Win a collectable Marshall Bluesbreaker Amp!
Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes, who cared for Jim Marshall before his death, is the proud recipient of a unique, collectable, Marshall Amplification Bluesbreaker Combo Amp and the amp is being raffled to help raise funds for Willen Hospice to continue the unique care given to patients and their families. The campaign has already received support from David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and Ginger Wildheart.
Tickets are onsale now via the Willen Hospice website, in all Willen Hospice Shops and in selected retailers. Each ticket will cost £25 and any person who buys a ticket stands a chance of winning this totally unique and bespoke amp. The Winner of the amp will also receive a personal tour of the Headquarters in Milton Keynes where they will be presented with the Bluesbreaker.
A one-off 1962G-01 Bluesbreaker combo, the amp was hand built for Willen Hospice at Marshalls Customer Shop in Bletchley, Milton Keynes. It features a Gold plated Chassis, original ‘Bluesbreaker Cloth’ speaker grille and is hand finished in classic Black Levant vinyl covering.
The Bluesbreaker, which derives it’s 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 (amplifier) in the company’s history’ and ‘the definitive rock amplifier’.
(Info for guitar geeks only: With 30W output and 2×12 speakers, it produces a gutsy bass and vibrant top, coupled with overall natural warmth.The Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker all valve combo amplifier is based on the JTM45, widely considered to be the definitive ’60s Marshall. With 30 watts of power connected to a pair of Celestion G12M-25 “Greenback” speakers, a footswitchable tremolo effect you’ll command the legendary guitar tones of ’60s rock legends. The 1962 Bluesbreaker’s sonic sweetness comes courtesy of a GZ34 valve rectifier, which imparts the natural sustain and compression the JTM45 was famed for. Simply put, you’ll love how it sounds – and feels – to play through the Marshall 1962 Bluesbreaker valve combo amplifier. The amp controls are Speed, Intensity, Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Volume I, and Volume 2. There are four quarter inch input jacks; two for each Volume Control. The amp has two input channels which share the same EQ, and Presence settings. Channel 1 has more treble response than Channel 2; Channel 2 on the other hand is the channel you use for Tremolo. You can also use a short quarter inch patch cable and use both channels with a single guitar by patching input Channel 2 into input Channel 1. This one-off 1962G-01 Bluesbreaker combo has been hand built for Willen Hospice at Marshalls Custom Shop in Bletchley, Milton Keynes and features a Gold plated Chassis, original “Bluesbreaker Cloth” speaker grille and is hand finished in classic Black Levant vinyl covering. A truly unique amplifier and often cited as Jim Marshall OBE’s proudest and favourite designs, this combination Amplifier is the ultimate Marshall collectable.
Marshall 1962G-01 Bluesbreaker Combo Features:
30 Watt Output 3-Band EQ 2 x 12″ Celestion G12M-25 “Greenbacks” speakers 3 x ECC83 Pre-Amp Valves 2 x 5881 Power Amp Valves GZ34 Valve Rectifier PEDL-10008 Footswitch Supplied Dimension(mm): 740 x 600 x 235 Weight(kg): 30.2)
For more information and to purchase a Ticket for the Amplifier Raffle please visit the Willen Hospice website www.willen-hospice.org.uk
The winning ticket will be drawn at the Marshall Amplification factory on 2nd May 2013.
James Charles “Jim” Marshall, OBE (aka The Lord of Loud) died on April 5, 2012, aged 88 (read tribute here).