#1
Im looking to get a Bass Big Muff Pedal, im pretty set on it, but i thought i'd ask for opinions before i completly committed to it. I play a couple of muse songs and want to try and get the more authentic tone (ive almost mastered hysteria now)
#2
# Akai Deep Impact
# Human Gear Animato Distorion
# Electro Harmonix Sovtek Big Muff Pi
# Boss DD-3
# Boss OC-2
# Boss PS-3
# Digitech Bass Synth Wah
(From http://musewiki.com/Bass#Chris.27_Pedalboard_.28on_stage.29 )
Thats Chris Wolstenholme (Muse Bassist)'s pedalboard. So I wouldnt imagine you can get a really authentic tone without lots of money. Ive tried the Bass muff, and do not like it, not sure how simaler it is to the sovtek one chris uses. But if you want the hysteria tone, the two main effects in it are A fuzz and octaver. I would Suggest A woolley mammoth (Zvex) if you have the money for a fuzz
#3
I own a Bass Big Muff and I really like it. The option to keep the dry signal along with the wet effect signal is really great. Kind of like bi-amping through one pedal. I've found it to be a very versatile pedal and I like the analog sound and build quality of EHX is general. I recommend it.
#4
It's a decent pedal. As said before, it won't get you a hysteria tone (needs the Akai for that synthy edge), and TIRO is played on a synth, not a bass, so you won't get close at all.

That said, it is a solid muff variant for bass, but it does have a bit of a mid scoop, so when you engage it, you will become the mix, rather than punching through it.
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There's a video on EHX.com that has some guy playing hysteria on a BBM. Sounds pretty good, a little metallic, kinda scooped, but it's close. I've never heard a Sovtek BBM.

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you know if you buy stuff from musiciansfriend you can return it within 30 days no questions asked, i find it very useful for when i want to test out pedals
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Thanks for all the advice, i've just a quick question to ask, i live in the UK and im finding it hard to find anywhere to actually buy it from for a decent price, my lowest is £48 with like £7 delivery, any better ideas?
#8
I played it and I did not like it at all, especially for muse stuff. The MXR Blowtorch got a little bit closer, but still didn't quite cut it. I know someone from the forums here built a Wooly Mammoth clone, and it was fairly cheap iirc. You should look into that.
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That price is actually damn good. A decent clone will cost just as much if not more.
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Im trying to get a russian big muff to start with, and if that fails im getting the Bass Muff, i want to try and get the authentic sound if i can.
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Im trying to get a russian big muff to start with, and if that fails im getting the Bass Muff, i want to try and get the authentic sound if i can.


The Russian Muff Will get you closer than the bass muff to muse. But still nowhere near. At the point of recording absolution wolstenholmes board nearly adds up to about a grands worth of gear. The Other main things you'll need to get near would be an Akai Deep Impact Synth pedal (Very Very rare these days) And an octaver of some sort.
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Im trying to get a russian big muff to start with, and if that fails im getting the Bass Muff, i want to try and get the authentic sound if i can.


Actually, Chris runs two signals - one clean, one dirty. The bass big muff has a blend mode, so may get closer. It also has the added bonus of not destroying your low end while scooping all the mids out, so your tone will cut about as well as jam.

He also runs the Akai Deep Impact, which is key to his tone.

The bass big muff is just the better pedal for bass all around. If you have to cash to biamp, and get the rest of his setup, you may have a valid reason for using the Russian. Otherwise, the BBM blows it out the water.
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