Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Guitar Effects Pedal Review

Posted: February 11, 2015 in Best Chorus Pedals
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The Big Muff Pi is essentially a fuzz distortion pedal which has been a favourite with the world’s best guitarists for decades. The modern version hasn’t changed much – there’s an LED on top now to let you know when the pedal’s active but that’s about it.

One thing that sets the Big Muff Pi apart from most distortion/fuzz/overdrive pedals is the way it works with your equipment. It’s well worth playing around with the controls on the pedal but if you start twiddling with the controls on your guitar and amp you’ll be able to find your sweet spot between thick, heavy fuzz and crystal-clear sustaining overdrive.

There are 3 control pots on this pedal – volume, tone and sustain. Cranking up the sustain control gives a smooth, almost violin-like fuzz tone whilst rolling the sustain back and boosting the volume provides more traditional overdrive/distortion sounds.

Another neat trick is to roll back the volume on your guitar and pile on the sustain – this gives a tight, clear tone which still has plenty of sustain. You can see why this is one of Dave Gilmore’s favourite pedals and the reason he can play those long-held notes.

If you want something a bit different or if you’re trying to capture the sounds of psychedelic rock you might want to try this pedal – it’s not for everyone (you don’t see this pedal in many metal bands) and it may take some experimentation to get what you want from it but any time spent playing through this pedal is time well spent.

Use this pedal to get sounds like:
David Gilmore, Jimi Hendrix, Smashing Pumpkins, Santana

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In the video below you’ll discover why this pedal is a favourite with some of the legendary guitarists:

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