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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Blues Junior III + MOD Reverb Tank

I recently picked up a pristine Blues Junior III on my local CL for $300 (total bargain) to replace a Super Champ XD. The BJr sounds great with my Tele, Strat and Tokai Love Rock, not to mention it takes pedals very well.

The only real weak spot on it was the stock Accutronics reverb tank. I did a bit of research online and read about the MOD replacement tanks. I ordered one (about $22 shipped) and spent a whole 5 minutes swapping out the stock tank with it. What an amazing difference the MOD tank made! I can now turn up the verb past 4 without it farting out and sounding sloppy - in fact it sounds downright great across the dial. I turn it to around 9 (1am on the dial) to get that drippy 60s surf reverb sound.

I highly recommend this easy upgrade for anyone with a BJr.

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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is there a particular model or is it called MOD ??

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used a Ruby tank with the same results.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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While I love my Blues jr. III, I hate Hate Hate the reverb. I actually use a Delay to give me a faux reverb effect. Where did you order the tank. What model number?

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Old February 22nd, 2012, 08:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I heard the Ruby tanks were equally as good, but no longer made..that's why I went with MOD.

I actually bought it from TDPRI sponsor AmplifiedParts.com. the model is 8EB2C1B.

http://www.amplifiedparts.com/produc...P-RMOD-8EB2C1B
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 08:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I heard the Ruby tanks were equally as good, but no longer made..that's why I went with MOD.

I actually bought it from TDPRI sponsor AmplifiedParts.com. the model is 8EB2C1B.

http://www.amplifiedparts.com/produc...P-RMOD-8EB2C1B
Thanx dude, this is why I love this forum!!!!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 08:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanx dude, this is why I love this forum!!!!
any time.. I've read plenty of great tips here as well..just wanted to pay it forward
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 01:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I heard the Ruby tanks were equally as good, but no longer made..that's why I went with MOD.

I actually bought it from TDPRI sponsor AmplifiedParts.com. the model is 8EB2C1B.

http://www.amplifiedparts.com/produc...P-RMOD-8EB2C1B
wow. I was just thinking about how ugly the reverb on my bjr is. Thanks!
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 09:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The Ruby tank is just a rebranded Belton. Ruby doesn't manufacture much.

Here are the Belton, Mod, and Accutronics tanks:



And here are the innards. The Belton and Mod use some of the same parts and sound the same. Belton now owns Accutronics.

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I have a crate v18 that I have been tinkering on and the stock Ruby tank sounded terrible. I got a 4 spring 600ohm MOD and it sounds much better.
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It's a very good inexpensive upgrade. Mine isn't a III, but the upgrade applies to the older models as well...in fact maybe more so for the green board models.

Got mine cheap locally from Antique Electronics.
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Old March 1st, 2012, 04:28 AM   #12 (permalink)
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any time.. I've read plenty of great tips here as well..just wanted to pay it forward
Got my Mod tank today and installed it (took 5 minutes, that includes opening the box it came in..very easy). Now I can use the reverb. I've been using my delay set to sound like a reverb but not anymore. Thanx again!!!
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Got my Mod tank today and installed it (took 5 minutes, that includes opening the box it came in..very easy). Now I can use the reverb. I've been using my delay set to sound like a reverb but not anymore. Thanx again!!!
awesome!
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It's a very good inexpensive upgrade. Mine isn't a III, but the upgrade applies to the older models as well...in fact maybe more so for the green board models.

Got mine cheap locally from Antique Electronics.
I think amplifiedparts.com is antique electronics..or a subsidiary thereof. very cool!
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Old March 5th, 2012, 05:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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and thanks for the great info Billm!
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Old March 11th, 2012, 07:08 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I might have to give this a try! Thanks for the info. Is it an easy install? Looks like I just need to unscrew the old one from the bottom and install this one and plug it in.

Does it also work with the Hot Rod Deville? anyone know?
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Old March 11th, 2012, 09:14 AM   #17 (permalink)
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...got my MOD tank last friday:

less harsh than the stock tank in my Blue Jr 3, the range is now completely usable (was not able to pass 4 on the OEM tank). There is also less "spring pop, drip" from the MOD tank. Warm and discrete, I like it...

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Old March 20th, 2012, 05:30 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Just installed the mod tank last night and what a difference! Really simple to do too.

Thanks for all the info!
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