Back in the mid-eighties after E-H had gone belly-up in the US, Mike Matthews set up shop in the then USSR as Sovtek. Initially focussed on producing valves, it wasn't long before lingering demand for the Muff prompted Matthews to recruit two Soviet colonels and set them to work on producing a new Russian built model. The design evolved from what became known as the Red Army Overdrive, to the Civil War model and then in the 90s the green and finally black V7 models. Production ceased a couple of years back and what were once one of the best cheap thrills available to fuzzheads have now become collectable and expensive.
22/7 Green Russian
Featuring the same high quality components as my other pedals, the 22/7 Green Russian faithfully reproduces the big bottom-end and grittiness of the original and adds modern niceities like true bypass switching, a standard Boss-style 9V DC jack and a superbright clear green (natch!) LED indicator. In short, that hooligan sound in a small, reliable package for a good deal less than going vintage.
The green V7 Muff is particularly favoured by the alt-rock fraternity and bass players in general, with notable users like Thurston Moore and Dan Auerbach fuelling current demand (listen to "Thickfreakness" for a good recorded example of what these sound like). Biassed for lower gain, the Green Russian has a much more up-front bottom that makes it easily the best choice for bass and displays enough bite and grit up top to keep things plenty lively.
Down to business. Clips time:
- Short riff with full sustain, tone at noon-ish
- Solo with full sustain, tone at noon-ish
- Bass full sustain, tone 3 o'clock
And to finish, here's a customer-made shootout vid with an OG Sovtek early big-box black Muff (these had the same circuit as the "bubble font" green Sovtek that ours is based on). Spot the difference....