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Valve Jr. vs. Blues Jr.

 
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Which would you rather play thru?
Epiphone Valve Jr.
27%
 27%  [ 5 ]
Fender Blues Jr.
72%
 72%  [ 13 ]
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rickenfender



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:40 am    Post subject: Valve Jr. vs. Blues Jr. Reply with quote

Poll Time!

I have had a Fender Blues Jr. for a while now, but plugged into an Epiphone Valve Jr. the other day and I was blown away! For 5 watts it was just the volume I need for jammin' with the family in the basement. Don't get me wrong, the Blues Jr. is a great little amp. Maybe it's just because I'm used the tone in my Blues, but I really, really liked the sound of the Valve Jr.
What's the opinion on these little watt'ers?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an Epi Valve Jr. and I've added 3 mods to it. I play it through an Ampeg 4x12 cab with Eminence speakers with a BYOC 250+ pedal. It's too loud to play it cranked in the basement. Also with the mods and the pedal I can get just about any tone I want out of it. I'm thinking about getting another and trying some different mods just to see what else it will do...

I do want to get one of the Blues Jr with the 12 in speaker.
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missionguitars



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty happy with the Valve Jr head (even without mods - those are forthcoming, thanks for the instrux Rocky!), especially since I got it for $99.

That being said, I think the Blues Jr. costs about 4X as much, so I would expect it to sound better! Everyone that has one seem to be happy with them, but I would hesitate to pay that much for one - just my .02, YMMV...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got my Blues Jr for $250 on the bay. I got lucky. Wink

Never played the Epi, but the BJr sounds good to me. You have to play with the tone controls, but that's what they're there for. Plenty loud for small club gigs, and all my neighbors know when I'm practicing. Laughing

Sidebar: For larger gigs my Hot Rod Deluxe is loud enough. The only time I mic it is for outdoor gigs, and then it's often not necessary.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marksound wrote:


Sidebar: For larger gigs my Hot Rod Deluxe is loud enough. The only time I mic it is for outdoor gigs, and then it's often not necessary.


I got a great deal on a Vox AC30 last year, so I'm covered on "loud". I'd take that thing everywhere if it wasn't as heavy as a Ford. Confused I love the sound of the Vox, but the Blues Jr. does sound different. I think that's why I liked the Valve Jr. so much- it sounded like a clean AC30 without the extra volume (or 60lbs.) Rolling Eyes
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Structo



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There isn't a real comparison of those two amps.
The Epi Jr. is a 5 watt amp and the Blues Jr. is a 15 watt amp.
The Blues Jr has bass, mids, treble, master volume, and reverb.
The Epi has a volume control.

I suppose if you mod the Epi heavily it could be a decent amp.
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Wardo



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: re Reply with quote

I agree, these amps are apples and oranges.

Coincidentally, I have both. And I'm selling my Epi, because the BJ does everything it does, only better. What do I need two small practise amps, especially when I'm always reaching for the Fender?

Sure, the Epi has some excellent mods out there, but so does the BJ. But right out of the box, the BJ is more versatile with tonal controls, master volume, OD, etc. Mod the BJ (I have) and it's no contest.

My advice would be to look for a good deal on a BJ instead of getting an Epi only to blow the money on the mods that will give it the tone approaching the BJ.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blues Jr. is far and away a better choice. It's not a boutique amp, but it's not "just another practice amp". Countless players gig and record with these things all the time. I asked the guys here on the forum for advice before I bought mine. I'm glad I picked one up. They sound great when you really push them hard, but they also sound good at lower levels with some stomp boxes. Much more headroom with the BJ...that alone makes it a better value, in my opinion.
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