. for the tweed NOS version and when it developed a crackle at rest, they replaced it within the initial 30days without question. i am extremely pleased with this amp, the clean tone is pleasant to my ears. i will eventually buy a pedal for it but for now love the longing bluesy tones that I can draw from it as i work towards my guitar goals.

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