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

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With the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer Pedal you get the very same distortion/sustainer effect that countless psychedelic rangers...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic distortion with creamy sustain.

With the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion/Sustainer Pedal you get the very same distortion/sustainer effect that countless psychedelic rangers like Hendrix and Santana used for rich, creamy, violin-like sustain. Same as the prized classic effects pedal with low-noise, military-grade transistors. The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Pedal has its sustain, tone, and volume knobs on the front of the rugged metal stompbox.

FEATURES
  • Classic crunchy distortion
  • Violin-like sustain
  • Volume, sustain, and tone controls
  • Super-tough housing

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4.5

(based on 126 reviews)

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not a one trick pony

For those who call this a one trick pony, you've obviously not messed with voltage attenuators or listened to the sound change as the battery voltage changes. I've heard every sound this pedal puts...Read complete review

For those who call this a one trick pony, you've obviously not messed with voltage attenuators or listened to the sound change as the battery voltage changes. I've heard every sound this pedal puts out and it does a lot. It can do metal, punk, alternative, or even the softest litest blues or classic rock. The metal muff is really just a high voltage big muff. I've tried both the American and Russian big muffs side by side. The American is more ratty and dirty sounding, the Russian thins out like hot butter, but at the right voltage can sound as ratty or metally as you want. Again this comes down to voltage. The American runs often too high, and doesn't thin as crisp and harmonic as the Russian Sovtek model. Think about it the Soviet Union put this out as a country product not a company product while they were supplying North Vietnam. They had to be impressed with it to make it during those times to sell it to Americans. A few other things. Those who complain about parts not working right or stuff falling off. That happens with the 1/4 inch jacks and the switch might be bad. Another piece of advice for ya, change them out! Its not hard to do. The parts aren't hard to get. People who never try to mod or repair their own equipment are helpless to equipment failure. Equipment failure will happen to you many times during your musical career so learn how to deal with it. This distortion pedal is the best I've ever gotten or played through. Stuff it does even rivals to me tubes. Tubes often sound rattier than this. However I would not replace tubes with this. If you're so interested in tube pedals you should try the English Muff'n it also kicks butt. Or even 4 of the other tube distortions EH makes. The tube screamer is not a real tube pedal btw. You can't get this sound anywhere else I got this when I was 17 and I'm 23 now been playing since I was 11. Also if you're looking your sound to magically become everything you hoped for with a single mod to your rig, its probably not gonna happen. Theres so many other things that make your sound what it is everything from, speakers, amp type, wiring, even the kind of batteries, or 1/4 chords you buy, also the pickups, poteniometers, the wood in the intruments, the strings, the room, the volume. All that plus much more makes you sound like how you do. If you're looking for any control over your sound you might look for a good EQ and or Compressor, both will do wonders to your sound. Compressors can help sustain. True sustainers are just modded compressors. The Sovtek Big Muff does put out a lot of sustain. Also there are other things you can do to your guitar to improve sustain. Maybe using ebow or a real bow or putting a metal sustainer at the nut of your guitar. Keeping your guitar clean helps, good new strings ect. A large digital pedalboard is not the answer to good distortion. This analog technology has rocked unwavered since the 60s and it still does every genre you can think of sounding better than a lot of this digital crap. If its not metal enough for you with high voltage then I soppose you can waste the money to buy the Metal Muff. Or maybe you never listen to Swedish metal. Or the inventors of Metal including Black Sabbath. This thing will rip your face off if you know how to use it correctly. But seriously it does a lot of sounds. There's something to say about things that sound good one by one rather than selling out quality for options, you'll find that all your options might then suck and get old fast. I wish I knew that when I was 14.

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It's not that great

this isnt that great of a pedal in my opinion. the sustain seems to fade in and out, and it sounds terrible for rythym. it sounds ok for lead. maybe it's because im...Read complete review

this isnt that great of a pedal in my opinion. the sustain seems to fade in and out, and it sounds terrible for rythym. it sounds ok for lead. maybe it's because im using a solid-state amp. it would probably sound better through a tube.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's not that great

By Bill-IQusO

from on the dark side of the moon

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this isnt that great of a pedal in my opinion. the sustain seems to fade in and out, and it sounds terrible for rythym. it sounds ok for lead. maybe it's because im using a solid-state amp. it would probably sound better through a tube.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet

By busker

from Massachusetts

Great fuzzy sound, but not a great range of distortion levels. Not for those who want to be conservative players. Tone control changes tone at extreme levels. I hear the USA version is better than this one, but Russian is cheaper. It's fantastic for my purposes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fuzz...Wow

By GrungeBass06

from PA

Use it with bass, guitar, even vocals for the fuzziest, nasty, old evil slashed speaker cone sound. Durable, cant tell you how many times I've kicked it off the stage.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal growls

By BassFace-XifLK

from New Jersey

This pedal rocks. I play bass and wanted some creamy distortion. I went to the music shop and I played this and the American version. It sounds better than the American version and it is cheaper than it.This pedal also has sustain that lasts for days. It is so creamy and I just love it. Must have if you want that distorted grungy bass sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Pedal

By Purplehaze420

from Florida

This pedal is perfect for any type of sound you can get it to match anywhere from Ozzy to Jimmi Hendrix. If you love guitars get this pedal!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Magical Distortion

By Vividarium Studio

from Everywhere

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I used to hate stomp box distortion. This pedal completely changed my mind. Now I am a pedal FREAK.If my big muff was stolen I would find the guy guy and beat the living piss out of 'em! It has the most beautiful distortion! Sometimes it scares me cos it is soo smooth and dark. I am gonna go buy a Boxionic Expandora and a ProCo Rat...but nothing will beat this piece of sexy! For the money, you can't go wrong. Oh yeah, and the russian version is way better than teh US version. Things sound better when there messin up!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cool Fuzz Pedal

By Goat the Bassist

from Ft. Collins, CO

I got this pedal while looking for a cheap fuzz effect that I could use with my bass. This pedal has a lot of distortion characteristics that you can mess with if you're a bassist looking to give your bassline some kick. The latest russian models ARE true bypass which is very nice. The volume knob has a very narrow range, it only starts to amplify your signal to an audible level at 12 o clock and is very inconsitent considering that any level below that is practically the same. As you turn up the distortion, the pedal will get louder, crank the distortion to max and the signal will get fairly muddy but this is kinda a cool effect that can be very easily applied to hardcore punk if that's what you're into. The distortion can also be lowered all the way down to produce more of a fat fuzz that retains the low-end well if the tone knob is cranked all the way left. The unit does not have a jack for an ac adaptor, BUT a specialized 9 volt battery adaptor can be used in the event that you find yourself with a dead battery. The cable jacks are plastic and can be replaced with metal ones if you're afraid of the plastic ones giving out. If you're a bassist looking for a fuzz pedal, give this one a try at your local guitar store, its cheap, durable and of a fairly decent quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

If you like aggressive fuzz, this is your pedal.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It's only got one flavor of distortion, but it's a really good one. The tone control shapes the sound alot. You can go from the "Paranoid"-era Black Sabbath tone to the early 90's Smashing Pumpkins sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By bassmanpatsfan18

from Boston, MA

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Tons of fuzz and sustain- the perfect pedal for any gutiar/bass player that lasts for fuzzy, distorted, rich tone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It is a good pedal if you want hours of sustain. Its distortion isn't very heavy so that is the only problem. All around it is a great pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was looking for a full, all around (if you get what i mean) distortion/fuzz sound. This does the trick pretty good. Theres not too much variety in this pedal, and you can't get very many different sounds, so its ok. Rhythm sounds are ok and not the best, but you can get a good lead tone out of it. Bottom line is, If your looking for a fuzz/distortion, this is the way to go.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fuzzy like a bear

By Prodigal|Son

from Lexington, Ky

I have tried many fuzz pedals and this is bar none the best fuzz pedal I've ever heard. You can go from smooth fuzz, to rough fuzz. I can get the tones from the bands of the 70's, all the way to the 90's with just this one pedal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

BIG SUCK, NOT BIG MUFF

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is NOT a distortion pedal, it's a FUZZ pedal. I bought this to use with my 1964 Fender Bassman head and it sounds like crap. It's really muddy, and it doesn't have an adapter for your power supply, so you have to rely on a 9-volt. The input/output jacks are reversed. It's a pretty durable pedal. If you're into a muddy fuzz tone, this is the pedal for you.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The

By The guitar_slave

from Cheyenne, WY

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I bought this pedal about 5 years ago and I still use for recording and on the road. If you're looking for a good distortion pedal for rock, or metal, or even blues this is the one for you. And of course it has survived numerous accidents, for example, I dropped it from a third floor and it still works perfect. Highly RECOMMENDED pedal its reliable, durable and cheap ( at least in my opinion is cheap for its quality ).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Bass Distortion

By MadSlapper909

from Salisbury NC

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I use the Russian Big Muff with a passive Dean bass into a Fender bass amp. With the Big Muff, I don't lose any low end like I do with other pedals; you can still feel the rumble and not just hear distortion. EH makes some good stuff.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got Muff?

By Greenman420

from Chesterfield, IN

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This pedal is the shizizzel. Buy it. Really. It has all of the stuff I was looking for in order for me to find that Dinosaur Jr./Kristen Hersh/"Grunge"--I hate that word/Neil Youngish sound. Mine didn't come in the real wood box (bummer) and it only gets its power from a 9V battery. Still, the Big Muff, Russian, has a great sound. Highly recommended if you like rock/"alt-rock"/"grunge"/rock.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet!!!

By My Boy Blue

from Indiana

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This pedal is awesome. The sound is great. I just got mine like 10 minutes ago, so I havent cranked my amp up yet, but it sounds great on low volume. Crank the sustain, and put the tone around 5:00, and you sound like Kurt Cobain. Thelow volume doesnt have any feedback, but I suspect that when I crank it up ill have some sweet feedback, (which is one reason i bought it.) The only bad side about the pedal is that the input and output jacks seem to be plastic, unlike most pedals, and im afraid to jurk the cables out, so I guess I'll just have to gentle.I heard the USA version of the Muff was very fragile and seemed to be made cheaply, so I got the Russian model. THIS Pedal RockS sO BuY IT!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

...Not Like They Used To

By Henchman#24

from Madison, WI

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Features: Three knobs. That's it, and frankly, I can't see more than three or four being necessary.Quality: It has decreased significantly since my last time out with one (my brother owned one, and I was crushed when he sold it). Plastic jacks, a lousy switch, and a weaker chassis. Still no A/C. Sound has not changed (thankfully), and I like it for bass better than the American model.Value: Take a look at the price. Less than the American model, and it sounds better (for me)? I'd say that's quite a bargain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Russian Big Muff

By Valve Junior Head

from NY

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This pedal may be a little disappointing to those who have never used or heard a big muff. When used with a single coil guitar (or even some humbucker equipped guitars), it will hum, squeal, and hiss almost uncontrollably, BUT after messing around with the levels, on both the pedal and your amp, you can get some great noisy sounds. Throw it in front of a Marshall jcm 800 or 900 and you can get some great overdriven fuzz tones (think Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream) If you've never used a big muff, I suggest to test one before you buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just As Good As American

By SvnNtnArmy

from Lewis Center, OH

I've played the American- made Big Muff and this one does just as fine. But if you want the pretty look get the American because this pedal is big black and ugly. However it kicks out a great sound for Alternative Rock and some Classic Rock sounding styles. The features aren't that great, the volume switch really does control how loud your amp is but its a pedal so features don't really matter that much. If you want to sound like Jack White of the White Stripes or play some Nirvana get this pedal now you will love it!

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