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Fender Blues Jr LTD ED Tweed vs DRRI


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Which would be the better buy for a grab and go rehearsal amp for music types of:

Classic Rock

I have many amps, all heavy.....the most important feature in the amp is the clean tone, as I have excellent pedals to fill in the blanks.

I don't want to spend more than $700, and don't want a Line 6, Crate.....nothing wrong with these amps just not my cup of tea and I've pretty much narrowed it down to the two amps in the subject line.

I have a 20% off coupon that expires soon for MF, so it means that the DRRI will cost $679 shipped, and the BJ $423 and change....

I've tried both amps in GC and really like both, but found the DRRI to be more open sounding with a bit more clean headroom. The BJ, however, seemed loud enough for my needs.

So which one would get your vote?


Senior Member
DRRI all the way. the BJ has next to no headroom. The cleans also have a lot more depth in the DRRI.

Big Al Z

Gold Supporting Member
DRRI is a good choice as long as you don't get caught up in improving the sound - it's easy to do depending on what you current amps are. A new speaker and tubes and rebiasing can add up in costs.

A BJ with a mic in front of it adds alot of portability.
Being that you stated you have many other amps and are looking for a grab and go - I'd go with the BJ - not that I'll sound as good as a DRRI - but you'll be buying a more useful and easier to like amp.


Silver Supporting Member
I went with the DRRI.....I went back and tried both amps at GC and the DRRI sounds miles better...and for the purpose I want it for, I won't be making any mods to it (it won't be the my main, prime time amp).

And the weight is a very manageable 40 lbs on the DRRI compared to my 70+ lbs combo amps I have now (Mesa Boogie Lonestar, Mark IV, Mk III, JC120)


Silver Supporting Member
I've got a DRRI and I love it. The mods aren't really all that expensive...maybe and extra $200 and you've got an amp that can compete with many boutiques and vintage DR's...IMHO though...It's funny, I've gone through so many amps and started with a Deluxe Reverb and ended up right back where I started! To be honest...I've owned this amp 3 times in 10 years! haha

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