Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Fuzz Pedal Review
- Pros: The Big Muff Pi provides thick, rich fuzz with a commanding presence.
- Cons: The large footprint can be a problem for some users.
- Overall: This is a fun and useful fuzz pedal in a big box.
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The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi has been used for years by guitarists for its warm, harmonically rich distortion. It comes in an enormous and fairly sturdy metal housing with good quality external components. Its sound could be described as an extension of its massive physical presence. It has a loud, sometimes overbearing tone with both strong presence and wide spectrum.
The Big Muff can get muddy with certain inputs and tone settings. I got the most pleasing results using my bridge pickup and with the pedal’s tone knob turned up past noon. The sustain knob does offer some tonal range, but unless it is turned all the way down, every sound available is very fuzzy and compressed. The Big Muff sounds most defined when rendering single note lines, though its crunchy dissonance when fed polyphonic input can be effective too.
Over time the Big Muff’s housing can become scratched and dented. It would take a lot of force to crush it though, and it is probably as durable as the thick metal chassis of some of its competitors. The big Muff’s large footprint can by a turn off for some users though. Similar circuits are available in other pedals, including a few produced by Electro Harmonix. Despite a fair amount of competition, the Big Muff Pi remains very good fuzz pedal with classic looks and a fun sound.