The double swords of raw power and cutting refinement!
He steps into the clearing, leveling his gaze at the man across from him. Both stand at the ready, alone on the mountain save the swords in their hands.
Both know that one of them will die in this moment… Only one knows it’s not him.
Miyamoto Musashi became legendary through his prowess with the blade and his perfection of the double-sword style of combat. Not only did he form the archetype of the wandering ronin we find so inexplicably cool, he also coined the visage of the samurai’s transition from soldier to warrior-poets of renaissance.
However, in his younger days he was known as Shinmen Takezo – a raw, impetuous bastard whose strength and skill formed the bedrock of the warrior he would later become.
It’s the dual nature of Musashi I’ve tried to capture in stompbox form – The refined, cutting edge paired with raucous fury and power – to create a pedal that excels at both low-gain grit and all-out war.
The circuit has its roots in Tom Anderton’s Tube Sound Fuzz – and the more infamous version, the Way Huge Red Llama – but from the first solder joint I wanted to address three issues I’ve always had with variations on this circuit:
- There is absolutely no clean or clean-ish overdrive available, especially with humbuckers.
- The Gain control starts out dirty and gets crazier from there. They’re way too wooly. I love a big wall of sound as much as the next guy, but these tend to turn into a big wall of nonsense as the bass content gets out of control with increased gain.
- The circuit is capable of some excellent low-gain tones that are very different from the Tubescreamer-alikes out there, but are nearly impossible to dial in.
The first two issues were pretty straightforward to fix. Ramping up the low-gain capabilities of the pedal resulted in the development of the Musashi Switch – a two-way toggle that effectively splits the gain range into two useable halves. To the right, you’re getting the full-on Takezo experience of thick, compressed rage that maintains note articulation and bite without turning to mud. Flip the Musashi switch “inward”, and you add a level of refinement and control of lower gain ranges not available on any other pedal.
Combine the versatility of the Musashi Switch with the tightened bass response and reworked gain structure, you end up with a pedal that goes from Buddha to Berzerker, sounds great at any point in between and already has players asking for a custom dual-channel version.
Get this grasscutter on your board – Order today!