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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.

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  • 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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5.0

Great for bass...

By versonda88

from Upstate, NY

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I recently used one of these pedals during the recording of my bands most recent album. I wanted to achieve a very dirty, digital sounding distortion without losing the low end of my bass. This pedal did just that, fantastic, dirty tone. Boosts sustain gigantically. I hope to purchase one of these pedals to put on my board in the very near future.

 
5.0

Muffffffffffffffffffffff

By p90fan

from Ky

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This is an amazing pedal. Have had it for 6 years now. Long, beautiful sustain for days. Can get anything from silky smooth overdrive to gutsy fuzz. The only reason I gave quality a 4 is because the tapering on the knobs get extremely loose over time. If mine breaks I will buy another one.

 
5.0

Fantastic Effect - Can't Believe the Price

By JakoCLE

from Cleveland, OH

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I'm a bassist who needed some distortion without compromising my tone and this thing does the trick. Our band is doing Song #2 by Blur, and I thought this would be a good effect for that, and it is- especially makes a great effect with my fretless! I'm going to use it on other tunes because we have one guitarist and want to fill more sonic territory while he wails. Back to the pedal- to me, this pedal sounds like I'm just overdriving my amp, plus, I'm able to tweak the sound to suit my needs, all with some simple controls. My only gripe so far (I've only owned it for 2mos) is that there's no AC power supply jack! Batteries only! Is this some kind of Post-Cold War Punishment?? I can't wait to mix this effect with the Octaver that I have coming in the mail and an auto-wah vs env filter, once I make that final choice.

 
4.0

Decent Distortion

By Madman8199

from Norfolk, VA

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If you're looking for the most massive, fuzzed-out guitar tone on earth, there is nothing better than a Big Muff. I got mine some time ago, when it was in a somewhat different housing, but it's always been rock-solid as far as durability goes. I'm something of a distortion connosseiur, and I have to say that this thing puts out more of it than anything else I've ever heard. Sounds good on, and at a lot of different settings. But it SUCKS YOUR TONE WHEN IT'S OFF. I experience a dramatic volume dropoff when the pedal isn't engaged, and no tone whatsoever. Totally vanilla clean, not what I have my amp set for at all. If you're looking to play primarily heavily distorted material or psychedelic rock, this is great. But if you want dynamic shifts and a good clean tone, I'd pass if I were you.

 
4.0

Big Muff

By Panda Propaganda

from Omaha, NE

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I own the American model. However, I have used this model numerous times. Don't buy it as a main distortion pedal, it sounds like it's coming from the bottom of a trashcan. However, If you combine this pedal with some other overdrives, you can get a reallly wicked sound. (I.E. Blues driver/Ibanez tube screamer, etc.)

 
5.0

Favorite Fuzz

By Joe Kamler

from Joplin, MO

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This pedal is awesome, I bought mine used and I love it. The sustain in this pedal is unbelievable! Works great for Hendrix stuff, I don't own a Fuzz Face but I don't think I'll ever need one beacause of this. I would cry if anything happened to this pedal. Works great on Bass AND Guitar, so BUY ONE!!!

 
4.0

USEFUL GADGET

By Lennonincarnate

from Wellington, New Zealand

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I'm not sure what the retail prices are in the US or wherever but I had to mark down the value because it costs about the same as an American Big Muff in NZ. Additionally the plastic on it is a bit shabby, but that's nothing a little modding can't fix. That aside I use both this and the American Muff in my band. I gave this to my bassist to enhance his tone and provide a smidgin of fuzz as this has a creamier sound than the American Muff. You might want to experiment with both of these pedals' compromising abilities. This one does strange things with different batteries and isn't as reliable, but has a solid fuzz-distortion. The US product is more woolly/raw in tone depending on it's settings and I generally use it for my Guitar as it is a little more versatile. That said arming yourself with both is not a bad idea.

 
5.0

Nice Muff!

By FunkyMonk423

from Clarks Summit, PA

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I have used this pedal as a main distortion for my band and it has a very clean fuzz production. The only problem is feedback if your amp is on a high output. For the most part, its the best distortion I bought so far, better than the DS-1. Its worth it.

 
5.0

One Wicked MUFF

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This black metal box is extremely versatile and I use it everywhere I go, may it be at a gig or in the studio, or just jammin along on a practice amp. It makes many different tone monster, sustain crazy sounds!!!! BUY IT!!! Its worth it! And yes the knobs are a little sensitive, but deal with!!!! or change out the knobs with stiffer ones dude buddy dudes!

 
5.0

not a one trick pony

By JahHoFseY

from Chicago

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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