Quantcast Ryan's Guitars: New Amp!! Fender Blues Jr.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New Amp!! Fender Blues Jr.

I finally got a new amplifier. It's been a long while since I bought one, since I have been so happy with my Atomic amplifiers and the computer-based Line 6 TonePort. I really like this little amp... it has that beautiful Fender clean tone and it can create a really nice early break-up blues tone, as well.

I am running it with the excellent Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde overdrive/distortion combo pedal. This is a great pedal! The overdrive sounds about as close to a real Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer as I have ever heard. The distortion is fantastic sounding... much better than pretty much any other distortion pedal I've played. It's musical sounding, useful gain. This pedal plus the Blues Jr. is deadly! ;)

I have my Wylde Crybaby Wah Wah in the chain along with an old Boss DD-3 I have had since I was a kid. Never had much use for it until now. I have the DD-3 set for "shred style" tone thickening when wailing on full distortion with the Visual Sound Hyde pedal. ;) Sounds great. I also bought the Planet Waves tuner pedal, which is built like a friggin' tank. It works very well and it has true bypass, which is a must for a tuner pedal. You don't want something like that sucking your tone.

I recorded a rough take with a blues backing track using an SM-57 and the TonePort straight into the computer. I setup the backing track loop in Cubase SE, put on some headphones and let it rip. Here is the raw recording with just a touch of EQ and some thickening by track doubling and a hard stereo pan: Blues Jr. Test Recording (mp3 format, 3.1 mb). I used my Custom Shop '60s Relic Strat with the overdrive pedal engaged and the neck pickup selected on the guitar. No other effects, pre or post, were used.

This is a fun little amp that's easy to get a good Blues tone with (hence the name!)

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