The world’s most popular tube amps just got better! Fender® Hot Rod series amplifiers are found on every stage in the world, large and small, and are used by guitarists from all walks of life. Hot Rod amps deliver unmistakable Fender tone and are the perfect platform for musicians to craft their own signature sound. These no-frills amps are affordable, reliable and loud, and they pair extremely well with stomp boxes. The Blues Junior™ III is a 15-watt warm-toned, longtime favorite - the perfect grab-and-go tube amp for stage and studio. It is known for the fat mid tones characteristic of EL-84 output tubes, warm 12AX7 preamp tube overdrive, real spring reverb, simple control layout, footswitchable FAT boost and external speaker capability. Additional Blues Junior III upgrades include an easier-to-read black control panel with front-reading text, new badge, vintage Fender “dog bone” handle, vintage-size jewel light, “sparkle” circuit mod, rattle-reducing shock absorbers for the EL84 tubes, highly sensitive Fender Special Design 12” “lightning bolt” speaker by Eminence®, and heavy-duty set-screw “chicken head” knobs.
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I've owned mine for 6 years. LOVE IT!
It has an unbelievable TONE!
Crisp and clear like a Fender should be able to sound, but you can get a bit of growl out of it too when you crank it up.
NOT Heavy Metal Distortion, buy a pedal for that, but a good bit of that over-driven tube sound. Amazing from such a small Amp. It sounds WAY BIGGER than it is.
This Amp handles pedals with ease also. My "toys" sound great through it.
It's compact, but it is a lot more than just a practice Amp.
Though it's PERFECT for that.
Great first Amp for beginners because it doesn't "limit" you.
Also a great working Amp for playing out.
More than holds it's own when the band plays the garage.
My Peavey, and other solid state, playing friends are jealous as hell.
Works great for smaller venues when playing out.
You can get a great sound at lower volumes than you can with a 100w tube amp.
My only 2 complaints would be
1: Reverb is is a bit cheesy. BUT....... In an Amp this size your working a smaller spring so you shouldn't expect it to sound like a Twin. I don't use much Reverb anyway, so to me it doesn't matter. If you're going to play nothing but surf music, and Dick Dale licks, it won't be for you.
2: Suggested retail price is a bit high. But you should be able to find one for a couple hundred less. Try Guitar Center.
I am very , very, happy with it and would buy one again.
danielt owns this item
This is my first experience with a lower wattage amp and I could not be happier with the sound and simplicity. I have a pretty extensive pedal board and do not need any extra bells and whistles on my amplifier. I brought my limited edition Silver Bullet to band practice and the guys could not believe it was only 15 watts. It has that classic Fender "sound"; and was more than loud enough to make its presence known amongst a drummer, rhythm guitar and a SVT playing bass player. My main amp is an American made 1994 2X12 Blues Deville, and this little Silver Bullet hangs right in there with it. The only issue I had was that it had bad preamp tubes installed at the factory. I don't know if this is the luck of the draw or poor quality control practices. Regardless, it crapped out on me after an hour and a half at band practice. Luckily, I took it back to Alpha Music in Virginia Beach, where I bought it, and they troubleshot and fixed it within an hour. Great Amp, loud, Clear and Fat!!!. In my opinion, you cannot compete with Fender Amplification. I opened up for Blackfoot a few years ago, and they had a bunch of Marshall stacks on stage. My 2x12 Blues Deville absolutely blew those Marshalls away....There was no comparison in tone, and that's what it's all about...TONE!!!.
basop32 owns this item
I own a blues deluxe reissue. I was looking for a smaller, easier-to-carry amp for practice and smaller gigs. This one takes the cake. I can practice at home at lower volumes, and when playing in smaller rooms it takes up less space, and weighs less.
The sound is great! I get that beautiful clean sound at lower volume, and with the fat button, I can get some great distortion. Very happy with both of my fender amps
phreddybee owns this item
I love this amp...it is extremely quiet when not playing and turned up...the gain volume will tune in any amount of overdrive and when gain is set for clean it is pristine...and the reverb is wide ranged...this is perhaps my favorite and most versatile fender amp I've ever owned...it's just so "clean" and it is so "overdrive and in the middle of it all..."Great Warm Tone"....
I've always been a huge fender man but honestly, this one rated highest of any and I'm still surprised how "rich" it always sounds and the wonderful controllable harmonic feedback, ect...
Just a really Great Amp!!!
lonzosigmonzo owns this item
I bought this because I could no longer cart around my Boogie Mk3. At age 60 I don't want to be regularly picking up a 64lb combo, however good it sounds!
The Blues Junior is remarkable - not only does it produce the classic Fender tone (particularly the rhythm sound when using my US Standard Strat), but also it is loud enough to use at most of our gigs, which tend to be small to medium sized venues.
For lead work, for the sort of blues based stuff we do, it produces a warm tone, with sufficient sustain. Adjustment of the appropriate controls will allow it to overdrive very nicely, if that is your thing!
There is really nothing this amp lacks - a standby switch is not exactly essential, and an "overdrive" or lead channel is simply not necessary, because you are likely to be using the volume at the higher end of the scale (7-8) for most gigs.
If, like me, you prefer to put your guitar straight into the amp, with no pedals or gizmos to mess up the sound, I think you will be absolutely delighted with the Blues Junior. Forget the 15watt tag - this amp holds it own with the Boogie Mk3 the other guitarist in my band uses (ok, we are not incredibly loud) and drums, bass, keyboards and a noisy vocalist! I also don't have any more backache after a gig, because this is not much more than half the weight of the Boogie!
this blues junior has been best amp in amp history
My opinion is that this amp has been the best all round amp for anybody
Long live Blues Junior
rockon101 owns this item
I bought this amp second-hand and was totally blown away. Even if I had bought it full price I still would have been impressed by the value. I believe this amp is the benchmark for tube amps. It delivers crazy-nice clean tones at low volume, crunches over nicely when cranked up and can go pretty mental when properly full-blast. Perfect for Blues/Blues-Rock/Jazz. The reverb is really nice too. It's a shame they don't include the FAT switch but still... It's not light weight but for what it is, it's not gonna get much lighter anywhere else. The only reason I upgraded to a Hot Rod Deluxe is because it just didn't have enough headroom to cut above the drums at practice and stay clean at the same time. I still have it at home though.
wilba123 owns this item
I've been playing my Les Paul Studio through my Blues Jr III amp for about 6 months now. I mostly play at low volumes in the house and it sounds great. I have had it out to my friend's garage a couple of times and it held its own, cranked it up there and still got great sound. It's pretty light for a tube amp so it travels well, doesn't take up a lot of space in my bedroom so I can leave it out and use it whenever the mood hits me. It takes pedals well (as long as you buy decent ones - I'm not impressed with Danelectro Fab pedals in bypass mode but my Boss ones are great). I only have one knock against this amp, why didn't Fender put a stand-by switch on it??? I'd definitley recommend it to anyone who is looking for that warm tube sound and doesn't want to break the bank.
This has to be one of the best Fender amp platforms, putting solid and reliable tube tune into an affordable package. The fifteen tube watts through the twelve inch speaker are louder than you would think, and yet I usually play mine in the house at very low volume these days and I still really enjoy the tone. I like to use a little bit of overdrive pedal along with a compressor, and then dial in some of the amp's own reverb. I think mine is the version before the present one, but I've played several of the current models, and feel that my impression of the amp is still valid. Before I bought mine I read some reviews that were a bit down on the reverb, but I actually like the reverb sound I'm getting, and when I want something a little different I use a reverb pedal. The combination of a Telecaster or a Strat and this amp gets a very nice, clear, biting and very 'Fender' tone: it's identifiable and in a certain category, but it covers more sonic ground than you might think. You can get some very liquid, "tubier" tones with a little bit of adjustment. Also seems to be pretty tough for a tube amp.
I've also been really impressed with all the variations on this platform, with different speakers and cosmetics.
This is certainly one of my favorite amps, and truly excellent value for the dollar.
Ejh owns this item
I have the Blues Jr. NOS reissue of 2012, and if you can still find one - get it. The Jensen speaker makes a huge difference. Beautiful clean tones can be turned into snarling overdrive with a simple turn of the pre-amp volume knob. I play a Strat, Tele, and an LP through this amp and all sound fantastic. The 15 watts are more than enough for practice, a small club, and can be easily miked for a larger venue. The only negative I have experienced is when use an effects pedal it shuts down the reverb. All is well however when I disconnect the effect and restart the amp. This probably could be corrected with an effects loop.
rsc1911 owns this item
I own a stock Blues Junior amp that I have had for a couple of years. I play an American Standard Telecaster through it almost every day in my modest home studio. The amp sounds great and I get compliments on the tone all the time when I have buddies over to jam. It starts to break up nicely just past mid volume and is easily controlled with the volume knob on my Tele and by varying my pick attack. It accepts pedals well and is plenty loud for my studio or when out practicing with friends. It travels well and is light and rugged. I think it lacks clean headroom to be a serious gigging amp for medium to large venues but could probably be miked successfully. I play mostly blues and classic rock at home and with friends in a garage band and for that, this amp is hard to beat. If I could only have one amp however, I would probably look for a Fender tube amp around 30 watts with two channels and an effects loop with level control. They exist but are a few hundred dollars more than the Blues Jr. If you are looking for a medium to low wattage amp with great all tube tone for small venues that is built well at a reasonable price, look no further. I have played every one I could find in this category and price point. No one came close to Fender.
sonicox7256 owns this item
My Blues Junior is about 7 years old and I just bought it in January 2013. My first experience with a tube amp as this replaced a Mustang II modeling amp. This amplifier has very few bells and whitsles so it is up to the player to coax your particular sound. You or a pedal can provide almost any effect you desire. A tube amp is the way to go if you really want to express yourself with a true electric guitar sound.
Awesome little amp, I use it as a clean base to run pedals through but the built in dirt is good too. Light, very portable and easy on the wallet.
Anytime I know i am going to be miked, this is the amp I bring with me.
monty owns this item
Great amp. Fairly portable. Versatile tone and range. Ideal for home or gigging with friends.
butchwr owns this item
For a small amp this one is so so sweet, the more you play it the better it sounds. I play a low volume most of the time at home. I like slow blues and this is one of the best fits for me. You can't go wrong with the Blues Jr tone & the reverb is sweet.
billyd2000 owns this item
I have the limited edition version of this amp with the Eminence Cannabis Rex speaker and red tolex and think it's fantastic! I mainly use the amp for home practice and small gigs and it is yet to disappoint sounding great at all volumes, I mainly play classic rock/blues based things like Hendrix, Stevie Ray, John Mayer but also use the amp for some surf style stuff with my band. In terms of tone, this is bang on the Fender clean sound that you would expect, not as loud and bright as anything like a Twin Reverb or a Hot rod deluxe due to the the low wattage (and possibly Eminence speaker). The blues junior has no where near as much gain as anything I've owned previously from Marshall, Vox or Orange but i really like that, at full whack you get a nice crunch that sounds very bluesy. Unless you have a serious distortion pedal i wouldn't recommend this amp for anything heavier than ACDC territory. It definitely nails the in-between bluesy tone, clean with a hint of gain that just breaks up under pick attack. The reverb is also great, it seems to add real depth to the tone and isn't too deep and spacey like it is on a lot of other amps I've tried!
Build quality is rock solid and the red tolex makes the amp look a little bit classier than your standard Blues Jr, keep making FSR finishes on your amps and guitars Fender!
Only criticisms are that some other 15 watt amps in this price bracket include nice extra features like in built tremolo circuits and higher quality Celestion/Eminence speakers as standard.
Griffithjones owns this item
I needed a small tube amp for playing in the living room and for playing with friends in the jam room. I wanted something that was easy to carry and had great tone. The Blues Junior III fit that bill perfectly. The amp is easy to use, the controls are well laid out and the versatility of tones the amp is capable of are immense. You can tweak the EQ to get a respectable Blackface or Tweed tone. You can crank up the volume and turn the master down to get some heavy tube soaked drive. There's not a ton of headroom, but that's to be expected for a low watt tube amp. There is plenty of volume for the band room, and I've seen lots of players gigging with a miked Blues Junior in clubs around town. The Lighting Bolt speaker matches with the character of the amp very well. The only real weak spot for me was the reverb - but I also have a '65 Deluxe Reverb reissue and really no other reverb can come close to matching that. All in all the Blues Junior III is an excellent choice for any player who wants a small, versatile tube amp.
BDSAZ owns this item
|Model Name:||Blues Junior™ III, 120V, Black|
|Controls:||Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume|
|Inputs:||One - 1/4"|
|Speaker Jack:||One 1/4" Mono|
|Pilot Light Jewel:||Red Jewel|
|Handle:||Molded Rubber "Dog Bone" Style|
|Grill Cover:||Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth|
|Amplifier Depth:||9.81" (24.9 cm)|
|Amplifier Width:||18" (45.72 cm)|
|Amplifier Height:||16" (40.6 cm)|
|Amplifier Weight:||31 lbs. (14.06 kg)|
|Speaker:||One - 12" Fender® “Lightning Bolt” Design by Eminence®|
|Pre Amp Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (3 x 12AX7)|
|Power Tubes:||Groove Tubes® - (2 x EL84)|
|Unique Features:||Black control panel, New badge, Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, Fat Switch|
|FootSwitch:||Optional 1-Button Footswitch|
|Knobs:||Chicken-Head Style Pointer|
|Cover:||Optional Fitted Cover Available|
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