You may even find that two different V1 circuits sound the same through one amp, but different through another amp. Dubbed the Triangle Big Muff because of the layout of its Volume, Sustain and Tone controls, this is the one that started it all. It comes equipped with a 9V battery and is available now. The very first V1's made on perf board had electrolytic, ceramic, and film caps. Matthews has claimed that Jimi wanted to form a band with him at the time.
Each wound string is precision wrapped with round nickel-plated steel onto a high carbon, hexagon-shaped steel core. There were at least twelve different factory knob types used, some purchased from Harry Davies of Davies Molding in Chicago. Buyer is responsible for shipping back returned items with no exceptions. Knobs are actual production stock. That, and the fact that the knobs often changed for each circuit variant production run, has made it somewhat easy to identify which variant it is at a galnce.
All returned items must arrive in the same condition they were sent. The Bass Boost makes this Muff more massive. The job was often to get what the boss or the client wanted as quickly and as inexpensive to make as possible. To test the pedal, Matthews would plug a guitar into an amplifier and simply pluck the guitar strings. They were not especially high gain, but had smooth, long sustain, and fat, warm bass frequencies. The Attack control may seem underrated at first, but it actually gives the Deluxe Big Muff Pi a very unique feel compared to other Muff style.
The individual circuit variants not only had identical component values, but often identical component types. The Big Muff's lasting impact is also easy to see in the sheer number of clones, imports, color schemes and different variants that have been released over the years. It is also the first letter of the Greek word for perimeter, as in circumference. Shown above - A V1 Big Muff made circa 1971 with a different style pot with plastic shafts, dated 1967 pots shown with metal shafts are modern replacements. There were a few more common circuit variants that were made in larger quantities than the othere, but to make it clear, there was no single V1 sound.
Version, Edition, and Revision numbers listed here are not actual Electro-Harmonix identifiers. Returns All Guitars have a 48 hour authentication period. Note the missing 500pF capacitor at C10. You can read more details about the workings of the circuit. The plain strings are made from the same high carbon steel as the hex cores. And perfection is what he got. E-H purchased over 150,000 surplus pots when they first started making pedals.
I have come across multiple examples from different owners with exactly these same component types and values, so this version seems to have been rather common. These are just a few of the many different styles used by E-H after the original Bakelite pinch knob stock was used up. The Deluxe Big Muff Pi is a dream dirt pedal for sonic renegades. The knobs on the right example are actually modern Davies Molding replacement knobs. Example on right is an odd split pad version that may have been done as an after market modification. I had and sold both the new true bypass reissue black version and the big army green triangle knob muff with the large silver switch.
A very rocking solo for the time, and very heavy for the Carpenters, the use of the Big Muff in this song led the way for the rock and roll power ballad. Until they do, the Deluxe Big Muff Pi reigns supreme. Some had 500pF filter caps rather than the 560pF caps shown here. Linking to this website is allowed, but copying the text content is strictly prohibited without prior authorization. Rams Head 1973 - 1977 As stated above, there is no exact, singular tone for these early Muffs as they were using whatever parts were available, but my particular 1975 Rams Head is the one pedal I will never part with. This circuit, based on common multi stage amplifier and clipping circuit designs, rolled off the high harmonics and harshness of the distortion to create a very smooth sound via soft-clipping diodes.
This is one of the best sounding V1 Big Muffs I have heard. There was no printed circuit board yet made for this early production. The way I heard it, the Sustain Punch guy went on a bunch of forums, got ideas for a bunch of types of mods you could do to a muff, and put them into a clone or modded existing muffs to these specs. Some sources have said that Matthews himself was influential in Hendrix's decision to leave the Squires and start singing, and Matthews own words indicate this, but it may also be fair to say that Matthews was infuenced in the business direction he would take by Hendrix's guitar sound, and the other fuzz tone guitar sounds that were becoming more and more popular in Rock and Roll at the time. One artist Matthews promoted at the time was Jimmy James, a budding guitarist with the Curtis Knight and the Squires band.