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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Blues Jr. sound, but a bit less money?

EA6B

In Memory Of...

Brenden, Baby P, Karley & untold others!
Jan 24th, 2017 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ever since my trip to Scottsdale, I've remembered the sound of the Blues Jr.

Is there anything on the market that can give me that sound, but for a bit less money?

Thanks.
E

P.S. I'd love the the Blues Jr. in Amethyst at MF, but a bit pricey at this time.

Amethyst Blues Jr.

Peegoo
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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Jan 24th, 2017 10:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a Blue Junior!

If you can find one used--or a used Super Champ XD, that will get you right in the ball park.

The Carvin Vintage 16 1x12 combo is a 2x EL84 amp like the BJr, bit it breaks up earlier than the BJr.

here's a demo

amphead4

Cincinnati, USA

Jan 25th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi!

I´ve had my BJ since 1997 - and I´m still digging it!
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 ;-)

cheers - C.

EA6B

In Memory Of...

Brenden, Baby P, Karley & untold others!
Jan 25th, 2017 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, will look for a used one.

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Jan 26th, 2017 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pro Jr. perhaps?

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.



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So. Cal. USA

Jan 26th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Orange county, CA ad linked below.

I really like my NOS tweed BJr. Fun little amp.

Yes, they are out there pretty cheap

pcalu

usa metro detroit

Jan 27th, 2017 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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!

I'm about to buy another used Blues Jr


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!

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.

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

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Feb 1st, 2017 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

LHW

Southwest Florida

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Feb 2nd, 2017 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

""Track down an excelsior""

+1. I had one, and regret selling it. I loved the 15" speaker. Plus, the name alone is cool!

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Feb 2nd, 2017 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.


Jeffty

Austin TX USA

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Feb 26th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

I've got no stake in this company, I just think this might be a real bargain in a small tube amp.

External link - Monoprice 15-Watt 1-12" combo tube amp

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 17th, 2017 11:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What about a Blues Junior SE? Chinese ,made but supposedly sounds exactly the same as a regular BJ.

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.

Anyway, it may be worth giving the SE a go.

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Mar 18th, 2017 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Mar 19th, 2017 12:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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:

External link

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Mar 19th, 2017 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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Mar 19th, 2017 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Has the BJ always had reverb?

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Mar 19th, 2017 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep.


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Mar 19th, 2017 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"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."

Preachin' to the choir mate!

My last guitar purchase (2016 MIM Mustang) I bought it from Anderton's in the UK. (Yep, the Captain & Chappers).
Even with shipping, I saved over 200 bucks (AUD) and had the guitar at my door in 6 days!

Sorry, slightly off-topic :^(

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:19 PM, Mar 19th, 2017)

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