Fender Pro Junior IV SE review

Fender’s entry-level tube combo gets a limited-edition run that’s more affordable than the standard model. It might just be the bargain of the year…

Fender Pro Junior IV SE
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a highly usable all-tube Fender amp at a price that’s way more affordable than you might expect – it’s a great fit for everyone from beginners seeking their first tube amp to pro-level pedalboard users.


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    Wide range of tone from deceptively simple control layout.

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    Uprated circuit boards.


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    An adjustable bias might be a helpful change, as would a standby function, easily accomplished with a three-way single toggle switch.

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Fender’s highly popular Pro Junior was an instant hit when it was launched back in 1993 and continues to be a favourite secret weapon for many top artists, regularly found hiding behind walls of 100-watt 4x12 stacks at live shows. 

We often talk about the classic tweed and black-panel designs dating back to the 1950s and ’60s. However, the Pro and Blues amps from the early ’90s are largely unaltered and still in production today, making them possibly the longest-running in Fender’s history.

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy was Guitarist magazine's amp guru for over 20 years. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. He passed away suddenly in April 2024, leaving a legacy of amplifier wisdom behind him.