#1
Hi,
I'm going to buy the big muff. I want to know about anyone's experience with both of these pedals.
Are they exactly the same? Completely?
I've read the little big muff has a bit more of a 'clippy' sound rather than the 'creamy' of the original.

I want the sound of the original, but if the little big muff is exactly the same, i may as well buy that, right?

Thanks in advance for replying.
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#2
Don't they market them as having exactly the same specs?

(Then I don't understand why the LBM is £10 cheaper, just for coming in a smaller box).
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#3
They're not exactly the same. They use the same circuit, but so do the Civil War Muff and te Triangle Muff. The differences:
The LBM uses surface-mount miniature components, making it cheaper to assemble (hence the price difference) and slightly more susceptible to noise.
The LBM uses high-gain transistors, giving it a little more gain (obviously) and a little less bass.

As far as I know, that's it. The LBM is just a bit higher gain than the Muff, sounds brighter, and has more hiss and hum. On the other hand, the size and price might balance out those things, it just depends on your preferences and priorities. Ultimately, if you want Gilmour/Santana-style creamy lead tones, you want the full-size Muff. If you want grungy, Pumpkinsian wall-of-sound fuzz the LBM will work just fine.
#4
Thanks AeolianSeventh (if that is your real name, ho ho...ahhh nvm)

Nice insight. How significant/noticeable is the extra gain/less bass? Does this make it sound lighter?
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It'd be handy having a smaller pedal as i'll be travelling with it, but the sound is the most important part. A fuller sound would be what i'm after. I think that means i'll be buying the original?
It's only an extra £10 which doesn't compromise the sound for me...
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#5
It's not a huge difference. I use the Little Big Muff and I can get a pretty huge sound. You have to pay close attention to hear the difference. When you do, yeah, it sounds a little lighter, a little thinner. It's not enough to notice in a band setting. Here's a sample of the difference:
http://www.kitrae.net/music/Music_mp3_Big_Muff_Sound.html

Also, if you ever need detailed information about any version of the Muff, that's the site to check.
#6
I see what you mean. Very slight.
I'm gonna go with the original though...just for that extra bass tone really...prefer it.
Thanks for your help man, i'm gonna order it now.
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#8
Definitely not noticeable in a band context, and likely not even really that noticeable unless you have the two side by side. Depending on how you use it, there may be even less difference, especially if you are like me and like using the big muff into an overdriven amp.
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#9
What was your experience when buying this? Did it come with the power adaptor?
It's not clear wether it does or not on amazon or anywhere else i'm buying it...
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#10
I think i need to get my big muff modded . mine doesnt sound like how everyone decribes. mine kinda sounds like a cheap best buy distortion pedal....i dont know, maybe i dont have a sense for tone...
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#12
Yeah, as it's been said the difference in tone is only noticeable if you're doing a side by side comparison. If you want a little more variation try the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker. The Wicker switch gives notes a bit more definition and turning off the Tone knob really brightens up the sound without loosing bass as well as giving a pretty nice boost in volume. Keep the Tone on and the Wicker off and you get the normal Big Muff tones. Again, not quite exact, but you'd only notice the difference in an A/B test. I have one and I love it.
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