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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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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.



Foggy1

Murrells Inlet, SC

Mar 27th, 2016 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got a new Lacquered Tweed BJ with the Jenson C12-N speaker. All stock. Love it so far.

Only had a Champ 40 before, so it was a major upgrade.

RKSTRAT
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USA

"Clapton is Good"
Apr 12th, 2016 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have three of those NOS versions.

One for gigging, one for jamming, and the third is brought to gigs as a back. Versatile, spring reverb, not too heavy and can really cut through and keep up volume-wise. Plus, nice looking too.

stratluvr
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Apr 29th, 2016 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wouldn't a Blues Junior just sound better if it was installed into a larger cabinet?

Foggy1
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Murrells Inlet, SC

Big Joe Walsh fan.
May 1st, 2016 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had to turn the treble down to 3 and the bass up to 8, mids and Master at noon, reverb 2.5. This is a all stock newer tweed, no MODS. Sounds much better to me in the house. Both the Baja Tele and PRS SE sound much better. The pups were replaced the PRS SE with Dimarzio 36s. Tele has a Broadcaster bridge and a Twisted Tele neck.

I never cared for much treble. Any one else hear where i'm coming from?





carsten

on the rhine

May 1st, 2016 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi stratluvr!

"Wouldn't a Blues Junior just sound better if it was installed into a larger cabinet?"

I´d say it certainly sounds, err, different ;-)

Actually, I have a very nice 2x10" cabinet (solid pine, lacquered tweed) here with me. A friend of mine built it to house a Blues Junior.
It sounds very nice - fuller and warmer than the original cab. However, it also takes away some of the portability of the BJ, plus, I can dial in a very similar sound using the EQ on the Bj.

Playing out/with a band, the bigger cab does sound better, but for playing around the house/studio or taking it to a jam etc. I prefer the original cab...

cheers - C.


archiestone
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El Californio

May 17th, 2016 01:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the 'Mafia' after a 10 yr absence. I found a nice deal on a Made in USA BJ on local craigslist over the weekend and bought it. Sold my last one in June '06! Great amps, both my old and 'new' one.

nsmith01tx

USA

Jul 20th, 2016 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blond Tolex, USA-made Green board model.
Stock so far, but planning some mods.

Billm's shop is closed, so I'm scouring the net for info. Still hoping his son will open up the store, but ...

trickeydave

San Diego, CA

"The night has a thousand eyes."
Oct 31st, 2016 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sad to report that Billm passed away yesterday. He was a great guy! RIP Bill. God bless you and your family.

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 13th, 2017 11:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After being Blues Juniorless since 2014 (because I sold the BJ I had for ten years as I was a bit over it) I'm back in the fold again.

I went to look at pedals with no intention to spend money and walked out with a Blues junior FSR Butterscotch Woody.

Some initial observations in comparison to my old cream board BJ:

- It sounds crisper overall

- I was never a fan of BJ OD sounds but this seems a bit better, more useable range before it sounds cruddy.

- The reverb is smoother and sweeter without the metallic sound of the old BJ. The range also seems more useable and not over the top and it doesn't have a whistle when cranked.

- I may be wrong but it doesn't sound boxy like the old one

Anyway, I was impressed enough by the tone to fork out cash even though I was initially attracted by the looks.

I don't intend on selling this one, ever.

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 14th, 2017 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So... when I played the amp in the shop I was surprised by the richness of the tone. I assumed it was the ash cabinet. I've played it for about four hours since I've had it and have used it in ways I'd never played the old BJ. When driven it sounds fantastic (hardly ever did this previously because the old BJ sounded crap). I can use the reverb maxed out and it sounds great (never got past 3 on the old BJ 'cause, once again, it sounded not so good). Anyway, finally decided to see what speaker was fitted and was surprised it is a Jensen P-12Q RI, the same speaker fitted to my '57 Deluxe RI. It produces the same sought of richness and distorts in a very pleasant way. I've bonded with this amp I a way I never could with my earlier BJ.

I'm interested in when this amp was released and how long for, The one I have looks brand new, no damage at all and still has plastic on the plates. The internet indicates from an unverified source that only 125 were produced. My gut tells me they were re-released recently but there is zero to verify this. Anyone have any idea about this amp?

Modal Magic
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MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 17th, 2017 11:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow! Fender customer relations confirmed that the BJ Woody is one of the 125 produced, manufacture date of October 2013. Way cool.

BluesDood

United States

Blues Dood
Mar 30th, 2017 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I looked that amp up modal, I remember when it came out, never thought much of the blues jr...now I own 2 lol. I think that amp would sound alot like the current product LTD. model with the Jensen C12N. It's an absolutely killer amp for dirt, it's high-mid-range spike helps it cut through with overdrive so it's never flabby sounding. I'd be interested if that model was still out, I may have to take up a few youtube videos to see what it sounds like.

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