Blues Junior III vs Tweed NOS vs all other variants

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  1. amp4942

    amp4942 TDPRI Member

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    I am looking at getting a Blues Junior, and am mainly deciding between the BJ III and the Tweed NOS. The NOS is $70-80 more and has a different finish and speaker. Is it worth the extra money? How well does each take pedals? Other variants are up for debate as well.

    For background, I am using a Baja tele and a Classic Series 50's lacquer strat. Pedals are: Big muff with tone wicker, Ibanez TS9 tube screamer, MXR dyna comp, MXR carbon copy, and an MXR Phase 90.

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    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

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    I got the tweed nos because I really preferred the tweed covering and also thought the Jensen speaker sounded better. If you didn't care about the tolex, and were going to swap the speaker out later, then obviously you can save a bit.
     
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    If you don't want to do anything to the amp like change speakers get the tweed .. it sounds better out of the box. They make a version of this amp with the C.Rex stock ... which is my preference for a number of reasons.

    Check a few models out before you plunge.
     
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    Okay, thanks. I've been too a few local Guitar Centers and they all only had the tweed, which I liked, but I wanted to hear about the other one's too. The one with the C-rex looks like a good option. Same price as the standard. How well does it take pedals?
     
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    Ok, I will look into that. Thanks!
     
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    Also... That amp is powered by EL84's.
    Some people love the tone of EL84's.... do some don't. If you like EL84's then you will really bond with the amp's vibe.


    Blues JR Takes pedals fine.. There is a lot going for that amp i.e. the reason why so many people love and play it.
     
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    Every review I've seen from people who've demo'd both say the upgraded speaker in the Tweed blows the standard BJ away for the minimal extra cost. Not to mention the gorgeous tweed.

    This is a no-brainer for the very few extra bucks.
     
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    One of my biggest regrets is selling my late 90s/early 00s Pro Jr (regular black tolex edition.) It is a very nice amp -- at living room levels, it is just so beautiful and clean, and it takes pedals magnificently. I'd love to hear one of the tweed ones.
     
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    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    This amp is not simply a living room level amp.

    15 pure tube watts can be ridiculously sufficient in most gigging sutuations. Even if your drummer is an a-hole.
     
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    Oh, I know. I played a holiday party of over 200 people with that amp and had no problem!
     
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    Every pedal I use including an EH organ pedal works just fine.
    No issues. I don't play metal so I don't know if it would work for some of those pedals nut this amp really isn't designed for it anyway.
     
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    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    I've had my tweed for nearly a month now, and it's probably the best by far of all my amps. Really warm gorgeous tones....what more do you need?
     
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    My 90'S Pro Junior is a great sounding amp....glad I kept it...even after blowing the speaker cause it is so loud !
     
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    Just bought the NOS Tweed a day ago. I have about 15 minutes of playing time on it. Was going to get the Bassbreaker 15, still wondering if I made the right decision
     
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    Yes you did.
     
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    I have the tweed and had the Blues jr. III too. The Tweed is the best and shines at band volume.
     
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    I had one with all the mods and a C-Rex and it was fine and the C-Rex handled what it needed to handle and it boosted the clean headroom and zippa-dee-dee...I sold it.

    In retrospect I'd take an old Pro Jr w/ reverb and delay pedals any day over it.

    Just me - have fun.
     
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    My advice would be to get the cheapest jnr you can and get a bigger cabinet for it
     
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    I've been trying all kinds of Fender amps lately including the Bassbreaker 15, PRri '65 & '68, plus various versions of the BJ III. The Bassbreaker is more flexible in terms of the gain switching, but I just didn't feel that the clean tone was anything like I imagine a 'Fender clean' to sound. I already have Marshall, Vox and Orange heads for various dirty tones anyway, so I'm after a portable clean Fender sound.

    I found a used BJ III Tweed on line last night and it's being delivered tomorrow. I preferred the Tweed over the standard black Tolex, but this is due to the speaker. 'My' BJ has a Greenback speaker in it, so I will have to see how it sounds with that in it. Worst case I will buy the correct Jenson C12N for it and sell the Greenback on, so I shouldn't be too out of pocket. I wanted the Tweed version as I prefer the looks over the Tolex version and this one was cheaper than most local Tolex used sales I found, yet it came from a dealer so at least I'll have some comeback.
     
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