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Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Review

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Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Joaovlribeiro

When I started playing guitar I remember being a huge fan of the Chili Peppers who by that time had as their guitar player mister John Frusciante. As I heard his live solos I was completely blown away: there was something in that tone that I just immediately loved.

I already had a Boss DS-2, which he also used extensively, but I couldn’t even get near that sound.

That’s when I discovered his other distortion. I thought to myself “Damn, two distortions?! This guy’s nuts!”. After finding out it was the same pedal as Gilmour’s legendary tone I had to have it.

Since then I’ve come to appreciate almost everything Electro-Harmonix does. It’s a really cool brand with a lot of inventive ideas for pedals, with an extremely nice frontman, founder of the company, Mike Matthews.

Features:

It’s a distortion/fuzz pedal box, it has a volume knob, tone knob and sustain (gain) knob.

Ease of use:

Pretty standard, you roll the tone knob to clear or darken the sound, you roll the sustain knob for more or less fuzzy goodness and you roll the volume knob for…well, more volume.

Sound Quality:

It’s been one of the most used distortion pedals since the 60’s by such guitar icons as Jimi Hendrix, Santana, David Gilmour, Jack White, and John Frusciante

So you probably don’t have to guess how good it sounds. But I’ll try: the crunchy drive provided by this little (still big though) box is like the raging cry of angels falling from the heavens!

Reliability:

It’s pretty well built. It’s a big box with a lot of space in it so it has got to be strong. It’s pretty big for a pedal.

Overall Rating:

I couldn’t be more satisfied with this product.

It completely kills my need for a specific fuzz tone as it can deliver that and so much more.

I suggest using the 9v power cable instead of the 9v battery; I found it having a more consistent and secure tone (an adapter is needed since the entry for the power cable is smaller than usual).

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Joaovlribeiro

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