Electro-Harmonix Big Muff PI
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff PI

Big Muff PI, Fuzz pedal from Electro-Harmonix in the Big Muff series.

moosers 02/19/2009

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff PI : moosers's user review


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The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi (USA) is an analog distortion pedal. It has a 1/4 inch input for your guitar and another 1/4 inch output to go to your amplifier. It is not a rackable unit as it is a stomp box.


The configuration of the pedal, like most Electro Harmonix pedals, is extremely easy to follow and is easy to use. It has three knobs - one for volume, one for tone, and one for sustain. It is easy to manipulate the pedal to get a number of different distortion sounds as it only has three knobs that control pretty straightforward things. I don't have a manual for this, but never was in a situation where I wish I did.


The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi has one of the fattest tones I have heard from a distortion pedal. It really rips and when the sustain is up, you can hold your note out endlessly. I have only used this for guitar, which is really what it is aimed for using with. One of the guitars I use this with is a Fender Stratocaster and I usually use it with a 1976 Fender Twin Reverb amplifier. I love using this for both rhythm and lead tones, but have found it most effective as a lead tone. The thickness from this pedal is unlike any I have heard.


I've been using the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi for about three years. While I can't get every distortion sound I would like out of this, the sound it does produce is pretty great. It is thick and rich in tone and is quite easy to use. Compared to a pedal like the Boss DS-1, it sounds better overall to me as it produces a much fuller tone. The price won't blow you away, but it isn't too expensive. Electro Harmonix makes great guitar pedals, and this is a great example of the craftmanship they deliver.