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89AmStd



Studio City, CA

Apr 3rd, 2017 05:13 PM        

Blues Jr Billm bias pot install instructions<br /> <br /> 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        

http://forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=58184<br /> <br /> look here and and other places put billm mods in google<br /> <br /> good luck <br /> <br />



89AmStd



Studio City, CA

Apr 4th, 2017 01:33 PM        

Thanks tuning,<br /> <br /> 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

Contributing Member
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Edmond, OK

Apr 6th, 2017 10:27 AM        

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



carsten



on the rhine

Apr 6th, 2017 11:28 AM        

Hi 89SmStd!<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> cheers - C.



89AmStd



Studio City, CA

Apr 8th, 2017 11:49 AM        

Thanks Malcolm and carsten!<br /> <br /> I got some good responses in another thread I start in the Amp Mod sub-forum.



carsten



on the rhine

May 1st, 2017 03:25 AM        

Hi guys!<br /> <br /> 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!<br /> <br /> 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!<br /> 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 ;-)<br /> 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!<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> cheers - C.<br /> <br />



Malcolm

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Edmond, OK

May 1st, 2017 07:44 AM        

Carsten<br /> If you;ve just giveb the BJ away, what will you use?



carsten



on the rhine

May 1st, 2017 09:11 AM        

Hi Malcolm!<br /> <br /> Not sure if I got your question right - or perhaps my post wash´t clear to begin with ;-)<br /> <br /> My main amp is a ´66 bf Deluxe that I´ve been using for years now. 2nd best would be my sf Princeton Reverb, #3 is probably my Tweed Deluxe "clone" - but I´ll still hold on to my BJ ;-)<br /> <br /> I hadn´t used the BJ for playing out in quite a while and I was amazed at how good it sounded in a full band scenario!<br /> I´d recommend it to anyone looking for a no-frills, easy-to-use (and easy-on-the-wallet) amp. <br /> I think it actually IS the "Tweed Deluxe" of today ;-)<br /> <br /> cheers - C.<br /> <br /> <br />



carsten



on the rhine

May 10th, 2017 04:23 AM        

Hi guys!<br /> <br /> Here´s another "heads up" for those who´d like a bit more VERB from their BJ!<br /> <br /> The reverb on my BJ (1st version) was best described as "subtle", but it was fine for me (for the most part).<br /> Now, last week I stumbled upon a new(ish) replacement-tank by Accutronics/Belton (made in Korea) and I thought I´d give it a try - and I´m overwhelmed by the difference!<br /> This little amp now has really BIG reverb - I like it!<br /> <br /> cheers - C.<br />



Malcolm

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Edmond, OK

May 10th, 2017 09:06 AM        

Carston<br /> Wasn't the 1st replacement an Accutronics? It seems that was what I put in.<br /> So, this is ab updated opne?<br /> Or, had you held off on swapping out?



carsten



on the rhine

May 10th, 2017 09:52 AM        

Hi Malcolm!<br /> <br /> Not sure what you mean...<br /> <br /> I had read about people swapping the tanks in their BJ´s, but I never really thought about doing it myself...<br /> Now that this Belton/Accutronics tank became available real cheap I thought I´d give it a try - and I´m very happy I did ;-)<br /> <br /> The original tank was also made by Accutronics, but it offers much less/much weaker reverb.<br /> <br /> cheers - C.



Big Joe



USA

May 10th, 2017 07:25 PM        

How does it compare to a Ruby Tank?



carsten



on the rhine

May 11th, 2017 02:08 AM        

Hi Big Joe!<br /> <br /> Sorry, I can´t answer your question, as I never tried the Ruby...<br /> <br /> But I found an interesting discussion regarding the various reverb-tanks on the TelecasterDiscussionPage - see link below.<br /> <br /> cheers - C.



Big Joe



USA

May 11th, 2017 05:44 AM        

Thanks for the reference Carsten.. I'll check it out. I put a Ruby in my BJ about 8 years ago. It was an improvement over stock Accutonics and an inexpensive experiment at $25. Not sure they still make them. But always looking for something better!



Big Joe



USA

May 11th, 2017 05:52 AM        

One last thought. I had Billm ( RIP) put a tapered pot on my reverb when I took my BJ to him for various mods. Tapered pot works wonders when dailingnin the desired Reverb level. <br /> Bill was a great guy and made you feel very comfortable in his home. In fact, I visited him multiple times and he also put a T020 in both my BJ and PRRI.



carsten



on the rhine

May 11th, 2017 09:23 AM        

Hi Big Joe!<br /> <br /> You´re very welcome!<br /> <br /> Great that you had the chance to meet Bill - so sad he passed away.<br /> He did a lot for the "BJ crowd", for sure!<br /> I did his reverb-mod to my BJ (the first version BJ had a weak/hissy/faulty reverb-circuit, but BillM sorted it out) as soon as I heard of it - and it worked wonders!<br /> Now, with the new tank, I´m (almost) in reverb-heaven ;-)<br /> <br /> I never thought that a simple swap of the reverb-tank could do so much for the reverb - almost makes me wonder if my old tank was bad to begin with...<br /> With the old pan I usually had the reverb around 4 o´clock and you could say ok, it´s there - now I can dwell in reverb at that setting!<br /> Good fun ;-)<br /> <br /> cheers - C.<br /> <br /> <br />



Big Joe



USA

May 11th, 2017 10:43 AM        

Carsten.. where did you buy the tank in my BJ? I may give it a whirl. I'm a big Reverb guy which is why I love my PRRI. I also had Bill to the Octal mod and run JJ 6V6s and a JJ 12AY7 in V1.



carsten



on the rhine

May 11th, 2017 05:15 PM        

Hi Big Joe!<br /> <br /> I bought it from a private seller from a local ad - but you can buy it for around $25/30 from any of the board-sponsors above.<br /> Mine is the grey-painted Accutronics/Belton tank - seems like there´s also a black one (Accutronics/Belton), which is (supposedly) a bit different...<br /> <br /> cheers - C.



Big Joe



USA

May 11th, 2017 08:12 PM        

Thanks Carsten!



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