SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:To give a more practical answer, the Fender Blues Junior actually has the same tone-stack voicing/values as the Jerry modded Twin preamp. It's the only stock amp I know of that right out of the box has the correct "Jerry" tone section values. Not that the component materials are ideal, but at least the actual voicing is right. In theory, if you have the "fat" button turned on, turn the bass way down or off, crank the treble nearly or all the way up, and use the mid knob for fullness, that's gonna be in the ballpark. Granted the small cabinet won't give the body that Jerry's cab's had, but still, we're in the ballpark, kind of.
In regards to this, brad is obviously a very talented and in the know guy, so props to him. I still don't know how to even bias tubes in an amp and can barely change a speaker, but years ago i was a huge deadhead and wanted to sound like jerry, thats why i started playing, after a couple of years, i tried a bunch of amps, and the blues jr is the one that sounded the most like him to my ears, so i bought it. i didn't even try a twin, way to loud and out of my price range, but anyway, i probably didn't even know what a twin was in 1996 when i bought the amp. but i must say now, that my drri sounds more jerry esque than the blues jr. a weird thing about blues jrs is that the newer ones are much brighter than the older ones. mine has a warm bluesy tone with what i would consider thicker mids than the drri. from what i understand, the old and new blues jrs are the same circuit, but one is a "green board" and one is a "cream board". i have opened mine and seen the green board but don't know why it makes it warmer than the cream board even though they are the same circuitry. In general, the tone probably has something to do with the main circuit and the cab, a very boxy and squawky combo sometimes, no where near as smooth and clean as the drri, but still an amazing sounding amp, and for the money, you can't beat it. another great thing about the blues jr and drri are they are both great practice bedroom amps but loud enough to gig with, i have yet to play with a drummer i feel like the blues jr or drri aren't loud enough for. the champ on the other hand, is strictly a practice amp, although you could mic it and put it in the monitors and gig with it just fine, i just like to hear my amp at a gig.
i feel like my drri is more of an american "scooped mids" amp than the blues jr. they all sound pretty similar to me and once you start playing with band, a lot of the little nuances and mods are going to dissappear in the cacophony of sound with symbols, other guitars, and keys all mixing in. i bet if jerry played a well set up decent strat with a decent stock twin no one but us audiophiles would ever even care or be able to tell the difference. that being said, i still want an sms ctp preamp and some kind of SMALL power amp someday with a sweet cab and speakers of some sort to replace all my fender combo amps. got a ways to go with my playing before that is going to be a necessity. bottom line, great gear will make a good player sound slightly better, but great gear will do nothing for someone who can't play, so if you really want to sound like jerry, get a decent small fender tube amp, if your not going to gig with it, get a champ. But in reality it really doesn't matter too much what it is, just start playing two or three hours a day, that will give you the best jerry tone. also, get a used one, no need to pay the double high mark up, you can get deals on fender tube amps all day on ebay. especially blues jrs (about 300) or drris (about 700). i picked up my fender champ 12 1987 red knob local for 200 bucks this year. you will pay maybe 250 for these on ebay.