Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Guitar Effects Pedal
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- Singing sustain with attitude
- Crushing distortion
- Adjustable tone
- True bypass
- 9-volt battery included, Optional 9DC-100 power supply available
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Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer
The NYC original. Hendrix and Santana were among the first to get a piece of the Pi, and for over 40 years the Big Muff Pi has been defining the sound of rock guitar. Revered by contemporary guitarists and rock legends for its rich, creamy, violin-like sustain, from Pink Floyd to The White Stripes, everyone still wants a piece of the Pi!
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What it does: Easy to adjust and blend with any set-up. I agree with other reviewers in that it will give you perfect tone for white stripes, and sustain that is necessary for solos from Gilmour (note that this is only one of many pedals used by gilmour, so this alone will not provide the floyd sound). The tone also matches 60's and 70's hard rock like black sabbath (iron man), some deep purple (smoke on the water), some early rush (working man), and of course the smashing pumpkins sound all the way (this was one of their primary pedals, cherub rock sounds awesome). Adjust the tone on the pedal to find perfect AC/DC. Basically, the tone allows you to adjust the harmonics to include some of the high end notes in chords. Thus it is a great pedal to provide fuzz without losing the higher end notes, so great for chording. The sustain knob in incredible. I will never need any more sustain than this pedal provides as I couldn't imagine writing or playing a solo where a note rings for more than 3 or 4 measures. As always though, good tone is subjective so I would highly recommend playing through one before buying. Finally, from what I understand and hear myself, this pedal has a true bypass...meaning it will not affect the guitar's natural tone when pedal is turned off.
What it does not do: Just about everything else you would want your guitar to do, especially if your a tone junkie. and some people may differ on me with this, but I wouldn't recommend super-heavy metal through this...maybe could handle some on the lighter end of this genre.
PS- I play fender strat, ibanez, and les paul through fender deluxe tube amp.
Well that is spot on accurate but makes me curious as to why some one would take away points because a Fuzz pedal can't produce other than Fuzz tones..You do not expect a tremolo pedal to produce delay tones why would someone think a Fuzz pedal could produce tones other than Fuzz?
With that said the Big Muff Pi is far from a one trick pony but as any other tool you must learn all of its uses..If you roll up the sustain you will get your violin type fuzz tones roll off the sustain and raise the volume it will get you closer to overdriven/distortion tones..If you roll the gain knob up and then roll back the volume on your guitar it will give you a much tighter clear tone that still has singing sustain..So i would like to say the Big Muff is much more that a one trick pony..
In the days of high dollar boutique pedals it is great to see the original holding its..There is not to many other bang for your buck pedals out there like the Big Muff Pi..Not only that the Big Muff Pi is probably the number one most universally used pedal that the Big boys that play stadiums use.So if its good enough for them its good enough for me..
1. The thing I like most about the Big Muff is the massive, massive bottom end. It can make one guitar sound like 3 (which is likely why it was such a favorite of Corgan's). Strat, tele, and assorted HB pickups all sound great, although my favorite so far is my Tele with a Duncan Designed Jazz HB in the neck. Holy cow. Huge, creamy sustain for days with power chords and screaming notes for weeks with lead runs. Basically, like others have said, listen to Siamese Dream and, well, there you have it.
2. Tone Versatility is amazing with this pedal. Low, growling mayhem, mid-saturated cream or buzzing scooped scream, you can do it all. Anyone who claims otherwise hasn't spent enough time playing with settings not only on the pedal itself, but on the amp and the guitar. All these have to work together to get the wide range of tone available from the big muff.Read more ›
With the Big Muff though, I found that it really picks up the finer intricacies of my playing more than my cheap-o amp ever could. This pedal has a great sound, and is nostalgic of the 1970's, but especially the 1990's.
I'm a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan, and this is more or less THE pedal if you're looking for that sound. For a good example of it's capabilities, listen to a song called "Rocket."
Well, I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this, because I'm only just now beginning to get into upping my musical arsenal, but I was really happy when this arrived. It's very hardy and sturdy, and it just sounds great. Great for solos because of it's amazing sustain. At some points it feels like a violin!
Anyway, I'm really happy with this purchase, and it really wasn't that much money. The only thing I would suggest is making sure that you have a well grounded amp. Otherwise there might be a lot of white noise when you aren't playing loudly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great pedal but I received a defective unit, it didn't sound as good as I kept playing.Published 12 days ago by Daniel Ruiz
It relies on the battery too much, I bought the second one because the first broke so easily. Not solid manufacturing.Published 28 days ago by L. Moreno
Exactly what I wanted. Got it in 8 hours! Amazon you've done it again!Published 2 months ago by Gary
Seems to be meeting my needs. switch responds turning it on and off on command, unlike my last pedal. It is really as big as its name suggests.Published 2 months ago by George
Great big sound, works great with my bass guitar. A distortion powerhouse.Published 3 months ago by Alexander Speed
This is the one you want. Yes it's huge, but I found the Mano and tone wicker models just a little different. This is the classic big muff sound I was looking for, just make room!Published 3 months ago by David G
I purchased one over 20 years ago and sent it back immediately, but now I really like this thing and keeping it my two Guitar hero's used this thing Jimi Hendrix and Ernie IsleyPublished 5 months ago by jessie