A fuzzmeister’s dream
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.