Fender Pro Junior vs Blues Junior: What are the differences?

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  1. number008

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    Has anyone here owned or played both the Fender Pro Jr. and Blues Jr. models? If so, would you please share what differences you have found?

    I recognize that the Blues Junior has reverb and some overdrive, but I am planning on running pedals for guitar and/or using it for harmonica so that's not that big of a selling point for me. It does look like the tweed Blues Jr. comes with a marginally better speaker and an additional pre-amp tube (and no history of "hissing") but not sure how much weight to assign to any of that.

    Please share your preferences and opinions...

    Thanks,
    #8
     
  2. Multicellular

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    I've had both. Pro Junior has different tube breakup characteristics. I can see why people might like it better for crunch for that reason. But the Pro Jr. doesn't have much for clean except at a very low, like not even band practice volume. The Blues Jr. can actually do nice cleans to get over a drummer. I would have thought Blues Jr was a louder amp despite the 15w rating on both.
     
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    Thank you MC. Would it be fair to say that one might favor the Pro Junior if they were to only play blues harmonica and thus desire an immediate breakup?
     
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    I think so. Though the Blues Jr. has a master, so you can get breakup at low volumes. Honestly, not sure how harmonica would sound as I haven't tried it. But I think of the Pro as more a traditional crunch sound, Blues Jr. more a Pixies type breakup if that helps.
     
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  5. joemiracle220

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    I love the pro jr more out of the two.. just something about it. .. there are ways to make have a bit more headroom as well
     
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    (read the description - delay pedal, different pre-amp tube)
     
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    I have both. I can gig either or with both. The Pro jr. has enough volume for most of my gigs and weighs 20lbs. I use an Boss ME-80 with the Pro jr. for delay, reverb, boost, and wah/volume. The Blues jr. has more just a little more clean volume and fullness. The Pro jr. is better for harmonica.
     
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  8. Help!I'maRock!

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    The Pro Jr is for pros only. The Blues Jr is for the blues. It says so in the name. If you're a pro blues player, you can play either or both.
     
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    That makes sense; however, I'm actually a junior so this clouds up the matter, you see?
     
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    Well, are you a pro junior or a blues junior, junior?
     
  11. number008

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    Blues on my father's side but my mother comes from a long line of pros...wait
     
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    corn husk bag Silver Supporting Member

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    I am glad someone has total clarity of thought around here!
    Kind Regards,
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    Thus ending the argument for all time!
     
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