There’s a funny story about this pedal… that goes in a few huge circles!
Roanne was the first to get it, around Christmas 09 and it was great, we used it on our first ‘proper’ demo and it sounded great (at least when the Peavey Bandit we were using wasn’t completely dying and farting out!).
After that I bought one and used to run a huge stupid pedalboard, literally my fuzz tone was a reissue Russian Big Muff with the gain set high and the volume set low, into a NYC Big Muff with the same settings, into the Tone Wicker Muff wide open! Also with a Fender Blender thrown in there at times which I think was between the NYC and the TW. (I think!)
It was a huge, saturated, completely and utterlly compressed wall of fuzz, but surprisingly it sounded really great at the time. NO dynamics though. None!
And a really great vacuum-esque feedback that never failed to scream any time I didn’t play, although I used a loop pedal to turn them all on and off at once!
Anyway, the TW Muff started to sound really farty and not sustaining pleasantly at all and we BOTH decided to sell ours. One on ebay and mine I sold to a friend…
Now while I’m waiting for my Hoof to arrive I realise that how I run two fuzzes in parrallel, I will need two fuzz pedals! which I don’t have now I sent my Sunface off! haha!
I’ve been borrowing a friend’s LSTR which has been really great but I fancied using the Big Muff w/ Tone Wicker again so I traded it back off him after all that time! I was playing on it before and it really does sound amazing, no fartyness or any of that, and with the tone OFF and wicker ON it sounds really great with a nice high-end sizzle and rasp. It also sounds really great with the gain low too (only with the wicker switch ON), unlike the NYC Muffs. I was playing around running that and the Pharaoh in parallel and it sounds really huge, but with a lot of high end clarity and rasp in there too. Playing with Roanne’s Mustang it REALLY beefs it up. With the low-end from the Pharaoh and the clarity and rasp of the TW Muff it really shines. Also running the Mustang pickups out of phase (I think?) and with the tone knob down it get s a really great ‘cocked’wah sound which sounds really chewy. Deffinately a great recording set-up.
So I’ve got the TW Muff on my board for now until the Hoof arrives, but it’s sounds really great so I might even use it from time to time, and definitely recording. It cops my favourite NYC muff sound but with the ability to take out the tone stack and therefore UN-scoop those mids! Bloody mids eh??
I guess that the only reason the TW Muff sounded bad back then was because of the amps we were using, I guess! Although we did try it with some nice clean amps… Anyway it sounds good now. Hopefully it will tomorrow, and next week.
Until the Hoof arrives, goodbye!