Cherub Rock

A fuzzmeis­ter’s dream

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Player Billy Cor­gan Al­bum Si­amese Dream (1993)

The open­ing of Smashing Pumpkins’ 90s opus Si­amese­dream re­mains an ex­hil­a­rat­ing in­tro­duc­tion to the Big Muff. Front­man Billy Cor­gan har­nessed a V4 Op Amp ver­sion for the ma­jor­ity of the gui­tar tracks, which he ran into the low-sen­si­tiv­ity in­put of a 100-watt Mar­shall JCM800, with the master vol­ume on full and the preamp vol­ume set low. His gui­tar of choice for this track was the ‘Bat Strat’; a ’57 reis­sue fit­ted with a set of Lace Sen­sor pick­ups, while the solo also fea­tures the volatile sound of the Fen­der Blen­der fuzz. Elec­tro-har­monix has re­cently reis­sued the Op Amp Big Muff, putting Billy’s rip­ping fuzz tones within reach once more.

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