How do I date a Sovtek Big Muff?

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  1. sproul09

    sproul09 Member

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    I just picked up an early 90's Green Sovtek Big Muff. Does anyone know how I can date it? How do I read the serial numbers?
     
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    Get her some flowers, candy, and nylons. Then ask her to cook for you at your apartment.:roll
     
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    Just tell her you'll marry her and get her a green card.
     
  4. Tbone135

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    Check the codes stamped on the back of the pots; that'll usually get you in the ballpark of the year if not the year and month.
     
  5. SonicVI

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    You just said it was early 90's. There you go. :) There's no way to get an exact year. The Russian pots have no date codes.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I sold you that one. It was bought new from Long and McQuade in Toronto in August of 1994 if that helps.
     
  7. sproul09

    sproul09 Member

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    Nope mine came from the States
     
  8. LowWatt

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    hmmm. can't remember who that went to then. I knew it was someone in Southern Ontario who is also on the www.GuitarsCanada.com boards.
     
  9. paraedolia

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    I dunno, buy her a drink to start?
     
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    definitely vodka
     
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    Make friends with Little Muff first.
     
  12. IAE

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    its basically impossible to date them exactly.
    you can get a ballpark figure by comparing enclosures and labelling differences but theres so many differences it will take you ages to figure it out.
     
  13. tv eyes

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    Exactly. There were so many minor changes and inconsistencies that you'll have a hard time pinning down the exact date. '90s is the only real ballpark you get really.
     
  14. sproul09

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    Hmm ok. I figured it would be difficult to find the exact date, but I would still like to figure out at least the year
     
  15. SonicVI

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    The year is what everyone is talking about by "exact date", not the exact day it was built.
     
  16. goodhonk

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    in soviet russia big muff date you.
     
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    Damn, you beat me to it... :rotflmao
     
  18. Kit Rae

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    As others have said, there is no way to exactly date the pedal, but this page should get you within a year or two of when it was made.
    http://www.kitrae.net/music/big_muff_history2.html#GreenRussian

    See some of us can answer seriously :)
     

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