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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
 
4.4

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (35)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Warm / comfy (32)
  • Portable (31)
  • Good power output (27)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (30)
  • Performances (25)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (10), Novice (4)

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love the tone....but....

First, kudos to the folks at MF for working with me! That have been helpful and courteous. Now to the problems. I have tried two of these amps. The first one exhibited...Read complete review

First, kudos to the folks at MF for working with me! That have been helpful and courteous. Now to the problems. I have tried two of these amps. The first one exhibited an intermittent "crackling noise" like a short in a connection or a tube issue. This amp was exchanged for another one that has a constant "buzz" that seems to be associated with the reverb (it disappears when I turn the reverb completely off) and increases/decreases in intensity but is particularly noticeable when playing some notes/chords. The noise is always present, but at times is almost overwhelms the guitar. I am returning this amp today, and and not going to try another one of this model.

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2.0

You Might Get A Dud...

By Josh

from Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Decent Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Needs Lots of Repairs
  • Quality Control
  • Wiring Issues

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

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

I am giving this amp an overall rating of 2 stars because when it is working it is a fantastic little amp. However, I bought this amp from Guitar Center a year ago in hopes that it would be my main amp for playing music at my church a few times a week. I only used it only a handful of times before I had to take it to a shop to get it repaired. I never gigged with this amp or put it through hard use. However, within just 6 months of very light use it had a broken tube and needed to have the power supply replaced. The repair guy at the amp shop said that this was very common on the 3rd generation Blues Jr. Amps. He said the first generation was made in America and was fantastic. The second generation was made in Mexico and only had a few issues. This generation was also made in Mexico but he had seen many come through his shop with lots of issues.

Pros: A decent sounding amp for the money. 100% tube amp sound with a "warm" button to fatten up the tone. Pretty loud, and not extremely heavy overall.

Cons: Lots of quality issues. The tubes break easily, and the sometimes the amp won't turn on. At the time of writing this review the amp lost power again after being home from the shop for just a week. There are lots of quality issues with this amp that are not backed by Fender's warranty. Repairs get expensive!

Overall: If you can find a 1st or 2nd generation it might be worth the money but I would not recommend getting this model. Save your money for a good made in USA amp that won't break down with only minor use.

 
5.0

Small Amp, Big Sound

By Moxxi

from Winnipeg, MB Canada

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Might Require Distortion Pedal
  • No Effects Send/Loop
  • No Standby Switch

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

I have used a Fender Princeton Chorus (solid state amp) for going on 21 years now and was always wanting to get into a tube amp, but as we all know, tube amps aren't the most affordable things out there - plus tubes can be finicky and you have to careful during transport, they can blow at any moment etc. To test the waters, I rented a Fender Blues Jr. III from my local pro shop. The band I play in is a classic rock / blues band so right away I can tell a couple of things. 1: For 80% of the songs we play, the Blues Jr. provides the perfect level of blues overdrive. For that other 20%, I had to go with an actual distortion pedal (over an overdrive) simply due to the sounds I required. 2. We use Roland V-Drums in the band, so this amp is more than loud enough for a live gig. If you have a monster drummer and everyone is cranking it up, this amp might not cut it, but I'd be surprised if it didn't. 3. I only discovered how much I loved this amp by switching it back and forth from my FPC during rehearsals. Alone they sounded very similar to me (and the FCP has great distortion for my needs) but I realized the clarity of the tubes (harmonics maybe? I don't know I'm not a scientician) really cut through for me (I have single sided deafness and hearing my amp is like, really important!) I finally decided I couldn't live without it and everyone loved the sound of it. My wife is in the band and she loved it too, so buying another amp wasn't an issue. Everywhere I look, bar house equipment, other guitar players, recording studios - this amp is literally everywhere. If you really want to see what it can do, try it with your band, not just on its own in a music store somewhere. There are some drawbacks (see cons list). Every guitar I put through it shines: USA Fender Strat (HSS), Telecaster, SG etc. If you're playing small to medium clubs, this is your new amp. Sounds great, lightweight portable and doesn't take up much room.

 
5.0

I Love my Blues Junior

By Big Wave

from Tempe, Az.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Still learning to get what I want out of it very versatile takes pedals well, sounds fantastic it's a great little amp. Not at all sorry I got it Musians Friend really worked on the price with me to the point it was impossible not to get.
      Thanks MF !

       
      4.0

      LOVE IT!

      By Eugene

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      love it !!!!!!!!!!! Great price great clean.Haven't figured out how to get the overdrive out of it that I expected yet, It is heavier than I expected. Overall it checks the boxes. After we have had time to get to know each other we will be inseparable..

       
      5.0

      Great clear sound

      By dm

      from denver, co

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Playing this amp is a pleasure. the sound is so clear and crisp. i feel like i can finally actually hear my guitar.this amp is not muddy at all. the master volume is key, as you can get great grit up to to distortion using it. it takes pedals great. the speaker sounds nice stock. love having a 12". reverb works great. nice dogbone handle. 5 stars overall. the downside, which is not enough for me mark it down: weight is over 30lbs, but thats still manageable for great sound, there is no FX loop, no external speaker output, i dont like the power cord being attached. this is my favorite amp now.

         
        4.0

        Except for the hum I would buy agin

        By speed

        from Wenatchee, Washington

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • I live 150 mile from the nearest guitar center !
          • The unit has a hum that should not be there
          • What can be done about it?Disappointed

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          Home studio,practice

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not too shabby

          By Jake bugg

          from New Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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

           
          5.0

          Great little tubee amp

          By player

          from Tyler TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

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

            Originally I bought a pro Jr. It sounded good but just seemed to lack something. The blues Jr. gave me the exact sound I was looking for.

             
            5.0

            Perfect Size, Fender Tone, and smoother overdrive...

            By steve

            from New Mexico

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • no effects loop

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            Loved my Hot Rod Deluxe, but it was just too much amp. Plus, My HRD II had TERRIBLE overdrive. This preserves that great Fender tone, but Fender has done a good job of improving the overdrive in the new version of these amps. Great reverb, great tone, and plenty of volume. This amp gets LOUD!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great amp, just change out the speaker

            By andreg508

            from Boston, ma.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              Great amp for classic rock, country, blues, etc. Just replace the speaker. I had a Jenson Alnico p10r laying around here. So I made a conversion ring from a piece of 3/8 plywood. It's my new portable Super Reverb. Now I leave my 67 Super at home. Plenty loud enough for stage. if not, I stick a sm57 in front of it. perfect.

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