“Ah- Ancient Chinese secret…” is what hear from Scruffie. Always trust a drug addict is what I hear from him too and damn if he doesn’t prove himself right. Beyond the Corgan conscience Scruffie has delivered us a box designed somewhere in the Eastern Romanian wilderness where H.P. Blavastsky wrote the epic and unobtainable tome ‘The Sound of the Silence’ and within this domain of higher awareness Scruf has once again delivered the sound lots of others have aimed for and missed. Let me tell you what he said.
“Well the circuit is very much an EHX Op-Amp Big Muff, some values have been tweaked and the 6 x diodes have been replaced with 2 x LEDs for similar fV (3 x 1N4148 = 1.8V, LED = 1.8-2.1fV) to cut circuit size but otherwise it remains the same basic circuit. The Gain/Sustain knob has been fixed high on the Op-Amp Big Muff and now an Op-Amp PreGain stage drives it to push the entire circuit in cutting fuzz/distortion.
The Standard Big Muff tone control has also been replaced with the more versatile ‘James’ or Passive Baxandall tone stack to get a wider range of control from the circuit and the output is J-FET Buffered to prevent any loading from this tone stack.
The Circuit also now uses the much lower noise NE5532 OpAmps replacing the original higher noise 741 & 4558 chips.”
Very succinct for a man of many words which often confuse me anyways.
What he means is this box fucking Smokes – mostly grass but sometimes mixed with a bit of opium just to keep things interesting.