Blackout Effectors Musket review

April 6th 2011 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 76 Comments

For each clone that hits the market it’s harder to choose one that stands out from the rest. While most of them claim to offer something new,- few rarely does. I recently got my hands on the Musket from Blackout Effectors and it’s by far one of the biggest surprises I’ve had in a long time. Here’s my review.

The Musket is housed in a typical BYOC/DIY chassis with true bypass switching, a bright led and a 9V adapter input. In addition to the standard fuzz, tone and volume controls the Musket also feature additional controls labeled “pre”, “mids” and “focus”.

The Musket isn’t really a Big Muff clone although it has an unmistakable Sovtek “civil war”/green flavour to it. It’s not quite as nasty as the “ram’s head” nor as warm as the typical “triangle” or as boomy as the early Sovteks. It’s something right in between every Big Muff that I’ve tried. Starting off with just the fuzz/gain, tone and volume controls it’s easy to dial in a fat, smooth Sovtek-ish/P2 tone. The Musket is far from the loudest Muff so you really need to crank the output (unity level is around 2:00). The tone control has a wide range and manages to stay focused on even the lowest settings, although I prefer it around 10-11:00.

I’m using a Fender CIJ ’65 reissue with EMG DG20 pickups into a Laney Cub 15w stack. The first part of the clip is the Musket in solo with the pre, mids and focus controls “off”. On the second part of the clip I’ve riased the pre, mids and focus as shown in the clip and added a Boss CS2 > Musket > Boss BD2 (modified) > BYOC Analog Chorus and delay in the mix.

The “pre” control acts very much the same way as adding a booster/overdrive but you really need to match it with the fuzz or else you’ll get feedback and too much noise. With the fuzz around 11:00 and the “pre” at 12:00 you’ll get a nice fat boost with lots of sustain. Still though, I think it’s easier to control the gain level with a booster and keep the “pre” fairly low or off. The “mids” control boosts the mid range – a popular feature on many Muff clones. It’s perhaps a bit redundant though since Musket already has a distinct mid rangy tone. Still, just a hint smooths out the top frequencies. The “focus” control reveals the full potential of this pedal and after having tested it for a while I’m a bit surprised that no one else has thought of this unique feature. It behaves much like a high pass filter and compressor combined rolling off the muddy lower frequencies and squeezing the overall signal for more sustain and presence.

The Musket nails pretty much any of David’s Muff tones from Animals to PULSE and present. You might find it to be a bit too smooth if you’re a die hard “ram’s head” I-only-use-pedals-from-a-certain-year kind of guy but then again I’d say you’d missed the point… and the chance to try a Muff that offers something unique. I think it’s perhaps best at replicating David’s PULSE and Gdansk tones but I also use it for my Airbag tones simply because it’s so incredibly versatile. The Musket is also probably the best pedal I’ve come across for bedroom setups and smaller amps. With the “focus” control rolled all the way up the pedal cuts nicely through any mix and stays smooth and warm on even the very lowest volume settings.

The Musket was tested on two different Stratocasters, one with Fender CS69+Duncan SSL5 (bridge) pickups and one with EMG DG20 pickups and two different amps, a Laney Cub12 15w stack and Reeves Custom 50w – both with Weber Thames 80w speakers.

76 comments so far

  1. Thomas says:

    Wow! That pedal sounds amazing. Im definately going to have to get this, along with a Cub 12R :) Thanks Bjorn for this review.

    [Thanks! - Bjorn]

  2. Kit Rae says:

    Bjorn,

    Very informative review as always. I have always thought the Musket was one of the most versatile Muffs out there, and very Gilmourish. Looking at the circuit, it appears Blackout Effectors was very inspired by Electro-Harmonix. Essentially it is two EHX circuits in one pedal. The PRE section is basically the old LPB-1 Linear Power booster, and the Muff part of the circuit is basically a Sovtek Big Muff, but with Ram’s Head value feedback caps for more balls. A really nice mix.

    I found a nice overdrive setting that I like a lot.
    PRE: 100% MIDS: 90% FOCUS: 100%
    FUZZ: 7:00-8:00 TONE: 90%

    Try that with a compressor in front. Somewhat G-2ish sounding, though missing the Germanium feel. A good substitute when combined with a comp.

    Here are settings that exactly match my Civil War Big Muff Gilmour setting.
    PRE: off MIDS: 9:00 FOCUS: 100%
    FUZZ: 3:30 TONE: 11:00

    Kit

    [Thanks for your input Kit! The Musket is indeed a versatile Muff and as I said in the review probably the best for getting great Muff tones at home on lower levels. I'll try the OD settings. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  3. Peter Schepens says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    First- really nice played bjorn!

    This is a nice effect that compares to david’s tone.
    I’ll buy it soon!

    Thanks Bjorn.
    Grtz

    [Thanks! - Bjorn]

  4. Paul C says:

    Thanks again Bjorn for a fascinating review. It’s always a pleasure to listen to your playing. You inspire me to think that it can be done with practice and dedication!

    I love my triangle muff but I think I’ll find one of these and give it a try. The old Muffs are getting a bit too valuable to kick around the floor these days!

    Thanks again for your hard work, much appreciated here in the UK by your many fans.

    Paul

    [Thanks Paul! - Bjorn]

  5. richard says:

    hey bjorn!

    sweet! great pedal, nice tone indeed, nice playing as well ;)
    then how about updating your “recommended pedals”-section? you’ve tested a lot recently.
    and speaking of updating: why don’t you share your new “settings” in the personal gear section, since you have a lot of new pedals on your board? ;)

    appreciate your work! greetings

    [I'm working on a new layout and design for the new site an plan on updating just about everything. Not sure when I'll be up but hopefully by early summer. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  6. Allan says:

    Always loved the musket. Just a tad out of my price range but if I ever get tired of the muffs I have just now, I’d certainly look for a used one. The artwork is phenomenal too.

    Nice Review Bjorn :) You always get a nice sound in your videos. Is that a specific microphone or the mic in your computer?

    p.s – still waiting on the “Bjorn Riis pedal collection photograph” ;)

    [Thanks! The clip was recorded with a Shure SM57 placed about 4" off the cab. - Bjorn]

  7. Kelton Gomes says:

    The Musket is really great muff, huh? Even more versatile than I thought.

    Anyway, I still strongly recommend the Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz, I believe it’s in the same ballpark of the Musket.

    []‘s

    [Thanks for the tip! - Bjorn]

  8. Kelton Gomes says:

    Btw, would be great a review of the Skreddy Pig Mine too! ;-)

    [Send me one and I'll give it a shot :) - Bjorn]

  9. Bjorn,

    Wow, what a great sounding pedal. I love that you played “On An Island” in the clip – to me, that’s one of the best excerpts with which to test a pedal’s “Gilmourish” qualities. ;o)

    I really love my BYOC Large Beaver Triangle model with the mid boost switch engaged, and this pedal sounds like it’s got all of those wonderful midrange qualities, but it sounds a whole lot warmer than my pedal. That versatility sure would be nice, but I’m still in love with my Beaver. ;o)

    Anyway, great review. Keep up the good work and please keep us updated on the new Airbag album as well.

    Brandon

    [Thanks Brandon! We're finishing the Airbag album and plan on having it out by early spring. - Bjorn]

  10. Eric MICHIELS says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’ve seen your message about this pedal yesterday. Today, I bought my Musket (it’s my birthday!). And I’m really happy! Great sound…. It’s really what I was looking for… Thanks!

    [Happy birthday! - Bjorn]

  11. Hp.Wyss says:

    Hi Bjorn, first thank you for your nice website, it’s a great resource for all Gilmour/Floyd fans, and also a helpful place for people to find good guitar gear reviews,tips&tricks. One example from myself:
    I was searching some months back, for a good little tube amp which i can use at lower volume at home, but i was somewhat lost with the huge product range of guitar amps… then i read your Laney Cub review and decided to go and find a dealer with Laney cubs in stock. After trying the amp out there, it was clear i that this one have to be taken home. Im now very satisfied with my Laney cub 12R Combo since 6 months!

    Anyway, i like to ask you something about the Musket Fuzz. And because i know that you also own the BYOC triangle Muff, i think you can tell me maybe a bit more if its worth it or not: I own too a BYOC Triangle and a Ramshead specs Muff, what do you think, is there enough “difference in tone” to spend 290.- Sfr ( is +/- 220 Euro, Switzerland is expensive!!!! sadly) for the Musket fuzz, especially when NOT playing at “full blow away the neighbours” high Volume with the Laney?? My Amp is setup mostly like this: Gain 2,5-3 and Volume at 4-7, during later evening or night more around Volume 3 ;-P and i also use the less than 1Watt input. I think i can get a nice tone with the Triangle BYOC Muff, at lower Volume, but you write the Black musket is very good in lower volume settings too, so….. what is your advice to me?
    Unfortunately the Dealer with the Musket Fuzz Pedal is a bit too far away from me, to go there myself and compare it……….

    From some www videos i think the musket has more gain available than the BYOC,but maybe im wrong.
    Greetings Hp.

    [Thanks for your kind words Hp! My favourite Muff the last couple of years has been the BYOC triangle (early model) but I rarely use it at home because it tend to get a bit too dark and lack some gain on the lowest amp volume settings. The Musket has lots of gain and mid range, which works better. However the focus control on the Musket makes all the difference. It makes the pedal bright and smooth with a creammy sustain on even the very lowest amp settings. I think that's a huge "sales pitch" for bedroom players :) - Bjorn]

  12. scott...oz.. says:

    Hi Bjorn…Again a mighty fine review.
    Received a love pedal ‘Les Lius’ earlier this week(PGS strike again).It had the wow factor..It done what they said it would…
    WOW…
    A Musket is going to be a reality quite soon…
    Take care…

    [Thanks! Thanks for the tip! - Bjorn]

  13. Hunter Hansen says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Great Review! Sounds like a great pedal! I have a questions. You said this pedal covers all of his muff tones. I was wondering how accurate this is because I was thinking of investing in the Royal Beaver. Which would you recomend for the nest “all around muff” for the money involved?

    -Hunter

    [Well, that's a bit like discussing apples and oranges :) The Musket is basically a Sovtek cirquit with a LPB-1 booster so the tone is very close to the early Sovteks - more mids, gain and bass than the 70s models. However, the focus control especially makes it incredibly versatile and I have no problems with tweaking it for convincing Animals - Island tones. Still, it's perhaps best suited for Delicate and PULSE if you want to be authentic. The Royal Beaver is based on a typical "triangle" cirquit with additional features that allows you to tweak it closer to a "ram's head" and the V3. It has much less mid range than the Musket but the mid boost feature takes care of that. Although the pedal nicely cover everything from Animals - Island, it's perhaps best suited for Animals/Wall/Island. The Musket has a smaller footprint, which is a bonus on cramped pedal boards... Other than that you really just need to choose. - Bjorn]

  14. Don says:

    Great review on the Musket. Now I really want to get one. Love the playing on the review. Purely inspirational. Did you ever tab it out. I love to get a copy. Any of the tabs that I find on the Internet are crap. Thank you again for your review.

    [Thanks! The tab in the OAI song book is pretty good. - Bjorn]

  15. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Where can I find the OAI song book? I really appreciate your help. What a great album.

    [I tried to find it on Amazon but it seems to be out of stock. Try EBay. - Bjorn]

  16. Kevin says:

    Hey Bjorn, thanks again for all your work here. Half this gear I’ve never even heard of, and I never would have found it all on my own. Great service!

    I admit to being a bedroom player and I’ve found my BYOC triangle muff to be just too loud for my apartment. I’m really going for a Wall/Final Cut tone, so do you think that the Musket could get close enough (I know you said it’s more of a PULSE tone), the ability to get that great muff tone at a low volume is really making me considering picking one up! For low volume is there a better pedal for the Wall or should I just pick one of these Muskets up and just enjoy it?

    Side note, would you think a PB would be a nice fit for the musket, even at lower volumes or am I going into overkill?

    Thanks so much Bjorn!

    [As I said in the review I think the Musket is perhaps the best bedroom level Muff I've tried. The fact that it's not that loud means that it's easy to control and the focus feature maintains a smooth tone and rich sustain on even the lowest amp levels. No trouble with replicating Animals/Wall/Final Cut tones. Especially if you increase the tone and focus for a slightly brighter tone than the average Sovtek. I'm not sure I'd recommend a PB or similar clones for bedroom levels and smaller amps. It can be both too bright and the silicon transistors has a tendency to bleed gain on low levels. I'd rather go for a Boss BD2 (preferably a Keeley) for a similar but slightly warmer tone. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  17. Michael says:

    Can that Laney Cub amp you used in the video handle muffs and fuzz pedals well? It looks like a very nice amp and I might consider buying one.

    Great review by the way!!!!!!

    [Well, I'm using a Muff in the clip so that's a big yes don't you think :) I've also tested both germanium and silicon fuzz pedals and it works fine! Definitely one of the better smaller amps on the market! - Bjorn]

  18. Ron says:

    It sounds great.
    I’m reading you site for a long time, and I just wanted to leave a comment because your recording quality is great on this video.
    I mean, untill this one, I could hear the acoustin sound of the guitar, and the overall quality didn’t satisfied me. But on this one – the quality was Fuc*ing Awsome!
    keep doing wha you did on this one, and keep one rockin’

    [Thanks Ron! I'm mic'ing the cabinet with Shure SM57 this time. It's better than just the PC mic :) - Bjorn]

  19. ruodi says:

    Yeah, sounds like Gilmour himself, not just “gilmourish”. Side-by-side comparisons with other fuzz pedals, but with the same pups/guitar could be even more interesting, though. ;-)

    [Thanks for the tip :) - Bjorn]

  20. JM says:

    So you would prefer a Blackout Effectors Musket combined with a Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer, over a ProCo RAT II ?
    As always thank you for the review !

    [A Rat and Muff are two different pedals so I wouldn't chose one over the other. The Rat is more versatile though so if you're not sure whether your amp can handle a Muff or not I'd go for a Rat. Personally I wouldn't use a Tube Screamer for boosting a Muff because the TS's pronounced mid range can make the Muff sound choked and muddy. A more transparent overdrive like the Tube Driver, Colorsound Powerboost or Boss BD2 would be better. - Bjorn]

  21. Kevin says:

    Thanks so much Bjorn,much appreciated!
    I just put in my order for a brand spankin new red Musket for my bedroom playin!

    To boost the musket you reccomended a BD-2 with the Keeley Phat mod and I just was wondering if the fact that it’s not true-by pass would have a negative effect with a chain of DG strat>bc108 sunface> musket>( BD-2 maybe)> small stone nano> electric mistress>T-Rex Replica> Digitech dl-8 looper>Blues Jr.
    Sorry for all the questions, you’re such a great wealth of information!

    All the best!

    [I haven't noticed any change in the Musket but your SunFace may sound a bit brighter. Shouldn't matter too much though since the BD2 isn't placed next to it. - Bjorn]

  22. Rodrigo Sarzosa says:

    Hi Bjorn…

    great website…. I really think you should review the Song “Biding My Time”, it has probably the best early fuzz tone from Gilmour and the solo is amazing!!!!

    please check it out!!! its on the Relics CD

    [Great song indeed. David has a similar tone on several songs on both Saucerful and More as well. Ten points if you guess who's playing trombone! - Bjorn]

  23. Nick Veekens says:

    Rick wright! :-)

    [Yeah! - Bjorn]

  24. Vadim says:

    Great research, Bjorn!
    Personally, I would add just a delay for this fuzz because it in itself sounds cool. Bjorn is why you never do not use dynacomp, unless it can be replaced by the CS-2?
    Yours faithfully
    Vadim.

    [I normally don't use compressor pedals when I'm recording since this is easer to control in the mix but the CS2 is mild enough for it to work. The Dynacomp can be a bit trebbly when you record it. Just a matter of taste really. - Bjorn]

  25. Rick says:

    Bjorn,
    SInce you used your Laney for this and everyone was mentioning it, I have a question. Trying to understand if I am missing something here. I bought a Laney 12R. The typical GIlmour setup is Amp gain just before breaking up and then petals do everything else. The Hiwatt was great because it had so much headroom. The Laney is plenty loud by itself. But, if I want to have it clean, the highest I can put Gain is 2.8 with Master all the way up. The problem is, this does not seem like a lot of headroom. SOYCD for example, it has to be completley clean, so I boost the Laney a little bit, add compression and EQ it with some delay, but it is not loud at all. I have strat at volume 8, if I raise to 9, it breaks up. I tried everything to get louder tonight, messed with every setting on comp, drive, amp, etc, could not get any louder without breaking up. So my question is, you are fond of this amp, but with the lack of headroom, I am not sure why. Am I missing something here?

    [It has plenty of headroom for my bedroom. For the Musket clip the channel volume is at 13:00 and the gain at 8:00. 15w is perhaps a bit too small for a band setup or if you're able to crank the volume at home. However, I've replaced the stock speakers with Weber Thames 80w ceramic. That leaves all the headroom you want. - Bjorn]

  26. Mike says:

    Great work Bjorn,
    I just got this Musket as a nice surprise/gift and I was wondering for low volume settings/bedroom playing if the settings you reccomend still apply?

    Do you have some specific settings you would reccomend for playing relatively quiet that you could share? Looking less for PULSE than the 70s stuff.

    thanks so much!!

    [I'd always keep the pedal volume at unity or higher. Lower the amp volume instead. That way the pedal will sound more open and maintain its tone better. For the classic tones I'd roll off the pre and mids and set the focus at around 3:00. Add a transparent overdrive or increase the pre slightly for more gain. - Bjorn]

  27. Jova says:

    Great review Bjorn ;-)

    Finally Gilmour-tone fans can get a “bedroom Muff” (LOL), and a versatile one too. I was wondering, compared to other Muff/Fuzz pedals, would you consider Musket to be noisy or quiet pedal?

    And speaking of noise, which compressor would you recommend, cause some of them tend to be a bit noisy?

    Thanks,
    Jova.

    [The Musket is very silent. Both bypassed and when enganged. Compressors will increase the noise level because that's part of their nature but the Boss CS2, Whirlwind Red Compressor and Barber Tone Press are very silent. - Bjorn]

  28. Nick says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thanks for another great review! I have taken the plunge and my Musket is on the way, cant wait! I noted the email above but would you say you can dial in early 70′s tones, specifically DSOTM? What settings would you reccomend, thinking Time solo etc? (If same settings as above, apologies!)
    Many thanks
    Nick

    [You can tweak it for similar tones but don't mistake it for a fuzz. Depending on whether you use it with a booster or not and the tone of your amp I'd set it pretty much as David sets his Muffs (gain 1:00, tone 10:30, volume aprox unity) and increase the mids slightly and the focus around 12:00. The pre can also be increased for more gain but again it depends on your overall tones. - Bjorn]

  29. Paul says:

    On Blackout Effectors website they are advertising version 2 of the Musket for purchase. Is this the same vesion you have, and had a chance to demo? Thank you for your time!

    Paul

    [Mine is V2. - Bjorn]

  30. Hp. says:

    Hi Bjorn, because the newest tip of the week has already so many comments, i decided to ask you here in this older tip of the week comments:
    I know its a question you might can’t answer, but maybe with some luck you have tried the 2 Pedals or one of them. I can’t test them myself ( too far away the shop) and so i can’t decide now which one suits best with my Laney cub 12R, in my case i have to play half of my practice time more or less “around” Bedroom level……….. You said the Musket is very good for exactly this, but in the moment its a bit expensive for me.
    Now i have the chance to buy a Keeley Fuzz Head or a Cmatmods Black Plague, which each of these cost only a little bit more than the half of the Musket.
    Which one do you think is “better” suitable for my “Bedroom volume” Laney settings: Gain 2.5 Volume 3-7 , through less than 1WAtt Input.
    Or should i better wait and then go for the Musket?

    I own already a RAT, but its the You Dirty Rat Model with Germanium cliping diodes not the Rat 2, but im not sure if that Pedal really sounds that great for Gilmour tones, didnt found a good setting yet.
    I mostly play with my Fender American Standard Strat (2009 Model) with Stock Pickups, do you think these Pickups are a lot different sounding than the Cs 69 or Fat 50 and worth it to replace them, or are the newer Fender Stock Pickups not that bad as some say?

    So… enough asked, i wont “steal” too much of your time with my questions, Bjorn! I hope you and your Airbag Band are in a good Mood, and i’m tensed and curious about how your new Album will sound. Have a good time!

    [The Keeley Fuzz Head is a more modern sounding fuzz with lots of mids and in my opinion not a typical Gilmour fuzz. The Black Plague is basically a RAT with some tone options similar to the Retro-Sonic Distortion and Jam Pedals Rattler. Of these I think the Retro-Sonic is supperior. The Musket works amazingly well on even the lowest levels on the Laney and I also recommend the excellent Pig Hoof from Electronic Orange. Not quite sure what to suggest but I'd hold out for a Musket. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  31. Hp. says:

    Hi Bjorn, Thx for your answer and explanation, looks like the Musket really is the most versatile Pedal from all of them,and the one to go for.But I have yet a new question about the Musket:
    Is the Musket “much” better for lower volumes compared with the BYOC Triangle muff, which i own already?
    Because Yesterday i tried to find a good sound for Marooned, i couldnt get it with my BYOC Triangle Muff, i ended up with the CS-2 ,T-Rex TwinBoost,
    T-Rex Alberta, WH-4 Whammy, TC Nova repeater Delay into Laney.
    By the way, do you know maybe, which Pedals David used on the Stratpack live Performance for marooned, (especially interested on the Overdrive, Compressor and Delay, chorus if any)????
    If i listen then close to the Album version of this beauitful song, it sounds like the guitar is panned right and on the left is only something like a Reverb, Delay or just a mic placed far away from the Amp, is there a CE-2 or any other Modulation effect on this song or not, i cant hear it exactly??
    Greetings Hp.

    [There's no Muff on Marooned. Both the album version and StratPack is CS2 > Tube Driver > CE2 > delay. He used the Cornish All Tubes MKI pedal board on StratPack so he might be using the Cornish G2 but to me it sounds very much like the Tube Driver. A Muff would sound a bit too saturated and aggressive for the song.
    The triangle is darker and tend to be slightly muddier on lower levels than the Musket. The focus feature on the Musket makes it stand out and cut through. I'd say it's quite different but again I wouldn't use a Muff for Marooned. - Bjorn]

  32. Hp says:

    Hi, Bjorn thank you very much for the interesting infos!
    Hp.

  33. Nick says:

    Thanks Bjorn. So is there a silicon fuzz pedal the equivilent of the musket (suitable for playing at neighbourhood friendly volumes) – for that captivating DSOTM sound? I have spent quite a bit of time on your site and have the impression that fuzz pedals in generall are not neccesarily the best for use at these volumes, but are there any that are more suitable? I have been checking out clips of the skreddy lunar module on the web which sounds incredible – very tempting indeed! I would love to find a good fuzz pedal to sit alongside my Musket as feel this would then cover me for most tones I’m looking for. I currently use the Blackstar HT-5 amp but Im looking at trading this in on either the Laney Cub or the Fender Blues junior. P.S whats your opinion of the EHX #1 echo please Bjorn, am I dreaming trying to get good tone with this pedal??
    Kind regards
    Nick

    [Fuzz in general is tricky on smaller amps and low volume. You mostly end up with a thin harsh tone. It helps adding a booster behind the fuzz. Not for an actual boost but just a hint of extra gain and a slight treble roll off smooths out most of the harsh overtones. The OCD and ThroBak Overdrive Boost in particular are great for this effect. I've never tried the Lunar so I can't tell but I assume it behaves similar to the others. The #1 is too bright for my taste and it's very hard to dial in precise time settings because it has just a too wide span on just one knob. I'd much rather go for a TRex Reptile or the excellent TC Repeater. Both are great sounding affordable delays. - Bjorn]

  34. Nick says:

    Thanks for the advice Bjorn, i’ll be sure to check those delays out! By the way, when are Airbag making the trip down to New Zealand?!

    [Ah... not quite sure when we'll be able to get to NZ :) If you organize we'll be there! We're aiming at an early fall release of the new album. Thanks for your support! - Bjorn]

  35. Rolf says:

    Hi Bjørn, greetings from the north

    I’ve read your review of the musket fuzz with interest, as I am looking for an all-round and versatile muff/distortion. I’m currently running a SUF Civil War into BD-2 keeley into 50w plexi bass-spec’s. The CW gets too bass-heavy and mushy with the already boomy plexi. Judging from your review, I’m thinking the Musket can bring some clarity and precense to the mix? I’m not after a specific Gilmour tone, but my band is covering som PF tunes, and if I can get in the vicintity of his tone on Time and CN from the Royal Albert Hall concert, I would be a happy man.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated

    regards
    Rolf

    [The Musket is based on a Sovtek but it's much more versatile IMO. The Focus feature rolls off the boomy lower end and adds presence and clarity to the tone. Based on what you write I'd say this would be an excellent choice. - Bjorn]

  36. Don says:

    I have watched this review many times. I love the way you do the solo justice. Very nice. I noticed in the video that you put the BD2 after the Musket. How is that different then putting it before. I have always read that you put somthing in front to give it some more punch. I also went out and purchased a MXR DynaComp and it has really made a difference in my sound. Thank you again Bjorn and keep up the good work.

    Don

    [Depends on what tones you're looking for. I think that a booster or overdrive in combo with a distortion sounds best when it's placed after the distortion. This allows the distortion to dominate the signal and the booster will act more lake an EQ. Placing the booster first will take away much of the distortion's character and you will need to increase the gain on the booster to get the desired tone, which unfortunately means more noise. But again, it depends on what you're looking for. - Bjorn]

  37. ArtDecade says:

    Wow… that totally did it for me. I was trying to hunt down a Big Muff that I could use around the house at lower volumes. I already ordered one up! Thanks for making the amazing demo – and as always, your playing is immaculate! Since this pedal has a boost built into it, do you think you might be able to get by with one less overdrive on your pedalboard? I am assuming that one of your ODs is for actual OD and the other is for boosting your Muff-clone. Thanks again! Hopefully, Blackout is kicking you some freebies for making such good vids! Ha.

    [Thanks for your kind words! The Musket works very well on its own but it depends on what tones you'relooking for. Using a booster isn't just about boosting the volume but also to get a fuller spectrum of tones. Boosting the Muff with its own cirquit won't be the same as adding a Tube Driver or Powerboost. - Bjorn]

  38. Hi Bjorn,
    I really wanted to say thanks for all of the info on your site. As Ive told you via email, you have saved me time, money, etc… just great!!!

    I wanted to let you know that I finally purchased a muff pedal that I like… the Musket, V2. I was weary at first, even after hearing your clip, as your amp is different than mine, which I play in Stereo -

    Rivera Chubster 40 and a little Blues Junior. I set the Chubster for a Fender clean(but much much more responsive – think Fender on steroids..) but I like pull the mids for a real punchy, semi-dark clean tone, and the Blues Junior is basically set to Twin(modded amp), for a mix of a semi-bright ultra clean tone.

    I run the Chubster wet (MXR Carbon Copies, Destination Rotation Rotary(set to Slow spin, very light mix, but sounds nice), and a Katana Clean Boost to add sparkle and a hint of extra volume through the FX loop.

    I run the Blues Junior dry with a hint of reverb, but i send my demeter compulator, Musket, Butler Tube Driver, and Nick Greer Sonic Boom to both amps.

    I use a Musicom EFX MK iii to control the pedals, and Lehle Splittler to split the signal/pedals. All Evidence Audio Cables(melodies and monorails). I use one of the buffers in the Musicom to drive the effects loop for a pure tone. Believe it or not, NO tone loss. That in itself is a feat. The compulator buffered bypass works well to assist.

    ANYWAYS, wow, the Musket… IMpressive. Not only can I get the gilmour tones, but by tweaking two knobs, I can land into the Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream tones. SOOOO versatile…

    Im sure you are curious, so Ill share my settings, in the event that there is anyone else out there with a remotely similar setup:

    Chubster:
    Channel 2: American

    Volume: 7
    Treble: 5
    Mid:(Pull) 4.5
    Bass: 6
    Master: 4
    Presence: 6

    Blues Junior:

    Volume: 5
    Treble: 3.5
    Bass: 6.5
    Mid: 6.5
    Master: 6.5
    Reverb: 5

    Musket Fuzz: (a mix of Civil War taste, with On An Island being the goal)

    Pre: 30%
    Mid: 0%
    Focus: 60%
    Fuzz: 65%
    Tone: 65%
    Volume: 50%

    BK Butler Tube Driver: (just my favorite setting for this pedal)

    Out Level: 3.8
    High: 7.0
    Low: 5.0
    Tube Drive: 4.5
    Bias: 7.5 or 75%

    I combine the two for the Take a breath lead tone.

    Musket Fuzz Setting #2:(for Pumpkins tone, or Weezer/Rage/Jimmy Eat World, etc)

    Pre: 30%
    Mid: 30%
    Focus: 25%
    Fuzz: 65%
    Tone: 75%
    Volume: 50%

    Guitars: Fender 57′ Black Strat/maple fretboard gutted and gilmour pickups put in(same set used currently, with toggle switch)

    62′ Red bound Telecaster – great guitar by the way…

    PRS Custom 22 stock everything — Violin Burst

    Again, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hope you enjoyed the write up!

    [Thanks a lot for your input and settings Jerome! - Bjorn]

  39. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I was so inspired by your solo that I went out and purchased a Musket. It will take 3 weeks to get to me but it will be worth the wait. I have been practicing the On An Island solos but the tabs I found don’t seem to be quite complete. Is it possible for you to post your tabs. You do a great job of nailing the solo.

    Thank you, Don

    [Sorry for my late reply Don. I'm afraid I don't have any tabs but learned the track by ear. Check out the official On An Island note book. I think it should be pretty accurate. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  40. Eddy says:

    Hi Bjorn. You’re site is very useful and I wanted to thank you.

    I do have a few questions though.

    You listed the AA Sunface and MXR108Fuzz as recommendations for a fuzz pedal. Both of those pedal’s websites claim to be clones of the original Dallas Arbiter BC108 Fuzzface.

    1. ** Is there really any difference between the MXR108fuzz and AASunface other than the MXR having a buffer switch???

    2. Would you recommend these pedals with Fender MIM Stock Pickups??

    Thank You,
    Eddy

    [1. Yes. The AA Sunface has a much more dynamic and open tone. It's smoother and more true to the original tone, while the MXR is noticeable darker and slightly more muddy.
    2. Depends on what these MIM pickups are. The Classic Series guitars goes well with a fuzz pedal, while the Standard models may get a bit too boomy and muddy. It also depends greatly on what amp you're using. A fuzz is designed to be used with tube amps so if you're mostly playing on a solid state I'd much rather go for something more versatile like a RAT or similar, which easily can be tweaked for a fuzz tone. - Bjorn]

  41. Daniel says:

    Hi again Bjorn

    First, let me thank you again for posting your comments and reviews!

    I have only owned two big muffs so far (mind you, I am only a novice and I still have got plenty to learn): the Big Muff with tone wicker, which I did not like (too saturated/distorted so it went on a trip with no return to eBay) and the Musket Fuzz (I like the Focus knob a lot and I agree with you in that I find it overall a very smooth fuzz)

    Recently I saw this demo of a Wren and Cuff Tri-Pie 70s:

    http://proguitarshop.com/blog/wren-and-cuff-tri-pie-70-fuzz-6387

    and to my ears it sounded really good!

    Could you comment on it? Would you bet on it being Gilmourish?

    Thanks Again

    Daniel

    [I haven't had the chance to try the WC pedals yet but I see they get a lot of praise so I'm sure it's safe to buy one of theirs. - Bjorn]

  42. vivamusica says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you already tested the Pharaoh fuzz? It’s a muff-like pedal. I bought one 3 months ago and it became my main pedal. I use it in my amps (Vox ac4TV and Egnater Rebel 20) and it sounds marvellous. I can find many Gilmour-like tones. I previously did a GGG muff-triangle version but I don’t use it anymore. Pharaoh has more midrange tones than my homemade muff-triangle and its fuzz control don’t sounds harsh in extremes settings.

    Regards…

    [Haven't had the chance to check it out yet. Sounds very promising! - Bjorn]

  43. Stinky says:

    Great playing. Very useful write’n review. I’m so blown away with Blackout Effectors fuzz I went all the way. Recently ordered direct from them, Kyle is so cool to work with, he helped me to the point I’m getting a custom color scheme(black on black), got to request special lid art for the hand painted/no two pedals alike-for the art work on the inside of the cover plate, of the pedal they make named the “Twosome”. Their pedal that combines the Musket with the Fix’d Fuzz Deluxe. I also payed a additional
    $30.00 for the VST-Modded version.(Very Special Twosome)The mod allows you to use either pedal or both at the same time with a choice of which pedal first. Blackout Effectors is top shelf people and products all the way! Fuzz Rules!

    [Glad to hear! Great people and products indeed! - Bjorn]

  44. Juan Antonio says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Merry Christmas.
    You sound so good no matter with pedal or guitar you grab, that I don´t know why you investigate so much… :-)
    I am about getting a kind of Muff pedal. I saw your review about the North Effects and the Musket. If I would have to buy one, quiet, which one will you go for? I got already a Triangle, two Ram´s and a Civil War, but all were extraordinary loud for my home set up, as you warn many times…, so I had to sell them…
    I love the Musket, but better I start following your advices closer.
    :-)

    Thanks always,
    Juan Antonio
    Germany

    [Thank you Juan! The Musket is definitely one of the better I've tested for playing at home. The featured focus control allows the pedal to maintain the tone even at the lowest volume levels. Add a transparent booster behind it, like a Boss BD2 or ThroBak Overdriveboost, and you'll have an amazing tone. - Bjorn]

  45. John M says:

    When I heard Bjorn play OAI, I knew this was the ‘muff’ tone I’d been looking for. Since I mainly play at home, I was looking for this tone on my 15 watt Fender Blues Jr or Reeves combo amp. After having in the pedal now for several months, I could not be happier. While subjective, this is the perfect pedal with the perfect tone for the way I play. BTW…Bjorn, while I can’t speak to how this pedal performs on bigger, louder amps, your review for the home/bedroom player is spot on! Can’t thank you enough.

    Cheers!
    John M.

    [Glad to hear John! The pedal works equally well for bigger setups :) - Bjorn]

  46. Dylan0291 says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Im considering this pedal because im having trouble getting my BYOC Triangle muff to sound good at lower volumes. Is the musket easiser to tame than the Beaver? Or is there not much of a diffrence in the volumes you have to play at to make the pedal sound good? Also how does the pedal cut through in a band mix?

    Thanks in advance,

    Dylan

    [Sorry for the late reply. The Musket works better on smaller amps and bedroom levels. You can easily increase the gain and use the focus control to tame it. - Bjorn]

  47. Chris G says:

    Bjorn, let me start by echoing the hundreds of comments thanking you for sharing all of this great information including your personal playing skills.

    I am building up my rig and will be a home/bedroom player for the most part. I have a MIM Classic 69 Strat and an Egnater Tweaker15 (but may be moving to the Laney Cub due to the 1w feature). I am contemplating the Musket, the Red Muck or the Large Beaver. I believe you see each as being good choices for bedroom applications. If I were to choose just one with my setup, would you see a clear winner? Besides Gilmour I also like SRV, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Van Halen.

    The BYOC price point is compelling and sounds great, The Red Muck sounds real thick and huge and the Musket seems very versatile.

    Thanks again for all you do.

    Chris

    [Thanks for your kind words Chris! Apart from maybe Hendrix, I would count on a Muff to produce the other tones you're looking for. An overdrive or a more clasic distortion like the RAT, Boss DS1 and similar would be more fitting. Anyway, I really like the BYOC but of the three the Musket is the most versatile. Highly recommended! - Bjorn]

  48. Keith Clarke says:

    Bought a little big muff last weekend, and then ran across a local guy who had an almost new musket on the net. When I called, he said he’d pulled the ad, and decided to keep it, but said to call back in a few days, and he’d make a decision. I called today, and offered him the LBM, and $80, which adds up to $150, but he ordered a large beaver, pre-built, and is giving me the musket for $150 cash tomorrow, as soon as I can return the LBM, which sounded pretty good, but you’ve convinced me that with the TSA15′s, it’s a Musket for me!
    As usual, I cannot thank you enough, but THANKS BJORN,will suffice I hope.

    [I'm sure you'll be very pleased with the purchase Keith! - Bjorn]

  49. Dan Murphy says:

    Bjorn,

    I’m hoping to get a pedal that can get me close to that Comfortably Numb muff tone but is also versatile enough to give me that chainsaw fuzz you hear on Time. Is the Musket so versatile that you can dial in and get a reasonable approximation of the tone on those solos? I’m using an MXR Carbon Copy for delay.

    I also have to thank you for all the fantastic information you provide all us Gilmour fans. Over the last two years, I built my rig from the ground up from the guitar (62 Reissue Strat), to the pickups (Duncan ssl-1 neck and middle and SSL-5 bridge) to the amp (Fender Blues Deluxe). The tone I’m getting from this setup inspires me everyday to play more and more. Thank you for that.

    [Glad to hear that you're happy with your tones! The Musket is very much capable of both fat Muff tones and saturated, screaming fuzz. To get that buzz fuzz you really need to crank the hell out of your amp - like Hendrix did - but the pre feature on the Musket should give you some extra power to beef up your fuzz tone. - Bjorn]

  50. Brad W says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I’m playing with a Black Russian Big Muff–one of the earlier ones that is supposed to have the same circuit as the green–non tall font–russian. This is the only BMP I’ve ever owned. I think it sounds great, but am I missing anything not having a musket? Or not having a ram’s head clone?

    Many thanks,
    Brad

    [Not sure you're missing something. Depends on what tones you're looking for. In comparison, the Musket has a few additional controls that allows you to shape the tone further and even add a bit more gain. The Focus feature is especially cool for playing at when you need a bit more presence on lower volume. The Musket is loosely based on the early Sovteks but it's really a whole different pedal. - Bjorn]

  51. Matty says:

    Hey Bjorn, was just wondering what settings you used for your Blues Driver running after the Musket?

    [I set it clean: volume 1:00, tone 10:00, gain 9:00. Mine is modded though for a warmer tone and less break up so you might want to adjust the settings for your setup. - Bjorn]

  52. Julius says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    Since you said that Musket is one of the most versatile muffs, so how does it cover Gilmour’s Pompeei and Dark Side of the moon tones.
    Thank you!!

    [Depends on how accurate you want to be. He used a fuzz, as you know, so the Musket isn't dead on, but you can easily tweak it for very similar tones. Great choice if you're looking for one pedal that can nail both the fuzz and Muff tones. - Bjorn]

  53. Bob says:

    What are some good settings for this pedal with a blues junior and a standard single coiling strat? The fender blues junior has a Celestine green back speakers. Thank you.

    Regards bob

    [Depends on how you set the amp, how loud you play, what pedals you combine with Muff etc. See this feature for some amp setup tips. In general I'd set the Musket for something like this: volume slightly above unity, tone 11:00 and gain 2:00. Adjust the settings with the three additional controls. I usually increase the mids a little and keep the focus at about noon to roll of some of those lower ends. - Bjorn]

  54. Bob says:

    Hi I was also wondering what are the pedals are you current using on your pedalboard? Thank you.

    [We're working on a Bjorn's Corner over at airbagsound.com, my band's site. It'll be up soon with all the details. - Bjorn]

  55. Julius says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    I have now completed making my pedalboard, and I would like to hear your opinion about it. And could you tell which David’s tones this board covers.
    Musket Fuzz->TC Electronics Spark Booster->EHX Electric Mistress Deluxe->Whirlwind Orange Box->Boss RE-20 Space Echo.
    Thank you!!!!

    [Looks like a very versatile board. I'm thinking Animals-Final Cut in particular but you should be able to cover most of his tones with this :) - Bjorn]

  56. Julius says:

    Hi Bjorn…once more :D
    Just a quick question so that I didn’t miss anything. Did you mean that I could cover David’s Pompeii and Dark side tones? And how this board would cover those classic Airbag tones ;D
    Thank you!!!!!!

    [Yeah I think that would fit nicely. Depends on how accurate you want to be but the Musket and Spark Booster should be able to cover the fuzz and overdrive tones from that era. I think you'll get to cover most of the Airbag tones as well :) Been using the Mistress and Muffs for lots of the stuff :) Cheers! - Bjorn]

  57. Alex says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    First of all thank you for all the informations in this site,the best in the web!
    I m building my pedalboard and i m waiting for the musket and the fulltone ocd, I have read your article about overdrive and distortion but i dont now how this two works together… I have a Laney cub12r and a squire fender with emg dg20

    Thank you! greetings from Italy
    Alex

    [Hi Alex! The Musket and OCD are great sounding pedals but I don't think combining them is the best approach. The OCD has quite a lot of mid range, which can make the Musket and all Big Muffs sound a bit muddy and choked. The OCD is an excellent stand alone overdrive and I recommend, if your budget allows it, that you consider a second more transparent overdrive for clean boost. Check out the TC Spark Booster, Boss BD-2, ThroBack Overdrive Boost etc. - Bjorn]

  58. steve says:

    I went through several different muffs before trying this one out. This one is head and shoulders above anything EH is putting out right now. I do want to add that this pedal gets alot of use on the dead/ csn&y style of music as well with the gain set pretty low playing a 335. I am running it through a hot rod deluxe and it sounds great. killer slide guitar pedal. Gilmour is a huge inspiration in touch and overall feel. this pedal plays great with the tele, strat, and 335. Thanks for the review, otherwise I probably never would have heard of this gem.

    [Cheers! - Bjorn]

  59. Leo says:

    Hi Bjorn, love the site! I recently purchased a Musket and its great with my Laney amp, only problem is that I get this high pitched frequency feedback from it. Is this normal? When I play loud enough you can’t hear it, but you can when the volume is turned down. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    [Feedback is normally amplified when you play louder. Are you sure it's feedback that you're hearing? - Bjorn]

  60. Leo says:

    Sorry, maybe its not feedback Im getting when I plug it in, but I get this really high frequency noise as soon as I turn the musket on. Could there be a problem with the musket? Thanks.

    [Hard to tell. There will be some hissing and low frequency rumble when you engage the pedal. That's the high gain circuit and the nature of the pedal. You can tame this to some extent by carefully adjusting the controls and making sure you're not right in front of the amp with your single coils. If the noise is there when you've unplugged the guitar, although barely noticeable, then there might be a microphonic tube in your amp. It might also be a microphonic pickup in your guitar that doesn't handle the volume of the Musket. If so, you should have it re-potted or replaced. Again, difficult to tell without having heard it... - Bjorn]

  61. Clive says:

    Wow..I love this site..great work… great research everything…bravo….

    I need your help in deciding which muff/fuzz to buy…..Im torn between the Musket and the Colossus…all the clips of colossus seem to sound the best (more muffish and boomy)..however everyone seems to recommend the Musket (there are not too many clips of the musket and all of them make musket sound kinda raspy…im sure theres more to the musket).. …do you think I would miss colosuss if I buy the musket ( i aware of the apples and oranges comment …but still ;)) ?

    Furthermore can the colossus enter ram head’s territory ?

    [Thanks for your kind words, Clive! The Musket doesn't have nearly as much lower end as the Colossus and it does have a brighter edge and top to it. The Musket has a few additional features that comes in handy and makes it very versatile. The Colossus has more mid range, lower end and an overall smoother tones. Two different pedals really. Neither does ram's head very well. They sound too modern and saturated. - Bjorn]

  62. Benjamin says:

    I have this pedal and yeah I actually use a Fulltone ODC to boost so I pretty much use it as a big muff style pedal. It sounds a lot better in a live situation and isn’t actually that bad for recording, our last track in the studio I dual tracked the lead through to different amps with to different guitars and it sounded great with out actually changing any settings. Basically a Les Paul Studio for one take and a standard tele with single coils for the other, using the neck pickup on both. The musket fuzz in my book is are really nice pedal you can basically get any era of the big muff with out the noise.

  63. clark says:

    hey bjorn, how are you, its me again…..

    I own the iron bell and byoc large beaver triangle thanks to you. I love both pedals to death they both can do animals and gdnask very convincingly. My one problem with the byoc is that its extremely loud, i will never get rid of it cause its has smoothness that iron bell has but with more of that natural grit so to me it sounds more like a real muff than the iron bell which sounds like the muff with booster (which isnt a bad thing, and im not complaining cause the tone is damn good.). My question is do you think the musket would be a good alternative to get a p-2 and g-2 sounding distortion without being too loud. I use the byoc and iron bell for p-2 gdnask tones and i want something i can replace the iron bell as gdnask so i can use the iron bell for animals. Essentially i want 3 muffs, 2 set for gnask tones and 1 set for animals (more specifically pigs, since its my favorite song and solo). In your opinion can the musket get that tone without a booster? i would really like not to use a booster to EQ if necessary since i cant afford one atm. I dont with the other 2 pedals and they get the tone im looking for just fine. Sorry for the long question/story. Cheers and keep up the awesome work and playing.

    P.s. your group air bag and the few bands im involved with locally are some the best music i heard from new and current bands, and pink floyd will over take the beatles as the worlds more popular band in 25 years, mark my words…. gonna sound racist but it isnt, i’ve had people who live in the ghetto of houston (mostly black and hispanic) watch us do comfortably numb at an open mic and they love floyd and that song but if you ask them about the beatles or zepp they dont know anything…. and the fact that floyd was soo futuristic in playing and how they molded their sound, we still havent caught up. sorry again for long post.

    [Hi Clark! The Musket is a great sounding versatile pedal and you should be able to cover the tones you want with it. It doesn't need a booster and the additional tone controls allows you to dial in lots of different sounds from different era Muffs. It also has a lot of gain, which allows you to lower the volume and still get a killer tone. - Bjorn]

  64. Lou says:

    I’m liking the tone out of the Musket V2, the Box of War and believe it or not the Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face (Hand Wired Edition) Now I just have to choose.

    [Indeed you do :) All three are great pedals though! - Bjorn]

  65. Clark says:

    I got a musket and I would like to say thanks, it’s one of the best muff clones EVER. I would like to thank kit for posting settings for G-2, because with those settings and my tube driver boosting, I get that G-2 sound without having to get one. So thank you for promoting this wonderful pedal, without bias and with honesty. Good day sir.

    [Hi Clark. I guess Blackout Effectors are the ones to thank. I agree with you. The pedal is awesome! Cheers! - Bjorn]

  66. Ricardo Begalli says:

    Bjorn, I bought this pedal after reading this review. I have a strato southern cross and other Mexican (with noiseless pickups). I have a cruel question: I do not know if I buy the emg DG20 or put the classics (fat 50, CS69 and Duncan SLL5) in my strato Mexican. Which set pickups the musket was the best, in your opinion?

    [The Musket works nicely with both types of pickups. Depends on what tones you're looking for and how picky you are. The EMGs are spot on David's Delicate and PULSE tones but they won't give you that vintage Black Strat tone. The "classic" pickup set will, of course, be much closer to the Black Strat and they can do a convincing 80s and 90s tone as well. - Bjorn]

  67. Ricardo Begalli says:

    Bjorn, one last question: I can do the effect of seagull squeals on echoes with the emg?

    [Nope. There are no tone controls on the EMG DG20, which you need to get the seagull effect. Only active EQ boosters. - Bjorn]

  68. Nikos Zairis says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Because of your recommendations, I bought this wonderful pedal as well as the bugera v22, and fuzz frase (Jam Pedals).
    What can I say… I’m a happy man!!!

    Thank you so much!!

    [Glad to hear! - Bjorn]

  69. Voodoods says:

    Bjorn, Does this still stand up as the go to for bedroom setups? I’m building out my rig now. I have a laney cub stack and a black strat clone FYI. Pure bedroom setup.

    [I think it does. A very versatile Muff and perfect for bedroom setups. - Bjorn]

  70. Barry says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Love your site, been referring to it many times.

    If you had to pick one pedal for Pulse/Island/Gdansk tones for
    a home setup & small clubs using a Blackface Fender,
    would it be the Muskett or DG-2?

    Tks

    [The DG2, I think. It's a more versatile distortion type of pedal that sounds great on almost any amp and you'll also be able to cover a lot more ground with it and not just Big Muff tones. - Bjorn]

  71. Thomsi says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    thank you so much for this awesome site. I read every single word and your amazing knowledge really helped me to build up a nice gilmourish set-up in the last few years.

    Some weeks ago I bought the Musket, but it doesn’t really fit into my set-up which is:

    Old Fender Strat (EMG DG20 PUs)->Musket->ThroBak OD/Boost->Ibanez TS808->TC Nova Delay->Fulltone GT500 (which is always on with a very mild setting just to get a warmer clean sound)->Old Hiwatt Custom 50 on an Orange 2×12 Closed Box

    Normally I play pretty loud to keep up with the drummer and without using the Musket, I get every (non-muffed) tone I want, not just the gilmourish ones. So I guess the settings of every single part is quite good. But when I use the Musket, the sound is very harsh with too much of top frequencies. It cuts literally in your ear, especially when playing two high notes at once. When I try to tame it, the sustain and singing is gone. It’s a little bit better in combination with the ThroBak Booster, but even then not satisfying at all.

    After trying a lot of settings, I’m a bit desperate at the moment. Usually I love to experiment until I get the sound I want. But this time…

    Do you have any idea? I would be glad to hear from you, if you have a free minute. Thank you.

    Best regards
    Thomsi

    [Hi Thomis! I don't know if you have much experience with Muffs from before but they can sound quite harsh and you need to be careful with the treble on your amp. Not sure what speakers you have but the Hiwatt is very bright so I recommend that you start with the amp settings and adjust all your pedals to match it. Try lowering the treble to around 8-9 o'clock and increase the mids and presence to around 2 o'clock to get more attach and top. The best way to set up the Musket is to start with the standard gain, tone and volume controls with the additional controls off. Use the additional controls for further tone shaping. Hope this helps. - Bjorn]

  72. Paul says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Been reading this site for a few months. Its great! You are also pretty nifty on the guitar, loved your On An Island solo2.
    I bought the Musket based on your review especially regarding keeping the mrs and neighbours happy by being able to keep volume down a bit! I also nabbed a Fulltone OCD V1.4 based on your reviews. I have a Nova System and Lionheart L5T, just waiting on arrival of my 2009 Fender Stratocaster Custom Shop Deluxe Strat NAMM with Abby Pickups (Currently have a 1998 USA Strat 57 RI with DG20). Im excited, very excited. Anyways my reason for posting is to ask what other stuff do you think I should grab in my quest for Gilmourish tones? Mainly stuff from DSOTM onwards. If theres any pedals that are really a must etc.

    Keep up the great work and keep playing, you rock!

    [Hi Paul! Thanks for your kind words! The Nova System should cover most of what you need. Personally, I can't play Gilmour without an Electric Mistress flanger. The current Deluxe from Electro Harmonix doesn't do the classic tones any justice but the Mooer ElecLady is very good. Other than that... I don't know really. - Bjorn]

  73. Paul says:

    Got the Custom Shop with 69s, beautiful sound and sweet player! Waiting for my
    Voodoo Lab Pedal Power ISO-5 Isolated Power Supply to arrive so can get the Musket into action, didn’t realise when I bought it that doesn’t take batteries!
    Ok Ive just paid for a CS-2 and CE-2 Japanese black label so what else can be considered essential for the Gilmour tones?

    [You're on your way to having a really nice setup, I think :) My best tip is to read through the David Gilmour Gear Guides and see if there are any pedals for a particular song that might be of interest. - Bjorn]

  74. Don says:

    Bjorn,

    Excellent review — Fantastic Site.

    Background: I have been re-building my setup over this past summer. With respects to my setup, I have: HM Strat w/ EMGs, Les Paul Studio (stock), Fender Super Champ X2, TC Flashback, MXR Dyna Comp, MXR Phase 90, and a Barber Gain Changer. I play a wide variety of music/genres; from Floyd, to U2, Marley to Smashing Pumpkins. Mostly play at home these days but do perform small parties from time-to-time. At least for now, I am focused on purchasing one last pedal to compliment my setup. I have read a lot of various reviews, watched the YouTube Demos, and tried my best to identify what pedal might compliment my current setup and playing needs the best — that being said, I THINK I have narrowed down my choice between the MUSKET & THE COLOSSUS.

    Question (and your insight is greatly appreciated); which of the two pedals do you think would best work in my scenario? I was leaning towards the COLOSSUS because several had indicated that it stayed a bit truer to the “Booming/Full” Muff Sound and may work for Pumpkins sounds a bit more than the Musket. At the same time, the Musket seems so versatile. Important to me is a pedal that sounds great for both my Strat and Les Paul at lower AMP volumes.

    Again — Thanks in Advance for your thoughts and insights.
    Kind Regards.

    [Hi Don! The Musket is no doubt a more versatile pedal and, IMO a better choice for classic Muff tones. The Colossus might be a better choice for your though, especially for Pumpkins and heavier grunge stuff. It's very aggressive and huge sounding but fairly easy to tame as well. I also think you should consider the Iron Bell, which is somewhere in the middle of these two. - Bjorn]

  75. Paul says:

    So for a EH ELECTRIC MISTRESS FLANGER I would be better to grab an old vintage model? Or do they have a newer non-deluxe that sounds right? Don’t want the deluxe if it isn’t Gilmourish :p

    [ Well, I don't agree. I think you should focus on tone and not whether a pedal is vintage or not. Those late 70s Mistress pedals were designed very poorly and they had lots of flaws, like volume drop and no noise filter. You're running a high risk of buying a pedal that's useless. The late 90s Deluxe is in my opinion the best choice and it's very close to the original, although a bit more focused and not as liquidy perhaps. You might want to check out the Hartman Flanger though. It's a clone of the original '76 model. My experience with is that it's rather thin sounding and it doesn't blend with Muffs that well. - Bjorn]

  76. Paul says:

    sorry to send so many posts but is this newer stereo Mistress good? Or does it need to be vintage model? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Electro-Harmonix-Stereo-Electric-Mistress-Flanger-Chorus-Guitar-Pedal-/251616531757?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item3a9583952d

    [No problem :) Stay away from the Stereo and Neo models. They have nothing in common with neither the original '76 nor the Deluxe. See my reply to your last post :) - Bjorn]

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