Pedal Steel and Guitar Played Through A Fender Blues Junior Tweed

This is the third in a series reviews of pedal steel guitar played and recorded through Fender tube amps. The first reveiw was with a Vibro-Champ and the second was with a Super Champ XD. This Blues Junior Tweed has most of the warmth of the blackface Vibro Champ and sounds a lot like my 1965 Deluxe Reverb Reissue. It does feature a mid range tone control but not a mid-range shift control. The on board reverb tank is driven and picked up by a transistor drive circuit but all the rest of the amp is all tube. Probably due to the short size of the tank, the delays are a bit short and not as luch as most Fender tube reverbs. Therefore I opted to record all the guitar and steel parts with a Boss RV-5 set on hall reverb.

The recording below features my MSA Legend pedal steel guitar and my Fender Classic Vibe Telecaster played through the Blues Junior Tweed. This is a great amp for standard guitar for practice and very small gigs. Lots of warmth and very usable tone controls including a "Fat" switch.

The Blues Jr. NOS takes Fender's 15W gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with lacquered tweed covering and a vintage-style 12" Jensen speaker. Its power is generated by an all-tube signal path using a pair of EL84 Groove Tube output tubes and 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes. Add renowned Fender reverb, flexible controls, and FAT circuit with footswitch for golden tones, and you're in business. And just look at that chrome panel, that lacquer tweed finish with pinstripe grille cloth, and those vintage pointer knobs . . .

Fender Hot Rod Series Blues Junior NOS 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • Series: Hot Rod Series
  • Type: All Tube
  • Output: 15 watts into 8 ohms
  • Ohms: 8 ohms
  • Speakers: 1-12" Jensen C12-N 8ohm, 50 watt Speaker, p/n 0868508004
  • Channels: 1 Channel
  • Features: "Fat" Switch, Reverb, Footswitch Jack for Remote "Fat" on/off, Chrome Panel, Vintage Pointer Knobs, Controls, Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume, Covering, Lacquer Tweed finish with Pinstripe Grille Cloth
  • Weight: 31 lbs. (14.06 kg)
  • 18"W x 16"H 9.18"D (45.72 cm W x 40.64 cm H x 23.31 cm D)
  • Tube Complement: 3 X 12AX7, 2 X EL84
  • Solid State Rectifier
  • Footswitch: Uses Optional 1-Button Footswitch, p/n 0994054000

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