Fender Blues Jnr IV + Nu Tubescreamer = Creamey cacks!

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ParkerParker Frets: 700
edited July 12 in Amps
Needed a nice little valve amp that didn’t bust the bank. Tried the Orange Rocker 32 and Jet City JCA20. Both great. But then the sales guy gave me the FBJ and new Tubescreamer. Bought them on the spot! Such emense tone!
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3124
    Glad you've got a rig that sounds good to your ears. There's not much love on the board for Blues Juniors but I love mine. I always leave the master vol on full and then bring up the preamp to taste. This give a nice clean but fat tone that is perfect for being overdriven with pedals. :)
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 32
    Parker said:
    Needed a nice little valve amp that didn’t bust the bank. Tried the Orange Rocker 32 and Jet City JCA20. Both great. But then the sales guy gave me the FBJ and new Tubescreamer. Bought them on the spot! Such emense tone!
    Have you gigged it yet? Had one before and found it lacked a small bit of headroom in live gigs, so much so that I had to push it so it was never really "clean" sounding at gigs.
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  • ParkerParker Frets: 700
    Parker said:
    Needed a nice little valve amp that didn’t bust the bank. Tried the Orange Rocker 32 and Jet City JCA20. Both great. But then the sales guy gave me the FBJ and new Tubescreamer. Bought them on the spot! Such emense tone!
    Have you gigged it yet? Had one before and found it lacked a small bit of headroom in live gigs, so much so that I had to push it so it was never really "clean" sounding at gigs.
    No - and one of the reasons I got the amp was because it's unlikely I will be playing live anytime soon. Wanted a quality tone at home. Would have gone for more wattage if I planned to gig. Hopefully by the time I get to that stage, I will be able to ship a Lazy J out here! :) 
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 32
    If they made a 20 watt version of the BJ, I'd be all over it!
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 17
    I've always wanted a Blues Junior, tried several in shops. They're the perfect amp for 'that' sound. 
    Fender Standard Tele, Vintage V72, Peavey Valveking II 50w, LOTS of pedals
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 540
    Could never get to grips with them as a driven amp, personally. Lovely clean though.
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 17
    Hattigol said:
    Could never get to grips with them as a driven amp, personally. Lovely clean though.
    That was my experience too, but then I've always tended to use Fender amps purely for the clean and then use pedals for distortion. I had a Hot Rod Deluxe (first or second gen) which was used in the same way. Try as I might, I couldn't get a good drive sound out of it. But then that could also be a subjective thing too. 
    Fender Standard Tele, Vintage V72, Peavey Valveking II 50w, LOTS of pedals
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  • VinylfanVinylfan Frets: 8
    Sounds wonderful.  I tried a Blues Junior whilst trying out a guitar and really liked it.  Did you get the latest version?
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  • paganskinspaganskins Frets: 92
    I’ve a first generation American made one which I believe aren’t actually as good as the later Mexican ones. Sounded good enough for me to impulse buy it though ;)
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  • ParkerParker Frets: 700
    Yeah MkIV. Sounds perfect at the house volume I’m currently playing at. The Nu Tubescreamer just tips it over making it more creamier than Jersey....massively impressed with the pedal.
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