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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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"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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Good Story Started by Eating a Salad
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.


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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.

89AmStd

Studio City, CA

Apr 3rd, 2017 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blues Jr Billm bias pot install instructions

Does anyone have the installation instructions for Billm's Blues Jr. bias pot mod? I recently had the Billm mods done on my amp, but I didn't have the printed instructions, so the tech was unsure how to install the bias trim pot. Multiple email requests to his son have gone unanswered. Any help is appreciated!

tuninguitars

Indiana

lets take it apart
Apr 4th, 2017 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

http://forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=58184

look here and and other places put billm mods in google

good luck



89AmStd

Studio City, CA

Apr 4th, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks tuning,

Believe me, I've looked there and "other places" using Google. Specifically, I'm looking for the printed instructions that Billm included in the mod kit. If anyone has them, I'd greatly appreciate a copy.

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Apr 6th, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got the 'Clean Boost' instructions. For the green board, right?

carsten

on the rhine

Apr 6th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi 89SmStd!

Sorry, I can´t help you with the instructions - but I´d say, don´t get too hung up about the BillM-part. Any good tech should be able to install a perfectly good bias-adjustment-pot in a BJ.

cheers - C.

89AmStd

Studio City, CA

Apr 8th, 2017 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Malcolm and carsten!

I got some good responses in another thread I start in the Amp Mod sub-forum.

Blues Jr Billm bias pot install instructions

carsten

on the rhine

May 1st, 2017 03:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi guys!

I just gave my trusty Blues Junior (´95 model, own it since ´97) the first "reality check" in a long time - and I´m stoked!

We just had a session-weekend with a couple of other musicians/gearheads (12/15 people) and I used nothing but my SG and the BJ!
I mostly play the amp at home, but I thought I´d bring it along for the other guys/gals to check it out - and I had a lot more fun than I thought I would ;-)
Had the drive/volume way up (say 10/11) and the master about halfway, and I could get a load of different sounds just using the volume- and tone-knobs on my guitar!

Only mods to the amp are BillM´s "reverb-fix" (the reverb on the early BJ´s was crappy/faulty) and a different speaker (old Rola AlNiCo) which helps with the of-tone.

cheers - C.



Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

May 1st, 2017 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carsten
If you;ve just giveb the BJ away, what will you use?

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