Marshall Bluesbreaker 2x12 Combo

Jess 1971

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I've been eyeing the reissue Marshall 2x12 Bluesbreaker combos. Looking to maybe grab one used for ~$2,000, but wondering if there are any other JTM45-inspired combo amps or clones of this ilk I should be looking at as well. Also, are the older 1990 or 2007 reissues worth checking out?
 

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Imho, the BBRI cost too much for what you get. I’ve wanted a Bluesbreaker for years and years. I finally made some moves to get one. But not the Marshall RI.

I ordered the chassis from Ceriatone, the cab from Mojotone and loaded it with a Celestion Greenback and a Scumback M75-PVC. Total cost about $1,300 (already had the 1 Greenback and tubes), and I get a hand wired amp, with PPIMV, loop and 1/2 power switch. The chassis hasn’t come in yet so I can’t comment yet on how it sounds but there is a lot of love here for Ceriatone. You can customize the build, those are the features I wanted.

Edit: Almost forgot, I spent $50 on an old “fat boy” 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier.

If I had a bigger budget, I would of got the chassis from Metro or Germino.
 
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Jess 1971

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Imho, the BBRI cost too much for what you get. I’ve wanted a Bluesbreaker for years and years. I finally made some moves to get one. But not the Marshall RI.

I ordered the chassis from Ceriatone, the cab from Mojotone and loaded it with a Celestion Greenback and a Scumback M23-PVC. Total cost about $1,300 (already had the 1 Greenback and tubes), and I get a hand wired amp, with PPIMV, loop and 1/2 power switch. The chassis hasn’t come in yet but so I can’t comment yet on how it sounds but there is a lot of love here for Ceriatone.
Cool. Thanks for the input. Does Ceriatone make combo amps as well? Or do they just make the heads?
 

HeavyCream

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Cool. Thanks for the input. Does Ceriatone make combo amps as well? Or do they just make the heads?
They offer the combos too but it’s a little pricey to ship that weight from overseas. You can save some bucks by getting a domestic cab. Even if you get the combo from Ceriatone, it’s still cheaper than a used BBRI, iirc.
 

ShaunOsovs

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I'm super curious on this too. Been eyeing bluesbreakers or a 1974x reissue. But the prices are pretty crazy and I can't help but feeling like most of that sticker price is for the name and look.
 

pjrhd28

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I'm super curious on this too. Been eyeing bluesbreakers or a 1974x reissue. But the prices are pretty crazy and I can't help but feeling like most of that sticker price is for the name and look.
No doubt that the name influences the price of the amp.

But let me reiterate- that 2 x 12 KT-66 JTM -45 platform (in whatever brand name) does so many things so very well- including a killer glassy clean, perfect edge of breakup, and more gain that I would ever need.

One of the best clean tones I'v ever heard in any clip:

 

JDandCoke

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I've been eyeing the reissue Marshall 2x12 Bluesbreaker combos. Looking to maybe grab one used for ~$2,000, but wondering if there are any other JTM45-inspired combo amps or clones of this ilk I should be looking at as well. Also, are the older 1990 or 2007 reissues worth checking out?
Here in the UK it's hard to beat a legit marshall, they can be had cheap (cheaper than a DRRI for example), say £600.
In the states I hear that's not the case but thankfully you've got a bunch of awesome builders making their own versions like Germino, which is where I'd start.
 

drewl

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I'm sure you could find one of the older reissues for a decent price.

The first ones had a thin cabinet, the later models the cab was thicker and can fit KT66's, the thin ones can't.
 

michael.e

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No doubt that the name influences the price of the amp.

But let me reiterate- that 2 x 12 KT-66 JTM -45 platform (in whatever brand name) does so many things so very well- including a killer glassy clean, perfect edge of breakup, and more gain that I would ever need.

One of the best clean tones I'v ever heard in any clip:

Ahh my old amp! I miss that one. Sounds like I had the Gold in the Heritage 1-12 cab.
 

SlyStrat

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I had a Marshall JTM-45 RI mounted in a smaller 1x12 cab.
Cheaper and way lighter to carry.
 




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