“A new interpretation on a responsive classic”: Electro-Harmonix launches its own boutique Bluesbreaker clone – and it’s half the price of Marshall’s recent BB reissue

Electro-Harmonix Spruce Goose overdrive pedal
(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Spruce Goose, an overdrive pedal based on Marshall’s classic Bluesbreaker circuit, which the New York stompbox co is hailing as “a new interpretation on a responsive classic”.

Famed for its amp-like breakup and response, the Bluesbreaker appeared on John Mayer’s seminal Continuum record, and its sought-after circuit has been subject to many boutique variations over the years – not to mention an official Marshall reissue this year. So what’s EHX brought to the table?

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Michael Astley-Brown
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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.