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    I've been looking into a manageable amp, in size/weight and in volume, that has the fender cleans I'm looking for. Bedroom playing/recording, possibly band play at some point.

    What do you guys think of it, and, in particular, this FSR with the beautiful tweed exterior and a jensen speaker?

     

     

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/fender-hot-rod-series-blues-junior-nos-15w-1x12-tube-guitar-combo-amp

    Does anyone know anything about this vintage jensen speaker setup, especially compared to the eminence speaker typically in blues jrs?

    Or any other thoughts about the BJR would be nice.

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  • #2
    My son plays one, as does my nephew.
    Pretty decent amps and will get loud enough for a gig. My nephew never takes the Twin along anymore at all for shows.
    Not terribly "Fender" sounding to me but they sound pretty good. Reverb gets nuts above 4 or 5 on the dial.
    The master volume is nice to have if there's no dirt pedal around.
    Seem to be pretty reliable. You could do a lot worse.
    We're not in Kansas anymore.

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    • Special J
      Special J commented
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      My old bass player had one (the original, black tolex one), and I used it a bit in the studio and for a couple of shows. Loud enough to play live, within reason. I thought it was a pretty cool little amp. I would also keep an eye out for a deal on a silverface Princeton Reverb, and I sometimes see really good deals on those Mesa Boogie Subway amps, both of which sound more "Fendery" to me.


  • #3
    I had one for a while, and I really loved it. Great natural overdrive, nice cleans, excellent reverb. I had an Eminence Legend GB12 in mine. I sold it during a stretch of unemployment, and I didn't gig with it. I do regret the sale, because it was a really nice amp.

    I don't know about it not sounding like a Fender... It didn't sound like my Vox, that's for sure.
    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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    • #4
      Ive had mine for a couple of years and I couldn't be happier. Great value amp. I put in an Eminence Swamp Thang and it is killer!
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      • #5

        twotimingpete wrote:

        I've been looking into a manageable amp, in size/weight and in volume, that has the fender cleans I'm looking for. Bedroom playing/recording, possibly band play at some point.

        What do you guys think of it, and, in particular, this FSR with the beautiful tweed exterior and a jensen speaker?

         Or any other thoughts about the BJR would be nice.


        I really liked mine. Just had the stock speaker. For low volume it was ok, kinda thin, not what I think of "fender cleans"...but with a pedal of course it's fine. It's a loud little bitch, and to open it up at all is way too loud for bedroom playing. When you crank it up of course it really comes to life and is plenty loud for band situations.

        I'd buy another.

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        • Dr. Scottie C
          Dr. Scottie C commented
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          I've had 3 Blues Juniors over the last decade.... I GAS for one .... but when it arrives.... my boner goes sorta limp for it...and I move it on....I really need a GWA* meeting.

           

          * Gear Whores Anonymous


      • #6
        At 599 I think the Ampeg GVT15 is the better amp

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        • #7

          not a fan... the prri slays it for cleans imo

          a while ago i was trying strats... i was in an amp room with a twin trying a few out... i went out to get a different guitar, and at that point someone went into the room with the twin, so i had to take the guitar into a different amp room that had a blues jnr in it... after playing through the twin the blues jnr just sounded really crappy to me

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          • soundcreation
            soundcreation commented
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            I've played a few and have always thought they were sh...t....


            They don't give you the classic fender cleans with their el84's and they don't do a good job with their el84 sound either...in my opnion of course. 


        • #8

          I had one for awhile.  It is a pretty good little amp, but not what I would consider a "bedroom amp."  It is really hard to get a good sound out of it at very low levels.

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          • cbh5150
            cbh5150 commented
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            The BJr has its fans, and the newest revision (III) has some of the mods that players have made with previous versions (a bit brighter in the clean dept., etc.).

            It's a fine enough amp for what it is. Does it sound like a Twin? Of course not, but that's like saying an AC4TV doesn't sound like an AC30. It has good cleans, and can get nicely dirty. Like what's said above, though, it's a loud little sucker, and needs to get up in volume to really hit the sweet spot (then again, a lot of tube amps are the same way).

        • #9
          Oh, I should mention that I prefer the old version to the III out now.
          <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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          • #10

            twotimingpete wrote:

            I've been looking into a manageable amp, in size/weight and in volume, that has the fender cleans I'm looking for. Bedroom playing/recording, possibly band play at some point.

            What do you guys think of it, and, in particular, this FSR with the beautiful tweed exterior and a jensen speaker?

             

             

            http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/fender-hot-rod-series-blues-junior-nos-15w-1x12-tube-guitar-combo-amp

            Does anyone know anything about this vintage jensen speaker setup, especially compared to the eminence speaker typically in blues jrs?

            Or any other thoughts about the BJR would be nice.


            I think a Mustang is what you need.

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            • akapuli
              akapuli commented
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              Mid-heavy, yet uncomplicated, mainly boxy sounding amp. It can sound nice, but if you're looking for BF Fender, it won't do that.

              My choice would be PRRI or Vibro Champ.

          • #11
            Well in my case, I sold my Blues Jr because I played my Vox for gigs and most of the time at home. Still, the Blues Jr is a fine little amp. I think that the speaker change in mine made all the difference, but even stock they're good.
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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            • #12
              The Bugs are pretty nice.
              <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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              • #13
                A friend just emailed me with an offer for a Blues Jr. I might own one again! I'll have to track down another Legend GB12.
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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                • #14
                  I just scored a used, excellent condition Blues Jr for $175. I'll post up a NAD when I actually have it
                  <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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                  • benzem
                    benzem commented
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                    kayd_mon wrote:
                    I just scored a used, excellent condition Blues Jr for $175. I'll post up a NAD when I actually have it

                    Great deal congrats.

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