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Marshall BB-2 Bluesbreaker II Pedal

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A new version of the Bluesbreaker pedal, with 2 modes of operation”boost or overdrive”and loaded with the more favorable harmonics. Controls include ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A new version of the Bluesbreaker pedal, with 2 modes of operation”boost or overdrive”and loaded with the more favorable harmonics. Controls include the mode switch, drive, tone, and volume.


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4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great under The radar pedal

This pedal is a great little monster, It has 2 functions and in my opinion greatly missunderstood. The boost works as it says "a boost", and this channel is best...Read complete review

This pedal is a great little monster, It has 2 functions and in my opinion greatly missunderstood. The boost works as it says "a boost", and this channel is best for tube amps, If you have your amp on a clan channel it will boost your clean. But put this on your drive channel and it takes your amp and drives the tubes harder. The main thing here is, If you have a crappy tube amp, your sound will be crappy. That is the part from what I have seen people missunderstand. I have a Fender Blues Deluxe, and this thing pushes it into overdrive heaven. Now to the Blues channel. I think this channel is workable with a bit of time spent on dialing in a sound that is good for you. I use this channel on my Fender Champ 600. and have the gain turned almost all the way down, so what I get is a very dirty mild break up. I didn't like the blues channel at first to be honest. But the more I played with it the more I saw how versial it was. No it will not give you a "metallica" sound, But it wasn't ment to. I have cranked the gain and gotten a very good classic rock sound. For what this pedal is It hits the nail on the head. It is a way to Boost a tube amp into natual overdrive, or get a as the name says "Bluesbreaker" amp sound.

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not great!!!!

overall... it was an ok pedal but its very noisy. the boost is pretty good but the blues feature of this pedal is horrible it said blues but it sounded more like heavey...Read complete review

overall... it was an ok pedal but its very noisy. the boost is pretty good but the blues feature of this pedal is horrible it said blues but it sounded more like heavey metal. ive messed with it for almost a year and im not happy with it and ready to throw it out the window!!! i would not reccomend this pedal for anyone!!!

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome little pedal!

By Dr. Gone

from Columbus, OH

This pedal really surprised me. It really nails every tone Clapton used on the "Beano" album. It particularly sounds great with humbuckers because Clapton used a Les Paul for most of his stint as a Bluesbreaker. It's even got a boost mode that's great for over driving a tube amp like a Fender Bassman or a Marshall JTM type of amp. I love this little pedal. Don't miss out on this one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Box of BillyG

By Dee Griffith

from Asheville,NC

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I am a Fender amp player who likes to go from a good clean sound to a convincing 'Waitin on the Bus'tone and some Keef rhythm,that slight breakup that most pedals never nail.This one can and I have a closet full of more expensive Keeley and Fulltone stuff that is probably made better and a little quieter but always sound a bit artificial.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Heavy blues, without the mushy ' metal' od sound

By The Barron of Blues

from Saskatchewan

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Great pedal, nice for tasty laid back distortion, not a heavy metal pedaL, but it can handle hard rock. Overall the marshall govener is a more versitile dirtbox, but the bluesbreaker is perfect at what it does - if you want something more that blues/rock distortion you will probally want something else. Butif you want nice blusey, harmonically saturated, smooth distortion with a different shade of colour than your typical dirtbox this is for you. The boost is a nicefeature , but i'd like the 4pt 2 knob eq (top/bottm)that the govener has on this pedal if it had that it would get full marks.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great under The radar pedal

By the tone man

from Chicago

This pedal is a great little monster, It has 2 functions and in my opinion greatly missunderstood. The boost works as it says "a boost", and this channel is best for tube amps, If you have your amp on a clan channel it will boost your clean. But put this on your drive channel and it takes your amp and drives the tubes harder. The main thing here is, If you have a crappy tube amp, your sound will be crappy. That is the part from what I have seen people missunderstand. I have a Fender Blues Deluxe, and this thing pushes it into overdrive heaven. Now to the Blues channel. I think this channel is workable with a bit of time spent on dialing in a sound that is good for you. I use this channel on my Fender Champ 600. and have the gain turned almost all the way down, so what I get is a very dirty mild break up. I didn't like the blues channel at first to be honest. But the more I played with it the more I saw how versial it was. No it will not give you a "metallica" sound, But it wasn't ment to. I have cranked the gain and gotten a very good classic rock sound. For what this pedal is It hits the nail on the head. It is a way to Boost a tube amp into natual overdrive, or get a as the name says "Bluesbreaker" amp sound.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth Blues Drive

By Strat_Reborn

from Calgary AB

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This pedal is great. The blues feature delivers nice , smooth drive which allows for singing highs and roaring lows. The boost feature is a bonus considering the cost of this pedal. The boost feature delivers a clean "BOOST" to you signal which can be used for soloing on an already distorted amp.I was also amazed by the fact that I was able to get an almost Hendrix like "fuzzy" sound out of it by using the blues function with an already distorted amp. This pedal coupled with my crybaby classic doubled the Hendrix vibe.Overall: Wonderful Pedal recommend it to anyone that like the blues but also want an extra "BOOST".WARNING: NOT FOR USE WITH SOLID STATE AMPS!!!

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ehhh..

By Mic-weNwh

from Houston, Tx

Well this was one of my first pedals and when i bought it i didn't really know what i was doing so... Basically it sounds like crap going through a direct box or anything solid state. I heard it sounds good through a tube amp but i havent experienced that yet. On the boost side you dont have much control over the gain and crunch even if you turn it all the way down, and the blues side its just a crunchy mess. Im gonna try it with my new amp(probably a blackheart) and if it still blows its going bye bye.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply outstanding

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

an amazing pedal.. one of the few pedals that can sound both warm and aggresive at the same time. both modes are good, the blues setting being slightly more gritty, and the boost being very bluesy. not only is it good as a stand alone pedal, but try it with another pedal (i tried with my ts9dx) or with your amp gain and this pedal can be great for metal... really, a great pedal.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Punchy Pedal

By picker-WqrcS

from Millbrae,Ca

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I bought this pedal around Christmas and really like it. I run it through the semi-clean preset on my Cyber Twin and with my Ibanez RR-Sr Flying V this pedal sounds great. What I really like is the ballsy punch the pedal delivers when power chords or single notes are hit hard (I run the gain and the tone wide open). The tone feels like part of the amp rather than just added on, kind of hard to describe but I love it.I haven't used the Boost function much but if I had a place where volume was not a concern I imagine a turned up amp would respond nicely. This pedal is a nice fit between my Bad Monkey and my DS-1.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bluesbreaker sings a great song!

By Chris Stookey

from Spokane, WA

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I just picked up this pedal and absolutely love it. The tonal possibilities are fantastic for a simple compact overdrive pedal. From classic Clapton-esque tones to smoothly overdriven fusion tones...this pedal offers great subtleties and really hits the spot. From a fairly sparkling boost, to a fairly hot overdrive capability, you can tweak the sound nicely with the 3 band eq. This, especially for the money, is one of the best overdrive pedals out there. And top-notch Marshall quality to boot!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BB-2 by Marshall

By I am the walrus 007

from sd

The marshall bues breaker II is a great pedal, it was also my first. When I play it I play it on the clean setting with my amplifier(Marhall solid-state)and it sounds great especially with the boost mode, it then gives you a nice ZZtop like tone, or even a good Chuck Berryish tone, over all I'm pleased with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice bluesy tone for soloing

By Fusion Guy

from Winston Salem, NC

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This Bluesbreaker II pedal has a nice, responsive tone for soloing. Coupled with a bit of delay I can achieve a smooth, more natural sounding lead overdrive tone for solos that just sing beautifully & respond to nuances of my picking attack without sounding too tinny or harsh when the volume is turned up a bit. The main strength of this pedal I believe, are the wonderful, singing highs that can be expressed, the weakeness are the more 'wobbly' bass tones which are typical with all pedals modeled for the "Blues", such as this BBII & Boss' "Blues Driver". If you want to get away from noisey metal/distortion pedals and want a more cleaner, retro / natural sounding lead tone with a bit of gain, I highly recommend this pedal. If you're looking to get a crunchy rhythm for rock or metal out of this, you'll need to look elsewhere.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A VERY GOOD SUSTAIN PEDAL

By THE UNDERDOG

from CASSELBERRY FL

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Pros

  • Fattens up guitar solos

Cons

  • Screws get kind of loose

Best Uses

  • Boost mode wOD channel
  • Boost mode wwah pedal

I don't use the OD mode on the pedal mainly because I play through a very distorted amplifier.Recently I tried the boost mode through the clean channel with the neck pickup and got great slide guitar tone.

 
5.0

Great OD/Distorsion Pedal For $

By Juxta

from Undisclosed

Has a great crunch, the boost setting, in particular, is outstanding, can produce very hendrix/angus-like tones, really good compact pedal.

 
5.0

A step up

By Chuckhoek

from Philadelphia, PA

I am a working musician who has worked his way through two original BluesBreakers in 8 years. After my last one broke (just yesterday, can you believe it?) I logged on and listened to the samples. That was enough to convince me to buy the 'next-gen' BluesBreaker pedal. Coupled in my setup with a compressor/distortion, the BluesBreaker provides the initial edge and sonic overtones needed to make the most of my equipment. And, as the only guitar in the band,

 
5.0

Excellent Pedal

By telebeliever

from Fl

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Great pedal for anything from Blues to Rock. Sounds great with a tube amp.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not great!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

overall... it was an ok pedal but its very noisy. the boost is pretty good but the blues feature of this pedal is horrible it said blues but it sounded more like heavey metal. ive messed with it for almost a year and im not happy with it and ready to throw it out the window!!! i would not reccomend this pedal for anyone!!!

 
5.0

Creamy Overdrive Galore!

By tenstringer

from Steubenville, OH

This is a great box for electric blues!

 
5.0

great under certain conditions

By Scott-N_EEM

from Pekin IL

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I just bought this pedal not very long ago and I love it. But only under certain conditions. I played it on my original 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb with my late 80s Gibson Les Paul Custom. It sounded good but I wasnt crazy for it. Fenders should stay clean if you ask me. Then I tried it through my Line 6 spider 3 150 watt with my favorite setting that I made on that amplifier and used the boost on the Marshall Bluesbreaker and it sounded great. Helpd to convert the kinda thin sounding insane channel with low gain sound full and Marshall-like. A little bit of a gary moore sound only less hot and with no chorus. But it sounds great. Let me know if you have any questions about it if you are consisering buying one.

 
5.0

awesome pedal

By Teleshreddah

from Topanga Ca

this is a great pedal, its cheap and simply sounds awesome on both channels, giving a wide range of sounds. plus if you have a low watt amp, it provides a great volume boost and works well with other effects.

 
5.0

Outstanding Pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was looking for a good pedal to give my amp some "oomph", and this pedal was the trick. the boost channel is great for harder rock sounds, ie AC/DC or Van Halen, while thge blues channel works great for BB King, ZZ Top and such.

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