JHS - What Is A Blues Breaker?

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  1. PaisleyWookie

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    Yeah his videos are great
     
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    I heard it's actually a Dumble in disguise.
     
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    I love these history lessons!
     
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    I watched this last night and enjoyed it. When he did the A/B stuff comparing the pedal/amp to the Marshall combo, I always preferred the Marshall combo.
     
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    I recall him explaining it was a one off someone built for him on one of the vids. He said it might maybe go into production but he wasn't sure yet.
     
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    As long as we are here I have a blues breaker pedal question, the pot, black box and pantheon are all around the same price used, first respect to analog Mike for starting the craze and I probably will get a pot but the pantheon can run at 18v and I'm pretty interested in that, any one have any experience?
     
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    I'd go for BBOD2. One of the best BB circuit based pedals imho. PoT is a good overdrive too. One more option is Chellee Sir Robin. You can get it new for a very reasonable money.
     
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    97.3% sure that the POT can do 18V as well. Calling @analogmike
     
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    Yep, BBOD2, PoT and Chellee Sir Robin all can be powered with 9-18V.
     
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    what if I told you that there already WAS a Blues Breaker pedal, currently in production by Marshall..... but you probably wouldn’t be interested in it as it’s in a different enclosure to the original?

    would you sneer and say “I’d still try it”?
     
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    Of course i would try it, I don't care what it looks like as long as it sounds decent. Unless you are talking about the the pedal they released in early 2000's but it doesn't sound like the original from Early 90's...
     
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    Great video, thanks OP!
     
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    I like his vids, I will eventually buy one of his pedals. I almost pulled the trigger on the @ but ended up buying an Eclipse instead. I have a stock EHX Soul Food and like it. I like turds. :wave
     
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    Yes, I have both. I bought my BluesBreaker somewhere around 1992-4. The made in England version.
    I agree with your comments, your experience very closely mirrors mine.

    The Snouse BlackBox Classic (the three knob pedal, not the updated version) gets even closer to the original Marshall, but like the KOT, the knobs have a more useful range. The Classic has the same gain range as the Marshall.
    I personally prefer the Black Box Classic over both the KOT and the Snouse BB2 for original BluesBreaker tones in a modern form, but it’s really splitting hairs.
    They’re all great pedals!
     
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    Marshall BB2-Bluesbreaker II was released in 2000. Although it is based on the original big box Bluesbreaker (discontinued in 1999) it was substantially redesigned and has more aggressive sound. Moreover, I suspect Marshall quietly redesigned it once again around 2010. So BB-2 pedal currently in production differs much from the original big box pedal.
    With so many good BB based overdrives around with a friendly price tags (PoT, BBOD2, Sir Robin) there's no reason in trying BB-2 imho.
     
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    the Blues Breaker (Blue/Black box) has a very lite gain with a “Glassy” Break-up OD tone which reminds me a typical Marshall Low Gain sound, but in my memory it's a little bit too “thin” in the TONE knob range and less of Gain, would be better work with another Boost or EQ pedal

    the BB-2 is a so so OD(plus a boost mode) pedal to me, nothing special but with a Marshall logo...

    Josh's video is amazing BTW:cool: the philosopher...
     
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    That's exactly what it is. I played a 20W Milkman last week and it was more or less a clone of Josh's amp, only smaller.
     

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