First things first, the EHX Big Muff PI is a MASSIVE pedal! Having never owned one or seen one up close I was very surprised at the sheer size of the thing when it first arrived!
Don't let the giant size of the pedal put you off though, the Big Muff PI is a fantastic sounding fuzz pedal, used on countless classic records, and is a worthy addition to any pedalboard! If it's size is a concern, It's also available in a variety of smaller sizes.
The Big Muff sound is a heavily distorted, but warm and creamy fuzz, defined by its signature long sustained notes, which are often described as being 'violin-like'. It's an excellent pedal for both lead guitar and rhythm guitar and can even sound especially dirty on bass!
The pedal lacks any extensive features, opting for 3 knobs to control the extent of the Big Muff's fuzz. You may not have huge amounts of control, but the Tone and Sustain knobs provide the user with a simple way of sculpting rich, dirty tones. There are newer fuzz boxes on the market with more features, but in my opion the Big Muff doesn't need extra options to overcomplicate it's sound and design!
EHX's Big Muff PI is a fantastic pedal, with a rich heritage in guitar music. Every player should get one.
I didn't know much about fuzz pedals before I ordered this pedal.
I watched a couple of videos and its sound instantly reminded me of the black keys, a sound that I love. So I was instantly convinced that I need this, although I was in the market for a distortion pedal.
Once I got it, I could dial in some heavy stoner fuzz tones, and I think I can pull off a pretty decent heavy sound now.
In my opinion this work very well for stoner rock, fuzzy psychedelic rock or almost hippie satanic metal... All of which I love, not good for metal though.
So I'm still in the market for a distortion pedal, cause I like to play metal every now and then.
I use this with a orange crush 20rt and it sound good on the clean channel, but as soon as I put some overdriven gain from the dirty channel it just gets ruined. Maybe it's not meant to be combined with a transistor amp. Hopefully one day I can test it with a proper valve amp, hopefully an orange one.
Anyway, great pedal, it's inspiring me to come up with stoner songs, thank you electro harmonix.
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