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Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The finest harmonic distortion/sustain ever! Made in NYC!

Like the legendary Big Muff Pi of the '70s, the reissue Electro-Harmonix USA Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer Pedal has 3 controls that let you dial in the finest harmonic distortion/sustain ever produced. The Volume control adjusts the output level. The Sustain control optimizes the long sustain with just the right amount of harmonic distortion. The Tone control provides a range of sounds, from warm bass to crisp treble.


 
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Electro-HarmonixClassics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 198 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (155)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (8)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best fuzz out there

    Overall im very happy with this... it was the first pedal I bought an is my most used. A good bass fuzz and guitar fuzz in one.. a reason its been in...Read complete review

    Overall im very happy with this... it was the first pedal I bought an is my most used. A good bass fuzz and guitar fuzz in one.. a reason its been in continuous use for 40 + years. I do wish that it had more clarity. Overall good job EHX. You've don't it again.
    It has enough volume to use it almost as a stand alone boost, useful with a dirty amp. Megatons of fuzz and sustain, useful for solos with sustain cranked, good rhythm tones when its backed off. The tone knob is where it sold me... it can, like in the discription, go from warm bass to crisp treble, which makes it a good candidate for a bass fuzz. Perfect for tones like Chris from Muse. Or if you are a Felix Pappalardi fan, turn the tone to half and sustain cranked. This can get good Jack Bruce tone from the 1968 Cream farewell concert. With a wah wah you get a perfect Cliff Burton tone.
    I gave it an 8 because the paint will chip easy... be carefull. Other than that its fine, stronger than it Looks.
    For what it costs its a steal.... I have 2 of these and love them to death. If you are not happy then there are hundreds of mods out there there to "fix" it. I have played pedals that cost twice as much, yet sound cheap.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cute by not quite!

    Good day to all! Engaging this device produces a great deal of hum which is exacerbated when driven by single coil pickups and powered in tandem with 60 cycle lighting. As for the...Read complete review

    Good day to all! Engaging this device produces a great deal of hum which is exacerbated when driven by single coil pickups and powered in tandem with 60 cycle lighting. As for the "sustain" function. Both words "sustain and function" are anathema in relation to what these produce. Instead of sustain; harsh fuzz-tone which readily breaks up is delivered in ever increasing increments as the sustain function is increased. The only sound that does not break-up with this action is the hum which becomes loud enough to drown out subtle rifs. The tone function is very either or in is response. Either you have a very thick drowning in mud tone or ear-drum splitting piezoic highs. At this moment I am looking at my 1967 all steel constructed same device. The internal electronics have 4 times the components of the new device in question, and is 1/3 smaller. There is NO sound equality between my 67 device and a new one. Mine delivers clear, sweet, translucent, distinctive harmonics with near endless singing sustain of full chords and single notes which do not break up but transform into rich feed-back. Sad to say that the emphasis on the vast majority of today's faster cheaper electronics in pretty packaging are but pale phantoms and specters of yester-years excellence.

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    5.0

    I love it!

    By Tony2014

    from Jackson, TN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Sustain

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I noticed some of these reviews on here don't speak very highly of this pedal but I've been playing for 36 years and this is my 3rd one and I love it! My other 2 still work but the wires running to the battery connector broke after years of repacing old batteries and instead of relying on an old unit with resoldered wires, I just purchased a new one. They're not that expensive and I prefer to use batteries than an adapter. As for hum? Yes, there is some hum in the background but you don't hear it when you're playing. Just turn the thing off in between songs! How hard is that? Now, I will say that I never use this pedal by itself. I run my guitar into a crybaby first, then to this pedal. You don't have to keep your foot on the crybaby, just have it turned on. That gives it that bite! Or you could probably get a similar tone by using a treble booster instead of a crybaby. A crybaby (or a treble booster) gives it a more distinctive tone because this pedal by itself is a little muddy. As for durability? Well, starting on my 3rd one in over 30 years of almost daily playing time, I'd say it's held up very well! Just don't go playing frisbee with it! So to summarize, if it quits working after 10 or 15 years, I go get another one. But hey, different strokes for different folks.

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      1.0

      Cute by not quite!

      By Gypsy Priest

      from Winston-Salem N.C.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • Not Responsive
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Good day to all! Engaging this device produces a great deal of hum which is exacerbated when driven by single coil pickups and powered in tandem with 60 cycle lighting. As for the "sustain" function. Both words "sustain and function" are anathema in relation to what these produce. Instead of sustain; harsh fuzz-tone which readily breaks up is delivered in ever increasing increments as the sustain function is increased. The only sound that does not break-up with this action is the hum which becomes loud enough to drown out subtle rifs. The tone function is very either or in is response. Either you have a very thick drowning in mud tone or ear-drum splitting piezoic highs. At this moment I am looking at my 1967 all steel constructed same device. The internal electronics have 4 times the components of the new device in question, and is 1/3 smaller. There is NO sound equality between my 67 device and a new one. Mine delivers clear, sweet, translucent, distinctive harmonics with near endless singing sustain of full chords and single notes which do not break up but transform into rich feed-back. Sad to say that the emphasis on the vast majority of today's faster cheaper electronics in pretty packaging are but pale phantoms and specters of yester-years excellence.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This Effect Pedal Blows''

        By Stains

        from Topeka, Kansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Came With A Battery
        • Reusable Aluminum

        Cons

        • No Sustain
        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Paper weight
        • Reusable Casing

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I been playing for about 30 years, and this thing has no sustain and minor sound qualities. I am greatly disappointed in this purchase, but I like the case so I'll take out the board that's in it and build my own. I bought this because I was looking for some clean sustain, but this paper weight has none what so ever, and the muffling effect just sounds like an annoying grind , at either Hi-Mid-Lo anywhere, and the tone is just a mid range frequency adjuster from about 300 Hz to 900 Hz. Over all this thing is only worth less than a forth of what they are selling it for. I also bought a cheap distortion pedal which sounds 10 times better than this thing. I would advise everybody not to buy this unless you are looking to pay more for less, or less is your thing.

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        4.0

        Just a little different...

        By LILHOWIE

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Best Smooth Sustain

        Cons

        • Hum And Buzz
        • No Bypass

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        My original Big M (circa 1975) Finally gave up the ghost recently. So I ordered this new one.
        Externally, the differences are a0 there is no on/off slider switch, which I believe in the original allowed for a true bypass, eliminating any overtones when not in use, and b)they have added an LED indicator to show the effect is in use (as if you couldn't hear it). The sound seems a tad thinner than the original pedal, and it is hard to eliminate hum and buzz, expecially in conjunction with other effects. Since there is a jack for an AC adaptor, I don't see why MC doesn't automatically suggest one as an accessory.

        That said, this is the most fun you're gonna get at this price. it can go from garage band dirty to super smooth Rober Fripp singing all day sustain by twirling a knob.

        And it's funny that you can't include the name of the pedal in a review, as the auto-censor thinks it is obscene, apparently

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        USA BigMuff Pi

        By Ripspacer

        from Earth

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Awsome
        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Live Guitar Performance
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is as real as it gets. Made in NYC USA.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          fuzz fuzz fuzz

          By warmfuzz

          from il

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

              very good pedal lots of fuzz

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              5.0

              Excellence

              By Rock&Blues

              from Alberta, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy set up
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Simple

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Honestly, if you are a rock/blues player, this is your guy I promise. Beautiful rough sounds, and gorgeous looks. Looks great on the pedal board.

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                5.0

                Absolutely Awesome!

                By Jackson Black

                from Central New York

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  With my Strat,Big M u f f Pi,Flanger and my Marshall stack this is all i need for creating my Masterpiece...

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Made in USA

                  By DrLove

                  from Canada

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Big Thin No

                  Best Uses

                  • Bar Band Live Wmic
                  • It's An Impressive Beast
                  • Its Impressive Beast
                  • Non Boss Ac Connector

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I'm a working Pro...Bar circuit in Canada...for years played BOSS pedals...great sound and DURABLE...nothing against them...highly recommended...Given a PI as a gift! Plugged in and turned on! A 70's growl, punk, hair metal... eliminated a couple of the BOSS...Put it on the pedal board and it was BIG...great impressive look...the sound is great...a little fidley on the knobs...changing settings needs a piece of masking tape marked (Tip) (Duh...) So far so good on durability...A "Stomp pedal" doesn't mean pound on it...If you are a moron who wants to be "the Show"...go ahead and crush it... guaranteed to break in 10 shows...Treat her like a lady...a great live pedal...BOSS is back up rig...now if I could only find a Roadie...

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS!

                  By mondello1

                  from Pleasant Valley, CT

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Limited Selection Of Effects
                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Thankfully someone does still make 'em like they used to. A classic, still made in LIC, NY!!!!

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