Price paid: A$ 890
Purchased from: Guitars Paradist
Features: This review is for the Blues Junior III, made last year in Mexico. I play many different genres and artists, think Hendrix, SRV, a bit of Led Zep and more modern stuff, Muse, RHCP, Santana and RATM.
This is a straightforward tube amp features one channel, a fat switch, EQ knobs like you'd expect and spring reverb. This amp is used at home, band practice and the occasional church gig. At home it never goes beyond 3-4 on the volume with the master on max and easily keeps up with a drummer, no problems at all. // 8
Sound: I currently play through it with a Fender 72 Telecaster Deluxe fitted with the stock 'Wide Range' Humbuckers and occasionally my 'treble-happy' HSS Squier Strat. To start of with I'll explain the cleans. The cleans are really anything you could expect with a Fender amp. Sparkly, lively cleans with a smooth bass. Absolutely perfect for playing. Anything that's clean.
This amp is one channel but is still able to 'drive' without cranking up the volume. Just push the master volume lower and crank the volume up. This provides a bluesy type Drive that nails those SRV tones eg. Texas flood. In order to get those other tones I just lay my MXR GT-OD pedal over it which provides rich, smooth distortion.
The "fat" switch is also handy which helps Drive the amp sooner and thickens up your tone, especially useful for those single-coils. TBH this amp does feedback quite some with the amp cranked and pedal engaged although when playing clean it is SILENT. This amp has alot of headroom. The loudest I've put it is five and it was only slightly EDGING breakup. // 9
Reliability & Durability: I would always have a backup regarding a tube amp. Rule of thumb. I've had this for 3-4 weeks and noticed a slight buzzing noise. Almost sounds like bells. Forums have found this common on Blues Juniors. Hope to get it checked out sometime soon. The tubes in it are doing great and smell amazing. Like all tube amps. Feels solid and has jump around my car boot a couple of times while I crapped myself. Luckily it came out perfectly fine. Very sturdy. 7 Cos of the buzz. Would have been a 9 without it. // 7
Overall Impression: My styles are anything from blues to edging hard rock. Definitely not metal. And TBH if your looking for a metal amp, look away. I've been playing for 8 years with lessons and own 2 classical guitars, an Alhambra and a Valencia, a steel string acoustic; Yamahama Compass series CPX-10, and two electrics as stated before; 72 Tele Deluxe and an Affinity Squier HSS Strat.
What I love is the cleans, its breakup, handy "fat" switch and its ability to take pedals and the reverb which is glorious. On the contrary to this I dislike that darn buzzing. And, nothing else really. // 9