NAD- Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker

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  1. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    So actually Monday was the real NAD. I'm slowly immersing myself into this beauty. It's not the handwire version but I'm fine with that. With my pedal setup and the type of music I play, it has the perfect amount of growl to it. I'm still tweaking it to find the sweet spot where I can get a good clean sound and use a pedal for dirt and a good volume boost for leads. It definitely does not like the Carl Martin Plexi Tone, it's squeal city, even with the crunch on low and no mother boost or drive on. The Spark sounds great through it (as if there was any doubt). I have a Keeley 1962x that sounds pretty damn good, too. And without pedals, bright volume around 6, normal volume at 8 with channels jumped is such an awesome tone in its own right. I have my Weber Mass 100 on it, even with aggressive attenuation it has a good tone (loses a bit of bass so I adjust to taste). Heavy sucker for sure... Was going back and forth between this and a 1974x but I wanted a bit more headroom for my lead boost setup to work properly. I do also have a Beano boost coming, I cannot wait!

    Pictures forthcoming...
     
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    tce63 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    HNAD, Congrats
     
  3. Shane Stevenson

    Shane Stevenson Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been reading up a little on the old Bluesbreakers. Very cool amp, congrats!!
     
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    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    @OP: the new amp sounds very interesting. Hope some pics and maybe a little sound clip soon?
     
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    Congratulations on your amp, would love to see / hear it when you get a chance.
    Cheers
     
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    Do yourself a favour and go somewhere you can play it flat out without attenuation.
     
  7. scozz

    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The more I learn and read about handwired amps the more I believe it’s a rip off to pay extra for them.

    I read an article somewhere about handwired amps, and a bunch of experts said that compared to a quality PCs amp, there is no discernible difference in quality of tone!

    In fact they also claimed, if a pcb amp is carefully designed and built,.. it will outperform a handwired amp!

    I don’t recall them expanding on that claim.

    Congrats on the new amp buddy! :thumb:
     
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  8. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Resized_20200314_165440(2)(1).jpeg Sound clips will have to wait... But this thing is LOUD!
     
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    Very cool, congrats on your new amp!
     
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    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I really love this amp, haven't had a chance to open it up without an attenuator yet but it is striking how dark the tone is on this thing. I have my Mass 100 treble boost set at 6dB, presence on about 7, treble nearly full, bass nearly off, and mids about half way.

    I had ordered an Analogman Beano Boost, talk about being just what the doctor ordered! This thing really sings now. I've also run the Spark into the front end after the Beano Boost and it really does an awesome 70's rock tone. I'm so glad I parted ways with my 4010 in favor of the Bluesbreaker. This thing is right in my wheelhouse. Between this amp and my SV20H full stack, I am absolutely loving it!
     
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    Kim I've got the Beano Boost and it is my understanding that because that pedal is Germanium based it prefers to be leader of the pack i.e. first pedal on the board. Have you run it in that position as of yet?
    BP
     
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    How does it compare to your SV20 tonally and volume?
     
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    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    The 1962 is much darker and I'm guessing WAY louder than the SV20H. I haven't played around much on the BB without having the channels jumped so perhaps it would brighten up a bit if I just ran it through the bright channel. SV20H is jumpered, too, plugged into high bright input.
     
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    Whoa...one of my dream amps...congrats!
     
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    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, it's the first pedal (besides my tuner) in my signal chain when playing that amp.
     
  16. Obi Plexi-nobi

    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    Got me one of these amps last Wednesday on Craigslist. A 1990 Marshall 'Bluesbreaker' 2x12 combo. Love it!
     
  17. Kim Lucky Day

    Kim Lucky Day Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I may be committing an act of sacrilege on mine but I'm putting a Zero Loss effects loop on it. I'd be using this to gig with if I could get a decent volume boost for solos out of this without adding saturation and gain. An effects loop will allow me to do this. I just love the tone out of this amp... I'm still a big fan of my SV20H but the tones I get out of my Bluesbreaker makes it more versatile.
     
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    :yesway: Thumbs Up on the Zero-Loss FX Loop!:yesway:
     
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    Congratulations, I love Bluesbreakers. The best looking Marshall ever made. The 1974, 1973, and 1958 models all being a very close second.

    I’ve owned two 1962HW’s and a 1962RI. The handwired version has more bottom-end and is super loud as compared to the PCB version. The volume on the 1962RI was much more manageable than the 1962HW, which was crazy loud, even with the volume knob set much over 1.

    I tried many OD pedals with my Bluesbreakers without success. The only OD pedal that worked for me and did not color the amp’s wonderful tone, was a Greer Lightspeed. The Lightspeed is a low to medium gain OD pedal.

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  20. Del Rei

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    Wow! Never played one of these, but must be really good.
     

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