The Big Muff has been around since the 60's and has inspired hundreds of different guitarists throughout the years. One of the biggest questions when looking for one of these legendary fuzzes is 'which one do i go for?'. Now you no longer need to choose between a myriad of different versions when you have the JHS Muffaletta delivering them all at once.
Nothing Digital Inside
There are of course digital pedals that claim to have all the fuzz sounds you will ever need. They never react or respond like a real big muff circuit though. Knowing this JHS fought to fit 6 completely analogue fuzz circuits all in one pedal. With this you get the real response and tone you have been hunting for.
If you wanted to get each of these circuits individually not only would it take a lot of time but it would also cost an incredible amount of money due to the rarity of some models. The JHS matches 5 classic Big Muff circuits part for part, value for value so you get the same tone as the legends that used them before.
Ranging from beautifully bright and tight fuzzes to glitch wonders JHS have gone through all of the best versions of this circuit throughout history.
- The Civil War: Midrange heave with a bright tone. relatively low gain in comparison
- The Pi: The best known big muff circuit. Very aggressive and tight.
- '73 Rams Head: Lower gain with a darker tone. Scooped midrange.
- The Triangle: Very articulate with a lot of low end punch.
- The Russian: Not very clear and without much low end.
- JHS 2015: Much more powerful with less compression and a tonne of midrange. The best option for bassists.
Big Muff fuzzes always had 3 controls. Volume, Sustain and Tone. The tone controls however were normally really shoddy with either a shallow range overall or only sounded good in one position. JHS did not want to put out a fuzz with this issue so they went hunting and found an old Russian Big Muff that had a really smooth tone taper. This means a more usable tone control on all of the circuits in this pedal. Every spot on this tone control has a use.
Here's what JHS say about the Muffaletta Fuzz
In 1967 the legendary Mike Matthews started experimenting with circuits for the electric guitar, and by early 1969 he had created a circuit that has become one of the most legendary, collected and mythical pedals in the history of guitar effects. With 30+ versions made throughout its almost half a century lifetime, the Big Muff Distortion/Fuzz has personally pioneered the sounds of some of the biggest bands and musical movements in history. The Muffuletta is our tribute to the legend and story of one of the greatest pedals ever invented. Let's take a look at what makes the Muffuletta the ultimate recreation of this circuit in a way that has never been done before.
The heart of the Muffuletta is the fact that it replicates five (yes five) classic Big Muff circuits from years gone by as well as a new and original JHS version for a total of six Muff models. All executed without any digital signal processing or digital emulation. When you choose a model, you are achieving analog tone that uses real components and values found in the original units. We have selected our favorite classic versions from the pages of history and made them available in one small format pedal that is easy to understand, operate and do what it should do… replicate rare, expensive, mythical and sought after versions of this circuit with ease.