Fender Pro Junior - usable without pedals?

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  1. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've been reading lots of good stuff here about the Pro Jr, but then I see it only has a volume and tone control.
    I've been intrigued by that Fiesta Red one I've been seeing, but I'm not a pedal guy- like not at all.
    Anyone find them useful them alone?
     
  2. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Holic

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    Ohhh yeah
     
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    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Crank it up, it will deliver the goods.
     
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    On the Pro Junior, in my bedroom, I set the volume at 6 and the tone at 5.

    I use the volume and tone on my Tele to clean it up or hit it hard for the edge of break-up.

    I have a HOF Mini Reverb pedal that I use sometimes but it’s great with just guitar plugged straight into the amp.

    Also bought my Pro Junior IV used on Reverb for $300 in mint condition.

    Worth checking out.

    Good luck!
     
  5. straightlbues

    straightlbues TDPRI Member

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    Yes, it can do it. It also takes pedals well if you want to use them.
     
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    guitarmikey Tele-Holic

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    Great amp! With or without fx...
     
  7. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

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    YES

    Well, I would still use a tuner :rolleyes:
     
  8. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Holic

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    I used mine over labor day weekend/sans pedals. Fine little amps.
    I usually run mine at 5 & 5 on both dials.
    It's in 12"cab. IMG_20190910_093146099.jpg Works great plugged straight in, just work the guitar's vol knob and pickup selectoro_O
     
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    tlp123 Tele-Meister

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    "Pedals" are the equivalent of condiments used on bland or crappy tasting food to make it taste better.

    Spend extra $$$ on a good amp that doesn't need them to sound good.
     
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    Have you noticed all the folks saying PJ's are great amps straight in?
     
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  11. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    Motorcycles don't need pedals.

    Mopeds do.

    Someone steals the pedals off your moped, you be walkin'.


    When dinosaurs roamed the earth, there weren't any pedals.

    An asteroid smacked into the planet, carved out The Gulf of Mexico and killed all the dinosaurs.


    I like dinosaurs.


     
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    Greggorios Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Absolutely. Can't beat the PJ for that kind of dough.
     
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    Yes, I use them without pedals, but sometimes just a reverb pedal.
     
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    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

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    I find the lack of knobs to be a relief. I wish every amp came with just one tone knob.
    For gain, crank up the amp and use your guitar volume to control it.
    Also, speaker swaps can have a big difference in adjusting for gain. I put an EMI Ragin Cajun in mine, and it provided more clean volume (a lot more). Then I decided I actually liked it to break up sooner, and put the stock speaker back in. Sounds fine. And for a 10" 15w amp, it is friggin loud, as you may have heard.
     
  15. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Put an e.q. pedal in front of it, and it'll be just as nice sounding, but with additional control.

    That said, my main (and favorite) guitar amp for the past 25 years or so (Ampeg J-12T) has only a single tone knob. It does have reverb and tremolo, but as far as the e.q. and drive go, it's the same setup as the Pro Junior.

    Additionally, another one of my favorite amps, a '63 Gibson Skylark, has no tone control. It's full dime tone, and you can tame the treble using the guitar knobs.

    If I didn't already have several single-speaker amps in the 5–15 Watt range, I'd probably be getting a Pro Junior myself.
     
  16. studio1087

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    They're very useful all alone. Great amps.
     
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    I like reverb on everything. Thus, the T-Rex Fat-Shuga Boost/Reverb pedal and a tuner constitute my minimum PJ rig. Sounds great...and still spartan enough for the minimalist in me.

    [​IMG]
     
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    richey88 Friend of Leo's

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    I would, but I use pedals with my PJIV. The speaker is breaking in so sweet, gigged it last weekend.
     
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    I used one for a couple of years, straight in, cranked, dime guitar for clean. Great. Old school of rock.
     
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    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    Kinda Old School but Jeff Beck used a herd of Pro Juniors. Sounds like this:



    Blow my little mind. None of that is slide.
     
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