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That Pedal Show – Fender Blues Junior, Vox AC15, Fender Bassbreaker 15: Which One Is For You?

Published on Dec 29, 2017

In this episode we take a long and detailed look at the three most popular 15-watt 1x12 valve combo amps currently on the market. 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.

Other things to note…
Sorry about the random black screens. Adobe Premiere is doing something weird on ourput. We did three edits/outputs whereupon we ran out of time. Hopefully it doesn’t spoil your viewing too much. Adobe, if you’d like to fix the bug, that would be great.

Confused about which amp is on?
The on-screen captions are regular, but you can also tell from G2 when looking at the board…
Blues Junior: Neither output lights lit on G2 (it’s coming out of a Humdinger on loop 10, so loop 10 will be lit)
Vox AC15: Output 2 lit on G2
Bassbreaker: Output 1 lit on G2

Enjoy the video…

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

Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here:

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) - no longer made, link to latest version
UK & Europe:
• Vox AC15C1 (with 1 x 12-inch Celestion Greenback speaker)
UK & Europe:
USA That Pedal Shop:
• Fender Bassbreaker 15 (with 1 x 12-inch Celestion V-Type speaker)
UK & Europe:

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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