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GEAR SPOTLIGHT KEELEY ELECTRONICS ROTTEN APPLE REVIEW BY NICK RAMBO STREET PRICE $149.00 Billy Corgan—he of Smashing Pumpkins fame—relied on a fairly simple formula to achieve his unmistakably signature sound: Fender Strat, Marshall JCM800 and an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi. But not just any Big Muff Pi. Corgan’s go-to was an op-amp version of the storied fuzz circuit that was made in the late ‘70s. You know—the one with a slightly flatter midrange, a little less gain and a bit less bottom end than other versions of the Big Muff. Essentially, the one best applied in situations 50 GEAR SPOTLIGHT // where crushing, wall-of- sound distortion tones are needed—like the ones found on the most seminal of ‘90s-era Smashing Pumpkins albums. And while someone will say that what is lost can never be saved, I’m here to tell you that the Pumpkins sound lives on and that it’s pent up within the confines of the Rotten Apple fuzz, brought to you by the letter “F” and the team at Robert Keeley Electronics. CHERUB ROCK I dare you to plug in the Rotten Apple and not immediately dive into Keeley Electronics Rotten Apple the Smashing Pumpkins catalog. For me, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” just happened. It involuntarily flew across my fretboard before I realized what was happening. Reason being: the Rotten Apple has that sound in spades. But there’s more than that, too. After further investigation, I was delighted to find that the Rotten Apple has a surprisin rVB`fW'6FƗGB2琧v2vBf"VFR&B&RFW7BFPV26VBf&V7B2FRF&VRvFR7vF6FBv&06V7FvFFP