Bassbreaker 45 or Mojotone 5E3 Kit?

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  1. Dudeman7

    Dudeman7 Strat-Talker

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    First, I should mention that I am a home player. I make recordings with musician friends but don't play out anymore.

    I'm looking at amps. Something bigger than the Super Champ XD I have been playing for years. (Great amp and I am very happy with it. Looking for something to add to the stable, not replace anything.)

    Mostly I play dirty rock and roll with a variety of guitars. Lots of effects, too.

    My budget is around $1000.00 and I have narrowed the field down to the Mojotone 5E3 kit or the Fender Bassbreaker 45. Since I would be assembling the 5E3 myself, I would have a little more control over the build quality, which is appealing. I'm pretty sure the BB45 is MIM and is chock full of PCBs.

    Who has experience with these two amps? Which would you choose?
     
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  2. RL21980

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    Mojo Tone. Bassbreakers are junk.
     
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    ajb1965 Old Enough to Know Better Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    The Bassbreaker series is all over the place IMHO and I don't really care for the overdrive channels on them, they sound muddy to me. Some models were also known for a noisy effects loop. Phil McKnight took the lid off a head in this video. Lots of PCB's.




    I've never been much for the 5E3 but they just don't really fit the style of music I play so I can't speak to them. However, I've heard nothing but great things about the Mojotone kits. I think you already know the answer to your question ;)

    Send us pictures of the build process!
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    I'm glad it's not just me.
    When I bought my '17 Strat, I demo'd it through a Bassbreaker. Never could get a decent tone out of it, and I knew the Texas Specials in the Strat could bite.
    Moved to a Tweed and it sounded fine.
     
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    I don't have personal experience with the bassbreaker. However, I have heard great things about the Marshall Origin series combo.
     
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    5E3. Very versatile amp
     
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    I like the sound of the bassbreaker. I was thinking of buying one myself but then I remember I like in an apartment and I rather not have to deal with potential returning it cause its too loud. The Marshall Origin is dope though
     
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    5e3. Assbreakers are toys.
     
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    5e3. Built one. Great amp!
     
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    Fender won't give you the schematic for any Bassbreaker so you can repair it yourself. That should tell you a lot.

    Get a 5E3, kit or complete.
     
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    ChrisD Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I can't speak for the 45 but I got some very nice usable tones from a Bassbreaker 18/30 recently. A lot of people seem put off the 18/30 because it has no reverb and no fx loop. Those are actually reasons I'd be drawn to it. Less to go wrong and they remain more loyal to the original circuits they are based on.

    I'd definitely try out a few different amps if possible before settling on one though :thumb:
     
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    Mojotone. My vote. Fun build, great amp!
     
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    5E3 or a Bassman head would be my choice.

    Do you know Rob Robinette’s website: https://robrobinette.com/. This is a great resource. Lots of tweaks and mods to build on the 5E3 without making it something that isn’t a 5E3.
     
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    Any tweaks and mods to a 5e3...makes it not a 5e3. :D
     
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    I got a 5E3, I have to say I am shocked at the amount of tones you can get out of it.
    I'm sure you know this, but the tone and volume knobs interact to some degree and offer a wide pallet of tones.

    Never used a bassbreaker, but then no one ever really talks about those the way they do about 5E3.
     
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    I would pick the 5e3 for sure. I think its a way better amp.
     
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    That was really helpful. Thanks for posting. I have been inside a lot of modern Fender amps and they don't exactly scream "well built". I hadn't seen any gutshots of the Bassbreaker line though.

    The BB45 at my local shop sounds fantastic and I really dig the EL34 feel. That's what put it on the list.

    5E3 is going to be the next one.
     
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    That's my angle too. I'm thinking I'll need an Alnico speaker for authenticity and everything else will be original spec.

    If this build goes well, maybe an EL34 Marshall clone will be next.
     
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    I’m not an amp builder but on the BB side, I tried them all and found that I absolutely loved the BB 30R so much that I bought one. And honestly the 15W and 7W versions rate higher with me than the 45 or 18/30.
     
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