Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff Pi Original
Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff Pi Original

Little Big Muff Pi Original, Fuzz pedal from Electro-Harmonix in the Big Muff series.

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mooseherman 10/06/2010

Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff Pi Original : mooseherman's user review

« Pretty cool, but not quite as sweet as the Big Muff. »

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This is a fuzz pedal, basically a smaller version of the Big Muff, which is one of Electro-Harmonix's best pedals, and most legendary. There are two 1/4" connections, as well as an output for a power supply. It can also run on a 9V battery. This is an analog pedal, and as such, it cannot be edited through a Mac or a PC. It also is not capable of being MIDI-controlled. It is not rackable.


The effects editing of this pedal is exactly the same as the Big Muff. It's got three knobs, one for Volume, Tone, and Sustain (Compression). The setup is really easy to use, and the manual will explain it clearly, even though that there is no need for it really.
I will say that it is much better to get the power adapter for this pedal, as it will save you money in the long run. You'll spend more on batteries in 3 months then you would on the charger.


I think that this pedal, while pretty solid in it's own right, pales in comparison to the Big Muff. At a high volume with low sustain, this pedal sounds great. This is good for a slightly less abrasive tone, good for lighter leads and even some rhythm. However, the more the sustain is cranked, the more obvious this pedal's weaknesses become. For instance, the pedal loses serious clarity as the sustain is cranked. It gets noisy, which is typical for both pedals, but the clarity of tone is lost significantly more in the Little Big Muff. I think that the potential for it to rock out as a high-gain fuzz (for both rhythm or lead).


I think that for the price, which is only slightly less than the Big Muff, this pedal really isn't worth it. Ten dollars is not much more for noticeably better tone. Granted, the appeal of this pedal lies in the fact that it is smaller in size than the original Big Muff, which is actually quite large for a pedal, but I don't think that is that much of a priority for me as I tend not to use too many pedals at once anyway. This pedal is better for a lower distortion setting, but honestly, why buy a Muff if you aren't going to rock out with it? It seems like a bad use for this pedal. Go with the Big muff.