Big Muff Pi review by Electro-Harmonix

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (120 votes)
Electro-Harmonix: Big Muff Pi
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Price paid: $ 70

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 9
I'm running it through an SG and a Fender amp. It is excellent in keeping unwanted noise out. This pedal is a stompbox and when you stomp it, it kicks in with a passion. Works great when used in collusion with overdriven amps or basic Overdrive effects. Acts as a boost to really bring out those solos.

Overall Impression — 9
I play primarily the '90s alternative and Grunge scene. Of course I also play Hendrix and some classic stuff. This pedal is a great match for it, and is something every guitarist will end up buying in the end to get the fuzz sound that is unmatched by competitors. The only thing I'd have to say critically of it, is that the input output jacks are opposite of each other. Not a big deal but if you had a really short cable that couldn't reach or something, it may be an issue but I'd doubt it. If it were lost or stolen I would 100% buy this again. It really is unrivaled by other pedals in its class. If you want fuzz, Big Muff is the way to go.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would definetly use this without a backup. A highly dependable and solid pedal. The 9v batt it uses goes a long way before you'll need to replace it. Although when the battery gets low the pedal can be a touch weak.

Ease of Use — 9
This pedal is fairly simple. Three knobs to dial in your volume, tone and sustain. The pedal is really easy to get a good sound out of, but be warned, low quality amps will sell this pedal short. This is a classic pedal putting out the fuzz needed for those like Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, White Stripes or really any kind of rock with a fuzzy kind of distortion.

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