This is my second Fender Blender, what a pedal! Unfortunately I’m selling this pedal tomorrow…
I was introduced to the Fender Blender in the same basement as the Big Muff and I was blown away, it was so harsh and ratty! I knew I had to get one, I had this great idea of a wall of fuzz and that sound definitely mixed in nicely. It’s an upper-octave style fuzz, it sounds really great with barre chords because it’s produces a major 3rd if you play the root and the 5th. So it’s sounds mighty chewy when you play some barre chords!
This particular one was my second, I had a normal re-issue which was great and then I bought another off a friend which sounded way different, loads of low-mids (is that a good thing?), less fuzz and it was the loudest pedal I’ve ever heard. I played a gig once with it and had my clean signal so low that you could hear my acoustic guitar strings over it and then I kicked this on and it was a huge GNARLY mess. Loved it!
Although in a mix it was super muddy, it stacks into other pedals really well to create the end of the world fuzz sound.
I’m selling this because I have thought that if I wanted to use one again, I’d much prefer the normal re-issue version which was the first I sold.
Over and out!
This particular Big Muff, the version 9 reissue made from 2000 onwards is the fuzz that started my obsession with fuzz. It may not be the coolest muff in the world, it certainly doesn’t hold the street cred that ANY other previous Big Muff does, But I love it and I know other people do! (Jack White certainly does)
Yes the mids are horrendously scooped, yes it’s not clear at all and doesn’t ‘cut through the mix’, but it sounds like that big huge wall of fuzz in my head, the vacuum-esque, compressed, smooth wall of ffluffy goodness.
The Big Muff that started it for me was the one pictured, I traded it for a bass drum mic with Ste Cole from A.P.a.t.T a few years ago and it was perfect! The first time I’d used a Big Muff I knew it was for me, I was recording with an old band of mine and I had spotted a few Big Muffs lying around the basement we were in, they just interested me in the way they looked, I had no idea that Smashing Pumpkins used them, no idea at all about them! I asked to try one out and so I did. I had my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp on near enough full volume, a Big Muff (I guess the early 2000s version) with all the controls set to full (if anybody has had experience with the tone control on Big Muffs they know that anywhere near fully clockwise is realllly harsh, brittle and biting. But I didn’t know anything better and it was all set up for me! I put on the Muff whilst recorded and BAM, that HUGE wall of fuzz just took over, the really weird vacummy feedback was all over the place and everything just sounded huge. I knew I had to get one and now here i am… Funny thing is, I always wanted a Earthquaker Devices Hoof from the beginning after that experience and all this time after, I now have one on order!
I’ve also just borrowed a 2010 Big Muff off a friend to compare to my early 00s one and it’s hugely different. It’s louder, a hell of a lot fuzzier and just a bit nastier, kind of reminds me of what I’ve read about the Op-Amp Muff (I’ve not played one yet!), bit more a grinding sound to it. Still has that vacuum-esque sound to it that I love.
Really want to try a Triangle Big Muff variation, I’m dying to know what’s it like, the Skreddy Mayo is so appealing from what I’ve read (I’ve even read that is has the vacuum sound to it!) but it’s just far too expensive…
Will have to do some more reading!
Over and out.
The Ibanez OD-850! Apparently incredibly similar to the ‘Ram’s Head’ Big Muff bar a few minor details. I’ve got to see it’s just so appealing to look at that it makes me want to try it! I’ve also read these bad boys are rarer than the original TS-808, which is believable!
In a very muffy mood today, now that my set-up has changed so I have separate guitar and ‘bass’ signals it means I have a lot more freedom with what pedals I can use for my guitar signal… I don’t have many requirements, just that it isn’t too noisy!
Feels nice that things like the Skreddy Mayo/Hoof/Op-amp Muffs (pedals i’ve always wanted to try and always wanted a reason for getting) etc are now actually pedals that I could work into my rig, before hand I could only have a fuzz that kept my low end and did this and did that but this freedom is great… One day I’ll find a Mayo!
Over and out!
This is the most recent picture of our pedal boards!
Roanne’s is on top with the Swollen Pickle, Bixonic Expandora and the TU-3, for such a small board it covers a lot of ground and is perfect for the job, the pickle being the over the top fiery fuzz and the Expandora being tight and gated on the ‘Forbidden’ setting, it’s over the top and fuzzy but still retains a tight sound, capable of chugging if you really want it. (Random Trivia: You can see one in the Slipknot video for ‘Before I Forget’ and also Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top (need I say that?) used 5 in series (check out the picture) although not all on at the same time in the 90’s, check out his tone on Rhythmeen and XXX, it screams Expandora throughout both albums!)
My board has changed already… although it’s not too different!
It’s going through a big change at the moment too, basically I’ll be running my guitar into the POG and then the effected output (just the octave down) will go into the Pharoah and into the Hiwatt and then the uneffected output (my regular guitar sound) will go into a HOOF (soon when it arrives!) and then into the amp. This gives a much more defined sound with a healthier low end than running the pog with both low and high octaves into one fuzz pedal.
I can’t speak highly enough of the Pharoah, it really is amazing and sounds so good with lower freqs, it retains a really nice high end too which keeps it nice and defined!
So changes from this picture will be soon, and also Roanne is getting an Earthquaker Devices Dirt Transmitter soon to replace the Expandora, there’s nothing bad about the Expandora it’s just that it’s mine and Roanne wants her own! aha!
Signing out on the toneville blog, will post more soon and pictures as pedals arrive!
I’d like to start this blog with a picture of Roanne with The Postman since ultimately our car is the biggest help with our gear & Tone!
This is what happens when our Mum’s and Dad’s go away… gear party!
My Danelectro French Toast arrived a while ago now! But I’m finally doing my write up!
I was very mislead by this pedal, not because of the pedal but because of something else…
It arrived and first playing on it it sounded amazing, real thick chewy fuzz with very rounded off ending to notes played, almost like a squishy gated pedal but not too square-esque like that. The output of the pedal however was quieter than the actual guitar signal, which whilst annoying I could deal with! I tried it with my Hiwatt full and it actually sounded like the noise from the pedal was so quiet it could be use and be controllable like a gated pedal! It sounded so good I instantly started thinking it could be my main fuzz tone, apart from the very dodgy switch on the unit it was perfect! (And I actually think it bloody looks cool too).
The fact is, the reason the noise was so quiet and the reason the output was so low was because the battery it was supplied with (even though new in it’s wrapper) was nearly dead and was making it sound so amazing like this. So when I tried it with a fresh battery or with the One Spot it sounded great but was SUPER noisy. So this made it unusable for me and annoyed me quite a bit! I could use a voltage drainer and all this and that but I really don’t want any more fuss than just having one perfect fuzz pedal on it’s on with no hassle!
It’s apparently a pretty dead on clone of the Foxx Tone Machine (which the re-issue is now sold out and apparently they aren’t making anymore!!!) as the guy who designed this back in the day is now the CEO of Danelectro!
Overall A great pedal, very cheap, and therefore very cheaply made. It was only a switch that I could see being a problem though!
If you find one, buy it and try it!
Also decided to sell the Hoof as it’s an amazing pedal but not for me… it has a very unique character which definitely sets itself apart from other muffs but it’s just not for me! Thinking of getting a delay to try, so the Malekko 616 is top of the list and if all goes ahead and I try out a delay, I’ll have it soon!
Also to end this… the new Klon… Looks amazing. It looks so good I want one!
Also new Polytune mini looks so cool! I want to swap my regular one out for it!
Malekko 616 - New Klon - Micro Pog - Mini Polytune > CRANKED HIWATT
Absolutely loads has happened since I last posted gear wise!
The Hoof arrived, and it really growls! It’s definitely very muff-like but it has a distinct raw, open sounding growl to it. It’s very ‘amp-like’ in it’s sustain, not super fuzzy but plenty of gain on tap! It’s not fluffy unlike most muffs though, more grainy!
Roanne’s Dirt Transmitter arrived from me at Christmas and it sounds amazing so far (we’ve only played it in the house because rehearsals don’t start until tomorrow because of the holidays!), it’s really fluffy, chewy and can be set to be really heavily gated. A really sweet very mid-focused sound! Can’t wait to hear it loud in a band setting, I can see it sitting very nice!
New pedals aside… I’ve stopped using any fuzz on my bass signal. Since AFH is playing with our new drummer, we’ve had to literally double the volume of guitars to be heard. Which is a really great thing! The Hiwatt breaks up the tinniest bit at this volume, and the bass signal with the Pharoah didn’t sit too well with it, so I tried it ‘clean’ and it sounds so much rounder and clearer. To be honest, in the mix it didn’t sound any different or less distorted and you can feel the bass and hear the notes much much clearer.
I’m chuffed because this now means that I can use two fuzz pedals on my board for my regular guitar signal, at the moment I have the Hoof for my high gain over the top fuzz sound (which feeds back so sweetly) and my Bixonic Expandora for my heavily gated sound. ACE.
I’m also now able to use the Hiwatt in the house between rehearsals (thanks to Roanne!) which has been great and when nobodies home shakes the house!
What else is there…
The picture above is from when our friend Liam Blackburn came round, he already has a LSTR and he got a Black Forest for Christmas, so this picture was taken whilst all of our pedals were together! Also note all the Black Arts Toneworks pedals sitting nicely at the front together! The Black Forest does a really really nice clean boost as well as lots of gnarly fuzz sounds. The boost adds a lot of colour and in general makes the guitar your using sound a lot sweeter. Les Paul and Black Forest is so Kyuss sounding. And the LSTR of course is a nasty high gain muff that speaks for itself.
I’m bidding on a Danelectro French Toast at the moment, a clone of the Foxx Tone Machine of the 70s. I bloody hope I win. I’d have a reissue or a Fulltone ultimate octave but
A) They’re both so expensive
B) They’re both huge and would take up two potential fuzz spaces
C) The French Toast is from what I’ve read quite faithful to the original (the guy who designed the original Foxx Tone Machine now works for Danelectro)
D) The French Toast looks so damn cool and is so damn cheap
I think that is everything! I’ll report back when the French Toast arrives! Hopefully!