“This slant on the Bluesbreaker offers real flexibility at a manageable price point”: Electro-Harmonix Spruce Goose review

We have a gander as Electro-Harmonix debuts its enhanced take on Marshall’s Bluesbreaker overdrive sounds

EHX Spruce Goose
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

While plenty of pedals use the Marshall Bluesbreaker as a basis and evolve the design with extra facilities, the Spruce Goose’s particular slant on that offers real flexibility at a manageable price point.


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    Practical size.

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    Selectable Lift options.

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    Solid EQ.

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    Momentary footswitch operation.


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    Nothing, unless you don’t like the thought of removing four screws to change the battery…

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The latest addition to EHX’s extensive range of overdrive pedals, the Spruce Goose, is based on the pedal circuitry of Marshall’s Bluesbreaker. Here, however, it extends the feature set beyond the recently reissued original to include a choice of three input gain settings, additional output and expanded EQ.

The pedal’s input gain options are accessed via a Lift toggle switch that has low, medium and high settings that progressively hit the input to its drive circuitry harder. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.