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Big muff on steroids

guzman

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Hi to ya'll fuzz fans !

I have a simple problem. I have a big muff that I LOVE but I always have to put a boost in front of it in order for the big muff to scream (usually a rat or an ocd) !

So does anyone know another fuzz that sounds very much like the muff, but kind of on steroids so I won't have to put a boost before. Something under $250 would be great (actually the cheaper the better).

Thanks.
 

Kit Rae

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It would help to know what Muff you have, but one of the best Muff clones on the market is the Blackout Effectors Musket. I just got one about a month ago and paid under $200.

It is more like the Sovtek Muff tone than the vintage USA tones, but it can go from light boost sounds to full on screaming Muff fuzz. There is more gain/sustain on tap than a standard Muff, but there is a also PRE knob. It is a clean boost stage, which sounds like what adding a compressor or light boost from a Tube Driver does to a Muff. It won't add that overdriven dirt to the Muff like a really heavy boost will, but if you play around with the gain and pre knobs I'm sure you will be bale to match what you are doing. The Musket also has a mids knob and a focus knob to adjust the bottom end. Very versatile pedal.
 

killermeteor

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I recently bought an MJM Foxey Fuzz and I think it sounds a lot like my Big Muff- only more. And definitely louder.
 

JPF

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A Big Muff Pi Deluxe is the ticket. The Soul Preacher compressor circuit is built into the box, and acts as a boost prior to the fuzz stage. Mine is from the late '70s, with a blend switch and knob, and is extremely versatile, but can get very, very gnarly. Muff squared!
 

Kit Rae

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It's the regular new one. Actually I have both the big and the little one that I bought last year.
The Musket is a bit different tone than the LBM or reissue Muff, so that may not be what you want if you like those exact tones, but nothing else I have seen mentioned here yet sounds like those two either.
 

fuzzo

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Why not , instead of buying a new pedal, just adding a clean boost into the big muff enclosure ?

that's pretty simple, if you don't have the electronic skill to do that you can ask to a friend who has them.

Just an idea....
 

LowWatt

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The Musket is a bit different tone than the LBM or reissue Muff, so that may not be what you want if you like those exact tones, but nothing else I have seen mentioned here yet sounds like those two either.
Yep. It's the only one I can think of that has a built in (and adjustable) booster going into the muff circuit.
 

Kit Rae

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A Big Muff Pi Deluxe is the ticket. The Soul Preacher compressor circuit is built into the box, and acts as a boost prior to the fuzz stage. Mine is from the late '70s, with a blend switch and knob, and is extremely versatile, but can get very, very gnarly. Muff squared!
You have seen a vintage Deluxe go for under $250 recently? They do sound very cool, but very different from a modern LBM or reissue.
 

IAE

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I can instruct you on how to mod it to make it fatter,more/less scooped or what ever if you like. PM if you're interested.
 

sunken.anchor

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I'm gonna throw my hat in for the Foxey Fuzz as well. A Muff on steroids is exactly how I use it, and when I finally got a hold of a Foxey Fuzz, I wondered why I didn't get one years earlier. It sounds really big, but also really warm. But even better, it has that gridy, gravelly, grindy bite on the top end... it almost reminds me of the Big Cheese in that respect. It does have a vintage Muff sound, but it also has a ton of gain.

Also, I'm pretty fond of the Earthquaker Dirt Transmitter. It's a little more particular about what guitar I'm using and how the amp is set, but I've gotten some pretty cool "amp on the verge of exploding" heavy fuzz sounds.

There's also Devi Ever stuff, particularly the Soda Meiser. I know the Hyperion is supposed to be the "Big Muff Killer" but I like the fullness and extra bass that the SM has.

But of the three, the Foxey Fuzz wins every time.
 






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