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powerful sweep of the Rotten Apple’s dedicated Tone knob. On the left side of the switch, you’ll get a classically scooped Muff tone that carves out the midrange and makes the low end hit even harder. Yes, you’ll have to crank up your amp for best results in a band mix, but hey—sometimes more volume is a good thing. back some and you’ll get a very pleasant lower gain grind that’s remarkably touch sensitive for a Muff- inspired pedal. Not only does it react to changes in your picking dynamics, but it also cleans up nicely with your guitar’s volume knob throughout most of the gain range—a real feat for a fuzz with this kind of heritage. In the middle, you’ll find a full frequency range approach that ups the midrange content and pulls the sound more forward in the mix with more perceived volume. And on the right you’ll find my favorite setting, a flat response that gives you a nicely balanced EQ profile that’s perfect for riffage of any kind. All in all, the Rotten Apple would be great for someone looking to nail that classic Smashing Pumpkins tone—it was tested using an Eric Clapton Strat with Lace Sensor pickups after all— but rest assured that it’s good for much more than just that. Another high note on this pedal is the expansive gain range. With the knob marked Buzz cranked clockwise, you’ll get a thoroughly saturated and singing fuzz tone with a boatload of sustain, but roll that shelf options you’ll find out there. CONCERNS It’s obviously not the territory this pedal was intended to foray into, but there are moments when you expect the Rotten Apple to start choking off a bit—and it doesn’t. Gated fuzz is one of my foremost guilty pleasures and it would’ve been great to hear this go there. WHAT WE LIKE This ain’t yer daddy’s Big Muff—and that’s good thing. Whether you’re someone who’s looking for a new Muff flavor or just want to get out of your comfort zone, the Rotten Apple is a great fuzz with more versatility than many of the standard off-the- ToneReport.com 51