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nejevolnit19

australia

Sep 19th, 2005 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tanx..i dont have the pro junior nemore..swapped it with ashton vp30(a 30w tube amp)..but im planning to buy another pj and see how it goes..is it loud enuf for gigs?if the tube rattles wat can i do?change tube?and when the speaker hum like mad wat do i need to do?dont wna hav the same problem and end up regretingfor buying it again..

GAS Man

USA The Great Wet NW

Sep 20th, 2005 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(This message was last edited by GAS Man at 08:45 PM, Sep 20th, 2005)

GAS Man

USA The Great Wet NW

Sep 20th, 2005 08:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My secret to success with it is a BOSS RV-3 in front. It makes it sound HUGE and I haven't found a better reverb effect yet. The addition of DD allows you to dial in a little slap back to accentuate the reverb.

Try it, you'll love it.

(This message was last edited by GAS Man at 08:46 PM, Sep 20th, 2005)

George17

USA

Tube Tone is the Answer
Sep 29th, 2006 01:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Pro Jr is one of the great classic Fender amps of all time with pure Tube Tone. I use mine for late night practice, recording, and gigs with an 8 ohm 2-12 ext cab.

sebben

United States

Jeffreyl
Mar 12th, 2007 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got one of these puppies, I like it but it still has the mass produced guts. Here is the next step to breath some Tone into it:

Pro Jr board

sebben

United States

Jeffreyl
Mar 12th, 2007 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

sorry , didn't go to the next page to see my post...... DUH!

http://www.dreamtone.org/PJ.htm

(This message was last edited by sebben at 10:48 AM, Mar 12th, 2007)

fendermike

Western Mass

Sep 5th, 2007 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's an actual review to match the thread title:

I bought the Pro Jr. during a period where I was "between tube amps". I had just sold a Marshall Studio 15 - if anyone remembers the My Favorite Marshall site, that was me and that was the amp I sold.

I had also recently sold a Blues Jr. After 2 years, I didn't grow to love it. The PJ was an exciting change of palette for me. One of the first things I did was grab my Tele, and spin the PJ's volume knob all the way up. That first impression was a good one. It had plenty of volume, a rich, responsive meatiness, and gobs of tweedy sounding gain.

After the honeymoon that happens with any new purchase, I began to notice a few flaws, but nothing to turn me off on this amp. I noted that there was quite a bit of "fizziness" to the overdriven tone. Not "flabby" or "farty", but fizzy. Spitty. Still useable and musical though.

I am not one of these guys that needs to start swapping parts or surgically modifying amps. Having said that, I did want to try some JJ tubes to see if I could affect that fizziness. While the buying experience was a good one (thanks Bob) the actual tubes really underperformed the stock Fender. In fact, the JJ's caused a cut-out to happen that could not be explained, but that could be fixed by a switch back to the original tubes. The Fender GT's sound great. I don't know why I bothered trying to swap them.

The PJ sounds wonderful with my strat's CS 54's. That same guitar sounds weak and thin in the TM60. The PJ also cleans up nicely with guitar volume knob tweaking, essentially giving me a poor man's two channel amp. Not only does it "clean up", it actually sounds like a very nice clean channel amp. Not weak and thin at all.

I have not gigged with this amp yet, but I might try it out this weekend. I normally gig with a Tech 21 Trademark 60. I think I'll bring the PJ and let the TM60 serve as "second stringer" for this one gig.

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soundslikehome
Oct 8th, 2007 01:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi fendermike!
sounds like you like your pj!
how did the gig go?

cheers - C.

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Oct 8th, 2007 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You guys should check out the Pro Junior Club in the Amps section ;)

kstrat

usa

Imagine life without fender
Feb 20th, 2008 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

can someone tell me which years they made the tweed cover pro junior

bluesguitar65

USA

Will Play Blues for Food.
Feb 21st, 2008 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

kstrat,

the tweed pro jrs started in 94' and ended at 97'.

Those are the regular production runs, but time to time fender reissue the tweeds on limited production like the current NOS Tweed blues jr. click on the link below for more info.

Fender Amp Time Line

vegetablejoe

Manila

Mar 25th, 2008 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Pro Jr has been humming really bad at home. Once I bring up the volume to 4, it's always there.

Last week I broght the amp to a buddy's home and, lo and behold, no hum was to be heard. So I didn't need JJ tubes; but I do need a power conditioner I guess.



BbendFender

USA

May 23rd, 2008 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Pro Jr. at the Guitar Center, in Dallas, about 1996. I kept the box and all tags that came with it. Great little amp but one day I was playing it and it just "fizzled" and no sound. I haven't fooled with it in some time now but I think the light stayed on but no sound at all. I haven't taken it to a tech. Any suggestions. I removed the chassis and looked at the PC board. I didn't see anything burned or out of like and I know you can't tell just by looking at a PC board. I would still use it if it worked. Has anyone else had a similar problem with the PJ?

Blueblender

Indy

"The sun's not yellow, it's chicken"
May 26th, 2008 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BbF,
This might be a question for the *Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects* Forum or the Pro Jr. Club in the *Fender Amps: '85-Current* Forum.
You might have better luck getting a response in one of those.

Edited for spelling

Link to Pro Jr. Club

(This message was last edited by Blueblender at 01:03 PM, May 26th, 2008)

BbendFender

USA

Jun 20th, 2008 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a PJ around 1995 but I didn't play it a whole lot before it just "fizzled" and stopped working. It lights up but no sound. I haven't taken it to a tech because I have lots more old Fender amps. I would like to use this one again so I may have it fixed. I don't have a clue what happened to it. I kept the original box and all the paperwork, just in case. I didn't read all of the previous posts but have any of you had a similar problem with your PJ. I have checked all the tubes and they are good. Help.

PaulR

USA

Oct 8th, 2008 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just thought I would chime in here at how much I love my PJ. I recently bought one of those Crate V18s with the 112. I spent some time a-b ing them with the same guitars. I plugged the PJ into a 112 cab and used the same cab with the V18 to keep things as equal as possible. I kept coming back to the PJ as having the best sound. Keep in mind, I did some mods to the V18 to tame down some of the aggressive gain. Didn't use the reverb since I just couldn't warm up to it. It's almost as if the PJ doesn't need reverb. Without pedals going to either amp, the PJ just sounds juicy and organic--perfect for the sound in my head that wants to get out. Now if I could do something about these voices! ;^)

fenderlover88

Virginia

Aug 31st, 2009 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A while back my GC got in a new shipment of
Pro Jr's and I was thinking about buying one, but the hum in the display model was unacceptable.

rotren

Alberta Canada

Suhr Classic + Mack Heatseeker 18 head
Jun 17th, 2010 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got mine, and I am digging it. I just published a demo as well.

Mine has a Naylor 1040 speaker in it.

I think I need to change tubes in mine, but it sounds great if I don't crank it all the way.

Fender Pro Junior Tweed Demo

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Where suspense is never in short supply.
Nov 4th, 2010 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's a whole crew of us talking about these in the Fender amps forum ('85 to current) these days along with some good tech info from Billm.

resoblues

Yucca Valley, CA

resoblues
Jul 30th, 2011 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the new Pro Jr III. Lots less buzz at stand still next to perfectly quiet. I play it sometimes at jams full volume. I put tube damper rings on the tubes I found on ebay. Also the stock speaker wont handle much above half blast. Ok for harp but not guitars. I put in a Eminence Copper head 75 watt speaker. Now we are talking. Can use the 15 watts and no breakup flub. It wont compete with a Marshall stack but holds its own pretty good now.


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