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Fender Blues Junior 15-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amplifier - Black

by Fender

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  • 15-watt tube preamp
  • 12" Fender Special Design Eminence speaker
  • Pair of EL-84 Groove Tube output tubes
  • Three 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Fender reverb, flexible controls, and FAT circuit with footswitch for golden tones

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 18 x 16 inches ; 40 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 36.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B001J1R6QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,593 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 22, 2008

Product Description

The Blues Junior, a warm-toned favorite, takes our 15-watt tube preamp/power amp platform and pushes it through a 12" Fender Special Design Eminence speaker. That sound comes courtesy of a pair of EL-84 Groove Tube output tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. Add our renowned Fender reverb, flexible controls, and FAT circuit with footswitch for golden tones, and you're in business. And just look at that chrome panel, that black textured vinyl with silver grille cloth, and those vintage pointer knobs.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on May 3, 2009
IF you are looking at getting a Blues Junior, you are basically a stay home practice/player, home recorder, or real small gigger.

Most of the great sounding CRUNCH amps are really meant for large gigs like Hiwatt, Marshall and most Orange's.

Only Orange of those makes a nice crunch in a small amp, but it's not cheap either. Almost 800.

If you want a Blue Junior, you've already decided to get a tube amp and one with EL84s for their crunch, and NOT 6L6 and not an amp for it's amazing CLEAN sound, like say the Fender Reverbs.

Bottom line, this is an amazingly affordable and superb sounding amp at all levels of crunch.

I rate it at a 5 because of it's very reasonable price, especially used. I don't know truly if the newer ones since 2001 are as good as the American made ones, so you'll have to check that out. I don't like these reviews that seem to put all Blues Juniors under one review umbrella when they are different makes at different times, so check out the date info and compare them IF you can. Let your ears determine, not a review or persons opinion.

All I can say is I've searched and played amps for a long time now and I like 6L6 tube amps for clean and EL84's for crunch, all tube and for home non-gigging crunch the Blues Junior is the least expensive best sounding way to go.

As for problems, the main one I've heard is that the tubes don't last as long as other amps, that they are setup to be "hotter". I don't know if this is true, but my attitude is: if that's what it takes to make it sound like this, I LIKE it.

Also, don't get caught up with the "MOD" bug. Yes, there are zillion things you can DO to a Blues Junior.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zelie Nic on October 25, 2008
This amp is great. Not only is it loud enough to easily cut over a drumset, but it's a tube amp and breaks up nicely. It's not too heavy, so you won't dread having to tote it around like you might with other tube amps. The reverb is fantastic and the fotoswitchable "fat" channel gives more dynamicism than you'd expect from such a small amp.

I only have two complaints.
- The input is mostly plastic and it will strip. I'd replace the input with an all metal one if I were you.

- I wish it were under a little under the $400 mark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slashaholic Anonymous on September 18, 2010
I've owned my Blues Jr. for about 4 years, and I've been pretty happy with it for that time. I bought it wanting to get good classic rock tones at a reasonable (not necessarily bedroom)volume, which, for 60's and 70's rock, this amp delivers in spades. Yes, I know it's called the "blues" junior, but it'll do studio Led Zeppelin or AC/DC pretty darn well, especially if you throw a tube screamer in front of it. On that note, while this amp does respond quite well to most pedals, it doesn't do metal well. Even turned up, it doesn't produce or handle the very strong and punchy bass that metal generally favors. But why would you buy a Fender blues junior amp with the intent to play metal? If you're reading this review then you're probably a blues or similar genre of music guitar player, and if that's the case, I recommend this amp to you if you're looking for an amp that has the following features:
-Low wattage makes for reasonable volume tube saturation and overdrive, very smooth and organic.
- Boost switch adds a little more overdrive, bass, and mids to thicken your tone. But not too much. One of my favorite features of the amp, in fact.
-Spring(not digital) reverb, not the best you've ever heard, but most definitely useable.
-Easy to mod, or at least change speaker, which I did. I tried a Jensen C12N, Celestion Greenback, and Eminence Texas Heat, and found the Texas Heat to be a great match. But the stock speaker really does sound good so a speaker change certainly isn't necessary.
-Manageable weight
-Enough volume to keep up with a drummer, but don't expect your tone to stay clean. Clean headroom is pretty limited with low-wattage tube amps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlo on January 14, 2011
I positively reviewed the Blues Jr more than a year ago and I've decided to edit my review. Admittedly, the last time I reviewed the amp I was in a honeymoon phase with it and now that I've come back to earth I felt I an edit was appropriate. I had version 2 of the amp- it had the cream colored board and was made in Mexico (but not the newer model that has incorporated the BillM bright mods aka 'sparkle'). There is a lot to like about this amp. It is loud, light, and compact. This makes it practical choice for grab and go jamming. It's a low watt amp and you are hitting it's sweet spot at practice volume when playing live with a drummer. I experienced no mechanical problems with my amp however I found the plastic input jack to be flimsy and the nut stripped fairly easily. I ultimately sold the amp and moved on for two reasons. Firstly, the amp lacks decent crunch. I don't need a triple rec kind of crunch mind you- simply blues, classic and alt rock. Even with the gain dimed, the breakup was unappealing. I chose to distort the amp with a myraid of stomp boxes- a handfull of tubescreamers with the amp on the verge of breakup, a vintage ProCo RAT and an OCD but I could not get it to the point of bringing a smile to my face. In terms of clean tone, I also found the Blues Jr to be somewhat lacking. It's an EL84 driven amp, so it lacks the trademark Fender 'jangle' that can be attributed to 6L6 tubes. It's a Fender, but it doesn't do the 'Fender' thing particulary well IMHO. The VOX Ac30 is an EL84 powered amp that can achieve a lovely clean (albiet not 'fender' clean)however design decisions related to the tone stack and cabinet size do not give the Blues Jr that sound (see my next point). The second and biggest reason I got rid of the amp was that I found it extremely boxy sounding.Read more ›
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