Escape Plan Pedals
I believe that musical instruments and equipment can be more than just tools. They can be time capsules that capture parts of your life. That's where the Mossy Bump started (skip to the bottom if you don't care about the background story)
The year is 1996 (I think), and I cleaned out all of my savings to buy my first car, a blue 1981 Ford LTD Brougham with a faux leather roof. We dubbed it the blues mobile. The previous year I had saved up all summer and bought a custom shop guitar off of a friend's dad, so between that and buying my car, I was dead broke again. I worked for my dad's furniture company building footstools and tables on weekday afternoons and the weekends, so I could appreciate every dollar that went into my account after a few weeks of work. In my hometown, there were three or four decent sized music stores, so I would go by after school and drool over the effects displays. The giant Boss displays were always my favorite, but at that time they were cost prohibitive to me. At the time I had my custom shop, my first guitar (some sort of Kay student guitar), a Vintage Rat reissue, a DOD Super Overdrive (once again, can't quote me there. It was the neon yellow overdrive that was out at the time) and my first amp, a Multivox Premier combo. Once I got a couple hundred dollars saved up, I went to my favorite store, determined to get some pedals. After pacing the display for what seemed like hours, I settled on a Morley wah, and then stopped at a curious looking wooden box. It had Russian writing on the outside and looked like it contained a cold war gas mask or something. I asked the guy at the counter, "what the hell is that thing?" "It's a Big Muff," he said. "A BIG MUFF?!? You've gotta be kidding me! Sold, I must have it!" I open the crate, and beneath a bed of wooden shavings (I kid you not) was a green, tank-looking pedal. I loaded up a battery and plugged it in. I was instantly in love. I kept that Sovtek Big Muff pedal through all my other gear changes and trades until 2005, when another big purchase cleaned me out - I got married and bought a house. I really wanted to get a studio started so I could record with friends and make some money (I know, stupid business to get into, but at the time seemed like a good idea), and I had to unload everything I could to fund the business, so the Green Russian that I grew up with had to go on eBay. When I started building pedals, I said to myself that I would definitely find a schematic for that old Sovtek 1994 Green Big Muff and build one for myself.
Does it sound exactly like my old Green Tank? I really can't remember to be honest, but when I jump into some of the riffs that I used to play all the time back then, it feels right. There's something just so...I don't know...90s about the sound of the pedal. This circuit was renowned for its use with bass, but I've always preferred it with guitar. I find it to be a smoother fuzz than the current Big Muff Pi or the Little Big Muff. Each are great, just different flavors.
Escape Plan Pedals use 9v center negative 200mA "Boss Style" power adapters. This pedal does not include a battery snap.