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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 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 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)
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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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(72 of 77 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Happy Camper

By Drake Remore

from State College, PA

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

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.

(27 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By Bryan

from Tucson, AZ

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

I bought this amp due to the fact that I once owned a previous Fender hot rod deluxe amp. I sold/traded it for a Marshall. Big mistake! Was not happy with the Marshall as I didnt have the tone i once had before using Fender Hot Rod series amps. (I play Gibson Les Paul, Fender Strat & tele.) I got this amp although it has less features than the deluxe but it was just what i needed. I run a Line 6 Pod through it as well. This little amp packs a powerful punch in tone and is very loud! It will make the walls hum and shake. It is probably one of the best amps that i have owned for home use. You can also use it to perform as it really is a loud amp. Crank the volume knob with the FAT switch ON and you get a dirty blues like distortion tone. Great for blues! Throw a Tube Screamer on it and its great too! The louder you go with the Master the more dirtier it becomes. This amp also works well with stomp boxes and effects pedals. I would highly recommend this amp or any other amp in the hot rod family to guitar players. Go to your local store and play one for yourself. I love this amp and I am 100% satisfied with it. I do not think I have to search for another amp anytime soon. I just know not to sell Fender amps again as they are keepers. I once owned a Twin reverb and hot rod deluxe. I place this right up next to them in sound and quality. But it definitly fits the budget way better than the bigger amps.

(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's all about the tone

By izzy

from Dallas, TX

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

I play jazz/swing/blues, and had just sold the quintessential jazz amp, a Roland JC-120, whose unique, clean sound I knew would be virtually impossible to replicate. I've come as close I could get with the Blues Junior. The tube tones vs. the solid state clean tones of the Roland are clearly different, but I'm finding that the more I play the Jr., the better I am enjoying those tube tones. Many tones can be dialed, most of which come through the Eminence speaker with that clean sound I'm so accustomed to. I crank the master volume up, keeping the other volume knob at low settings, and it produces a very rich sound, whose tone I can tweek at my preference. Playing chord progressions on my '91 Gibson ES-165 really can produce the warmth I need through the Jr., but I can even get the "grit" I need playing my Tele, and pumping the volume up to the desired setting. I don't even use the "fat" channel; the correct settings work just fine for blues riffs. I gave it a 4 rating for the following reasons: it took 3 exchanges at my local GC to find one that worked properly, so my faith in Fender QC has diminished a bit. However, at 57 yrs. old, I've finally found an amp that is able to give me a rainbow of tones that I can actually carry into a gig. Even at the current price, the Blues Junior is still an excellent value - nice tones, power to spare, in a manageble package.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tone MONSTER!

By Mark

from Hoschton, GA

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

The best amp you could ask for. Vintage tube tone in a compact form. I bought mine slightly used and it's still amazing looking and sounding. The small size may fool you, but let me tell you, this little guy packs a punch! Talk about loud...the Blues Junior shakes my room! Wonderful amount of tones can be created from it. Of course you have the well-known Fender clean tone, but it handles everything form surf, with the pre-amp volume down with the treble and spring reverb cranked to 12, to full-out distortion with the pre-amp and all tone controls raised. This amp also takes pedals very well, especially a tube screamer, giving it that rich SRV sound. On the hardware side of the spectrum, it's very light-weight, making it easy to haul to small gigs and perfect for studio use. Easy-to-read controls make it easy to dial into the right setting for that certain tone as well as keeping it simple with no unnecessary knobs. I also own a Line 6 Spider III 75 Watt modeling combo, and my Blues Junior blows it out of the water, in every way imaginable. Should have started with this to begin with...

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Wonderful

By Peter O'Neal

from Dayton, Ohio

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

I love my Blues Junior. I was looking for something with fantastic tone (of course) and without a bunch of amp modelling and other extra, ummm...let's just say "stuff", added to it. I also was going for easily PORTABLE. Fender fullfilled all my desires in this amp. I took my telecaster and Vox tonelab pedal into GC to try some amps out. Spent over an hour messing around in there, until I found the Blues junior and after about 10 min. was anding one of the dudes my GC card. THis is an awesome amp...I would suggest getting the footswitch for the FAT feature, Live Wire makes one that is half the price of the Fender model...FAT is one little extra that this amp does feature that is very nice indeed.

(16 of 16 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.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!

By Rolando

from Houston, Texas

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

Picked up this amp as my first, and WOW. It's small compared to many others in its price range, but it packs a huge punch! An amazing amp with smooth crisp tube sound. It's very convenient because there are many amps that are extremely heavy and huge, but this amp is compact and lightweight. Huge advantage when traveling and trying to get it places. I couldn'y be happier with it. If it caught your eye, GET IT!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Sound Overall

By GF

from Frisco, TX

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

This amp has a beautiful creamy velvet sound which goes well with my Gibson and Ibanez. It does blues unusually well. Very full sound with good balance from the lower through the middle to the upper register. It takes pedals very well - I have run a number of pedals into the amp without any problem and the tone is maintained with good breakup at just past mid volume. The amp is loud and can do small gigs well. For bedroom practice you would not be able to crank it up fully to really appreciate its potential though at low volume there is nertheless sufficient creaminess to please the discerning connoisseur. The only reason I am rating this as four stars is that there is no effects loop and everything must therefore be run through the front. If this does not matter to you, then I would say it is worth the five stars.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Huge Sound for 15 Watts!

By Mike Rieves

from Chapel Hill, TN

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

This amp weighs a bit over 30 pounds, and it's loud enough for most gigs! Great clean sound, nice crunch when you crank it, it isn't a metal amp, but it's good for most everything else. You can get a wide range of tone, from blues, to country to jazz to rock, and it works nicely with pedals so, it's versatile enough to be your only amp, and you'll definitely appreciate it's size and weight when you're loading out after a gig. I bought mine used, and I've had it for about three years and had no trouble of any kind from it, it still looks brand new. The original owner replaced the factory speaker with a Ted Weber VIntage Series Alnico, and it's a great swap, the Weber is more efficient, making the amp louder, and it has better tone too. If you're wanting a small lightweight amp with great tone and plenty of volume, and you don't play metal, go try out a Blues Junior, you might find it's just what you're looking for!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

New Player - Wrong Amp

By Rick LVPG

from Allentown PA

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