#1
Hey guys,

I recently got a Fender Blues Junior 3 and i think it's great, good clean tone and if you crank it it has a good crunch to it as well but i'm a big 80's rock fan (GnR, Motley etc) so i'm looking at a distortion pedal, does anyone know how well these amps take pedals?

I've heard they take them as well as any other tube amp but i'm not sure

Thanks
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#2
Imo you kinda need a pedal with the bj to breath life into the sound. I'd continue the blues theme and go with a boss bd2 blues driver or something equivalent. Or go cheap and get a bad monkey AND an sd1, compare the two general od types on your amp, return them and get a better version of the one you like better. Or keep 'em both, they're decent pedals.

Any of those 3 will get you 80s hair metal as long as your sportin' humbuckers, not so sure bout single coils.
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#4
Second the Rat. That's my favorite drive pedal with my Blues Junior. It gets an awesome crunch sound going, even at low volumes. When the amp is cranked it sounds incredible.
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that's what i'd have thought (though i haven't tried those pedals with a BJ)

i'm not sure an od alone would give you enough. though an od in combination with either of those pedals (say, a boss sd1) might be worth considering for more saturation for solos.
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Digitech Hardwire Overdrive. has an switch for more gain and will push your amp into 80s hard rock range.
#7
I'd choose the rat.
Or the joyo crunch distortion or hot plexi if you're on a tight budget.
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i'd say you'd definitely need an od as well if you got the hot plexi. it's not that saturated. but it does sound really good for that type of tone when boosted. EDIT: also it could be too bright with a BJ. Not sure, I haven't tried it with a BJ. But it can be bright, depending on the amp it's used with.
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Too bad about the Wampler Hairstortion, would have been a perfect pedal for you. The BJ is one of the best pedal platforms I've ever used. Hard to find a pedal that doesn't get along with the BJ.
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I use a Maxon OD-808 through a tweed NOS BJr. I mostly play blues rock (think SRV) and that sounds good.
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timmy+zendrive (sweetens leads up a little bit and adds a nice soft additional kick if i wanted it).

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#13
What about the Carl Martin Plexitone? with or without an OD?
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dunno, i haven't tried it.

normally i just use an od too anyway, i prefer the sound and feel that way, it's more compressed and (to my ears/fingers) reacts more like a high gain tube amp. But i know matt (who knows more about the technical aspects of gear than I do) hates that as he thinks it's too compressed. so it's really up to you.

you don't need to fork out too much for the od pedal, though, an sd1 works fine for this method.
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