There are legends of rock who have cemented their their own particular style of making music. Some of these peculiar sound effects have marked history and made amateur guitarists, and current rock musicians and artists, look for the sound they fell in love with while learning the craft. However, we think that it is the best fuzz out there for when you want some great stoner rock tone.
One of many of these pedals is the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, which is a distortion effect that has been used by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Santana. It reaches full bypass sustain with real latitude, offering great distortion and adjustable tone. It comes with a 9-volt battery included, but it can be plugged with an adapter to an energy outlet. Many artists rely on this pedal with its wild and violent, yet soft sustain. It can go from psychedelic rock to any type of rock, from Pink Floyd to The White Stripes. It is versatile and cracks a punch like no other effect can. With this pedal, being as famous as it is, revamping a classic and creamy sound is really a no brainer. Here are some specs for this marvelous pedal.
The presentation is quite simple and clean: an input channel for the guitar and an output for the amp, present in the front end of the pedal. It has 3 knobs on top upper side. The knobs represent Volume, Tone and Sustain, in that order. It has a silvery touch with a bright red finish and the Pi symbol. The button is at the lower center part of the machine, all in a robust package. Don’t fear, it may be a bit big, but it is worth the bulk.
When all knobs are set on 12 o’clock, it delivers a sound that is very dirty, impactful and crunchy. When the tone is put on the lowest of settings, it delivers a bassy sound and with a bit of distortion. If brought to the top, it delivers a trebble sound that is a bit low on volume, but high on effect. When the sustain is delivered to the lowest setting, the sound gets a bit cleaner, but with the remaining effect of the Volume. While on the highest setting, the distortion is brought all the way up and the crunch and dirt are no longer just noticeable. The violent hit and the softer distortion is something you may want to keep at hand, especially if your track list for your show or record demands different styles.
The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi delivers a sound reminiscent of the classic rock of the 80s and 90s. The effect will make you believe you are in an AC/DC, Black Sabbath, or Iron Maiden concert, if set correctly. If you want to impress your listeners with classic effects that will keep them mesmerized, whether it is live or on a record, this is your ticket. If you want to go for a more psychedelic effect, boy, this one will sure deliver.
The way this pedal mixes the clean sound and the sustain and fuzz is phenomenal. It might be a little bit bigger than the regular pedal, but every inch translates into high-quality sound. The price can be a tricky point for bargain hunters. However, nothing else in the market will give you this kind of effect. If you are looking for something that can be a bit better to accommodate on your board, there is a smaller “lite” version of the pedal: the Nano version. Nonetheless, nothing can compare to the full-size extravaganza of the original pedal.