Got a Bluebeard...
I was at Atomic Music in MD a few weekends ago and got a chance to talk with Sonny of Sanford & Sonny. He was dropping off a batch of Bluebeard fuzzes and is incredibly friendly. He told me about how different units tend to sound one way or another -- Melvins-y, or like woofy 18"s, or that they break up a certain way in a specific range. He also told me to get a specific unit that he almost didn't sell because it did everything. How could I pass that up?
This is the best sounding and most musically responsive muff variant I've ever played. I've owned a few muffs (tried out tons), and clones/variants/sound-alikes like the Swollen Pickle, Pickle Pie B, Musket Fuzz, etc; I've kept a DOD FX92 Bass Grunge around as it could cop some muff tones and was otherwise pretty versatile.
This Bluebeard kills all of them. It can do everything from "exploding cabinet" through "wall of fuzz". I've found a bunch of sweet spots that get anywhere from doomy slow note bloom to crunchy distortion.
The Bluebeard is very responsive to input volume and impedance. The note attack and what I would describe as 'saturation' can vary a lot depending on pickup selection. The new models have a tone bypass, which adds volume and a lot of note clarity.
Believe the hype.