PedalsAndEffects has a guest writer/demo bassist in the house! My friend, Oz, hails from Salt Lake City Utah. Oz, who plays bass in Iota & Bird Eater, brought a Big Muff fuzz with quite a storied history behind it. PedalsAndEffects added it to our Fuzz Wars series. I pass the mic to Oz!
The Fuzz wars are once again upon us. This latest installment brings a Tall Font Russian Fuzz from the cold of Salt Lake City, UT to 5Starr Soundlabs to go head to head with Juan’s undefeated Sovtek!
When I visited 5Starr I decided to bring a favorite effect with me-a “beautifully antiqued” Tall Font Russian Big Muff Pi that has quite a storied history: Originally owned by Blake from Jawbreaker the pedal made it’s way to Jets to Brazil band mate Jeremy Chatelain (Helmet, Handsome & Iceburn). Years later it was handed off with a dead battery & burnt out LED to drummer and engineer Andy Patterson (Inside Out, State Of The Nation, Subrosa & Iota) he replaced the LED and power connection and the rest as they say is history. Since it’s resurrection it has been a mainstay favorite at Andy’s recording studio, making it’s way onto countless great records. He was gracious enough to let me take it across state lines to see how it stacked up against Juan’s legendary fuzz and the result was just…so…heavy and beautiful.
Using the ’73 Precision and the Darkstars the full brilliance of Big Muff’s and why they are so sought after is on full display here. Both offer that signature monstrous tone: huge, thick, punchy growl but where the newcomer brought more clarity, volume and aggressive top end grind it didn’t have the same rich, throaty, saturated bottom end that the king will always bring to the table. So many different flavors and dynamics from two Green Fuzz pedals that should sound the same!
A mighty battle…Everyone wins