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    Default History of all the Big Muff Variations

    For those of you interested, I have been collecting and cataloging all of the different variations of the Big Muff for years and I will be making one of every schematic of the Big Muff that I have from 1969-1984 plus the Russians.
    There are over a 100 to do and I will be writing a blog about each one, what makes them special and what they sound like.
    At the end there will be an online video comparing the best ones from each year.
    You can find the blog here:
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/suf-blog.html
    I hope you enjoy it.
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    Super cool (and incredibly wide ranging) project!

    I hope to try a pedal or three of yours soon.
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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    Good idea, there is another Big Muff history page that I long ago lost the link to. You might want to mention that the full name of the pedal is Big Muff Pi (the symbol after Big Muff on the pedals is the "Pi" mathematics symbol). Many people don't realize that, and the inherent joke in the title (Muff Pie....).
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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    nice. Can't wait.
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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    The 1972 Triangle Muffs are now on the blog.
    Also, if you want to subscribe to the blog you can click the box that says FOLLOW at the bottom right of the screen.
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/suf-blog.html

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    1973 Ram's Head Muffs are now on the blog.
    Also, if you want to subscribe to the blog you can click the box that says FOLLOW at the bottom right of the screen.
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/suf-blog.html

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    It has been a while since I have come across a Big Muff that I haven’t seen before but I found a Triangle made with Germanium Diodes.
    After careful examination, this is definitely all original.
    I will be making one up and comparing it with the original and posting my findings.

    If anyone out there has an original Triangle or Ram’s Head, I would appreciate some gut shots of it.
    If it turns out your pedal is one I have never seen before, when I make one for my blog I will make you one as well at no cost.
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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    Quote Originally Posted by mattpas View Post
    It has been a while since I have come across a Big Muff that I haven’t seen before but I found a Triangle made with Germanium Diodes.
    After careful examination, this is definitely all original.
    I will be making one up and comparing it with the original and posting my findings.

    If anyone out there has an original Triangle or Ram’s Head, I would appreciate some gut shots of it.
    If it turns out your pedal is one I have never seen before, when I make one for my blog I will make you one as well at no cost.
    Interesting. It's wild how the early pedals really were a grab bag of whatever components were available. Did the Big Muff line ever reach stability? By the OpAmp era were they more consistent or was it still the grab bag?
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    The 1977 Op-Amp was consistent but they changed in it 1978 by adding the bypass switch.
    Some are close, sound-wise, but they still have inconsistencies in the builds.
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    I just updated the 1970 Muffs adding the rare V7 that I recently found:
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/suf-blog.html

    The 1974 Ram's Head pedals are coming in two weeks.
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    I just added a blog post on the rare, 1972 Triangle that I recently found.
    What makes it so special… germanium diodes.
    Read all about it here:
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/suf-blog.html
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    It took a while but the 1974 Ram's Head pedals are up on the blog:

    https://stompunderfoot.wordpress.com...g-muff-pedals/

    These are some of the most overlooked versions.

    After reading about them let me know what you think.

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    I am constantly amazed how many variations there have been. Intuitively I know the major revisions but I can’t believe how many variants there are in each major revision. How many Big Muff pedals have gone though your hands over the years?
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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    Quote Originally Posted by mattpas View Post

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    Those are some purty pictures. They sure look better than the one I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    I am constantly amazed how many variations there have been. Intuitively I know the major revisions but I can’t believe how many variants there are in each major revision. How many Big Muff pedals have gone though your hands over the years?


    It's been a lot from when I used to get them when I was a kid to repairs and to ones people have sent me to copy for them so they could retire their original.
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    1975 Ram's Head pedals are up on the blog:
    https://stompunderfoot.wordpress.com...g-muff-pedals/

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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    I remember reading on the "other" Big Muff web page about how they would run out of transistors, or other parts, and just run to the electronics store and get some more. They weren't necessarily the same transistors.

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    I know it took a long time but the 1976 Ram's Head Big Muffs are now up on the blog:
    https://www.stompunderfoot.com/fuzz-blog.html

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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    so how much difference is there between a 75 and 76 for example, 10%? im much more knowledgeable about the fuzzface so muffs are a mystery to me

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    Default Re: History of all the Big Muff Variations

    Have you done or could you do an overview or chart (or even comparison audio) of how the variations differ?

    Really interested in Fuzz pedals, but I'm never sure which ones to get, especially if there are tons of variations (such as with the Big Muff) and next to no good comparison videos.
    Just ordered myself a Violet Ram's Head Muff kit, hope it works out for me.

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