The Ultimate Beginner's Amp:
The Price Point:
More on the Fender Pro Junior:
At approximately 15"x15"x9", the Fender Pro Junior Combo is small, but not as tiny as some of the amplifiers you'll see at your local music store. Of course, the Pro Junior is bigger for a reason - it houses a bigger speaker than the average small beginner guitar amp (10" versus the usual 8"). Coupled with 15 tube watts of power, this provides the Fender Pro Junior with plenty of volume - enough for jamming with friends, and probably even enough for playing in small clubs.
Fender took a decidedly no-frills approach to the Pro Junior - the amplifier features an on/off switch, a volume control, and a tone control. And, that's it. This might be problematic if the Pro Junior didn't sound great to begin with. But it does. Play a guitar through the Pro Junior at quieter volumes, and the sound is clean and warm. Turn up the volume, and the guitar sound fattens up even more, and starts to "break up" (aka distort... a generally desirable guitar sound). It's a simple, straightforward design that yields great sounding results.
As the design is so bare-bones, there are features some guitarists will miss. There's no reverb, for example. And, you can't get that thick, chunky, heavily overdriven sound without the use of a guitar pedal. Minor quibbles, in my opinion, especially in light of the great sound coming out of an amp in this price range.