Mcspunkle vs Bigtonemusic : ihadamuff’sdream

Posted: April 8, 2011 in News
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  • Mcspunckle : Gnomeratron VTF

The Gnomeratron VTF is a multi-stage fuzz pedal with tons of control, a clean blend, and a unique octave-up sound. The fuzz section has the typical volume, tone, and gain controls, but also a gate control to control the noise (and sometimes create gated fuzz tones), versatile clipping options, and a filter switch to change the function of the tone control.

The two diode switches change out clipping diodes in the two cascading clipping stages. To the right, lighter clipping. To the left, harder clipping. In the middle, there’s no diode clipping at all, but with less diode clipping you get more volume to slam whatever comes next in the circuit. It’s all very interactive.

The octave switch engages an octave-up circuit that sits between the two clipping stages.

The filter switch gives 3 tone control modes. To the right, it’s a typical scooped one-knob tone control. To the left, it’s much closer to flat. In the middle, the tone control just rolls off highs– it’s also quite a bit louder when all the way up.

The clean(ish) blend has volume and tone controls. The tone control just rolls off the high end. Newer pedals will roll off highs to the point all that’s left is low end.

Magic mode (magic switch to the left) uses the clean blend as a booster at the input of the fuzz circuit. Great for guitar players that don’t really need a clean blend.

There are 4 small trimmers on the side of the pedal. These are gain controls for various stages of the circuit. From top to bottom: Output, Clipping 1, Clipping 2, Clean(ish). More gain results in more volume and distortion– most noticeable in the the clean blend.

Above the trimmers (not shown in the picture) will be 2 toggle switches for oscillation and feedback points. One will interact with the gain trimmers, while the other interacts with the tone control. YEAH!

  • Bigtonemusic Royal Beaver

We’ve taken the experience that we’ve gained at BYOC over
several years of studying vintage big muffs inside and out,
perfecting the art of recreating vintage muff tones, and helping
thousands of people build and modify their own big muff clones,
and used it to design what we consider to be the holy grail of big
muff pi inspired guitar effects.  After countless experiments, we’ve
distilled the essence of what makes each version of the big muff
different.  We found which components were crucial to the tone of
each version, and how to manipulate them so that the tone of any
version can be acheived.  Not only can it dial in vintage muff
tones, it can dial in new tones that you’ve never heard before.
Everything from a gritty low gain overdrive/boost to an over the
top, crushing distortion that goes into endless feedback and
sustain, even at whisper-quiet sound levels.

Transistor Configuring Controls: You have complete control
over the V+ (positive voltage), gain, and bias of the transistors in
each of the clipping stages.  These knobs allow you to sculpt and
mold the tone and texture of the fuzz into your dream muff.  You
can dial in the tone of any version of the Big Muff Pi – Triangle
Era, Ram’s Head, Vintage NYC, Green Russian.  Or you can
create your own new muff tone.  Anything from creamy sustaining
distortion to gated ripping-velcro fuzz.
In addition to being able to control the sound of each clipping
stage, you can also bypass or turn each stage on individually.
And we’ve added a 3rd clipping stage to the circuit.  This means
you can have a one, two, three, or even zero clipping stage muff
The original muff circuit consisted of two clipping stages with a
boost in front, and the tone control and another boost tacked on
at the end.  So with two of the clipping stages bypassed and only
one clipping stage engaged, you get a grindy overdrive-like fuzz
that’s capable of low gain tones that you just can get by turning
down the sustain knob or your guitar’s volume knob.  And with all
of the clipping stages bypassed, that leaves you with two
cascaded boost circuits with tone and sustain controls for a gritty
boost to slam the front end of your amp and send it into singing
overdrive.  With all three clipping stages engaged, you’ll enter a
new sonic territory of high gain fuzz and never-ending sustain that
no other incarnation of the Big Muff circuit has ever been capable
And of course, you can turn on just two of the clipping stages
for standard muff tones[…]

The BigToneMusicBrewery Royal Beaver features all panel
mounted hardware, including open frame Neutrik jacks,
true mechanical bypass, and is soldered, wired, and
assembled completely by hand in the USA.  The pedal is
topped off with a pink or purple LED (we can’t decide which
color we like better).



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