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Custom Shop Fender Pro Junior

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by spayne99, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. spayne99

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    I might be picking up a Custom Shop Fender Pro Junior, tweed, relic. From what I can tell these were only made available with Custom Shop guitars as a package buy. Does anyone know anything about these amps and how much I should be willing to pay for one? Any major difference between this and a standard Pro Junior (other than the tweed and relic'ing)?
     
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    I saw one for sale by itself in Australia - it was A$1600 - about twice the price of the standard model. I'm guessing that the CS version is handwired vs a printed circuit board amp so it should sound juicier. The one I played was very noisy - much noisier than the standard, but I suspect this may be due to servicing type issues rather than the amp itself. The CS versions look much better, that's for sure.
     
  3. Billm

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    Don't guess. The high price does not mean hand-wired. The Custom Shop Pro Junior, like the Woody Blues Junior, uses a stock chassis installed in a fancy cabinet.

    Pro Juniors are very prone to noise. They're fussy about tubes, tend to have plate resistor noise, hiss, and filament-induced cathode hum. If you get a quiet one, you're lucky.
     
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    I'm getting mine for $230, so feel like it's a good enough deal. Hopefully UPS delivers it today. Can't wait to check it out!
     
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    That's an excellent price. If it's a relic model, plan on removing the back and case screws, cleaning the rust off the threads and lubricating them so they don't seize up.
     
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    Good to know I got a good price. It is a relic, and it's not easy finding info about these online (I guess because they were only sold as part of a Custom Shop guitar/amp package)?

    Anybody know what speaker I should be expecting to see in this amp, and what kind of tubes - assuming they're the original spec'd parts?
     
  7. Billm

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    Stock tubes are Fender/Groove Tubes Sovteks.

    Speaker is probably Fender Special Design, could possibly be an Eminence Blue Alnico (great speaker).
     
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    The amp arrived today from Guitar Center. I'm beginning to feel like I did pretty good on this deal - $230! This Pro Junior is tweed, relic'd, has the "Limited Edition" badge on the back, the Fender 60th Anniversary badge, the cab is unpainted pine, and a Jensen P10r speaker. I would take pics, but found this Flickr page with the same exact amp... http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacoblues/sets/72157614874445952/

    The only downside so far is that this amp is very buzzy. Tubes are the stock Groove Tubes. I don't mind a little noise but it would be nice to quiet it down some!
     
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    One thing I forgot to mention... this is odd but there's a Hot Rod DeVille sticker in the cab, not a Pro Junior sticker. The DeVille uses 6L6's but this amp is clearly a Pro Junior with EL84's.
     
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    Here are some of my Pro Junior quieting mods. Don't recall if I've posted them before.

    http://home.comcast.net/bjr/pjmods.htm

    And don't forget to see if you can remove the back and case screws. It's a bear when they get rusted in place.
     
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    Do you have the mods file? i didn't find nothing around the web about modding a pro jr :(
     
  12. Michael A.

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    Unfortunately, Bill M died a few years ago. There are probably copies of his mods on the internet, search for Bill Machrone guitar amplifier modifications.

    Here is a good one on the Pro Junior from another source, but you will need to join the site to see the photos.
    https://www.instructables.com/Mod-your-Fender-Pro-Jr/
     
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    Thanks!! =) i already found some mods but nothing about BillM. :( my next step is to learn how to bias this little monster. :) :)
     
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    I was lucky enough to have owned two decent sounding black tolex Pro Jrs, I got mine used--$265 for the firsr and $280 for the second, so I think you got a great deal. The only reason I no longer have either one was that I needed a certain amount of clean volume and couldn't quite hit it with either one. I did run a 12AY7 in V1 but what that did was br5oaden the clean range without increasing the point of break-up. Probably I could have increased the volume with a high efficiency 10" replacement speaker.

    I think that they are a cool, underappreciated Fender amp.​
     
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