SOLD! - 1971 Marshall Bluesbreaker Model 1961 50w Tremolo 4x10 JMP
Nope, this is not a geared up Popular or Artist. This probably is the worlds most famous guitar amplifier ever made: The Marshall Bluesbreaker.
1971 was the final year where Marshall built real Bluesbreaker combo's factory fitted with the legendary JMP 50w Tremolo head and 4 x all matching Celestion 10" 9384 CD22 Green Back speakers (22 March 1971) with Pulsonic cones. They're like the G12M in 10" size!
The chassis label is signed off on January 8th 1972 and this Bluesbreaker was assembled as a USA 50W Tremolo Combo, M494. It is all original except for the usual serviced parts. Original transformers (Drake OT 784-139 / Drake PT 1202-164), Castor Leicester wheels, knobs, pots, electronics and all solder intact, grill cloth, tolex, chassis, cabinet, speakers etc. It even includes the original Bluesbreaker cover!
Oh, and we almost forgot: yes, it has THE sound!!!!
The Bluesbreaker, which derives its nickname from being used by Eric Clapton with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, is credited with delivering "The sound that launched British blues-rock in the mid-1960's." It was Marshall's first combo amplifier and was described as "arguably the most important in the company's history" and "the definitive rock amplifier."
According to the most widely accepted story, Eric Clapton wanted an amp that would fit in the boot of his car, so he asked Jim Marshall (whose store in London he frequented) to make him a combo amp powerful enough to use on stage. According to Robb Lawrence's The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy, Jim Marshall initially gave Clapton a Model 1961 with 4×10inch speakers, which was soon replaced with a 2×12" Model 1962. Clapton used the combo amplifier with his 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard nicknamed "Beano" after the comicbook Clapton read on a picture on the John Mayall album.
Marshall's Model 1961/1962 combo amplifier entered the market at an affordable price: one third cheaper than a Vox AC30 and half the price of a Fender Bassman combo. It's reputation was cemented when Clapton, who had rejoined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, used one to record Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton - a set of sessions now widely regarded as "historic". After that, the combo became known as the "Bluesbreaker."
Due to its iconic status amongst collectors, the Bluesbreaker has become one of the most collectible and valuable vintage guitar amplifiers in the world.