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Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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The Blues Junior III guitar amp is a 15-watt, warm-toned, long time favorite; the perfect grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL84 output tubes, warm 1... Read More

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Overview

The Blues Junior III guitar amp is a 15-watt, warm-toned, long time favorite; the perfect grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL84 output tubes, warm 12AX7 preamp tube overdrive, real spring Reverb, simple control layout, footswitchable FAT boost, and external speaker capability.

The new Blues 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, "Sparkle" mod, rattle-reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, super-sensitive Fender Special Design 12" "lightning bolt" speaker by Eminence, and heavy-duty set screw "chicken head" knobs.

Features
  • All tube preamp and 15-watt power section
  • 3-band EQ
  • FAT boost switch
  • 12" Fender "Lightning Bolt" speaker by Eminence
  • Built-in spring reverb
Specifications
  • Amplifier Type: Tube
    Output Power: 15 Watts
    Speaker: 12", 8 ohm 50-Watt Fender "Lightning Bolt" speaker by Eminence
    Output Impedance: 8 Ohms
    Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
    Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
    Rectifier: Solid State Rectifier
    Inputs: One
    Channels: One Channel
    Controls: Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume
    Effects: Spring Reverb
    Amp Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth
    Height: 16" (40.6 cm)
    Width: 18" (45.72 cm)
    Depth: 9.18" (23.31 cm)
    Weight: 31 lb. (14.06 kg)
    Footswitch: Optional 1-Button Footswitch Available For Fat
    Cover: Optional Amp Cover Available
    Unique Features: Black control panel, New badge, Rattle-reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, Fat Switch
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FenderHot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Happy Camper

I was surprised at how small it was compared to my AC15. I wasn't sure if they shipped the right one! LOL. It's just a tight package. It's a good thing......Read complete review

I was surprised at how small it was compared to my AC15. I wasn't sure if they shipped the right one! LOL. It's just a tight package. It's a good thing... Sturdy, it's lightweight and portable but packs a punch. It has a smooth increase in overdrive, nothing extreme like you might find with some other tube amps, like the Orange Tiny Terror. It takes quite a bit of volume to really get it to break up if you're using a single coil. From what I have discovered, it's a good pedal amp... the clean headroom is really clear and stays that way, probably double that of the AC15. Tonally, it packs a punch in the midrange. As for the treble, make sure you turn the amp to your desired volume and THEN set the treble where you want it. Chances are, if you set the treble while the amp volume is down and then you crank up the master to where you want it, your ears will quickly get exhausted from the amplitude of treble. Use the treble like salt, start small and add to taste. I've done several recordings so far. It sounds great recorded compared to my AC15, which had a tendency to sound muffled when overdriven. All in all, I'm a happy camper. I've owned the AC15CC1, VOX VT30, Spider IV 75, Peavey ValveKing 50 and the VOX AC4. This amp stands out from them all in a class of its own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

New Player - Wrong Amp

Disclaimer: I am a new player. I purchased the Blues Jr. III with a Fender Am Strat. I love tube audio equipment, but have a budget. The choice of an amp was...Read complete review

Disclaimer: I am a new player. I purchased the Blues Jr. III with a Fender Am Strat. I love tube audio equipment, but have a budget. The choice of an amp was easy. The best thing about the Blues Jr. is its ease of operation. It is a well built, easy to use, clean [no hiss or artifacts] amp at any volume. Simply plug in, set the EQ and forget about it. On the downside, Fender?s better, larger amps sound much better. I made the mistake of plugging into a Fender Twin and heard what I was missing in bottom-end and immediacy. The Blues Jr. sounds somewhat boxed and thin in comparison. There are dozens of mods for the Blues Jr [speakers, capacitors, transformers, tubes, etc]. But, by the time you are done, you?d have been better off simply buying a HotRod or Blues Deluxe. I took advantage of Guitar Center?s excellent return policy and exchanged it for a Mustang III. At my price point, the Mustang sounds better to my ear and offers a better value. JMHO

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4.0

Not too shabby

By Jake bugg

from New Jersey

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Personal use

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5.0

Outstanding amp. Sound is incredible.

By Chucka

from Buffalo, NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    We have a 3 piece basement band. 2 guitars + 1 bass + drum machine.Sound of guitar through amp is unreal. I also have a Electro Harmonix B9 organ pedal that I separate the channels. The dry channel goes into the Fender Amp and the organ channel goes into the PA. Incredible.

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    5.0

    Great customer service from Scott Daily @ GC Southfield!

    By Dking

    from Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Exactly as the general consensus of this amp is stated. Really nice clean tone, takes pedals well.

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      4.0

      Great little blues buster!

      By Andrew Otwell

      from Woodstock, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I use my Blues Junior in my home studio while testing out guitar pedal modifications. The crisp, clear sound and portability allows me to jam out with it on the floor or lift it up on my workbench and very carefully analyze minor modifications to the electronic components of guitar pedals like the Boss DS-1.

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        4.0

        killer sound

        By Steve

        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Increadibly loud for 15 Watts, Great sound, not to big or heavy to cart around, yet plenty of volume, would need to mic for bigger shows.

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          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sure & Steady

          By Dave

          from Mid-Mich

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          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          All I want from an amp is one good clean channel to work with. I need tone that is full, yet will cut through a mix. This is my amp. I'm a musician, not an engineer. I've been playing for 30+ years and have seen all the fads. I'll take pedals over programming all day, and this machine knows what to do with them. This isn't a 2x12 monster or some other rectified wonder, but doesn't cost $1000+ either. Keep your bells, whistles, channels, modeling and all the rest. I turn this amp on and it delivers. End of story.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Novice's Opinion

          By Theron

          from Sierra Madre, CA

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          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I used a solid state modelling amp for the first 5 years of my playing and I just upgraded to this bona fide amp. It is spectacular! So clean and true, it makes my strat sound like a real musician is playing it. It's a bit too powerful for home practicing, so I still need another amp to do that; but now I have the confidence to show up at band practices and jam sessions knowing that I have guitar player cred. I use this with a Boss ME-50 effects pedal.

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not the Best Fender Amp

          By Keith

          from Rochester, New York

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          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          The idea is great; a 15w combo with a master volume, all tube and under $500. I owned the wine red bordeaux edition with the Cannabis Rex speaker. In practice, be prepared to spend a lot of time trying to "dial in" a usable sound. It simply sounds "boxy" and lacks any depth or texture. I tried it with teles, a Les Paul and a Casino. It's not an amp that makes you want to keep it on. I kept it for two weeks and sold it to buy a Princeton 68 Custom. It's portability and looks are it's only redeeming features.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not the Best Fender Amp

          By Keith

          from Rochester, New York

          Site Member

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          The idea is great; a 15w combo with a master volume, all tube and under $500. I owned the wine red bordeaux edition with the Cannabis Rex speaker. In practice, be prepared to spend a lot of time trying to ""dial in"" a usable sound. It simply sounds ""boxy"" and lacks any depth or texture. I tried it with teles, a Les Paul and a Casino. It's not an amp that makes you want to keep it on. I kept it for two weeks and sold it to buy a Princeton 68 Custom. It's portability and looks are it's only redeeming features.

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          (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't buy this amp

          By GARY MANUEL

          from California

          Comments about Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior III 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Have had this amp for a month or so and it makes a lot of noise and the reverb stopped working. The amp only sounds good with Digitech box in front of it. I was going to buy a bigger Fender amp 6 months from now I will be looking at a better brand. Forget Fender.

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