Marshall Bluesbreaker Amplifier
Originally made in the 1960s and reissued in recent decades, the Marshall Bluesbreaker is one of the most well-known and welled liked amps among blues players -- and beyond.
Jim Marshall gets the credit for developing this top-of-the-line amp when Eric Clapton asked him to.
Clapton was about to join up with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and he wanted a combo amp with tremolo that was small enough to easily fit the trunk of his car.
Clapton got what he wanted.
So what is the Bluesbreaker? It’s simple really.
It was -- and is again -- a 30-watt combo amp with tremolo.
While it’s original 1961 model had four 10-inch speakers, the more popular 1962 model featured two 12-inch speakers -- and the 1962 Bluesbreaker with its two speakers is the one recently reissued by Marshall.
The reissue model was one of the most anxiously awaited and well-received modern amp reissues from Marshall or any other company.
Most famously, Clapton can be heard playing his Gibson Les Paul electric guitar through his Bluesbreaker on the 1966 album simply entitled “Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton”.
It was the first time listeners had heard a Les Paul being played through a heavily distorting amplifier, and it was a sound destined to catch on.
Clapton soon moved on to form Cream and moved away from the distinctive Bluesbreaker sound, but other musicians adopted it as their own.
The rest, predictably, is history.
The famous Bluesbreaker amplifier is really not much more than Marshall’s original JTM45 amp model.
But its place in electric guitar amplification history is huge.
Started only in 1962, the British maker Marshall quickly gained a name for itself.
The Bluesbreaker and Marshall’s other distinctive amps put the small maker into serious competition with Fender and other already established amp makers.
The reissue model -- released under the name 1962 Bluesbreaker -- has just as quickly achieved a place among the all-time greats in the amplifier world largely because it’s a faithful replica of the original.
In addition to the distinctive sound, amp reviewers often like this amp because there are very few controls to mess with.
You can use your guitar’s knobs to set the sound you like and change on the fly.
In other words, it has fewer things to screw up then some modern amps.
The legendary Marshall Bluesbreaker gives you a very distinctive sound with few hassles. If you like that sound, you’ll like this amp.
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