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Fender Blues Jr III

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SKU: # 328472
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223-0500

Your Price: $719.99 CDN

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The worlds most popular tube amps just got better!

Fender Hot Rod series amplifiers are found on every stage in the world, large and small, and are used by guitarists from all walks of life. Hot Rod amps deliver unmistakable Fender tone and are the perfect platform for musicians to craft their own signature sound. These no-frills amps are affordable, reliable and loud, and they pair extremely well with stomp boxes. The Blues Junior III is a 15-watt warm-toned, longtime favorite - the perfect grab-and-go tube amp for stage and studio. It is known for the fat mid tones characteristic of EL-84 output tubes, warm 12AX7 preamp tube overdrive, real spring reverb, simple control layout, footswitchable FAT boost and external speaker capability.

Features:
Black control panel with front-reading text
New badge
Vintage Fender dog bone handle
Vintage-size jewel light
Sparkle circuit mod
Rattle-reducing shock absorbers for the EL84 tubes
Highly sensitive Fender Special Design 12 lightning bolt speaker by Eminence
Heavy-duty set-screw chicken head knobs.


Electronics
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 15 Watts
Inputs: One
Extension Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
Channels: One Channel
Rectifier: Solid State Rectifier
Controls: Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume

Hardware
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Pilot Light Jewel: Red Amp Jewel
Handle: "Dog Bone" Handle
Front Panel: Black Front Panel
Grill Cover Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Blackface Style Black/Silver Grille Cloth
Input Impedance: 1 M Input Impedance
Output Impedance: 8 Ohm
Amplifier Length: 9.18" (23.31 cm)
Amplifier Width: 18" (45.72 cm)
Amplifier Height: 16" (40.6 cm)
Amplifier Weight: 31 lbs. (14.06 kg)
Effects: Spring Reverb

Speakers
Speaker: 12 inch, 8 ohm, 50 Watt Fender Lightning Bolt speaker by Eminence

Tubes
Pre Amp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes: 2 x EL84

Miscellaneous
Unique Features: Black control panel, New badge, Rattle reducing shock absorbers for EL84 tubes, Fat Switch

Accessories
FootSwitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch, p/n 0994054000
Knobs: Chicken head-style amp knobs

So much lighter for those jam sessions.7 of 7 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
I've owned a lot of amps, but I'm an old guy now. Moving around my Blues Deluxe was becoming a strain.(Original issue, never a problem, best tone ever!) To me, it is was pretty close to vintage tone.It is a fine sounding amp. I'm not sure if I hear vintage tones, but I do hear good ones. And you can take that from a fool who sold his vintage amplifiers before idiots drove the prices up. Please do not ask me for a list unless you wanna see a grown man cry.
Posted by Brian on Mar 30, 2017
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Bloos Joonya2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKingston, Ontario
Love the amp.. I got one used for $400 and it was steal. I play anything from hard rock to blues and this thing is killer. Only issue I had with it was the bottom end when I played my Les Paul, but I pair it with a tube screamer now to cut the lows and boost mids a bit and it's perfect (EQ pedal could do the trick too). Now I can get anything from old Cream/Blues Breakers and Zeppelin with a Les Paul, to SRV and John Mayer with a Strat. I play with a 4 piece band and have no problems being heard in rehearsal or small bars. I use it at home too, but it might be a bit loud if you live in an apartment. Pros: Loud, Great Sound, Compact, Light Cons: Bass With Some Guitars, Cheap Handle, No Headphone Jack or Standby Overall it's worth the price, especially if you get a deal on one used. Would recommend to anybody that plays classic rock or blues at smaller gigs/jams. Especially someone looking for their first tube amp, you will never get rid of it.
Posted by JamesMarshall on Feb 17, 2017
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TERRIFIC AMP - REVISITED4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
After owning this amp for about 3 years now, I thought it would be useful to people checking the reviews to comments again. Do I still love it after this time of have I gotten tired it and moved on? I love it more today than when I first got it! This amp is my tone and I love the fat sound and the reverb. I also love how the amp has broken in over the year. I've actually rated it higher this time. It has great power for any gigs I play and if it's a huge spot, there's usually a PA to mic through. It's also small enough to use as a practice amp in my bedroom. I'd definitely still recommend it to someone.
Posted by pb on Aug 14, 2016
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Nice little amp.6 of 7 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
I have owned this amp for over a year now. It is my main practice amp and I've gigged with it a handful of times. Overall I am pleased but if you are more than a bedroom musician it might leave something to be desired. Pros - Beautiful Fender clean tone. Best in the business in my opinion. Nice reverb. Great natural overdrive from one channel. The added master volume allows you to get good break up and crunch from the amp without getting you kicked out of your apartment. Consequently, it takes pedals well. Set the amp to just on the verge of break up and get a good overdrive pedal and you are getting some high quality tones. Loud - Don't get it twisted this thing could get you kicked out of your apartment. It turns up a lot louder than I expected and stays clean for a long time. Cons - The handle strap is made of poor quality rubber and not leather. It broke on me the second time I took it out of the house. I have other much larger and heavier amps that i gig with and their straps hold up. I was quite annoyed by this especially at the price point. Regardless of how loud this thing can go, sometimes a 1x12 speaker just does not cut it. A loud rhythm section can give this thing trouble if you are not mic'd to the PA. Price - I feel like you are paying a lot for the name brand here. Its not crazy expensive but for a few extra hundred you could get something a lot better in my opinion. I have a Traynor 80 watt 4x10 which is my mainstay and it cost me about as much as this.
Posted by Pedro on Feb 22, 2016
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Blues Jr III - reverb maybe9 of 9 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOttawa, Ontario
It is very common on this amp to have trouble with the reverb. There is a capacitor that has a bad solder job, the RCA cable from the amp to the reverb tank also has issues and then the reverb tank itself is questionable - being sourced from new locations every time Fender wants to save a buck. I bought my BJIII three years ago at $499. Fender wasn't very bright to increase their prices the same year the CDN dollar went in the tank. So, at $719 I would never tell anyone to buy this amp. Instead, I would say save up for a Pro Sonic 22 if you like overdrive and a black face 65 Deluxe Reverb instead. Both of these 22 watt options are still suitable for playing in a small room without blowing your ears out of your head, but are also light weight enough to transport to a gig. The BJIII can't play a gig unless you mic it through the PA. I am not trying to say the BJIII is a bad amp. I just think at $719 there are better places to put your money.
Posted by Will Senger on Oct 7, 2015
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My practice amp1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary North, Alberta
If you actually have to read a review you’ve never owned one terrific amp killer tone for little cash. Someone is playing this amp at a gig in your town right now. There's a reason for that. I think the best feature is the Master and Volume knobs that complement each other. Using these you can really crank your amp up for some classic overdrive tones. Great amp, excellent build quality.....plain and simple, exactly Small, light, and the great warmth of a Tube amp. It's not the same as my Deluxe Reverb, but it's also half the price. What I wanted.....clean warm tone This model has the Celestion Vintage G12 speaker. It has that great fender clean tone and it takes pedals well. Great tone, nice overdrive, perfect amp for someone playing small venues.
Posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2015
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Fender Blues Jr. lll0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
Great amp, excellent build quality.....plain and simple, exactly what I wanted.....clean warm tone....and NOT made in China!
Posted by Randall on May 4, 2015
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would look at something else3 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
This amp has some positive features. It is relatively lightweight and easy to transport. I also l this like the master volume, all Fenders should have this. You can turn up the volume and it will distort nicely while keeping the volume down with master. The down side, it will not do loud clean, it will break up when you don't want it to. The el84 tubes fo this. The sound is very boxy and there is zero bottom end, likely because the cabinet is small. I had to replace the reverb tank (under warranty) whick took over a month to fix. I also have a blues deluxe and it is also a single 12" speaker but it really sounds do much better. If you want a loud clean amp, this is not for you.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2014
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If you actually have to read a review you've never owned one.2 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
Someone is playing this amp at a gig in your town right now. There's a reason for that. I just bought my second one. Old one lasted a decade, toured Canada, and played 1000's of gigs. It still works and sounds great. Using tubes a little fast after all the years.
Posted by CL on Jul 15, 2013
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Fender Blues JR. III3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
Considering the size of this amp, it gives you a lot of juice. A great sounding reverb as well. The best feature being the Master and Volume knobs that compliment each other. Using these you can really crank your amp up for some classic overdrive tones.
Posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013
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Fender FSR Blues Junior III1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary, Alberta
This model has the Celestion Vintage G12 speaker. I had it on a month long rental to see if I would like it. This amp is plagued with terrible amp hiss and hum. Maybe it needed new tubes but I was not prepared to take it back. If I was buying it and new tubes or a replacement amp was the same I would pass on this. I'd go for a Traynor Dark Horse instead, 12 watts, switchable to 0.8 for home and it is better from a noise perspective.
Posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2013
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Terrific Amp2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
I love it!, Great tone, nice overdrive, perfect amp for someone playing small venues or practicing.
Posted by PB on Oct 14, 2012
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Fender BJ, killer tone for little cash2 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Coming from a guy who owns early 60's vintage Vox and other el84 tubed amps, the BJ is a killer combo. Loud enough to gig, fantastic for recording or home, much more user friendly than most vintage stuff. I had a bj years ago, sold it and regetted it. Just picked up a slightly used BJ III brown & wheat, love it! Carry with one hand, fits in tiny trunks and tiny apartments and doesn't sound like a traditional fender amp which is good IMO. If you want paint peeling fender like highs, get a princeton. If you want vox like tones, get a BJ.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2012
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Blues jr 31 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
Good value. It has that great fender clean tone. It takes pedals well. It has a nice overdrive, however if metal is your thing you might find it lacking. A stand by switch would be a nice addition. Its built tough, a nice studio amp. Suitable for small venue gigs. Recommended!!
Posted by ron on Oct 8, 2012
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Closest StoreLethbridge, Alberta
I love the Master / Volume controls on this amp to get some crunch without needing an effects pedal. Small, light, and the great warmth of a Tube amp. It's not the same as my Deluxe Reverb, but it's also half the price.
Posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2012
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