#1
Hi.

I've got a Fender Pro Junior (tube- 15 watts) amp, second hand off ebay. I've had it for about 6 months and its been nice to play with. My problem is that I'm finding the amp REALLY bright, anything higher than the 10th fret on the e string really stings my ear and its getting on my nerves now. Its generally not quite as bad with overdrive/ distortion or on the bridge pickup, but the neck pickup just hurts.

So far I'm thinking of getting an EQ pedal, as I might be able to turn the treble down a little (I also have no tone from a chain of about 5 pedals, so I could still do with one) or replacing the speaker. If this is the right thing to do, what speaker would you suggest? I'm relatively sure I have enough money to buy a speaker and get it changed along with a general servicing.

Thanks for any help.
#3
Tone Knob?

New speaker would be cool. I recommend an Eminence, look at the Ragin Cajun or Lil' Buddy.
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#4
Roll off the tone knob a bit.

Also note that when you buy a Fender amp, odds are pretty good that you're going to get a "bright" amp.
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#5
just eq it properly

try setting the treble really low (a bit above zero), bass really high (almost max) and mids just a bit below the bass (3/4 of the perhaps)

EDIT: you should try the celestion g12h 30 thats a pretty dark speaker from my exp.
#6
roll off the tone knob on the guitar and the amp... bridge pickups are bright... so combined with a bright amp what do you expect to happen?
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#7
Use those knobs on your guitar; they'll work wonders. Too, rolling back on the tone knob on the amp makes a dramatic difference. I owned a PJ for quite some time; it has that classic fender brightness, but I never found it uncomfortable. Just make ssure the amp tone is further to the left.
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just eq it properly

try setting the treble really low (a bit above zero), bass really high (almost max) and mids just a bit below the bass (3/4 of the perhaps)

EDIT: you should try the celestion g12h 30 thats a pretty dark speaker from my exp.


No EQ on a Pro Junior
I think an EQ would work best, but a speaker swap can never hurt Look into Eminences...
Depending on your budget look at MXR 6 or 10 band EQs for the pedal, or a Danelectro Fish and Chips on a budget =]
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Quote by STriNG-RaY
just eq it properly

try setting the treble really low (a bit above zero), bass really high (almost max) and mids just a bit below the bass (3/4 of the perhaps)

EDIT: you should try the celestion g12h 30 thats a pretty dark speaker from my exp.

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An EQ pedal seems like a rather pointless and indirect way of solving your problem. For a start, the PJ has a 10" speaker so it's naturally going to be a little brighter than other amps. Try plugging into another cab (say, a 2x12) to gauge how much of the brightness is coming from your speaker. If the change is singnificant enough that you want to replace it, Eminence and Weber make good replacement ten-inchers and the new Celestion 'mini-Greenback' looks promising.

Secondly, you'll need new tubes. I don't know much about individual models of EL84s I'm afraid, but any good valve supplier should be able to recommend you a decent matched set. Fenders usually come with GTs, but if you've bought the amp used you'll likely need new output valves by now anyway.
#11
Several things can influence it: Your guitar itself, your speaker, your tubes, and your tone knob. As mentioned, try rolling back your tone. You could also make a little more use of your neck pickup. Another fairly cheap solution would be new tubes, followed perhaps by a different pickup in your guitar. Of everything though, I feel the speaker makes the biggest difference in the tone of something.
#12
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Tone Knob?

New speaker would be cool. I recommend an Eminence, look at the Ragin Cajun or Lil' Buddy.

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