Big Muff Pi review by Electro-Harmonix

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (120 votes)
Electro-Harmonix: Big Muff Pi

Price paid: $ 70

Purchased from: Mannys

Sound — 10
I am using it right now with a Peavey Valve King 100watt head with a 1960BV Marshall Cabinet (which is an awesome cabinet) and the guitar is a Gibson Firebird clon made by me (I am a luthier by the way), and the plus on the sound its the addition of a Wah pedal. I think to get the 70s heavy sound the key is to use a Vintage guitar, a valve amp, a big muff and last, but not least important, a Wah (prefering a Dunlop wah). Like I said before, you can almost buy a whole complete musical genre, when youre buying this pedal. Many artist found their guitar way sound, in this device (Kyuss, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Fu Manchu, Nirvana in some parts, Black Sabbath, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, etc). My score of 10 is based on people who are looking for a fuzz pedal, but if you are looking for a distorsion or a overdrive, you probably will hate this pedal.

Overall Impression — 6
Ive play the last 16 years altern rock. Altern metal, stoner rock and space rock. All styles from the 90s, and for some sounds of these genres, the "muff" works perfectly. A big mistake of the design of this pedal its the size of it. If you have a pedaltrain or a effects box with a small size, you will have to quit some other pedals to fit the muff into. that's a very bad concept design. Many artists who used this pedal, started to changed it and put the Fuzz Factory from Z-Vex, instead of it. I believe the Zvex has a octave module along with the fuzz sound. Anyway, that pedal costs much more money than the Muff, so for my opinion, they re not comparable.

Reliability & Durability — 10
You can bet your life this pedal wouldn't break even if a chemical truck pass it over. Its durable and stable (like all the products from EHX). I believe that the potenciometers are Alpha (very good brand) and the inside wiring its made by hand. So this part of the review really deserves a 10 score.

Ease of Use — 8
The first thing I have to say about this pedal is that when youre buying it, youre really buying an style of rock, mixing the classic Sabbath Tony Iommy's iconic sound, plus the fever of the new wave bands on the 80s, and of course, the underground Grunge bands from the 90s (from where born afterwords the stoner rock). But maybe, the most accurate description of the sound would be: Big Muff = you will rock like the 70s rocked out! If you want a sample of the big muff sound, check in youtube any song from Kyuss or the first records of the Smashing Pumpkins. And finally and not least: if you don't like the sound of those bands, PLEASE don't waste any time ckecking out this pedal, because you will regret it.

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