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

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

MGR/-Minus-Human- 04/14/2004

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff PI : MGR/-Minus-Human-'s user review

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I bought this pedal from shopoftheworld.com (has a good selection and delivers quickly in the UK) for £62.00 [88.10 EURO]. I bought it because I was looking for a good distortion and heard that bassists such as Cliff Burton (Metallica), Chris Wolstenholme (Muse) and others used this pedal.


Although this is designed to be a guitar pedal, it works GREAT on bass, in fact it keeps some of the lower tones (even on a five string) equal with the rest better than some bass distortions I have tried. This pedal has 3 controls, (Volume,Tone,and Sustain) which can be used to create a great sound that fits perfectly with a guitarist distortion, and is also great for any bassist in a heavy band looking to play distorted solos and if can really cut through if the tone is pushed.

No major complaints, one thing that is a bit of a downside is the fact it is quite load on bass. There is some noticably background noise, but this is to be expected as this pedal does boost volume a lot.

This, as all EHX pedals is built like a rock. Strong, heavy and theres no chance of the control knobs causing any problems. The wiring on the inside is a bit messy (lots of wires with a lot of slack). But this is obviously not a major flaw as I have played this pedal for about 2 years now and despite quite a lot of abuse, is still working fully. And the only other slight problem is the paint work, the black surround of the footswitch gets scratched easily.

This is a great pedal for anyone wanting to get a really big sound with themselves and their guitarist but still keeping the low end nice and clear. I would definatly recomend this pedal to all those into bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Muse etc. Bassically any song with bass distortion this thing can emulate quite closely.

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