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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / The Pro Jr.Club

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guitpicker

USA

Oct 19th, 2011 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only difference I can tell between the BJ and the BJIII is only cosmetic. The BJ will be heard and your landlord will hate it. I don't use it as a practice amp, I play it out. Champion 600 for around the house.

johnhe

Northern Ireland

Nov 14th, 2011 04:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a re-convert to the Pro Jnr, and I appologise for the long story. I was originally a Blues Jnr user - I gigged with a pair of them for years. However, occasionally I struggled for headroom, so I bought a beautiful sounding, used AC30 head and Engl 2x10 cab, which is now my main gigging rig.

However, for playing in church, I've been using my Pro Jnr for a year or so now, and I've just been blown away by the sound at low volumes - warm, detailed and beautiful in every way. I don't get to turn it up, but the transportability of the Pro Jnr is such a winner.

Recently, I've been tempted by the H&K Tubemeister to splash out on a new 15-30W amp. This caused me to go through my 3 exsiting amps to re-evaluate how they sound as objectively as possible. After a few months away from my Blues Jnr, I was shocked by just how hard I found it to get a good sound from that amp at all, at any volume.

So, then I tried the Pro jnr and although the amp sounded absolutely great at low volumes, I struggled with the harshness of the sound at anywhere near gigging volumes - even quiet gigs. But instead of admitting defeat, I plugged my Pro Jnr into my Engl cab and WOW. What a knock out! What a difference! Totally fabulous sound. Obviously a lot less headroom than the AC30, but such a great tone. I can't wait for the next gig to try this out live!

So now, I'm thinking of ditching the Tubemesiter plan and have all sorts of things buzzing around in my head- perhaps re-cab the Pro Jnr, buy an 8ohm 1 x 15 cab (mine is 16 ohms, and I'd be concerned about gigging my Pro Jnr with a 16ohm load) etc etc.

So if I tried to put all of the above into one phrase, I'd say "Pro Jnr what a great little amp!"

Deacon Blues
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Nov 15th, 2011 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always contended that the Pro Jr. is a great amp limited by the stock cabinet and speaker. My epiphany came when I plugged one into a Mesa 4x10 cab loaded with Jensen RI P10R's.

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Nov 16th, 2011 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So if I tried to put all of the above into one phrase, I'd say "Pro Jnr what a great little amp!"

Yep, a lot of us will use other amps too, but no denying that these little amps can kick out some good tone.

johnhe

Northern Ireland

Nov 20th, 2011 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've read some stuff about the changes in the new Blues Jnr III, but can anyone enlighten me as to the changes between the old Pro Jnr and the new Pro Jnr III?

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Nov 21st, 2011 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some of the newer upgrades for the PJ are easier to read black control panel with front reading text, new badge, vintage Fender "dog bone" handle, vintage sized jewel light, lower-noise shielding, rattle reducing shock absorbers for tubes.

turnstylepoet

Denver, CO

Nov 29th, 2011 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been a Pro Junior user/fan for several years now. I play a Tele through a v.4 OCD and a Way Huge Pork Loin. I've been using the PL as my clean boost but as a low to medium gain player I really want to start using it for OD tones. I like the OCD but I tend to use my PL far more so I am going to ditch my OCD and look for a good clean boost. What clean boosts are you using with your Pro Junior?

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Nov 30th, 2011 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What clean boosts are you using with your Pro Junior?"

I've been using a Carl Martin DC Drive and it's like the best of both worlds for me...

Carl Martin Pedal

Maradona86

La Bombonera

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Dec 11th, 2011 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I heard that they were going to do/doing a tweed version of this amp. Can anyone confirm? I've always wanted one of these in tweed and would be all over this if this was the case.

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Dec 12th, 2011 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I heard that they were going to do/doing a tweed version of this amp. Can anyone confirm?"

Dave Sugarbeet has one, but it's a vintage model.

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Apr 22nd, 2012 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bump for the new owners...

rev-al

England

Apr 27th, 2012 04:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pro Junior year of manufacture ?

T-05**** is the start of the serial number -
Can anyone tell me is year ?

It is a 10" Tweed.

Thanks

carsten

on the rhine

Apr 27th, 2012 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi rev-al!

if you take a look in the back of the cabinet, you should find a small, white "inspection-sticker" with a 2-letter code indicating the year and month of production. i think you´ll find the info on fender.com.

cheers - C.

CheapShoes
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Apr 27th, 2012 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a HRDv with such a sticker, but a quick peek at my two MIM BlJrs and one PJr have no such stickers. Just a tube chart. So I too am interested in Rev-Al's question. I'd guess that T stands for tweed, as my three in black tolex Ser Nos. start with a "B". I don't think the first couple of digits are the year, however. CS

carsten

on the rhine

Apr 27th, 2012 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi cheap shoes!

i just took a look in the back of my tweed BJ and found the sticker right where the reverb-cables are mounted to the inside of the cab.
is not white, though - it´s grey/black and it reads "FI".
i just looked up the fender-site and it says "F" means 1995 and "I" stands for September.

cheers - C.


CheapShoes
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Midwest USA

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Apr 27th, 2012 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Carsten. That's where my MIA HRDv sticker was located but nothing in my MIM amps that I can see. One MIM amp I purchased new in 2007, so maybe Fender stopped using the inspection stickers when they moved production to Mexico? Or maybe it is just random which amp have them and which do not? Or I'm just not looking hard enough.

(This message was last edited by CheapShoes at 05:49 PM, Apr 27th, 2012)

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

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Apr 28th, 2012 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The earliest Pro Jr amps were manufactured in 1993, so if someone is advertising a Pro Jr that is older than that, you will know they are suspicious.




Randawg

Elk Grove, CA

"Let's Do Funk"
May 6th, 2012 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any thoughts on the "Red October" model PJ?? I know the history. Just bought a new one from 2011. Are they crap? Should've got a blk one? I can always return it, ha.
Any opinions??? Thanks

Deacon Blues
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May 6th, 2012 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same amp. Just a different wrapper and speaker.

(This message was last edited by Deacon Blues at 10:44 AM, May 6th, 2012)

Randawg

Elk Grove, CA

"Let's Do Funk"
May 6th, 2012 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Deacon-I hope the hiss problem is fixed. Also, since it's a non-stock speaker, I was wondering how that shaped the overall tone. When I went from stk to a RC spk in a XD champ, there was a volume increase, for instance. Just wondering what to expect. I guess Fender picked that spk for a reason, or got a long deal on 'em.
Thanks!

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