Big Muff Pi review by Electro-Harmonix

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (120 votes)
Electro-Harmonix: Big Muff Pi
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Price paid: £ 54

Purchased from: GAK

Sound — 10
I play all types of rock / alt.rock / blues and metal. I bought this pedal in the first place to achieve the Jack White tone through my Marshall JTM45 Bluesbreaker and my Cornell Romany Pro and boy do I get it! It achieves that simple, raw fuzz of Jack White but keeping that real Hendrix vibe. Any fuzz or distortion is possible with this pedal with a bit of tweeking. I play a Gibson Les Paul Custom or my Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster and it also sounds good with my Gibson ES-335 and my good old 60's Danelectro U2! I can really get that pure, rawnchy distortion but then turn the sustain to 9 and you're in the realms of Hendrix! I play all types of music but mainly White Stripes / Led Zeppelin and lots of early Kings of Leon type music and of course Hendrix- it handles most of it well (with a humbucker).

Overall Impression — 9
I bought this aiming for both White Stripes and Led Zep type tones and I got what I wanted and more! I run a load of guitars and amps with my other pedals (Menatone Blue Collar OD, EHX Double Muff, 5 Danelectro pedals, JamMan stereo looper, Nobels OD, Boss RV-3) and tip for any people with some cash in their hands, the EHX Double Muff works a dream with the Big Muff Pi! Buy it! Icky Thump!

Reliability & Durability — 7
it is quite flimsy and the paint scratches easily but personally I like that edgy feel and I think the scratches look good! It feels like it will break any second and its massive but its worth the money!

Ease of Use — 9
As with all EHX it is simple and it is hard to get a bad sound out of it! The three knobs for sustain, level and tone are simple but effective. I would give it a 10 but the sustain knob is not very responsive. Overall, very simple!

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