january 2018

The smoother side of fuzz rears its head in this interpretation of an Eastern-Bloc Big Muff.

At some point along a journey of fuzz discovery, players find out that Sovtek Big Muffs—while a picture of Monster Island-scale, mid-scooped fuzz perfection in isolation—can go missing in a big, burly rock mix. A lot of Muff clone builders tackle the problem using mid-boost controls. Rocket Surgeon (the pedal building arm of Nordstrand Audio) takes a different tack, relying on a simple switch that effectively makes the Boris two Muffs in one: A traditional mid-scooped Muff called “doom” and a mid-forward voice called “nuclear.” Neither re-casts the Sovtek-era Muff sound in a radical way, but both offer cool options for Muff newbies and experienced players looking for new variations of classic Russian Muff textures.

Red Star Rocket Craft
A lot of pedal makers seek boutique prices these days for craft and components that are quite ordinary. Rocket Surgeon isn’t one of them. The Boris is well put together and seems designed to be repairable in the event something fails. The footswitch and jacks, including the 9V jack, are affixed to the enclosure and independent of the circuit board.

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U2’s The Edge and producer Bob Ezrin, Co-Founders of Music Rising, (musicrising.com) have announced Guitar Icons: A Musical Instrument Auction to Benefit Music Rising to take place December 11th, 2021, starting at 10:00 a.m. PST. Hosted by Van Eaton Galleries (vegalleries.com) in Los Angeles, the live and online auction will offer a significant collection of guitars and other music memorabilia by some of the world’s most prominent musicians and friends of Music Rising. The auction will take the charity back to its roots and help support the musicians of the NOLA region after a long period being without income.

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A Wisconsin guitarist hit the jackpot when he met a talented lute builder who hand-cut this stunning neck inlay.

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