Product Comparison: Peavey Classic 30 vs Fender Blues Junior III

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General Specifications
Classic 30
Blues Junior III
About the Product
Revered by blues, country and rock players alike, these true all-tube amps span the tonal landscape from vintage to contemporary with ease. These amps are drenched in the tone that can only come from the combination of three 12AX7 and four EL84 tubes. Add features like 3-band EQ, footswitchable dual channels, footswitchable boost and reverb and you have one of the most versatile amplifiers on the market. The Classic 30 now ships with the all new Celestion Midnight 60 12" speaker! Classic looks, classic tone, Classic 30!
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.
Key Specs
Power Output
30 watts
15 watts
Number Of Channels
Controls Included
Reverb, Normal volume control, Pre-gain control, Post-gain control, Bass, Middle, Treble, Channel switch, Boost switch
Volume, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master, Reverb
Footswitch Included
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Peavey Classic 30 112 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • This is a really good amp. It is kinda a mix between a Marshall and a Vox amp. It cleans up well and has some great distortion sounds.
  • This is a great amp for gigs or recording. It has an effects loop which is awesome for a combo amp. Cannot say enough good things about this amp. Great buy.
  • I have used this amp on the gain channel and it sounds amazing, but where it really shines is on the clean channel with a MXR Distortion +. It has plenty of guts for any room I have ever played including outdoor gigs.
  • The sweet sound of this amp is unreal. I have not been so impressed with an amp in a long time as I amk with this gem.
  • Out of the box, it had a few small issues ( lose reverb tank, too much/early gain on the clean channel, ineffective tone controls)
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.
Size & Weight
21.5 in.
16 in.
19.25 in.
18 in.
13 in.
9.81 in.
39.5 lbs.
31 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Peavey Classic 30 112 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • Durable too, it took a nasty fall in the back of our cargo van and slid to the back, powered up and worked fine ever since.
  • Build quality is great. Tight, strong, sturdy, everything perfect.
  • Not as much bottom as the 212, but it's a great practice/studio and small gig amp.
  • The only negative is the weight. This thing is pretty heavy. Much heavier than a Fender Blues Jr
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.
Guitar Amplifier
Guitar Amplifier
Number Of Speakers
Speaker Size
12 in.
12 in.
Compatible With Footswitch
Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
1-Button ("Fat" ON/Off)
Carry Handle(s)
1/4" (instrument)
1/4" Speaker, 1/4" Reverb remote, 1/4" Channel/Boost remote
Foot switch
Genuine Spring Reverb with level control, Chrome-plated chassis, Classic tweed covering, Footswitch selectable channel switching, reverb and boost, Normal volume control on clean channel
Fender spring reverb, Single channel and input, Preamp tube overdrive, FAT boost switch
What customers say about "Features"
Peavey Classic 30 112 Guitar Combo Amplifier
  • The tube swap really improved the clean channel which is now quite nice up to maybe the 6 setting, and made the tone controls work much better.
  • The only upgrade I did to the amp was my speaker. I changed it to Celestion Classic 30. Don't get me wrong the speak it came with sounded good, but with a speaker swap this amp sound amazing.
  • When I want to get it a dirtier sound I use my Ibanez Tube Screamer. Get this amp you will not be sorry.
  • This is my first tube amp and it nails that old school sound that I love. Made in the USA so support your fellow Americans!
  • The drive channel sounds like my old C30 with the Blue Guitar mods. It is easily managed with the pre/post controls and the 3 band EQ.
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).
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
Other Information
529.99 $

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