"In addition to its unique look, this, pinstriped cloth also has a tonal effect due to its density - rolling-off (read: hindering!) certain high and low frequencies, resulting in a muscular sounding, musical midrange."
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- MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION: marshallamps.com
- Germino Amplification: germinoamps.com
- Metropoulos Amplification: plexireplicas.com
- Southbay Ampworks: scumbackspeakers.com
-"The Marshall Bluesbreaker": bluebookinc.com
"...colors the amp's sound in a way that's unmistakeable to old Marshall amps."
- Vintage Guitar Magazine: August 2011
"what we were hearing was good. Real good...As in better--more focused, yet at the same time a more ambient sound with a radiant quality that was smoother, rounder and less abrupt than what we were accustomed to hearing from the four NOS British-made, 25 watt/75 Hz Celestion Greenbacks"
- ToneQuest Report: October 2010
Eric: ONE Jimi:
"Blues Breakers with EC" UNIQUE "Are You Experienced?"
"Fresh Cream" TONAL "Axis: Bold as Love"
"Disraeli Gears" ELEMENT "Electric Ladyland"
"Wheels of Fire" IN COMMON "Monterey Pop"
Clapton and Hendrix famously used MARSHALL Amplifiers to create the benchmark tones displayed on these fabulous recordings, but it is important to understand that the units built between late-1965 and early-1968 vary greatly in specification and were constructed in what was essentially a long "transition phase." The amplifier line continuously evolved and aside from the "Mustard Caps" (which were used by numerous European manufacturers), it is difficult to actually find a single "Uniquely MARSHALL" point of consistency. Regarding these early years, the 1992 MARSHALL 30th Anniversary Catalog states: "This pressure (to build amplifiers) also created anomalies in the products themselves as component and major cosmetic changes could be phased in at any time where supplies ran out but production had to continue."
Jim Marshall surely wanted to build consistent amplifiers, but essentially couldn't because his backlogged orders were so great that they often exceeded the available supply of key components. From 1965-68, the factory twice moved its location to a larger facility in an attempt to meet this overwhelming demand. During this turbulent period, many so determined circuit and design changes were made that dramatically altered "THE SOUND" :
- KT66 "Valves" became EL34s
- Aluminum chassis material changed to Steel
- GZ34 Tube Rectifier switched to Solid State Diodes
- Radio Spares transformers were replaced by Dagnall & Drake
- Celestion Alnico G12 speakers gave way to the "Greenback" Ceramics
- JTM 45 developed into a full line of 18, 20, 50, 100, and 200-Watt Designs
Yet, despite all of these critical changes, "THE SOUND" stayed remarkably consistent in attitude and character!
BUT HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY BE?
Logically, ONE truly unique "TONE SHAPING COMPONENT" must have remained unchanged,
Across the Entire MARSHALL Line:
G R I L L C L O T H
"THE CLOTH" that made "THE SOUND"
Blues Breakers with ECAre You Experienced?Fresh CreamAxis: Bold as LoveDisraeli GearsElectric LadylandWheels of FireMonterey Pop
A CLEAN ORIGINAL 1965-68 PIECE, LARGE ENOUGH FOR A
2x12 "BLUESBREAKER" COMBO ( 23"x 34"), IS TODAY WORTH
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!
UNFORTUNATELY, EVEN IF YOU HAD
THE MONEY AND THE DESIRE TO PURCHASE
Real "CLAPTON-HENDRIX" Grill Cloth is
If YOU are:
- A Collector seeking to accurately replace the "Pinstripe" on a rough 1960s cabinet.
- A Player wishing your "Bluesbreaker Reissue" amp looked & sounded far more authentic.
- A Perfectionist seeking to correctly finish an otherwise perfect "handwired replica."
"I went by your instructions exaxctly. They are very good and helped even a newbe like me do a good job"
"First off...what a great product. Second...excellent install directions. Someone like me, who has never done this before, did so easily and the results turned out great!"
"...I followed your instructions word for word. Everything went smooth with the installation. Thanks for helpling me become an upholsterer haha...it looks great in my Metropoulos Bluesbreaker."