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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
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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

 

You Might Get A Dud...

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...Read complete review

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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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

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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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding amp. Sound is incredible.

      By Chucka

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

         
        5.0

        Great customer service from Scott Daily @ GC Southfield!

        By Dking

        from Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        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.

           
          4.0

          Great little blues buster!

          By Andrew Otwell

          from Woodstock, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          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.

             
            4.0

            killer sound

            By Steve

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

              (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sure & Steady

              By Dave

              from Mid-Mich

              Site Member

              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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