Fender Blues Junior III Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

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Fender Blues Junior III Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

The Fender Blues Junior is arguably one of the most positively received low-wattage, mid-range tube amps produced in recent years. The amp packs an amount of quality that is almost jaw-dropping for the price it commonly retails at, making it one of the best “bang for your buck” amps currently around.

The Fender Blues Junior III Lacquered Tweed isn’t just stylistically different from the standard Blues Junior, it also packs a vintage voiced Jensen speaker. This speaker isn’t an upgrade (it’s also not worse, it’s best defined as a “side-grade”) over the modern voiced Eminence speaker found in the standard Blues Junior, but it definitely gives a great approximation of a vintage tone.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15-Watts
  • Preamp Tube(s): 3x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube(s): 2 x EL84
  • Speaker: 12” Jensen C-12N
  • Cabinet: Open
  • Controls: Reverb, Master Volume, Middle, Bass, Treble, Fat Switch, Volume
  • Input(s): Normal
  • Output(s): Speaker Extension Out
  • Weight: 31 lbs

The amp also comes with a “FAT boost” switch, which boosts mid-range frequencies when engaged. This helps to give the amp a bit more versatility, as the mid-range boost is great for adding additional gain and smoothness for solos and lead lines.

Lastly, the Fender Blues Junior III Lacquered Tweed also comes with genuine Fender spring reverb. Spring reverb is defined by its wet and shimmering tone. For an idea of how this reverb sounds, think of vintage surf music (though Fender reverb has been widely used by musicians across tons of genres).

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