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Modding the English Muff'n

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Being and Bass, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. Being and Bass

    Being and Bass

    Apr 9, 2017
    I'm very interested in this pedal to give richness to my clean tone, as I virtually always play with a rich and low-level distortion. Obviously I would switch out the tubes, but I have looked and cannot find the instructions for modding the Muff'n's bass capacitor. Has anyone been down this road, or know if I missed a guide in my search?
  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011
    I know this is not the answer you are looking for, but I use the EHX Black Finger instead for this purpose.

    I haven't tried the English Muffin, but judging from the demos it has a more bright sound than the Black Finger, I realize though that you get a wider range of distortion as well as there's an EQ on the EM, that you don't get on the BF.

    But honestly, the Black Finger run as tube preamp or overdrive unit instead of compressor as it is intended as, sounds awesome.

    You just put it in Lamp and Normal mode, turn down the amount of compression to just kick in when you are digging in deep and hard, dial in your Pre Gain (gain) to your desired amount of breakup/overdrive (or keep it low so that you only got the tube color really, and then adjust the Post Gain (level/master volume) to match or slightly boost your unaffected signal.

    Eventual place an EQ pedal of your choice after the BF and you got all the EQ options you need.

    Personally I run it at just around breakup point, so I got my tone going from clean over slight breakup to light overdrive, over a pretty wide spectra of tones in between, depending and accordingly to how hard I pick.

    It is super responsive to your play and has a nice natural deep sound.

    I at least don't use any form for EQ with it.

    It is in the same EHX series as the English Muffin, which means it has 2 high voltage preamp tubes, run at 300V each, equipped.

    And the BF is basically a tube preamp with a tube input and a tube output stage, just with an optical compressor circuit in between (which can be almost shut off), instead of having a Marshall amp emulator circuit like the EM build in.

    I am not saying you shouldn't go on with the project of modding the English Muffin to work better for bass, I am just saying that for me the Black Finger already works as it is, and maybe it would for you as well.

    Worth considering at least.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
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  3. cavemanbass


    Nov 5, 2010
    fwiw, I had a guy mod an English Muff'n for me; it's much better after the mod, and subbing a 12au7 to reduce the gain. But, nowhere near the sound of a Marshall bass amp that I was hoping for. Of course YMMV, might be just right for someone else's needs.

    For a nice fat tube drive at low cost, I would look for a Seymour Duncan twin tube (the orange one) and mod it; the clean channel sounds great even without the mod, the drive channel definitely benefits from a capacitor change. Also recommend putting silent switches on that one, it has a really nasty click when switching in / out (and to lesser degree when switching channels).

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