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"The highest compliment is Marshall's use of the Collins cloth on their Fiftieth Anniversary Bluesbreaker reissue from 2012"

-The History of MARSHALL: The First Fifty Years: 2013

"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."

- MARSHALL Bluesbreaker 1962LE handbook: 2012

"The Bluesbreaker cloth had an effect on the bass and treble registers, providing a smoother and thicker midrange, and in general sounded more 'musical.' "

- The MARSHALL Bluesbreaker: 2010

"...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:    

 

The

 LEGENDARY

"BLUESBREAKER-PINSTRIPE"®

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

 

 

But after a short 2-1/2 year run, it too was replaced

Extinct Since 1968 ...........Until NOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                         

          "In fact, I refer to the Bluesbreaker-type cloths in particular as 'tone cloths,' because they are of such                 a heavy weave that they alter the sound."            - Michael Doyle, page 124, The History of MARSHALL

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

WHERE IS ANYBODY GOING TO FIND ONE?

Real "CLAPTON-HENDRIX"  Grill Cloth is

UNOBTAINABLE & PRICELESS 

 

 

 

 

Dollar-for-Dollar     Pound-for-Pound

"BLUESBREAKER-PINSTRIPE"®

Is the GOLD STANDARD

The final essential element in capturing

 

 

"Just got done playing the Series 1 at full rip! The tone is just incredible now! Amazing to think that such a thing as grill cloth can make an amp go from pretty friggin' good to amazing!

I think your cloth has everything to do with the final aspect of tone. Before I was like...Well, it sounds pretty good, but not as good as any original 1962 combo's I've played. Now, it'll hold its own against the best of them!"
                                 -Don

 

"About two weeks back I had 8 guys in the 14x14 demo room and we compared two '69 spec cabs side by side, both with the new M75 65w (Scumbacks), one with EC pinstripe, one with basketweave. The pinstripe cab had something a little extra going on in the mids/upper mids which worked well with the M75's, in fact I liked it better with them than the b/w cloth as did 7 out of 8 players in the room.

IMO it is superior to basketweave cloth for the vintage tone. In the future my personal cabs will have the pinstripe cloth on them."
                                 -Jim
 

 

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.

- Perfectionist  seeking to correctly finish an otherwise perfect  "handwired replica."

 

I have produced this Grill Cloth for YOU!

 

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 Each and every piece will be shipped with a deluxe

F    U    L    L         C    O    L    O    R

easy to follow, step-by-step instruction booklet, so that you may

install this cloth - or have it installed - with minimum difficulty,

in complete confidence that professional results will be achieved.

 

"I went by your instructions exactly. They are very good and helped even a newbe like me do a good job"
                                 -Tim

"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!"
                                 -Ken
 

"...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."
                                 -Michael

 

 

 

 Undoubtedly, this is

 The Finest GRILL CLOTH in the World!

But MOST IMPORTANTLY, this is

The Finest "JTM SOUND Shaper" in the World!

 

It took nearly a year to just source the correct "open weave" base fabric, which is loomed at one of the finest

mills in Europe. This is the only exact match to the original 1960s base fabric still being

manufactured in the world today!  My wholesale cost for this base fabric, is actually more per-yard

than the retail price of the wholly inaccurate "Reissue" Bluesbreaker Grill Cloth. With this

authentic base fabric in hand, it undergoes an entirely HANDMADE process, which takes

five hours to complete and took over a year of full-scale prototyping to perfect!

 

 

It takes 18 precise steps to transform a yard of base fabric into a yard of

TRUE "BLUESBREAKER-PINSTRIPE"®

 

 

From the ESSENTIAL Base Fabric to the Construction

From the EXACT Stripe Width & Weight to the Coloration

From the ACTUAL "Snakeskin" Pattern to the Pixelation

IT IS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!

 

 

"THE CREAM" of the cloth

EXPERIENCE

"THE SOUND"

 

 

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