That Pedal Show

Which 15W Amp? Fender Blues Jr, Vox AC15 & Fender Bassbreaker 15

April 25, 2018

We take a detailed look at the three most popular 15-watt 1x12 valve combo amps currently on the market: Vox AC15, Fender Blues Junior and Fender Bluesbreaker 15.

This episode originally aired 29 December 2017 as a video on our You Tube channel.

Some of this won't make sense because this was originally a video... people are asking us for podacasts of the audio and we're obliging! 

We feature all of these amps on the show from time to time… and are subsequently asked to compare them. So sit back, grab yourself a refreshing beverage and join us as we get into it. This is a long one because there’s a lot of ground to cover and – as regular viewers will know by now – short and snappy isn’t really our style.

Pedals in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• D’Addario Pedal Tuner
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2
UK & Europe:

• Thorpy Veteran
UK & Europe:

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Xotic Effects RC Booster SH
UK & Europe:

• Dunlop EP103 Echoplex Delay
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 1:00
- The amps that totally passed Dan by: 1:24
- Dan is struggling with Old Red: 4:35
- Clean sounds compared: 6:02 (talking)…
- … comparison starts at: 7:27
- Guitars make a difference: Mick’s Gretsch and Dan’s Tele compared: 10:30
- Not huge headroom, eh? 11:45
- EQ Sections in each amp: 13:35
- Light OD / crunch sounds though all three amps: 17:45
- Mick’s Mexy Strat neck tangent: 22:35
- Strat with crunchy sounds in all three amps: 24:19
- Highest gain in each of the amps with Telecaster: 26:00
- Low/medium gain, Les Paul and pushing the power amps: 29:45 (playing at 31:10)
- FUZZ! 38:59 (playing through all three amps at 40:50)
- A good ’normal’ overdrive pedal (D&M Drive) and all three amps: 45:45
- Goodbye Strat, hello PRS DGT: 49:00
- Using a booster to drop some bass off: 52:40 (playing at 53:50)
- Reverb in each of the amps: 57:00 (sounds at 58:00)
- Tremolo in the AC15: 1:02:58
- Pairing the amps together and wet/dry: 1:05:12
- All three amps: 1:10:52
- Thinking of an upgrade then? 1:13:48

Amps in this episode
• Fender Blues Junior III (with 1 x 12-inch Fender Lightning Bolt speaker by Eminence)
• Vox AC15C1 (with 1 x 12-inch Celestion Greenback speaker)
• Fender Bassbreaker 15 (with 1 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type speaker)

Guitars in this episode
• Gretsch G5422TG Electromatic – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster: watch Dan’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard: watch Dan’s video at
• Fender 60s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster: watch Mick’s video at
• PRS DGT Model: Watch Mick’s video at

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