Fender Blues Junior III 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp

 
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The Fender Blues Junior is the standard for gigging guitarists worldwide and the ideal amp for crafting your own signature sound.

Working guitarists everywhere prize no-frills Hot Rod amps for their great volume, reliability, responsiveness to effects pedals, and affordability. The Blues Junior III is a longtime 15-watt favorite with warm tone ideal for the go-anywhere guitarist who needs to hit the stage or studio at a moment’s notice, with great sound and versatile features.

The Fender Blues Junior III is a 15-watt, warm-toned, long time favorite; the perfect grab & go tube amp for stage or studio. It's got the fat mid tones characteristic of EL-84 output tubes, warm 12AX7 preamp tube overdrive, real spring Reverb, simple control layout, FAT boost, and external speaker capability.

Simply put, there’s really nothing quite like the pure, powerful sound of a Fender tube amplifier. For decades, the tonal richness and touch-sensitive dynamics of real tubes have given Fender amps a defining and unmistakable voice, as heard on most professional recordings and performances of the past 60 years—the music you’ve known your whole life. Among their many fine sonic attributes, Fender guitar amps like this one are prized in particular for their luscious spring reverb. For that wet, shimmering ambient sound ranging from subtle to cavernous, Fender lets you dial it in exactly to taste. On its top-mount chrome control panel, this amp is equipped with a "Fat" switch that boosts midrange for pronounced tonal thickness.

The Blues Junior III also includes these upgrades: Easier reading black control panel with front reading text; New badge; Vintage Fender "dog bone" handle; Vintage sized jewel light; "Sparkle" mod; Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes; Super sensitive Fender Special Design 12 inch "lightning bolt" speaker by Eminence; Heavy duty set screw "chicken head" knobs.

Whether we're talking about rockers, punkers, pop stars or cowboys, they can all agree that Hot Rod amps deliver unmistakable Fender tone, a perfect platform for crafting your own sound. These no-frills amps are affordable, reliable, loud & proud. They respond extremely well to your favorite stomp boxes.

Get your Fender Blues Junior III 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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Fender Blues Junior Iii 1X12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No regrets buying this super warm amp!

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from Texas

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Fender Blues Junior Iii 1X12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

If you're looking for a simple, but great sounding tube amp, you absolutely can't go wrong with the Blues Junior. In fact, you'll probably be surprised at just how warm these little amps sound. The tone actually sounds way more expensive than the price. The no standby thing has turned out to be a non-issue. I know the guy said there is no clean head room "at any volume". That's just simply not true with mine. You should know that I play two BJr's in stereo. They are both Blues Junior III's and are slightly modified. One has a Celestion Vintage 30, the other has an Eminence Red Wizard, and they both have Sovtek tubes. I get as much clean head room as I've needed so far with absolutely no mud. If you play one that sounds muddy, I'd recommend dialing the mid way down. EL84's have fat mids, so hardly any mid needs to be added. I do boost the mids 12 decibels for solos. I use pedals through the front end (no FX loop), and it handles all pedals amazingly well. It has a nice crisp bottom end and sounds excellent both clean and completely saturated with distortion. Even though I don't use it too often, the Blues Junior, itself, has a very nice warm overdrive. I have no idea what it sounds like with a "scooped mids" metal sound because I have no desire to play that way. Otherwise, I can't say enough about how warm and clear these amps sound. One of the least regrettable purchases I've ever made. That's why I have two. I loved the first one so much, I bought a second. I've had them for over a year and have been playing for over 30 years. And these definitely rank high on my favorite gear purchases of all time list.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice But Limited

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from Chicago, IL

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  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

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    Comments about Fender Blues Junior Iii 1X12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've played through one of these for a few years, and it's good for dirty blues or if you're looking for that retro Kinks kind of garage rock tone. This amp does not clean up well at almost any volume, however. There's just not a lot of low end, and it's prone to sounding muddy if you run humbuckers or turn the reverb past 1. I'd also suggest switching the pre-amp tubes to 12AT7s if you want less mud. I'm not a metal guy, but there's no way you could get anything close to that Mesa mid-scoop sound. Feature-wise, there's no standby switch and no bias knob either, so you're going to get a little hum and go through power tubes more quickly than you'd expect.

    On the plus side, it's a ton of volume for the price and weight. If you're playing bar or small club gigs, the acoustics are usually lousy anyway, so attention to tonal nuance and an expensive amp is mostly wasted effort. It's a good, inexpensive option for the guitarist who has to lug his own gear and isn't playing metal or crisp, technical leads. PCB Fenders aren't exactly know for being rugged or glitch-free, but again - a decent amp for the price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth every Penny

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    from Columbus, OH

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    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Great tone
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Fender Blues Junior Iii 1X12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I use it for jamming with small groups, but it is clearly loud enough for small-venue performances. The tone is great and works well with the numerous effect-pedals and boards I've combined it with. If you're upgrading to a tube amp and looking for a great place to start, this is the best amp for the price. Hands down. 5/5 all the way.

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      Series Hot Rod
      Other Features Black control panel, New badge, Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, Fat Switch
      Model 2230500000
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      Blues Junior III 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp

      Fender Musical Instruments Corporation warrants that the Fender product you have purchased shall be free of any defects in parts and workmanship if used under normal operating conditions for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase or initial lease, except that footswitches, covers, speakers, rechargeable batteries, cabinets, handles and cabinet hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase or initial lease and light bulbs, vacuum tubes, meters, cables and all other included accessory products are warranted for a period of ninety (90) days from date of purchase or initial lease. This warranty shall run to the original purchaser or lessee when purchased or leased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and any transferee of a retail purchaser. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR SALES RECEIPT OR LEASE, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE COVERING YOUR LIMITED WARRANTY.