Post Your Favorite Settings!

People use Blues Juniors for every genre of music, and for many tones within types. At a fellow Blues Junior enthusiast’s suggestion, I’d like to try to collect a bunch of your favorite settings, and what you do with them.

Even if your amp doesn’t have Billm mods, I’d still like to know what works for you in different applications. The most important mod in my book for difference of tone is the basic mods (The output transformers are about quality of tone.), next, the presence control, and finally whether you’re EL84 or octal (6V6/6L6). If you make heavy use of the sparkle mod, you might want to mention it in the comments.

If you cover a specific song, player, or band with a setting, be sure to say so.

And please, this is not a brag wall for how many of the mods you have. 🙂

Please use the Comments section below (you have to register/log in) to post your settings. Here’s what we need to know. You can copy this and paste it into the comments area to give you an outline:

Name of setting:  
Reverb: 
Master: 
Mids:  
Bass:  
Treble:  
Volume:  
Presence:  
Fat:  
EL84/Octal:  
Type of guitar:  
Comments:  

9 Comments

  1. bill says:

    Name of setting: Billm’s “Standard” Blues Junior
    Reverb: 3
    Master: 5 to 12, depending on venue
    Mids: 4
    Bass: 8
    Treble: 8
    Volume: 4-5
    Fat: Off
    Presence: 7
    EL84/Octal: EL84
    Type of guitar: Tele
    Comments: This is my reference tone. with the basic mods, it gives me solid clean tone with the guitar wide open.

  2. bill says:

    Name of setting: Twin-ish
    Reverb: 4
    Master: 7-12
    Mids: 1
    Bass: 12
    Treble: 12
    Volume: 5
    Presence: 9
    Fat: Off
    EL84/Octal: Works with EL84s; killer with 6L6s. Fully supported bass, bright treble, super-scooped mids.
    Type of guitar: Any
    Comments:

  3. bill says:

    Name of setting: Flat
    Reverb: 1-2
    Master: As needed
    Mids: 12
    Bass: 3
    Treble: 2
    Volume: 3-4
    Presence: 6
    Fat: Off
    EL84/Octal: Either
    Type of guitar: Acoustic, Acoustic-electric
    Comments: Turning the mids all the way up and just “seasoning” with a little bass and treble gives flat frequency response. It works well with acoustic guitars, especially through a closed-back external speaker.

  4. rockabillybob says:

    Name of setting: Twang Thang
    Reverb:2 (RubyTubes)
    Master: 11
    Mids: 1
    Bass: 8
    Treble: 6
    Volume: 4
    Presence:
    Fat: On
    EL84/Octal:EL84
    Type of guitar: Gretsch G6120DSW
    Comments: Blues Jr III with matched pair of JJ power tubes. TungSol 12AX7 preamp tubes in V1 and V2. Groove Tubes 12AX7 in V3. Good setting for 50’s-60’s rock & roll, classic country, rockabilly.

  5. Wes says:

    Name of setting: Wes’ stock III baseline (home/driveway/backyard use)
    Reverb: < 2 ("1 ping only please" & even that's too much")
    Master: 2 – 6 as needed (in/out of doors)
    Mids: 4-1/2
    Bass: 6
    Treble: 5
    Volume: 3-4
    Presence: n/a
    Fat: Humbuckers OFF; split varies (footswitchable)
    EL84/Octal: EL84
    Type of guitar: Fender Blacktop Strat HH
    Comments: With Bill's permission, my baseline BEFORE any mods. The settings are indicative of some things that I have heard out of the amp (and want) but are just uncomfortable at times. Music type runs from country, rockabilly, to blues & surf. Often an old analog delay is used for the effect I'd rather be getting out of the reverb. VOLUME seldom above 4; a Luther Drive is used for any grit or OD. It's not run wide-open crazy, but just enough to be able to play some old BTO by jumping on the guitar, or just run position 2 on the guitar and get a sort of gnarly Tele sound. Treble rolled off as well more than I'd care for but we'll see what opens up after mods. I leave the mids scooped just a tad in case I kick in the FAT in positions 2 or 4. I will be doing the Basic kit, along with audio taper pots for both Reverb and Master Volume, as well as replacing the tank with a MOD tank. The current reverb as issued with the Blues Jr. is just not your Daddy's tone; geometry seems completely different, just unacceptable after some old Fenders used from back in the day. So here we go; this is the baseline amp I like alot, with 325 into it. Let's see if a tank and a few simple mods take it to the next level.

  6. Wes says:

    Name of setting: NEW post-mod default setting.
    Reverb: 3
    Master: 3-1/2 on up … smoothly
    Mids: 6
    Bass: 7
    Treble: 6
    Volume: 4
    Presence: n/a
    Fat: Off
    EL84/Octal: EL-84
    Type of guitar: Fender HH Strat 5-pos switch; 2 & 4 combine the outer or inner coils respectively. (Couple of interesting sounds available there.)
    Comments: The Basic Mods are in (no, didn’t let any smoke out, great instructions) including the Twin Stack and audio-taper pots on both Master Volume and Reverb. Along with a MOD reverb tank and 5751 in V1, this is now an exceptional amp. Primary uses are country and surfy stuff.

    Realizing tone is subjective, the amp is fuller. The shrillness factor is gone, but the highs aren’t, they’re just not painful. Note: Hearing it now, the Twin Stack mod is not something I’d do without doing the Basic tone stack mods. This thing is bright but not ice-picky; it’s more, well, “Fendery” in a real & useful way. The audio-tapers on the MV and Reverb run both those functions so much smoother. At the other end bass is much tighter; even some drop-D stuff I did. I actually kinda like this speaker now. Couple more settings follow, with some settings things I’d never really do pre-mod.

  7. Wes says:

    Name of setting: Country Tele sit-in
    Reverb: 3-4
    Master: 3-1/2 – 5 depending
    Mids: 7
    Bass: 7
    Treble: 6
    Volume: 4
    Presence: n/a
    Fat: On
    EL84/Octal: EL-84
    Type of guitar: Same HH Strat as above, position 2, both outboard coils.
    Comments: Not as middy as one might think, and the amp allows the guitar to bark based on attack. You can back off & support, or jump on it & jump out.

  8. Wes says:

    Name of setting: Surf’s UP!
    Reverb: 8-9
    Master: 3-1/2 on up till whatever it takes.
    Mids: 4 or less, maybe 0 if I flicked the knob hard
    Bass: 7
    Treble: 6
    Volume: 3-1/2
    Presence: n/a
    Fat: Off
    EL84/Octal: EL-84
    Type of guitar: Same HH Strat as above, position 1, 2, or 3 depending on need.
    Comments: Only thing needed here is a good tremelo pedal and this would get it done.

  9. joelshep3 says:

    Name of setting: Cranked Tubes
    Reverb: 1-2
    Master: 3 and up
    Mids: 3-6
    Bass: 5-6
    Treble: 4
    Presence: N/A
    Fat: On
    EL84/Octal: EL-84
    Type of Guitar: Stock Les Paul Standard
    Comments: Drive it hard with a screamer-type pedal on a low to medium gain setting

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