Green car­rot Ped­als pump­kin pi

With so many Big Muff clones on the mar­ket, it can be a tricky choice to make. En­ter this orange op­tion, which gives you two of­fer­ings in one

Guitarist - - Contents - Words Trevor Cur­wen Pho­tog­ra­phy Olly Cur­tis

The Electro-Har­monix Big Muff Pi is pos­si­bly the most pop­u­lar dis­tor­tion/ fuzz pedal of all time with a list of fa­mous play­ers across a range of styles. It is also one of the most cloned, although with the dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal Muff cir­cuit variations re­flected in these clones, choos­ing which to buy could cause brainache.

Green Car­rot Ped­als may have the so­lu­tion, though: its Pump­kin Pi fea­tures two dif­fer­ent Big Muff cir­cuits, each with its own footswitch with the op­tion of us­ing them to­tally in­de­pen­dently or with one feed­ing the other for a full-on Muff-fest.

The first chan­nel fea­tures a ‘Green Rus­sian Muff’, a vari­a­tion that was pro­duced in Rus­sia in the 1990s and is strongly as­so­ci­ated with Dan Auer­bach of The Black Keys. The sec­ond of­fers the ‘IC78’ Muff, a late 1970s in­no­va­tion that – in a change from the usual four-tran­sis­tor ver­sions – fea­tured two op-amps (ICs) and was the pre­ferred choice of Billy Cor­gan of Smash­ing Pump­kins. The Rus­sian can cas­cade into the IC78.

SOUNDS

The choice of these two cir­cuits is in­spired, be­cause they fea­ture a good amount of sonic vari­a­tion be­tween them and com­ple­ment each other nicely. The Rus­sian chan­nel is a ver­sa­tile dirt box, ca­pa­ble of a use­ful range of over­drive sounds with good note clar­ity as well as buzzy fuzz tones. Be­sides the stan­dard Sus­tain, Vol­ume and Tone knobs, a tog­gle switch of­fers three dif­fer­ent tonal variations in­clud­ing a scooped midrange op­tion.

The IC78 is more gainy, com­pressed and thicker sound­ing and would be the go-to chan­nel for sus­tained leads that take off into har­monic feed­back. While its Tone knob of­fers the usual wide Big Muff range, you can by­pass it com­pletely with the tog­gle switch for a more di­rect sig­nal path with EQ that is just right for cut­ting through the mix. Us­ing both chan­nels to­gether there’s the ob­vi­ous op­tion of us­ing the Rus­sian as a booster for the IC78, but go be­yond that and you’ll dis­cover a cre­ative jux­ta­po­si­tion that can yield a host of prac­ti­cal dis­tor­tion/sus­tain variations.

VER­DICT

This is a great idea that’s smartly im­ple­mented in a home-grown pedal that doesn’t cost the earth. So why take just one Big Muff-style pedal on stage when you can have two?

Pros Two dif­fer­ent-sound­ing Muffs in one pedal; cas­cad­ing op­tion; ex­tra switched tonal variations cons No bat­tery power

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