The Fender Blues Jr - Raise your hand if you love this little amp!

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    This is a lot of Fendery goodness for not a lot of money!
    Enjoy
     
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    Love the blues jr.! I converted mine to a head and did the BillM mods. Sounds great!
     
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    What are the mods? Taming the reverb by any chance?
     
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    Love it.

    Have two, an earlier green one and version III red one.

    No mods on either, but both have Celestion G12's and a vintage Yugoslavian Ei-manufactured 12AX7 in V1.

    Warm, early breakup.

    Fat Switch always on, volume on 12, master between 2 and 3.

    Beats anything I've ever played, including my beloved collection of large (and heavy!) Bedrocks . . . .
     
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    I did the Basic mod, presence control and added a beefier output transformer. Also swapped the reverb tank for a MOD tank. Description of the mods can be found here:

    https://billmaudio.com/wp/?page_id=65
     
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    Awesome - thanks for the info! The reverb is a bit much out of the box. I'll check this out
     
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    Good stuff, I use the same amp as a pedal platform and it excels in that role...especially with fuzz and od/distortion.
     
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    It’s one if those amps I keep buying, using and then selling. I’ve been through 3. I used them in a Wet Dry Wet rig and once for a year I used just one exclusively in a cover band. They are light, convenient and just powerful enough to hang with a drummer.

    I finally replaced my last one with a 18 watt Marshall clone.
     
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    Absolutely love my Blues Jr. Didn't like it at first but then I figured out how to dial in the tones I wanted.
     
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    I'm kind of the same way - learning to love it as I go
     
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    I felt mine farted out with humbuckers at or near it's max volume, but I sure liked it up to those levels. It's underrated for what it does well within its form factor
     
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    Thinking about one of these, but in my parts of the world (Europe) you can get a Hot Rod Deville 2x12 for the same price. A BJ at break-up is very loud for my usage anyway, so a Deville as a pedal platform may work just as well. Portability is not really an issue.
     
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    I've only gotten to play an HRD once for just a few minutes but I can say it's a very nice amp!
     
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    I know Hot Rod Deluxes and Devilles don't get a lot of love around here, but I seem to see them as backline amps on a lot of stages, so they can't be that bad. Probably amps in the workhorse category, but nothing wrong with that, I think.
     
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    I was literally on my way to buy the NOS Tweed version when an Army buddy offered me a 20W Jet City combo for free with a WGS Retro 30 speaker thrown in.

    I still LOVE the Tweeds, but the IV is pretty cool in its own right.

    I’m out of space in the music room and own some pretty nice amps, but some day, when I’ve gotten rid of some stuff...
     
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    They're pretty small - I'm sure you can wedge one in there. ;)
     
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    Not beyond the realm of possibility.

    When demoing a guitar, BJrs and Blues Deluxes are my preferred amps because they sound good and are known quantities. If a guitar doesn’t sound good through either of them, there’s not much I can do with it if I bring it home and plug into my Peavey, Mesa or Jet City. It’ll still sound bad.
     
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    That's actually a good thought. I often use Fender amps to store demo guitars as well - not to mention the fact there is usually almost always one on hand in most stores.
     
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    An FSR "After The Gold Rush" Blues Junior has been my gigging amp for a few years now. Factory loaded with a greenback, it just works for me.
     
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