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trackerd

USA

Apr 30th, 2005 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Does anyone know if the Blues Junior is Class A or Class A/B amplification?

budg

usa

May 2nd, 2005 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blues jr is a class A amp. i have owned one for 3 years and love it.It took me awhile to learn how to dial it in.Turn the master up to 12 and bring up the gain using the volume.This willgive the best clean sound.Since it is a one channel amp, you will need an overdrive pedal to set the tubes on fire to get overdrive.The overdrive does sound boxy ,but thats the way it is supposed to sound.And due to its size, you wont get a deep bass,but it still is a great amp.

trackerd

USA

May 5th, 2005 12:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you

cmsjr
Contributing Member

norcal

more cowbell
Jul 21st, 2005 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi skindiver,

You might want to check out the Fender Amps: 1985 - Current forum if you haven't already. The Blues Jr Mafia thread has a lot of good info on this amp. Hope this helps!

carsten
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brown super/germany

soundslikehome
Jul 22nd, 2005 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi skindiver!
no way will the bj have the hrīs punch in the clean-dept.
btw, i donīt think the hrdīs lead-channel is solid-state...
i donīt own a hrdeluxe - but i have a blues deluxe (very similar amp - except for the drive/more drive options). i can get very nice meaty tones with the clean-channel and a tubescreamer or fulldrive 2. for band-use iīd take it any day over the blues junior.
you might think "ah, i donīt want to mess with a pedal" for one reason or another, but having the fulldrive 2 is just like having the hrīs footswitch in front of you - just a bit bigger/more convenient and with more options...
cheers - C.

toneman2

USA

Love Princeton Reverb's
Oct 5th, 2005 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Rally....You can't compare the Blues Jr. to a Princeton Reverb as the PR blows the Blues Jr. absolutely away in every aspect !! That's not to say that the BJ is not a good amp though because it is ??

DanL
Contributing Member

Northern CT - USA

...I dig Larry Carlton...
Oct 21st, 2005 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Blues Jr is one of those amps where as soon as you plug into one, you know you're taking it home. Great little amp!

Twang Tone

London, UK

TT
Oct 27th, 2005 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a Blues Junior too, and I love the sound it makes.

I think they look great, sound good and are excellent value for money.



modifiedgeoff

USA

Jan 21st, 2006 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jon S,

Which 12ax7 is the phase inverter on the BJ?

modifiedgeoff

USA

Mar 26th, 2006 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ive seen several references to exchanging a 12AT7 for the stock 12AX7 to increase clean headroom in the Blues Jr. How do you identify the "inverter" tube?

cybertech
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Oregon, USA

What do you mean I am playing too loud?
Mar 28th, 2006 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had my Blues Jr. for a couple of weeks now. I am playing it with my JV and no effects. This amp has bite, tone, and it can be really clean too. I have been playing thru a Cyber Deluxe for a few years now and this amp is a very refreshing change. The Blues Jr. will be my gigging amp and I am putting the CD in teh studio at home with the computer.

I LOVE THIS AMP!!!

lox

midwest

Sep 15th, 2006 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Blues Junior is not a Class A amp. I do not believe Fender makes a class A amp any longer. The last one they made might have been the Vibro Champ and the Champ which ceased production in 1982.

CurtO

USA

Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Oct 6th, 2006 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lox, thats right, the BJ is class A/B.

PickyPicker

USA

Tubes facinate me but I don't know why.
Dec 2nd, 2006 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did a bit of recon at the store today to compare a Blues Jr.($400) against the Pro Jr.($300) and ran them near red-line! Mama-mia, they're loud. And they are real tubey, bluesy amps, no doubt. Within 30 seconds I knew it was a real no brainer. $100 more gives you a 12" speaker in the B.Jr over the Pro's 10"... c'mon, that's a lot of bottom end the BJ has over the PJ. BJ has reverb: SPRING reverb BTW, and as some may not be aware, actually can be dialed down if you don't want it. Thats an option you don't have with the PJ. Master and Volume so some pre-amp gain can be dialed in... IMMFO, I just didn't get the debate, the BJ is all the PJ and more in every area. If I ever get a plainer amp than the BJ, it'll be that $99 Epiphone true class "A" head. I played with that thing and got giddy, just cranked that one single knob, "VOLUME" to max and pushed all 5 watts into a 4x12 cab. Good for kicks, for sure. Anyway, the BJ and PJ are both pure tube signal path amps except,(and I wouldn't have it any other way quite honestly) they've got SS rectifiers. Hands down, BJ wins. If anything, the PJ should be compared to that 5 watt $99 Epiphone. Of course the PJ would destroy it on wattage adn the fact its got a speaker rather than just a head. Ehh, I'm just ranting now....

stymie

USA/ Missouri

Dec 3rd, 2006 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I run a ZOOM 510 Driver & a Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde Ultimate Overdrive through a Lacquered Tweed Blues Jr & get KILLER TONE at super low volume & when I crank it...

HELL YES... !!!!!!!!!
8))

Vince A

USA/Modesto, CA

Dec 23rd, 2006 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a BJ too. It is modded with JJ/Tesla tubes, a Weber 12F150, and one BillM mod, and play it witha wah wah and a bad monkey. I have five other amps . . . smaller ones and bigger ones with more speakers and more power . . . I use the BJ 95% of the time!

I like what it does for "my" sound! My Strat sounds much better than my Teles thru the BJ.

(This message was last edited by Vince A at 09:10 AM, Dec 23rd, 2006)

benignus

United States

Mar 13th, 2007 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a Blues Junior Tweed NOS. I am thoroughly pleased with this amp. Here is a run-down of my equipment: Amps, 65amp London 18 and Divided by 13 RSA-31. Guitars, '65 Gibson ES330, '64 Gibson SG Junior, '73 Fender Deluxe, and Nash '53 Tele (keith richards model). Main Pedals (as I have too many to list), Keeley Compressor, Keeley Time Machine Boost, Keeley Katana Boost, EH HOG, EH Deluxe Memory Man, Boss DD-20. Framptone 3 Banger Amp Switcher.

When I purchased the Blues Junior, I had in mind that I would use it as a "B" amp. And also use it for Lap Steel. But after playing it last night, I have come to the conclusion that this amp can stand on its own. I usually see a Master Volume Knob, and immediately walk away, but I went ahead and picked it up. I am glad I did. As you can see, I am more into boutique amps, but I think Fender hit the nail on the head with this amp. I plan to do some minor modifications to it. Nothing too crazy, but starting off, I'm dropping a Tone Tubby in place of the stock Jensen 12". We will see where I go next.

Also, has anybody ever tried to convert a reverb send and return into an effects loop? I have never tried this, but I am thinking of adding a rotary switch and 2 switchcraft 1/4" jacks on the back panel that will allow me to switch between reverb and whatever effect I want to put in. Probably just a delay. But before drilling and what-not, I will try and see if it even works. I might be way off-base on this one. Also, I wish it had an ext. speaker jack, as I would love to hear this amp with my London 18 2x12 cab...

benignus

United States

Mar 13th, 2007 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a Blues Junior Tweed NOS. I am thoroughly pleased with this amp. Here is a run-down of my equipment: Amps, 65amp London 18 and Divided by 13 RSA-31. Guitars, '65 Gibson ES330, '64 Gibson SG Junior, '73 Fender Deluxe, and Nash '53 Tele (keith richards model). Main Pedals (as I have too many to list), Keeley Compressor, Keeley Time Machine Boost, Keeley Katana Boost, EH HOG, EH Deluxe Memory Man, Boss DD-20. Framptone 3 Banger Amp Switcher.

When I purchased the Blues Junior, I had in mind that I would use it as a "B" amp. And also use it for Lap Steel. But after playing it last night, I have come to the conclusion that this amp can stand on its own. I usually see a Master Volume Knob, and immediately walk away, but I went ahead and picked it up. I am glad I did. As you can see, I am more into boutique amps, but I think Fender hit the nail on the head with this amp. I plan to do some minor modifications to it. Nothing too crazy, but starting off, I'm dropping a Tone Tubby in place of the stock Jensen 12". We will see where I go next.

Also, has anybody ever tried to convert a reverb send and return into an effects loop? I have never tried this, but I am thinking of adding a rotary switch and 2 switchcraft 1/4" jacks on the back panel that will allow me to switch between reverb and whatever effect I want to put in. Probably just a delay. But before drilling and what-not, I will try and see if it even works. I might be way off-base on this one. Also, I wish it had an ext. speaker jack, as I would love to hear this amp with my London 18 2x12 cab...

carsten
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brown super/germany

soundslikehome
Mar 19th, 2007 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi benignus!
good to hear you like the bj!
iīve been enjoying mine for close to 10 years now. mainly using it at home and it sounds real sweet through a vintage jensen c12r.

for using your 2x12" cab with the bj all you have to do is disconnect the internal speaker and run a speaker-cable from the speaker-out to your cabinet of choice!

enjoy!
- C.

tweedistheneed

usa

tweed is the need
Aug 2nd, 2009 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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Designed by me and made at the Fender Custom shop in the John Page years he ran it...
The amps are Pro Juniors, 2 in one amp... Very cool, The cab is of my design... 2 open back speakers 2 closed back speakers... On each side of the amp... It sounds very cool and very loud... only 2 exist

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