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I'm thinking of getting both of these. The V8 to replace my Russian Muff (which I do like a lot, modded by Moho) because of size for one thing. The other contender is the RonSound Hairpie. Price is close to both of these. ANyone own the V8 here? A good muff alternative? I've really liked the clips I've heard on Proguitarshop.com.

 

The other pedal is the Hyperpak, a dirty boost/low overdrive. I think this would be the ideal pedal for my needs. Right now I have a Screwdriver, and a Emma Reeza, but neither are what I would call low gain. I like the idea of a dirty boost too. I also have a BBE Boosta Grande which is primarily a clean boost. Anyone own the Hyperpak, and comments?

 

I may eventually replace my Boosta Grande with the Super Chile Picoso as well. I like the fat boost on the SCP especially for my strats and Casino.

 

Any comments on these additions?

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The V8 doesn't sound like a Muff to me at all - and unless you'd use the oscillation side I don't think it would have enough gain to replace something like a Muff.

You don't think the Screw Driver is good for low gain? How do you have yours set? Not that I'd try to talk you out of a HyperPak, but this baffles me - the SD is a fantastic low gainer. The HP and SD are similar only in the respect that they both have EXCELLENT playing dynamics, but otherwise their drive sounds aren't very close.

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The V8 doesn't sound like a Muff to me at all - and unless you'd use the oscillation side I don't think it would have enough gain to replace something like a Muff.


You don't think the Screw Driver is good for low gain? How do you have yours set? Not that I'd try to talk you out of a HyperPak, but this baffles me - the SD is a fantastic low gainer. The HP and SD are similar only in the respect that they both have EXCELLENT playing dynamics, but otherwise their drive sounds aren't very close.

 

 

I'm still experimenting with the SD, and you're right, it can be good for lower gain overdrive. Doesn't quite break up the way I would like though so I keep it for a medium type OD. My settings very, sometimes keep things about noon, but it varies. I prefer my Emma Reeza for the lower/medium gain settings, but that's with the gain mostly turned down very low.

 

I think the Muff is what I want to replace the most right now. I liked the V8 clips I heard, seemed more muffish to me than not. I keep my modded russian muff with the tone fairly low, so I don't get a lot of tizzle with mine. The Ronsound hairpie was also nice. But maybe the little big muff is what I am after, who knows.

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I dunno, to me it did have a similar sound to a muff. I just sold mine. I liked it a lot but had too many fuzzes and it just wasn't getting the use.

 

 

Funny how some here says it's nothing like a muff, and others think it is. I don't think it sounds exactly like what I have, but it seems to get fairly close.

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I'm one of the V8 owners that doesn't think it comes anywhere into Muff territory. But if you run your Muff with the tone down, and maybe a bit less gain, you may get close to what you're hearing from the V8. To me, the non oscillation side of the V8 is just as described, a good Fuzz Face type sound. It's a great pedal, I just have a hard time seeing it replace a Muff type fuzz, but YMMV.

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It's not scooped like a Muff, thats for sure.

I think people might make the comparison because it's tighter in it's picking response and low end that a typical Fuzz Face, but it has more in common with a FF sonically than a Muff IMO.

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It's not scooped like a Muff, thats for sure.


I think people might make the comparison because it's tighter in it's picking response and low end that a typical Fuzz Face, but it has more in common with a FF sonically than a Muff IMO.

 

 

OK thanks, that helps. I ahve a Monsterpiece NPN/Classic and I don't really need more of that kind of tone, I want a muff. I like the one I have for the most part, although the size an issue, and I want something a little brighter and slightly more focused sound.

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V8 or HyperPak are Muff like? No wai! Pay close attention to the dynamics... Can you roll back your instrument volume and have it clean up on a muff? How about playing softly? I am not saying there are no similar sonic qualities, but the nuance in the dynamics is where all the magic happens for V8 and HyperPak. Actually thats true for all Catalinbread pedals, methinks.

 

Have fun!

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Hyperpak pretty much always rates a mention from me, I never found a use for a clean boost, but this one just seems to fit well, especially with the v8, when I tried them together. Pretty much like everyone else here, I wouldnt get the v8 to replace the muff, a muff isnt even a fuzz pedal per se, innit?

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Lol, I had the same thought and bought both in the last 2 days from forum members.
:thu:



Great minds think alike :thu: I may go with the RonSound Hairpie though for my muff tones. I like that V8 though.

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V8 or HyperPak are Muff like? No wai! Pay close attention to the dynamics... Can you roll back your instrument volume and have it clean up on a muff? How about playing softly? I am not saying there are no similar sonic qualities, but the nuance in the dynamics is where all the magic happens for V8 and HyperPak. Actually thats true for all Catalinbread pedals, methinks.


Have fun!

 

 

I didn't mean to imply the Hyperpak is Muff like. Another forumite posted to another question I had about getting a smaller muff pedal, because my Russian muff isn't small. The V8 was mentioned in this context. I hadn't listened to clips before, and when I did, I did find tones similar to my modded Russian. Not exact, but tones that I liked in it, that I also like in my Muff. I seldom try to roll back my volume when using my muff- I like it full throttle. I got other stuff I can use when I want to mellow out some.

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I was just trying out my Hyperpak two days ago with my new setup and I found that going into my Bassman it was one of the most natural pedal-induced breakups I've ever heard, when set a little cleaner. When I tried setting it more dirty it was also a good sound but a little darker than I would've prefered for that setup.

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I didn't mean to imply the Hyperpak is Muff like. Another forumite posted to another question I had about getting a smaller muff pedal, because my Russian muff isn't small. The V8 was mentioned in this context. I hadn't listened to clips before, and when I did, I did find tones similar to my modded Russian. Not exact, but tones that I liked in it, that I also like in my Muff. I seldom try to roll back my volume when using my muff- I like it full throttle. I got other stuff I can use when I want to mellow out some.



Yup Muffs are full throttle devices for the most part! :thu:

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Great minds think alike
:thu:
I may go with the RonSound Hairpie though for my muff tones. I like that V8 though.

 

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Go the V8, absolute fantastic little pedal, well worth every penny.

 

I've only used 3 Catalinbread pedals, the V8, Hyperpak, and the Semaphore. I bought all 3 within a week of testing them. :thu:

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