The last time I visited New Orleans, one of the first things I did was go down to a local sandwich shop to enjoy a muffuletta. The muffuletta is built on a loaf split and stacked with marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami,mozzarella, ham, and provolone. When done right, it’s pretty tight, a strange mixture of Italian influences with the city’s diverse food culture.
JHS Pedals has designed a pedal in tribute both to the sandwich and to 1960’s builder Mike Matthews, who designed one of the most iconic fuzz pedals ever made, the Big Muff (get it?). It’s in the mid-price range, retailing at $299, which is pretty reasonable for a high-quality muff pedal, and can reproduce the kinds of tones made by a variety of players like Billy Corgan, Frank Zappa, and Kevin Shields. So it’s pretty versatile for such a little box.
The Chicago Music Exchange, one of the coolest music shops in the country, recently got a look at the Muffuletta. The thing breaks up really nicely, and provides a pretty broad range of fuzz sounds. Check out their demo below: