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The Swamp Lord is an extremely versatile pedal that can cover all your dirt pedal needs. As you can listen on the demo video, you can go from ultra heavy/sludgy tones to 70s overdriven tones and everything in between. By using all controls and especially our mids and grit controls, you will find that you can make it sound as a fuzz, or you can tighten it up and make it sound more like a distortion or even an overdrive pedal.

Using a bigger enclosure this time to remind the luxurious pedals of old, it is a redesigned version of the very sought after first version Electro Harmonix V2 Big Muff Pi “Ram’s Head” (1973-1977), made famous by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr and countless more. We have updated the original design providing a clear tone with less hiss and high articulation for a high gain pedal such as this. Staying true to the original, we have used four gain selected NOS BC239C transistors.

Of course these are not the only differences to the original. Most people have issues using big muff pedals in studio situations, due to their lack of midrange. We overcame this by adding a “MIDS” control where you can increase or scoop the midrange according to your liking or recording needs. It helps your tone breathe more and stand out in all studio or live situations.


The Swamp Lord is probably the most versatile pedal we have built up to date. Apart from the mids control, we have added the “GRIT” switch. It is a 3 position switch that alters the clipping method of the effect.

On the bottom position, you have silicon clipping with which you get the original Ram’s Head tones. By having the grit at the bottom position and the mids control at around 1 to 2 o’clock you get that true 70s Ram’s Head tone.

The grit switch in the middle position will probably become a bass player’s favourite. The tone and bass response become huge! You can listen to the tone at the 04:13 of the demo video. A no tricks massive and endless sustain that will satisfy even the most demanding player.

The grit switch in the upper position provides asymmetrical clipping using both silicon and germanium diodes. This combination produces a more “open” tone with a bit less gain and compression, and with a more overdrive-ish character. You will find this perfect for vintage rock as the overall character and gain has a more 70s feel to it.

To sum it all up, the Swamp Lord is an extremely versatile pedal. You can nearly get all dirt tones you can imagine combining all its features.

The rest of the controls, Volume, Tone and Sustain are pretty straight-forward and do what you expect them to do. The volume knob controls the volume of the effect, the sustain control controls the gain, and the tone control is the classic big muff tone control that increases the low frequencies when you turn in counter-clockwise and increases the treble response when you turn it clockwise.

Created by using:

  1. Heavy Duty die-cast aluminium enclosure, professionally powder coated and screen printed
  2. High quality switches and omeg/piher/alpha/.. pots
  3. Gain selected NOS BC239C transistors
  4. Solid and stranded core tinned coper wire
  5. Lead-free (Sn96,3 Ag3,7) solder

To use it plug your instrument or other effect output to the top right side of the pedal and the amp or other effect input to the top left side of the pedal and prepare yourself to be crushed!

It can be powered up either by a 9V battery, or by a standard 9V adapter (like the boss ones with negative in the centre). The DC input is at the top side of the pedal, between the instrument input and output.

To make your battery last longer, please unplug the pedal’s input after using it.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Thick and heavy

If you are looking for a deep, bellowing muff style pedal with a mids knob and a little extra switch, this is the one you NEED. I bought this from a guy locally- but it’s a keeper. A lot of gain, a lot of volume, and a lot of tone to play with. It also takes a boost really well. I used an origin halcyon gold behind it and found it to still sound massive, with no loss in the highs at all. Buy this pedal, you’re gonna love it. I just bought the Saturnine, so I’ll likely review that too when it arrives.