BYOC's British Blues Breaker is a clone of Marshall's Blues Breaker, a rather gentle dist with blues in the sound. No weirdness, controls for tone, drive and volume, pedal for true bypass and socket for 9V power adapter and battery. A great pedal for blues, prog and rock simply. Lightly built!

Construction manual

Difficulty level: 3 (out of 5)
The manual for the British Blues Overdrive kit

Weight0,3 kg

3 reviews for Marshall Blues Breaker clone "British Blues overdrive kit"

  1. Tomas Kristiansson

    5 out of 5

    Absolutely perfect pedal, both in terms of sound and construction. This was my second pedal build and it wasn't difficult to build at all. Patience and accuracy pay off!

    Highly recommend this kit!

  2. Anders Wedin

    4 out of 5

    No oddities with the construction, also very detailed description. Sounds very good with the drive on minimum, transparent and with just a little, a little bit of distortion. It comes with components and description for some mods, good because in my opinion the original is too bright for a strata and a super reverb/deluxe reverb. The only concern is that increased drive also means more treble. It's possible to parry with the tone control, of course, but I'm going to the BYOC forum to see if there are any tips.

  3. Thord

    5 out of 5

    Good service, fast delivery and well packaged. Nice!
    Good construction description. If you can solder and have a decent soldering iron, the build will be pure pleasure. The hardest part is probably the trick of peeling the short cables. A small cable stripper can therefore be in its place. As usual, soldering requires patience - otherwise it will be broken.

    I got version 1.1. All the stuff was included. But in the "Parts list" it understandably says the wrong number on a component - however, I got the right component. 220n should be 22 and four zeros =224. There are 154 in the list.
    Bonus is that it comes with extra coding and good explanations for modding the pedal.

    How does it sound then?
    We run a guitar connected to two amplifiers at the same time*. Marshall JMP50 model 1986 & a JMP2203. The purpose of the pedal is to get a slight "crunch" in the "clean" amplifier. But keep the tone. The pedal is therefore only connected to the JMP50 and should only crack up the sound a little. The 2203 has adjustable gain on the preamp - it crashes and snaps pretty much without a distortion pedal.

    Tested with 3 guitars – humbuckers, mini humbuckers and single coil and two different speaker boxes for both amplifiers.

    The result?
    Better than the best. In all combinations! "BETT" is the word. Was exactly what I wanted and better than I hoped. So far an old MXR dist+ and/or an EHX Hot Tubes has had to do the job. Worked well but it was PERFECT with British Blues.
    Even the JMP50 "alone" with the pedal is clean. It "airs up" well for finger play. Increase the gain and it kind of "bites" into the sound. Think early Blackmore, AC/DC and ZZ-top. The pedal "awakens" the guitar sound in an absolutely wonderful way. Hats off to me for buying the right pedal :)

    Have seen comments that Marshall's "Bluesbreaker" pedal does not work for Marshall's amplifier. But to the extent that "British Blues" is at least decently similar to the original, this is demonstrably COMPLETELY wrong. It is magically good.

    *Keep this in mind when one (1st) instrument uses two guitar amps at the same time: "British Blues" and many other pedals reverse the polarity in the "on" position. If you want to have electrically correct polarity and thus avoid acoustic phase errors, one amplifier thus needs to be turned "backwards". If possible, use some form of polarity reversal (sometimes also called phase reversal). Suggested Lehle P-split clone kit. In addition, you avoid the hum that usually occurs when two guitar amplifiers are connected together.

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