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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Blues Jr. Mafia -- Stand up and be counted

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rockytop1998

Charlotte, nc

Apr 28th, 2008 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guys,
What OD/distortion pedals sound best with the jr? I have a boss me-20 and it has several ones to choose from that I belive are modeled after cureent boss pedals. Are there any od pedals/amp settings you really like and would suggest?

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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Apr 28th, 2008 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an SD-1 and I can tell you that I *don't* like it very much. Not much experience with other Boss pedals.

johnhe
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Northern Ireland

Apr 28th, 2008 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi rockytop,

One of the best things about the Blues Jnr is the fact that it sounds so good with pedals (which I think is something to do with the full midrange of the amp - but that's just a theory).

I find that the Blues Jnr sounds equally good with a pedal like the Blues Driver as with a tubescreamer. Those two pedals are totally different but both sound good. I've had the stock DS1 and a Mega-distortion through my amps which sounded great.

So to be honest, I'd have thought most of the Boss models will sound pretty good through the Blues Jnr.

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta, Jawga

Apr 28th, 2008 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't know if you're familiar with Anthony Stauffer (Stevie Snacks dot com), but he loves his Nobels ODR-S overdrive with his Blues Junior. Too bad they're so hard to find.

Here's one of his amp demos.

Texas Flood on a BJr.

(This message was last edited by guitargeezer at 01:51 PM, Apr 28th, 2008)

Beckstrat

U.S.A

Apr 28th, 2008 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bill M for President 2008

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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Apr 28th, 2008 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

StevieSnacks for president!

I love Anthony's site. And the quality of his instruction.

Gritty
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Canada

Apr 28th, 2008 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My amp has the clean boost (pull up on the presence pot)and I'm wondering if the boost can be engaged or disengaged with the blues junior fat switch peddle. Is that how those with the pull up boost mod are engaging it.

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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Apr 28th, 2008 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can tell you how to rewire it so it comes on with the Fat switch, but I'll warn you--that's a big jump up in loudness!

If you're playing out with the amp, it might be better to replace the mono jack with a stereo jack and do a bit of rewiring so you can use a two-button footswitch and control the fat and Clean Boost separately.

Gritty
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Canada

Apr 28th, 2008 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have not even played the amp yet I was just wondering how its to be used. Sounds like if you are playing in a band context the boost could be engaged for more volume. I was thinking along the lines of a peddle for boost into overdrive.

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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Apr 28th, 2008 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Even with Fat and Clean Boost together, the BJr won't really switch from clean to overdrive. You'd have to crank the volume and reduce the master volume to get it into its overdrive range. You're better off using a pedal. It gives you all of the advantages of a two-channel amp, with better control over clean/overdrive tone than you get with most two-channel amps.

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta, Jawga

Apr 28th, 2008 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I love Anthony's site. And the quality of his instruction."


Me, too, Bill. I just discovered him about a month ago, and I love the sound he gets from a MIM Strat and a Blues Junior (he does have more expensive gear, but he doesn't NEED it).

TimeBandit

USA

Time Travelers will meet yesterday
Apr 28th, 2008 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got to try out my new Blues Jr NOS Tweed today at band practice, with 2 acoustic/electric guitars, drums and bass. I was very happy with the sound! The Fat switch was just what I needed to boost leads a little. I'm still learning to tweak it for the sound I want, using a '68 SG with original humbuckers. Next I need to try my Strat in it. The Strat has gold lace sensor's in it. I use the reverb only a little, but it seemed quite nice and I didn't really experience any hissing or humming.

I was worried about the tubes falling out, but BillM said not to worry and they haven't yet fallen out. Something about upside down tubes kind of bothers me, but it all works good.

Now can I have my membership card?

Hehe

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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Apr 28th, 2008 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess you've earned your membership!

The BJrs made since 2001 don't have the reverb hiss/hum problem.

rockytop1998

Charlotte, nc

Apr 29th, 2008 05:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Guys! I have heard of ANthony's site and it is great. My Me-20 has several settings OD, blues, distortion, fuzz, metal and compression. I am a country blues rock guy and like some distortion but not enough to make it sound fizzy. I like SRV's distorion and Duane Allman's. (very different I know). I pretty much stay with the OD, blues or distortion modes. I play a strat, but has anyone been able to get close to the allman's sound with a strat and Blues JR with a pedal?

(This message was last edited by rockytop1998 at 06:01 AM, Apr 29th, 2008)

the V
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Philadelphia, PA

That's alright...I still got my guitar
Apr 29th, 2008 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

rockytop,

I asked the same question a few months ago but specifically about the tone on Blue Sky. Never got a reply though. Maybe we'll have better luck this time around. Any ABB fans out there?

I think you need a Les Paul type guitar or HB's at the very least - not sure a Strat will cut it.

Edited for typos.

V

(This message was last edited by the V at 07:00 AM, Apr 29th, 2008)

dsiebenh

usa

Apr 29th, 2008 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't tried to emulate Blue Sky tones exactly, but get pretty good ABB results with a Les Paul, exclusive use of the neck pickup or mix of the neck pickup with the bridge, and the BJR midrange turned up.

PAFs and a 1950's LP wouldn't hurt either!


rockytop1998

Charlotte, nc

Apr 30th, 2008 04:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guys. I used the JR with my boss pedal. I can't really play very loud so both volumes were on about 3.5 for a good clean and I used the OD. It sounded better last night. Maybe it was just me. I have a hard time getting the clean volume and distorted to be the same while setting up in different rooms.

Gritty
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Canada

May 1st, 2008 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My blues junior with the Billm mods has arrived; the mods include:
- tone stack
- twin stack
- presence control
- clean boost
- power supply stiffening
- switchcraft input jack
- bias pot
- emminence texas heat spkr.
- heyboer TO22 output transformer
- new accutronics reverb tank
- tuki cover
- the amp cosmetically is in great condition
- extra tubes
Just to clarify the mods were not done by Billm but the amp was sent in for a health check to Billm. Its a great amp and a thanks to "dfarmer" an FDP member; the transaction was smooth and enjoyable. This was my first online transaction and it was great experience. So much to learn with this amp; the HRDLX is going up for sale. You guys that have done the mods know what I'm talking about; the sound from this amp is open, big, great sustain, and manageable volume as needed. Pretty much what I was hoping for, more to come. :>) As a side note in no way are my opinions of the modded amp a slam against those that like it stock; its all good but you should check it out. I do have a question; can you get a reverb tank cover and is it really needed? Also just to let you know I think the accutronics reverb on this amp is great, I'm liking about 3 on the dial, very similar to the HRDLX. Thanks again dfarmer.

(This message was last edited by Gritty at 10:24 PM, May 1st, 2008)

Maxadur

Ontario, Canada

May 3rd, 2008 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


BillM.............Please advise if the tone-stack orange drop caps you specify can be substituted with 600 volt instead of 400. Can't seem to find 400 volt in any brand up here in Ontario.
Thank you kindly, Gerry

Billm
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New Jersey, USA

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May 3rd, 2008 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 400V Orange Drop caps are 225-series film-and-foil, the classic construction technique. The 600V caps are 715 or 716 series polyester film, and despite the "microfarads is microfarads" argument, they do sound different.

Email me and I can help you find the right caps.

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