Wren and Cuff
Talking shop about Muff-style fuzz with any guitar player that knows his or her stuff is a relatively straightforward conversation. Aside from the myriad of variants, the talk usually evolves into transistors and who used which variant.
There was a curious time in Muff history, when the circuit designed changed drastically. That time was 1978, when the transistors inside were scrapped in favor of operational amplifiers, otherwise known as op-amps, which are integrated circuits, or ICs. This particular variant was only manufactured for around two years, and as such, only a few thousand ever made it out of NYC alive.
Fast forward to 2014, and the Muff masters at Wren and Cuff have crafted the definitive version of the non-transistorized fuzzbox. They call it the Eye See Pi.
Apart from the lack of transistors, the Eye See Pi features a drastically different clipping section for a monstrously woolly sound, such as the one popularized by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins on Siamese Dream. As expected, the sound of the Eye See Pi is different from a standard Muff circuit. While most vintage muffs are a little â€œsweeterâ€ sounding, the Eye See Pi is certainly crunchier and more ballsy than a standard Muff.
In 1978, a switch was added to the back of the original, and the Eye See Pi includes this switch as well. The control is labeled as â€œTone Bypassâ€ on both old and new pedals. Essentially, it removes the passive tone stack from the circuit for a volume boost and a significantly more raw and open sound. Of course, this switch renders the tone control useless, but weâ€™re guessing that in this mode, you wonâ€™t miss itâ€”this switch is just too cool.
If youâ€™re looking for a largely-untamed IC-based fuzz and distortion machine, with the ability to adapt to most genres of music under the sun, look no further than the Eye See Pi.
- Authentic recreation of the 1978 IC Big Muff from the masters of the circuit, Wren and Cuff
- Tone Bypass switch for a different flavor of Muff
- Smaller Footprint than the original
- True bypass switching
- Standard 9v center-negative operation