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

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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 ...Read More

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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
 
4.7

(based on 194 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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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.

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big muff player

I own the original, late 60's, big muff pi that recently died. I tried to get new parts from EH but was told they no longer have these parts. They would not...Read complete review

I own the original, late 60's, big muff pi that recently died. I tried to get new parts from EH but was told they no longer have these parts. They would not tell me where to find them either. So I bought a new big muff. There is no comparison to the old one which had a much clearer and cleaner fuzz tone. This new model is a bit muddy and is basically just a distortion pedal, not a good fuzz tone.

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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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    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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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Bos

              By Pagey's son

              from Kansas City

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Huge Sound
              • No Coloration
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Large
              • Somewhat Noisey

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Jammin~'~~
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              A noisey pedal, but very responsive, great sound. A one trick pony if what you're looking for is a pretty focused fuzzy sound, only really gets that right at one specific setting, but if you want to screw around with it more it actually does a lot of stuff. Very soulful pedal, integral part of my sound, hasn't failed me yet, and if it did I'd buy another in a heartbeat.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth every cent

              By Michael

              from MS Gulf Coast

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Incredible Range Of Tone
              • Responsive
              • Versatile
              • Very responsive

              Cons

              • Its Big Duh
              • Seems A Little Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              It performs exactly as advertised. I love the broad range of tone and distortion. Works great with slide guitar as well, creating a very cool low growl. Construction seems a little flimsy, but sufficient.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is a BIG Muff!

              By Brody Forrester

              from Cincinnati

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

              The value is incredible, considering the quality. I don't think there is a better fuzz out there for this price.
              It's fantastic for what you get. You don't need any more nobs than they give you, trust me!
              The guy at the store said it is a little bit delicate, but i've stomped the hell out of this thing and it still looks like its new.
              A classic fuzz pedal for under $100 bucks. if you are on the fence about getting this for some reason, get off the fence!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The only fuzz pedal you'll ever need....

              By Guitarzan

              from Ohio

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

              There's a reason that this pedal is a classic. True, it only does fuzz, fuzzier, and fuzziest, but it's a lot of fun to play around with. Takes me back to when I was 9 years old and first discovered the distortion switch on my amp!
              Having already tried out the Little Big Muff, which I also love, I was curious to see what the original sounded like. Holy cow, is this thing awesome. Nice, thick wooly fuzz and raspy, ear-splitting fizz, it's all there. The Little Big Muff is a nice alternative, and truthfully, there's not a huge difference in sound from this one, but I still like this one better.
              So far, so good, but I think this where the Little Big Muff comes out on top. The folded aluminum construction makes this pedal feel a bit fragile, as does the footswitch, so you might want to take some extra precautions when transporting it to gigs. You could throw the Little Big Muff across the room, and I think it could take it.
              Great price, especially for a reissue, US-made pedal. Check out the "boutique" fuzz pedals....they're $$$. If it breaks, oh well....just buy another one.

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