I wanted a vintage MArshall to add to my arsenal.
I would love this more if the amp had built in reverb like Fender.This would be an improvement.
The sound quality is simply outstanding, but it is a very heavy amp.
Model Year: 1997
Where Obtained: Cool Guitars
Basically this is a JTM 45 amp in a 2X12 combo.2 channels,one brighter one darker with volume,bass,mid,treble,presence,tremelo controls.
Has on/off/standby.No channel switching or effects loop, but you can cascade the 2 channels to get a great fuller tone.It is a very loud 45 watt amp that really fills a room. Perfect for pracitce, recording and club work.All tube amp with GZ 34 rectifier,ECC 83's and 2 6L6's.
Speakers are Celestion Greenbacks.
Pretty large cabinet for a combo with dimensions roughly larger than a twin or super reverb. It is heavy at almost 70 pounds.
I use the amp with vintage Fender Stratocasters, Telecater/Esquires, Gibson Melody Maker, SG Standard, Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Deluxe, DC Studio, ES 335 and 355.
The only effects I use with the Bluesbreaker are echo and reverb devices of varying brands.
I play blues, southern rock, slide.
This is an EXCELLENT blues amp with warm,thick,clean and creamy tone. The Gibson's humbuckers mate especially well, and certain eras of Fender single coil pickups mate better than others. The Les PAul and Telecaster can take you from Allmans Live at Fillmore East to Tom Petty/Mike Campbell chiming rhythm..almost Vox AC 30ish but bassier.
This amp is warmer, fatter sounding than a vintage blackfaced Pro Reverb or Twin,not better or worse,just a different voice.Heavier sounding,especially on the low end than a VOx ac 30 or Ac 15,which are also very nice amplifiers too.The amp is quieter than I expected from a Marshall.It is a very clean amp that is great at high volume,yet you can get superb rich/creamy overdriven tones as well.The Celestion speakers sounded tight or stiff at first.However as time passes and one plays more and more the speakers seem to "loosen up" and sound better and even more responsive.
Very easy to use. Takes a bit of time to understand the tone character of each channel alone, and then linked.This is a fun thing to do.
Just plug in and turn her up!!!
If I were playing out regularly I would definately order a road case for it.It is a very heavy amp to lift.Re-tubing is a little more frequent than a vintage blackface or silverfaced Fender amplifier.
I chose this over various Fender tube amps for the overall tone because I like more bottom end. If lost or stolen I would definately like to get another one. I don't know why you'd want to improve a "re-issue" especially since the idea of this amp was to capture a particular tone. But since asked, I suppose to make this the "ultimate" amp for me I guess I would include a reverb and an effects loop. Only critical opinion I've come across came from an amp builder friend of mine. He beleives in order to make the amp sound exactly like the original, there is a cap modification that people do to it to brighten up one of the channels more. He also prefers Alnico speakers to the Greenbacks. I like mine just how it came. No mods. If you are like me and like to play Blues/Country/BeBop/& good ol Rock and Roll you'll dig this amp.
Model Year: 1999
Where Obtained: Studio musician
5881 power valves and GZ34 valve rectification.
Two channels with separate volume controls.
Classic Treble, Middle, Bass and Presence tone network.
Built in Tremolo effect with speed and depth controls.
2X12 Celestion Greenbacks.
No effect loop.
One channel is brighter than the other which allows you to jumper and blend tones.
Has input for external cabinet w/Speaker ohm switch.
Basically a Marshall JTM45 head with gold plexi and everything in a combo.
Outstanding Blues amp. Granted it's not the orignial but it comes very close for tone. I use it stock. Ultra low noise. You might forget you turned it on. Of course I'm use to solid states and all the noise they seem to be more susceptable to. I do run a Line 6 DM4 Tube Driver or Tube Screamer setting in front of it. I don't use the built in tremelo. Would be nice if it came with reverb like the Fender amps I was considering but the tone on this amp just kills in comparison IMHO. One of the amps I was considering was a Hot Rod Deville 2X12. Also this amp doesn't have an effects loop. My Gibson Les Paul clean sounds incredibly rich and warm. My Fender Telecaster just cuts you in two. Awesome with the Tele because the Greenbacks are darker than say Alnico type speakers and the Tele seems to give some needed higher end. I personally prefer the bassier tone of the Greenbacks. I have a couple Fender solid states with Celestion Vintage 10s which I split my signal through to go along with this Marshall. Those Vintage 10s in the Fenders with this Bluesbreaker amp is just the ultimate tone to me.
This is Marshall's first amp design so it is as basic as it gets. Plug in and go. This is the first tube amp I've owned. I've played through many. Passing along an important tip. Make sure that there is a load (speakers) plugged in before turning on your amp to aviod damage to tube circuit. I haven't done this but having always played through solid states it's something I wouldn't have thought of.
Don't worry about the amp. Just make sure you're durable. This baby is h-e-a-v-y. I haven't traveled with it much. Very durable. So far no problems.