From Fender –
“The Blues Junior is one of the most popular amps in Fender's Hot Rod line-up thanks to its crystal clear cleans, small footprint and ability to take pedals extremely well. This Royal Blood version is no different in its ability but a new modern look and a beautiful Celestion Greenback speaker brings new life to this modern classic. The greenback will match up with the 'angrier' side of the blues junior with its classic crunch!”
The Royal Blood colour is part of the FSR (Fender Special Run) edition that Fender does occasionally, which means it won't be available forever. It's got a tasty Wheat grille cloth covering with a Celestion Greenback mounted speaker. The Greenback is known for its mid-range punch and is a common upgrade for a Blues Junior III. With the traditional driven characteristic of a Blues Junior you will easily be in Blues/Classic Rock territory.
Fender have also added the 'Sparkle' circuit mod for pristine cleans that still retain a lot of warmth, so you can go from clean to dirty just by cranking the volume on your guitar.
The Blues Junior is not full of features, buttons and switches. This small 15w amplifier is a single channel clean amplifier with Master, Middle, Treble, Bass and Volume controls for your main tone with an option "Fat" switch and Reverb controls from when you need that extra bit of punch & sparkle. Bottom line is you can get a fantastic clean sound that will work with pretty much any genre, and add some extra oomph when needed.
Also because this amplifier takes pedals amazingly well you can easily get whatever overdriven sounds you need from outside the amp. From low gain crunch to crushing high gain the amplifier stands up really well to anything you want to put in front of it.
Specifications from Fender -
Controls: Reverb, Master, Middle, Bass, Treble, "Fat" Switch, Volume
- Voltage: 240v
- Wattage: 15 Watts
- Inputs: One - 1/4"
- Speaker Jack: One 1/4" Mono
- Channels: One
- Rectifier: Solid State
- Amplifier Depth: 9.81" (24.9 cm)
- Amplifier Width: 18" (45.72 cm)
- Amplifier Height: 16" (40.6 cm)
- Amplifier Weight: 31 lbs. (14.06 kg)
- Effects: Reverb
- Speaker: 1 x 12"Celestion Greenback
- Impedance: 8 ohms
- Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (3 x 12AX7)
- Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x EL84)
This Limited Edition features a special FSR badge. Additional features include "Sparkle" circuit mod, rattle-reducing shock absorbers for the EL84 tubes, vintage-size jewel light.
There were only 250 of these in “Royal Blood” available in the USA, and only 81 for the UK when they were released in 2017. Probably less than 10 were made available in Oz.
This one was bought new in UK and shipped to Australia with its owner last year. Upgrades carried out in Aust after its immigration include -
Line Out was added
Removable power lead was added
Power transformer primaries rewired for 240V operation (from original UK 230V)
Stock IC brand filter capacitors replaced with high-quality F&T units
Bias circuit modified for adjustable bias
Stock output transformer replaced with larger deluxe version for increased headroom and response
Stock plastic input jack replaced with a chassis mount Switchcraft open-frame socket
Power transformer fly leads twisted for lower noise
New set of tubes. V1 = JJ 12AX7 MG, V2/3 = JJ 12AX7, V4/5 = matched pair of JJ EL84s.
Plus this one comes in a custom aluminium roadcase built by Swan Cases UK, which shows no sign of wear.
This amp presents in as new condition, with quite a number of Limited Edition features, plus some very useful and desirable upgrades.