Sort of New Amp Day!

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Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Lost In Autumn » Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:05 pm

I picked up a Fender Blues Junior III last winter for $300, the deal was too good to pass up and I've heard good things about them stock, as well as as mod platform. First thing I did before I even plugged it it, was change the speaker to a Jensen C12N, as the stock Eminence speakers in the Blues and Hot Rod series amps are muddy, flabby garbage. It brightened it up considerably, but it still had a dull midrange heavy tone and could only be made to sound like a proper Fender amp with aggressive use of an eq pedal. Luckily, I've got a first rate amp shop in town and I dropped it off at http://www.rootbeeraudio.com to have my man Matt work his magic on it.
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I had him thoroughly go over the amp and fix a number of the common problems with this amp, he wired the input jack so it wasn't directly soldered to the PCB,cleaned up the wiring, added an adjustable bias pot, checked the tubes (i'd already replaced them with Sovtek EL 84 power tubes, 12AX7s & put a 5170 in the #1 preamp socket to give it more headroom. Then things got good: Matt replaced the filter & tone caps, the latter to the same spec as 60's black face Fenders. the result is pure magical tone
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I wasn't done yet, though! A local guy was selling pine replacement cabinets on Reverb, and I jumped at the chance to replace the dead, heavy chipboard cab, with something lighter and more resonant. Voila!
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I'm working on an A/B tone comparison video, but it will probably be a few weeks before I'm able to get it done. All I can say right now is holy cow! I see why they crippled their entry level tube amps with a shitty tone stack, rotten speakers and such- this amp sounds as good as any 60's or 70's Fender I've ever owned. Admittedly, it's not as durable as a hand wired boutique amp, but for a total investment of about $600, I'll put my blue collar boutique amp against amps costing 4 times as much. I'm dropping off my Blues Deluxe Reissue next week to have him do the same.
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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Veitchy » Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:34 pm

Looks dynamite. I've always thought the Blues Junior is a pretty competent amp - clearly it has a bit more potential than even that.

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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:24 am

Damn! That's killer! Awesome upgrades, my favorite being the new cab :w00t: I'd almost be tempted to send your guy something myself :ph34r:
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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Lost In Autumn » Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:48 pm

Rootbeer Audio is amazing. This hand wired builds are especially incredible.

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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by marqueemoon » Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:22 pm

Nice. I’m a bit of an amp snob and this looks great.

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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:24 pm

Considering that it's your base tone that everything else has to work with, I think being an amp snob is a good thing ;D
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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by marqueemoon » Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:09 pm

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:24 pm
Considering that it's your base tone that everything else has to work with, I think being an amp snob is a good thing ;D
Oh, I still very much agree with that.

Lots of different ways to get there though.

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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by Lost In Autumn » Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:17 am

marqueemoon wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:22 pm
Nice. I’m a bit of an amp snob and this looks great.
oddly, despite my budget priced amps (my other is a Blues Deluxe Reissue), I suppose I am, too, I'm just too parsimonious to fully indulge my snobbery... the tone I've been chasing, is my long lost '64 Tremolux head that I sold in '97 to pay my last semester of tuition and get my degree. While I don't have that amp to A-B it, damn if it isn't pretty darn close, and the coral pink cab certainly looks distinctive. Considering my total investment is just a tick over what they cost new, I'm VERY pleased.

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Re: Sort of New Amp Day!

Post by VPO » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:20 am

Sounds good. Congrats!

I can't see pics.

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