Product Comparison: Fender Blues Junior III vs Fender Blues Deluxe

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General Specifications
Blues Junior III
Blues Deluxe
About the Product
The standard for gigging guitarists worldwide and the ideal amp for crafting your own signature sound. Working guitarists everywhere prize no-frills Hot Rod amps for their great volume, reliability, responsiveness to effects pedals, and affordability. The Blues Junior III is a longtime 15-watt favorite with warm tone ideal for the go-anywhere guitarist who needs to hit the stage or studio at a moment's notice, with great sound and versatile features.
A must-have for gigging guitarists worldwide and the ideal 1x12" amp for crafting your own signature sound. Pro rock, country and blues players guitarists everywhere prize no-frills amps for their great volume, reliability, responsiveness to effects pedals, and affordability, and the 40-watt Blues Deluxe Reissue gives those players the fantastic warm boutique tone and sharp vintage-style tweed look they crave. Again, a must-have amp that takes you back to Fender's original era and sound.
Key Specs
Power Output
15 watts
40 watts
Number Of Channels
Controls Included
Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master, Reverb
Reverb, Presence, Master, Middle, Bass, Drive, Treble
Footswitch Included
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Fender Blues Junior III 15-Watt 12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • The new Celestion A-Type speaker gives better clarity and bigger lows. It's capable of extremely loud and clean. Also has a nice warm tube breakup tone when needed. It's a jazz and blues monster.
  • The Reverb has been tapered back so it's not over the top. I always had problems with reverb live but not with this one. The highs are less harsh than the previous BJ 3 model which sound wilder, less focused.
  • Fender really did something special here. The tone is much tighter and delivers some shine and growl compared to the older versions. A top notch low wattage amp for the money.
  • Unreal tone and great control. Sounds rich and for 15 watts this amp is loud!
  • The first note I played on this amp I fell in love and new that I would buy one. I love the reverb and the simple controls. I mainly play clean / bluesy so this amp suits me perfectly, even when I only play it at 3. It doesn't sound bad when I turn up the pre-amp either.
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Couldn't be happier with the clean tones. Drive channel doesn't get that distorted but there are plenty of pedals to compensate for that.
  • Even though this is 40 watts you can play it at low volume and still enjoy its tonal range or you can crank it up and play most small or medium sized venues with power to spare.
  • Two channels allow you to set your tone in each and foot swtich back and forth as needed. The reverb is of good quality and the tone controls are precise.
  • You do have to take some time to learn about tone settings; including volume adjustments on the amp as well as your ax to get the most out of the amp but it's well worth it.
  • My only quibbles - 1) it;s hard to control at low volumes. In the basement, or garage, you will have the Master between 0 & 1, and it's touchy in that limited range.
Size & Weight
16 in.
18.75 in.
18 in.
23.5 in.
9.81 in.
10.5 in.
31 lbs.
45 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Fender Blues Junior III 15-Watt 12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Relatively Light Weight and easy to use.
  • All the great string dynamics and tone of a pure tube amp, in a small lightweight, easy to use package.
  • Sounds great, lightweight portable and doesn't take up much room.
  • It's not heavy. this thing is portable and we can get on our concerts.
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Great Amp - Perfect Size.
  • It's not bulky and its very stable.
  • Beatiful amp and heavy. Love the sound of tube amps and hope this one will be around many years like my Fender Blackface.
  • A bit heavy at 45 lbs, but small enough that you can pack that LP/335/Tele or Strat with this amp and do all you need to do.
  • Not too heavy and sounds amazing have a change of tubes and speaker.
Guitar Amplifier
Guitar Amplifier
Number Of Speakers
Speaker Size
12 in.
12 in.
Compatible With Footswitch
1-Button ("Fat" ON/Off)
2-Button (Drive Select, Reverb On/Off), 1-Button FootSwitch
Carry Handle(s)
2 x 1/4" (instrument), 1/4" (power amp in)
Foot switch
1/4" (preamp out), Foot switch
Fender spring reverb, Single channel and input, Preamp tube overdrive, FAT boost switch
Dual channels: Normal and Drive, Effects loop, bright switch and Fender spring reverb, Chrome Control Panel, Fender spring reverb
What customers say about "Features"
Fender Blues Junior III 15-Watt 12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • This amp takes all my pedals real well and the Celestion speaker is a big plus.I own five Fender tube amps but this one is my favorite.
  • The Volume control acting as a "gain" control for the master volume, and the fat switch acting as a boosted second channel to funnel just enough oomph to make lead breaks soar.
  • This little amplifier has a great fat tone for rock and blues with 12" speaker. Surprising power loud enough to be heard in a large music store.
  • My problem is the tone of this amp. It has a fat boost switch, however there is no jack for a pedal switcher. This is needed very bad, as for clean you need one and dirty you need another on this amp. I tried many different kinds of overdrive as well. Just doesn't sound as good as it should.
  • I have tried two of these amps. The first one exhibited an intermittent "crackling noise" like a short in a connection or a tube issue. This amp was exchanged for another one that has a constant "buzz" that seems to be associated with the reverb (it disappears when I turn the reverb completely off).
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue 40-Watt 1x12-Inch Guitar Combo Amp
  • Nice warm Fender tones with just enough breakup that your not in the realm of metal distortion! I love this amp and will be using them as along as Fender makes them.
  • I have a 2 x 12 Deville thats 60 watts but this 40 watt Blues reissue sounds better -- its a late 1950's early 1960's sound before Fender launched the super clean 1965 series. This is the type of amp Mike Bloomfield and BB King used.
  • The speaker is ok. The amp doesnt get all that loud with volume on 10 but is just loud enough to cut a drummer. This amp doesnt have the nonsensical useless tremelo crap that Fender still has on their 1965 amps.
  • This amp has 2 inputs (high and low impedance) and 2 channels (clean and dirty) . On the clean channel my first impression was that it could nail that big amp fender clean sound that has tons of headroom, so you could definitely imitate that sound heard on countless records clean and beautiful.
  • The sound of a child's plastic toy bat striking wet newspapers while yoko ono screams in your ear.
  • No volume barely any headroom and muddy as ever. I suppose for a novice or beginner it would be great but gigging at almost any level would be a Nope.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
529.99 $
799.99 $

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