BB-2 Bluesbreaker II review by Marshall

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (54 votes)
Marshall: BB-2 Bluesbreaker II

Price paid: $ 60.39

Purchased from: GAK

Sound — 10
I use it with a p.o.s. Marshall MG15DFX, a Jim Deacon LPSTD (Les Paul copy) and a Dunlop Crybaby. If you experiment about with it, the guitar and the amp, you can pull off pretty damn good 60's Clapton sounds, nice and fat (e.g. Sunshine of Your Love) crunchy and wailing (e.g. Hideaway). I used it to test out a Gibson SG Standard with a valve amp in a music shop in Glasgow and the sound was much better. More definition, especially with the amp naturally overdriven, because the MG15DFX sounds as flat as a fart, so to speak. As well as imitating Clapton, you can get a nice Jimmy Page-esque tone as well. It suits any '60s or '70s blues and rock very well. Metalheads, look somewehre else, you'll despise this pedal.

Overall Impression — 10
As I've said elsewhere, I play mostly '60s and '70s heavy electric blues, rock/hard rock, a la Cream, EC with John Mayall, Led Zepp, the Who, Free, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, the Allman Brothers etc. If lost or stolen, I'd definitely get it again, it does the job brilliantly and is easy to use. Perhaps not got the piercing tone of a metal-y pedal, but for the Marshall sound of the '60s and '70s, that chunky, creamy tone, I wouldn't look at any other.

Reliability & Durability — 10
In Scotland, we'd say it's Clydebuilt, so to speak, which means superb quality and built like a tank. The metal casing is like the armour of a Panzer, it's so solid! I'd rely on it for gigging, no problem at all. Of course, you can never tell if something will go wrong, but otherwise I could depend on it to deliver the tone I wanted every time.

Ease of Use — 9
Easy as pie to use. Volume and Tone knobs for adjusting, well, err, volume and tone, a Drive knob for increasing or decreasing your distortion and a knob for switching between "blues", which is the mode for using the pedal's overdrive, and "boost" which helps naturally Overdrive you amp better, i.e. it starts distorting naturally at lower volumes, so for those lucky people out there with loud valve amps, you don't need to continually blow your ears out to plug in and play. The manual is pretty spartan, but it's a simple enough pedal to figure out.

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    so is it worth buying just to boost my solos or are there other/better pedals for this
    It sounds like most of you's arent fond of, but is it good for Led zeppelin or breaking into the chorus of civil war (guns n roses)?