Review: Fender Pro Junior IV LTD

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The Fender Pro Junior is an amp that lives up to its name. It may be small, low-powered and inexpensive with only two control knobs, but Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have sung its praises. Beck has even used Pro Junior amps for 95 percent of his live shows, including at Madison Square Garden!

Fender has made a few changes to the model since its introduction in 1993, but the new Pro Junior IV LTD boasts the most dramatic upgrades Fender's ever made to it. Most notable is the Jensen P10R Alnico speaker (the same modification Beck made to his amps) replacing the former Eminence 10-inch, but the volume and overdrive circuits are upgraded too, and lacquered tweed covering replaces the previous model’s black Tolex. These features truly earn the Pro Junior IV its pro title.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.