First introduced in 1969, the Electro Harmonix Big Muff has become arguably the most popular, or at least most well known guitar effects pedal in the world, having appeared on countless recordings and found itself at the feet of millions of guitar players. It's warm, sustaining Fuzz sound is unmistakable, and has spawned hundreds of clones and reinterpretations over the year. This 1995 Sovtek made 'Green Russian' Big Muff is a wonderful example of the later third edition of these Russian made Big Muffs.
By the early 1980's, Electro Harmonix was out of business as the rise of digital, compact effects and rack units became the thing to have. As the price of vintage Electro Harmonix units shot up Mike Matthews decided to start up the Electro Harmonix operation again, making a small range of pedals in an ex-munitions factory outside of St Petersburg, Russia. The Big Muff was reborn, and these Sovtek made units gained cult status over the years, being used by the likes of Sonic Youth, J Mascis and a host of other '90s alternative musicians.
This 1995 Big Muff is the last version of the 'Green Russian' Muffs before the company moved to the Black enclosure seen from '98 onwards. These models feature the rounder, fatter 'Bubble Font' lettering, and often don't tend to suffer from the same paint finishing issues of earlier models. Tonally, these 'Bubble Font' Big Muffs have a higher gain, grittier sound than the earlier Sovtek 'Tall Font' Muffs, with a tighter, less overpowering low end response. This Big Muff also includes its original wooden shipping box.