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Old 07-09-2019, 11:09 PM
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Default Fender Amp Shootout: BJr vs PJr vs BB007

Fender Amp Shootout:
3 Small Tube Amps for Home Use: Blues Junior III vs Pro Junior IV vs Bassbreaker 007
Most Often Used: at equivalent to low tv volume
Tonal Characteristics: in a following post/ to be continued
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:24 AM
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If you’re the kind of person who likes to noodle on acoustic guitar in front of the tv or you just have to keep it quiet not to wake up the kids (or the spouse!), are new to electric guitar or are wondering if electric is truly versatile for home use, and like the idea of a small tube amp old fashioned style, this thread is for you.

I’ve picked 3 Fender amps to compare at low volume, and especially must keep the bass to an absolute minimum.

In a further post I’ll discuss some of my findings which will lead to some interesting conclusions that don’t apply to these specific amps themselves, but rather to broader topics of discussion.
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For the purposes of this shootout I employed three vintage style single coil telecasters plugged straight into the amps; each telecaster with a different set of pickups. Each amp is completely stock from the factory; in the case of Fender (in my experience) this means both the tubes and speakers are quality components not requiring upgrade for home use purposes, and passed along in the somewhat higher overall cost compared to some lower priced competitors.

To be continued ...
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Ok First off First Amp to discuss

Fender Bassbreaker 007: 7 Watts, tone controls, volume and gain, no reverb

This amp is great at higher volume and gain. Loads of fun with beautiful roar sounds organic and no clipping at reasonably high volumes.

Low volume clean the bass is prominent and flat, the midrange is comfortably submerged, and the treble is weak. Altogether soft on the ear and friendly to the neighbors.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:16 PM
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I have owned all three of these (except I had the bass breaker 15). The Pro Junior is the best I think easily, although I have moved on to a Princeton which I like better than all of them. YMMV.

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews!
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I have owned all three of these (except I had the bass breaker 15). The Pro Junior is the best I think easily, although I have moved on to a Princeton which I like better than all of them. YMMV.

Looking forward to the rest of your reviews!
Thanks! How would you describe the tone of the Princeton at very low volume? I may acquire a ‘65 reissue after all but I don’t want too much bass*

The Pro Junior I have is very quiet at idle. Notes are warm, almost hot with a bright emphasis around 1khz.

*volume level so low it may be overkill, especially with the gradual volume taper and soft tone of the particular Blues Junior in this test.
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Next Amp

Fender Pro Junior IV: 15 watts, 10 Jensen speaker, 1 volume and 1 tone control, no reverb

In my opinion the least successful of the three for low volume home use. Bass lacks definition (perhaps due to new speaker not softened up), and although notes pop out of the box, generally tonally unbalanced with emphasis on the upper midrange frequencies. May be very good for fluid lead playing.
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Curious to hear your thoughts on the Blues Junior. I was really close to pulling the trigger on one but ended up getting a Monoprice Stage Right for $200. So far I'm really happy with it as it sounds somewhat similar to the BJr and, best of all, has a button that changes the output from 15w to 1w, so you can play with higher gain at an apartment friendly volume.
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Fender Blues Junior III: 15 watts, 12” speaker, volume and master, b-m-t tone controls, reverb

This example dates from c.2017 the last year of production for the III model and it seems Fender worked out the bugs and responded to criticism of harsh overdrive/ clipping, ice pick trebles as this example has a smooth break up and gorgeous soft on the ear balanced frequency response with colourful midrange but still weak on the bass which makes this easily the best of the three amps for low volume clean with quiet, nicely defined bass and texture to the notes with good pickups.
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