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EA6B



In Memory Of...

Brenden, Baby P, Karley & untold others!
Jan 24th, 2017 09:30 PM        

Ever since my trip to Scottsdale, I've remembered the sound of the Blues Jr.<br /> <br /> Is there anything on the market that can give me that sound, but for a bit less money?<br /> <br /> Thanks.<br /> E<br /> <br /> P.S. I'd love the the Blues Jr. in Amethyst at MF, but a bit pricey at this time.



Peegoo

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Jan 24th, 2017 10:32 PM        

It's a Blue Junior!<br /> <br /> If you can find one used--or a used Super Champ XD, that will get you right in the ball park.<br /> <br /> The Carvin Vintage 16 1x12 combo is a 2x EL84 amp like the BJr, bit it breaks up earlier than the BJr.



amphead4



Cincinnati, USA

Jan 25th, 2017 08:34 AM        

Twice here I've run across decent used Blues Jr's for $200. That's a lot of amp for the money.



carsten



on the rhine

Jan 25th, 2017 10:42 AM        

Hi!<br /> <br /> I´ve had my BJ since 1997 - and I´m still digging it!<br /> It seems they´re more around $3-400 usually, but I´d say it´s worth it to look for a nice used model and be done with it ;-)<br /> <br /> cheers - C.



EA6B



In Memory Of...

Brenden, Baby P, Karley & untold others!
Jan 25th, 2017 06:32 PM        

Thanks, will look for a used one.



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Jan 26th, 2017 05:11 AM        

Pro Jr. perhaps? <br /> <br /> I agree that a used BJ is the way to go. Might take a bit for one to pop up. I don't see 'em around here very often anymore for whatever reason; I know there are millions of 'em out there. I have never seen a PJ for sale in my area. <br /> <br />



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So. Cal. USA

Jan 26th, 2017 10:07 AM        

Orange county, CA ad linked below.<br /> <br /> I really like my NOS tweed BJr. Fun little amp.



pcalu



usa metro detroit

Jan 27th, 2017 09:55 PM        

Yea you can get one used at a fair price or a Pro Jr. (a Blues Jr without reverb) What is in vogue in my corner of the world are people using two Blues Jrs or two Pro Jr in stereo w/a delay (one wet amp one dry) the set up sounds fracking Fantastic! and Blows away most rigs for a 3rd of the cost! <br /> <br /> I'm about to buy another used Blues Jr<br /> <br /> <br /> Buy one used then take your time and mod it. (lot of online info.. easy to do with moderate solder skills... i.e. it's hard to mess it up, if you just take your time) Boutique and vintage guys love to put down a Blue Jr. But I've put my modded Blues Jr next to a few Boutique amps and had thier owners say "wow... that Blue Jr sounds great!<br /> <br /> I modded the slope resistor,rework the phase invertor & used quality caps in the tone stack (and did a twin stack mod also) all DIY found on the internet... Installed a hyboer trans, mojo tone reverb tank and droped in a Em CRex speaker.. put in a 12at7 in v1 and some Ecc83's in v2 & v3. <br /> <br /> Doesn't sound boxy, and sound great! I've had die hard Princeton fans who hate the Blues Jr admit that the amp sounds killer. It's my favorite "grab and go" because it sounds so killer.. investing in a hand made boutique amp is kinda moot...



back breaker



eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Feb 1st, 2017 07:24 PM        

Track down an excelsior or a vaporizer. you can find them for under 4oo with warranties and under 300 used.



LHW



Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Feb 2nd, 2017 11:50 AM        

""Track down an excelsior""<br /> <br /> +1. I had one, and regret selling it. I loved the 15" speaker. Plus, the name alone is cool!



reverend mikey

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Feb 2nd, 2017 01:46 PM        

Why not just get a Mustang III and tweak it to sound like a Blues Junior? It costs less, and probably weighs less, and I hear the tubes are real cheap...



back breaker



eureka, usa

Kid! STOP! you're rockin' the forest!
Feb 2nd, 2017 01:50 PM        

both are here in our practice space (and go out to local gigs). the original excelsior is a grungy tough blues amp for an awesome price. playing next to a vaporizer only makes me wonder when they are going to make their next pawn shop amp that is roughly like a blues junior but groovier. wish there was a new funky thing like these every year. <br />



Jeffty



Austin TX USA

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Feb 26th, 2017 11:20 AM        

I am a Fender man through and through currently using a Blues Jr. NOS (lacquer tweed) as my main amp and I'm very happy with it. I would bring to your attention something that looks like an incredible bargain - basically a Blues Jr. Chinese-made amp being sold online by Monoprice.com. It specs out just like a Blues Jr. and it currently sells for $180 + shipping. Read the reviews and see for yourself if this amp is worth seriously looking into. <br /> <br /> I've got no stake in this company, I just think this might be a real bargain in a small tube amp.



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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 17th, 2017 11:23 PM        

What about a Blues Junior SE? Chinese ,made but supposedly sounds exactly the same as a regular BJ.<br /> <br /> The first time I became aware of them was in a shop with a BJ regular and an SE side by side. The fit and finish of the SE was visibly better than the regular. The tolex finish at the seams was done badly on the regular in comparison. This was, without a doubt, the worst BJ I've seen and haven't seen another since.<br /> <br /> Anyway, it may be worth giving the SE a go.



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Mar 18th, 2017 05:21 AM        

Huh, never heard of that before. Very little about them in a search. Doesn't' look like they're available here.



Modal Magic

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 19th, 2017 12:50 AM        

They are on the Fender Australia website. Unfortunately it seems that Fender USA is no longer accessible so I've never been able to verify the are available in the States. Here is an example from an Aussie retailer:



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Mar 19th, 2017 07:07 AM        

Yikes, even accounting for the exchange rate that's more expensive than a normal BJ over here. You guys have it tough in terms of gear prices. At least you get an effects loop out of the deal...



teemon



Florida

A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Mar 19th, 2017 10:28 AM        

Has the BJ always had reverb?



twangdoodles



michigan usa

Mar 19th, 2017 03:18 PM        

Yep.<br />



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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Mar 19th, 2017 04:17 PM        

"Yikes, even accounting for the exchange rate that's more expensive than a normal BJ over here. You guys have it tough in terms of gear prices."<br /> <br /> Preachin' to the choir mate!<br /> <br /> My last guitar purchase (2016 MIM Mustang) I bought it from Anderton's in the UK. (Yep, the Captain & Chappers).<br /> Even with shipping, I saved over 200 bucks (AUD) and had the guitar at my door in 6 days!<br /> <br /> Sorry, slightly off-topic :^(



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