Video: EHX Green Russian Big Muff Pi Demo

The announcement of the Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Muff reissue earlier this year sent waves throughout the pedal community, even prompting predictions that the NYC maker might launch a whole new series of classic reissues soon. But now, a few months later, we finally get to hear this reborn fuzz box in action.

The timeline and history of the Big Muff and its multitude of iterations can be confusing, but in very short, the Green Russian was one of a few different Muffs made by EHX founder, Mike Matthews, in Russia in the Sovtek-era of his pedal career. These particular Muffs were known for their bass frequencies, which made them a go-to pedal for grunge guitarists in the '90s as well as sludge, doom, and stoner rockers in the years since.

According to noted Muff expert Kit Rae, the Green Russians offered "Less gain, fatter bottom end, and brighter mids than most vintage USA Big Muffs."

While prices on original Green Russians haven't gone up as dramatically as earlier USA Muffs from the '70s, they are not known to be the most consistent or wholly reliable pedals out there. With this new model, though, you get all the flavor of the original in a readily available, modern package.

Oh, and by the way, this demo is the first from our newest video team member, Andy. Hear what he does with this Muff in the video above, and stay tuned for more of his demos coming your way soon.


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