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Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Apr 22nd, 2015 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ooooo, EVM 12L. My second favorite speaker for guitar to only the EV SRO-12L oil can.

I never though of shoe horning one of the into my BJr.

macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
Apr 24th, 2015 03:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had two of those EV SROs in a Twin.
That was a real monster to heft around in an Anvil case.
I couldn't even lift it today.

S Mac

Itchy
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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
Jun 29th, 2015 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm only 20 years late to the party, but I picked up an unmodified U.S. made green board Blues Junior today.

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Jul 1st, 2015 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Though not modded, surely it's been maintained. Mine's an original green board. Modded.

Jeffty

Austin TX

Gain is my co-pilot...
Jul 5th, 2015 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Blues Jr. isn't cool or hip. It's not modded, hot-rodded or re-speakered. It's not even vintage or remotely collectable, I don't know what color the circuit board is nor do I care.

What it is though is an responsive & musical amplifier of the vibrations I hear inside and attempt to set into motion with my vintage fingers and hopefully a good tailwind. I've been making my living on stage since Nixon was prez and to these ears my tweed NOS is as fine an amp as I've ever owned and you can imagine after all these years there have been quite a few that have come and gone before.

I suppose my point is all this chatter about "fixing" your BJ makes it appear like using a stock one ain't worth restringing your guitar for and I'm here to say that's just not the case - not in my case anyway and I suspect I'm not alone in this. So 'mod' away if it makes you happy but don't lose sight of the fine instrument you started with in the first place, OK?

Itchy
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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
Jul 5th, 2015 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's really my thing with the Junior. I bought it because it's light with a small footprint, has built-in reverb, can get dirty at a low volume, has the master volume feature, and it's inexpensive. If I start putting it into a bigger cab and sinking money into it, it kind of defeats the purpose.

(This message was last edited by Itchy at 04:55 PM, Jul 6th, 2015)

Big Alex

Brazil /Rio

Seriously Engaged in Playing the Blues
Jul 6th, 2015 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll second Jefty.

Mine sounds just great out of the box. It's my main gogging amp.

The best bang for the buck ever!

macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
Jul 7th, 2015 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I agree that th Blues jr works well stock up to a certain volume level. Just to clarify:
The green boards, cream boards and the BJ 3 are somewhat differently voiced from each other, becomming brighter as you progress through the versions.

The Billm mods will make the amp more responsive and versatile improving control over tone and increasing clean headroom. a more efficient speaker will go further to achieve these results as well.

It's not about being "cool" or "hip" but rather getting much more out of an already good sounding amp.

S Mac

RufusTeleStrat

San Diego

Land of Sea, home of the Waves
Jul 18th, 2015 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I rejoin the club for the 3rd or 5th time. This time I traded for a new NOS Laq. tweed, BJ with the jenson speaker and old contol layout including the small light on the pannel not the larger one on the new ones.

Sweet jebus it is a nice amp. Just need to make sure the tubes are tight as I was getting minor rattle. Just normal set up.

R

Ragtop
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Aug 10th, 2015 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I sold mine a few years ago, and miss it.


Anybody got one to sell? Let me know, thanks.

Ragtop
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Aug 11th, 2015 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

AAAaaannd, never mind, just found a nice one.

And a NOS Celestion Greenback to put in it!

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Sep 1st, 2015 01:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So bummed. My tweed BJr with an extension cabinet died tonight at rehearsal. I forgot to plug in my extension cab and maybe the load was too much for it to handle. I opened it up to see the cream board, and it was a little charred by the filter caps...close to R47?? Hopefully it's repairable. I love this amp...has most of BillM's mods. I have a tech you take a look. Fingers are crossed.

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Sep 1st, 2015 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad you posted! Sorry about the contents. I love stuff (anything) relating to BJr's! Preferably good, of course.

Sounds like maybe an additional step in the checklist needs to be added.

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Sep 1st, 2015 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the speaker wires came disconnected from the amp speaker as well while the amp was on. I use a y-cable to connect the extension cabinet. Not good to have your amp on with no speaker connection. Should be fixable though.

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Sep 5th, 2015 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm back in the club again; just bought a modded MIM Blues Junior. I put in a Cannabis Rex, and it sounds pretty good. This amp has the "Fromel Supreme" mods, and with the C-Rex it sounds better than my previous Limited Edition BJr III with a C-Rex.

Myztk

MBJ

Glad to be back in the Mafia
Sep 14th, 2015 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I'm back too!!
My first post was March 2001!! A lot of gear under the bridge since then!
Just received my Limited Edition blonde BJ3.
Still think the BJ is the ultimate grab and go amp!!


sdcruiser

USA

Oct 19th, 2015 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 1999 Blues Jr. I have done all of the typical BillM mods, built a nice pine cabinet, sparkle and presence controls, clean boost, T022 output transformer, JJ power tubes, tung sol 12AX7 preamp tubes, CRex speaker (tried others too). In short I have a small fortune in this amp and yet I still don't think it sounds all that good. I backed off on the 0.1 uf bass cap for a while in an effort to get something not so woofy from this but that didn't seem to be the solution. Now that I put the 0.1uf I might go back to the 0.022 uf since it's so much darker. I know the green boards are darker but it's more than darkness it's lack of something else...harmonic complexity maybe. My friend just bought a blues Jr III and the detail in the tone he had was night and day with my green board and that was before he modded it. I'm not sure where to go with this amp except maybe to just cut my losses and sell it. I picked up the Egnater Tweaker recently and it's got none of these issues. I typically have to turn the bass and mid down to 3 and treble to 6 or 7 to make it even usable. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Is this just the green board differences I'm hearing? Oh one last thing. I am comparing this to a cream board modded Blues Jr and when we both turn the bass to max, mine sound like I've thrown a blanket over the amp while his still sounds pretty good. Mine also doesn't have the volume his does, with mine at 4 and his at 2, master maxed, we are about equal. Went back to the 0.022 uf cap. Changed the cathode preamp caps this week but no difference. Thanks.

(This message was last edited by sdcruiser at 10:02 AM, Oct 24th, 2015)

Myztk

BJM

Glad to be back in the Mafia
Dec 7th, 2015 12:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did add a BillM standby switch and a Jensen Jet Falcon.
Now this BJ really sings!! Love it when an amp actually puts a smile on your face!

(This message was last edited by Myztk at 02:05 AM, Dec 7th, 2015)

K4
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Dec 7th, 2015 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

sdcruiser,

Would get help if you post in the amp mods section. Are both of your output tubes working?

Think Floyd
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Eastern PA

Dec 11th, 2015 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"This amp has the 'Fromel Supreme' mods, and with the C-Rex it sounds better than my previous Limited Edition BJr III with a C-Rex."

Well, the modded amp sounded better at low volume, but I didn't like it when jamming with other people. The Fromel mods are similar to Billm's mods, so it seems that I prefer the stock amp.

I'm not sure if I should get another BJr III or wait to try the Bass Breaker 15.



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