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Old October 3rd, 2008, 01:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Blues Jr. Texas Red

I broke down and bought the Blues Jr. Texas Red. I had a hard time choosing between the Tweed NOS but that Celestion Vintage 30 was too tempting. Plus I am from Texas so it just makes sense.

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Old October 3rd, 2008, 02:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats! I've been looking at that one too. Just something about it...
Good score.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am jealous. I want one of those very bad. Is it a true red or have a little orange tint to it? I was not sure from the pictures. I need it to go with my Tele.

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Texas Red

It would match your Tele perfectly. It is a fiesta red and man does this amp sound awesome. That vintage 30 growls. Another cool fact is that only 800 of these babies were made.
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 11:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Pictures please
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A LTD Edition with a Feisty "Texas Red" Look!
The Blues Junior™ Texas Red all-tube combo amp brings you the tone that has made FENDER® amps famous- all wrapped in vibrant, "Texas Red" vinyl with a wheat grille cloth. Five tubes (three 12AX7s in the preamplifier stage with a pair of EL84 handling power amp duties) provide perfect tones with the world-famous Fender reverb completing the signal path. For tonal versatility, the Blues Junior Texas Red "Fat" switch thickens up the sound for big chords and aggressive leads. This limited edition Blues Junior Texas Red is all about tone and vibe!

Fender Blues Junior Texas Red at a Glance:

A fan favorite

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A fan favorite
The Fender Blues Junior Texas Red, a warm-toned favorite in a super-cool LTD edition finish, takes Fender's 15-watt tube preamp/power amp platform and pushes it through a 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker with a ton of vintage vibe. And just to make this an even cooler amp, Fender is limiting production on the Fender Blues Junior Texas Red to just 800!

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That classic Fender sound comes courtesy of a pair of EL-84 Groove Tube output tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. Push them hard and you get great overdrive; back off a bit and the Blues Junior Texas Red cleans up for classic Fender "sparkle and spank." Add the renowned Fender reverb, flexible controls, and FAT circuit for golden tones, and you're in business!

Fender Blues Junior Texas Red Features:

All-tube

15 watts into 8 ohms

12" Fender Celestion Vintage 30 speaker

1 Channel

"Fat" Switch,

Reverb

Chrome Panel

Vintage Pointer Knobs

Reverb

"Texas Red" vinyl with wheat grill cloth and brown handle

Tweed series logo and "Texas Red" chili pepper badge

Tube complement: 3 x 12AX7, 2 x EL84

Solid-state Rectifier

Connector for optional external footswitch
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 12:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That looks great!
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 12:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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And those tubes...

I wonder if the "custom tube placement" adds to the vintage sound! ; - )

Enjoy your amp! Looks cool. I have the original 90's era Tweed covered one.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That amp looks like ****, but I bet it sounds great.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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those handles are famous for snapping in half in cold weather,
otherwise I think it's pretty a sharp-looking amp.

Texas-sized congrats on yer acquisition!
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Old October 4th, 2008, 09:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well does that Celestion Vintage 30 got some cool twangin sounds, I was always considering it as hard rock speaker, and Celestion G12 Century or G12-T75 more suitable for cool clean tele sounds.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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a V30 might be overkill for a Blues Junior although
I know folks like 'em and it's all good, really, in
my book. if one could fit it in there, the Celestion
Alnico Blue would be ideal.

the discontinued Celestion Silver Series 12" is
also an excellent speaker for a 15 watt amp, IMO,
as long as you're not married to Alnico magnets
and nothing but.

I like cheap, somewhat inefficient speakers in
small combo amps for cranking purposes and
the Silver 12" were about twenty or thirty bucks a
pop brand new although those may have been the
close-out prices? very much on par with your P12R
except of course it being Celestion not Jensen plus
with a ceramic magnet.

I also like a V30 paired with a 75th Anniversary
Special and with at least a 40 or 50 watt amp to
drive 'em.

speakers are very important to one's tone/sound
(well.. duh!) but as with pickups it's all subjective
'cuz we all have our own ideal tone although there
may well be many similar qualities which many of
us are chasing.

I really like the red tolex and wheat grille with the
black control plate.. Fender has used the BJr chassis
in a buncha amps (the Two-Tone, that one that looked
like a big ol' plastic rock, etc) but the Blues Junior is
a modern classic no matter how one looks at it.
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Old October 4th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Hey JB,

I think the faceplate is still chrome. I think that the picture was taken to minimize the glare and made it appear dark. Someone that has one of these new configurations will have to ultimately confirm.
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those handles are famous for snapping in half in cold weather,
Really? How cold for snapping point?
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The Tone

The vintage 30 tone is not very twangy but I did not buy it for twang. This amp produces sounds of Keith Richards to my ears. It nails Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Little T & A. The kind of twang it can produce can be heard on the opening lick(which continuously plays) in Ventilator Blues. Honky tonk Woman is also another song this amp perfects. It is classic rock tone that this amp spits out. (in my opinion) The Cowboy Song is another from Thin Lizzy that this little amp produces. Particularly the solos in that song sound awesome. Beast of burden also. the list is too long!! I bought this amp because 80% of the songs I play are Classic Rock. I use a MIM 98-99 Strat and a 2007 Gibson SG special Cherry faded
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I also purchased one of these and they're really quite nice, really great clean tone from a speaker that shouldn't allow that. As mentioned it gets a snarly boxy rolling stones sound. Really cool amp. I've wondered if its better than the tweed nos version though, anyone care to elaborate for me so I may feel safe with my purchase or run back to the store and get my money back.
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The only difference is the speaker. If you want a different tone, get the C12N that's in the NOS. Or better yet, one of the popular Eminence speakers, such as the Texas Heat, Cannabis Rex or Red White and Blues.

A couple of my customers use V30s in their Blues Juniors and it is definitely good for classic rock. Some get good blues tones out of it, too. The V30 benefits from the usual BJr mods, just like any other speaker.
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Really? How cold for snapping point?
probably not cold enough in Texas.

I don't know, really, and they may have changed the formula on the new ones
so they're not as brittle in freezing weather as the old ones were and are.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Zzounds has a factory re-seal available for $519
http://www.zzounds.com/item--FEN0213205601

I have the tweed version and I love it. I ran a V30 in it for a while and it sounded a lot like the C12N stock speaker, very good ~
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Very cool. Amps always sound better in red.
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