The Fender Blues Jr amp is a great little amp with excellent tone, but if you want to take it to the next level of guitar tone greatness, adding the best overdrive pedal for Blues Jr is a great way to do that. However, choosing the best overdrive for your guitar rig can be a bit of a challenge.
Here’s the thing, a Blues Jr amp already sounds good without needing pedals. But, when you do decide to plug one of these pedals into your signal chain, it opens another whole new world of guitar tone opportunities. An overdrive effect itself, as opposed to a regular distortion, is perfect in these cases.
Does Fender Blues Jr Take Pedals Well?
Yes! The Fender Blues Jr does take pedals very well assuming you know how to set them up properly and do not over do it will too many. Of course, it is going to depend a lot on what you want to do with it, but as far as an overdrive effect, it is a great addition to the Blues Jr and your pedalboard setup.
Which Overdrive Pedals Do I Recommend?
I prefer just a simple best overdrive pedal for this particular guitar amplifier. These are my top choices that work extremely well for enhancing your guitar tone and I think sound best when you plug them into this amp:
Let’s look at all these overdrive pedal options in a bit more detail below and it might help answer the question of should I get a distortion or overdrive pedal.
Ibanez Tube Screamer
This pedal is one of the most iconic overdrive pedals ever made, and now you can get that same great sound in a smaller package. This pedal has been used by guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, and many others to create their signature sounds.
Now you can have that classic tube amp tone at your feet anywhere you go! You’ll be able to achieve all those warm tones from bluesy crunch to full-on distortion without having to lug around an amplifier or deal with a bunch of cables on stage. Just plug into any clean channel and turn up the volume for instant rock star status!
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff
The Big Muff Pi is a classic fuzz pedal that has been used by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jack White. It was created in the early 1970s and hasn’t changed much since then, but it still sounds great today.
If you like your guitar tone with some grit and dirt, this might be the right pedal for you. This distortion pedal gives you a lot of control over how distorted your sound gets while maintaining clarity in the high end so that your notes don’t get lost or muddy.
You can use this as an overdrive pedal if you want to push an amp into breakup territory without having to crank up the volume too loud or add any noise gates or compressors on top of it. It also works well as a boost for solos when playing live shows because it adds just enough gain without getting crazy about it.
Boss Blues Driver (BD-2)
The BD-2 Blues Driver pedal gives you the warm overdrive of an old tube amp at your feet. It’s not just another distortion box; it’s designed specifically for the blues.
You’ll get that classic “breakup” tone that makes vintage amps so desirable in a compact stompbox with plenty of volume on tap when you need it. And if you’re looking for more gain than your amp alone can provide, this is the ticket! The BD-2 is also great for adding extra punch to any setup—it works equally well with bass guitar or keyboards!
The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver Pedal has been used by Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa and many others. This pedal was first introduced in 1986 as part of Boss’ now legendary OD-series pedals which were created by BOSS founder Ikutaro Kakehashi to bring out the best tones from his favorite American amplifiers (Fender Tweed Deluxes).
Also check out Blues Driver vs Tube Screamer.
The Fulltone OCD is the best selling overdrive in the world. It has been used on more hit records than any other overdrive ever made. We have sold thousands of these pedals to professional guitarists all around the world and it’s our top seller!
If you want your music to sound like some of your favorite bands then this is what you need. This pedal will give you that tone that will make people say WOW! It can be subtle or extreme but always musical and natural sounding with no harshness or artifacts. It also cleans up well when rolling back your volume knob so it works great as an amp channel boost too!
So, if you are rocking a Blues Junior amp and want to step up your tone a little bit, why not pick up one of the above overdrive pedals and see how it fits with your guitar rig.