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Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Effects Pedal revives the big sound of the 1969 classic Muff Fuzz effect in a compact, die-cast aluminum pac...Click To Read More About This Product

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Huge fuzz in a teeny pedal!

The Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Effects Pedal revives the big sound of the 1969 classic Muff Fuzz effect in a compact, die-cast aluminum package. No complicated settings needed here: just the switch and a volume knob. Rugged construction and amazingly compact
to save valuable pedal board space! The red LED indicates when the effect pedal is switched on.

You can power the Nano Muff Overdrive pedal with a 9V battery, or an optional 9V 100ma tip-positive AC adapter with an 1/8" plug.

FEATURES
  • Small die-cast case saves valuable pedal board space
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 9DC-100 1/8" tip positive power supply optional
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Electro-HarmonixNano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple, vintage tones.

I think this pedal gets unfair reviews--why are people expecting so much from a ONE KNOB pedal??What you get through is a great vintage tone--it's one of Electro-Harmonix's first two...Read complete review

I think this pedal gets unfair reviews--why are people expecting so much from a ONE KNOB pedal??What you get through is a great vintage tone--it's one of Electro-Harmonix's first two circuit designs. It's a fairly dark overdrive that borders on fuzz but has way more clarity than a fuzz pedal. Also the lighter you pick, the cleaner things get--this pedal can get very clean. Also, back your volume off and get major clean up. So it's a pretty articulate sound that reflects your guitar's tone more that most tightly clipped overdrives or distortions. I like it, I just don't expect a 1-knob pedal to do it all. If you know how to vary you picking intensity and adjust your volume knob for cleaning up, it's actually decently versatile. It's also got great classic/vintage tone at a very low price. Note--I use an LPB-1 after my Muff Overdrive. It expands and fattens things up in a natural (as in, not super clipped) way. With the Muff followed by the LPB-1, I get some great vintage-y overdrive sounds that are more dynamic and don't sound super clipped and unnatural.

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excuse me if my muff is dirty

this pedal could be better, but i like it anyway. its very compact and punchy. i wish there were a volume and tone control mainly because its simply too loud!!!! whenever...Read complete review

this pedal could be better, but i like it anyway. its very compact and punchy. i wish there were a volume and tone control mainly because its simply too loud!!!! whenever i use it wich isnt too often i have to lose some tone by turning down my volume knob a little, and if you were too try to get the full volume gain sound i think your band members will kick you out and smash all the tubes in your amp. i actually just recently turned against electro-harmonix because their pedals simply arent versitile enough they are noisy, and kill tone. the nano muff isnt too noisy in comparison to some of their other pedals, and i found it to be the only electro-harmonix pedal out the the three i own to be board worthy. i personally wouldnt use this as a main distortion, but as a boost perhaps fore some of your musical desires. it sounds really weird when you route your wah before the muff. i cant explain what it sounds like... well not too much like wah, but i kinda think its unique. i most likely have a defective pedal like i usually buy. basically for being an inexpensive muff ist 'aight. i also hope musicians friend doesnt alter this review in any way because i am a good customer and always reffer any musician to them.bye.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple, vintage tones.

By T. Dalton

from PA

Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I think this pedal gets unfair reviews--why are people expecting so much from a ONE KNOB pedal??What you get through is a great vintage tone--it's one of Electro-Harmonix's first two circuit designs. It's a fairly dark overdrive that borders on fuzz but has way more clarity than a fuzz pedal. Also the lighter you pick, the cleaner things get--this pedal can get very clean. Also, back your volume off and get major clean up. So it's a pretty articulate sound that reflects your guitar's tone more that most tightly clipped overdrives or distortions. I like it, I just don't expect a 1-knob pedal to do it all. If you know how to vary you picking intensity and adjust your volume knob for cleaning up, it's actually decently versatile. It's also got great classic/vintage tone at a very low price. Note--I use an LPB-1 after my Muff Overdrive. It expands and fattens things up in a natural (as in, not super clipped) way. With the Muff followed by the LPB-1, I get some great vintage-y overdrive sounds that are more dynamic and don't sound super clipped and unnatural.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

People don't get it...

By jack22

from San Francisco

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Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

I just bought this pedal and I LOVE it. But, to love this pedal you must know what to do with it. It sounds best when used in conjuntion with a somewhat dirty TUBE AMP. It's not a fuzz or standard overdrive (like a Tube Screamer). The Muff OD is an extremely simple signal booster with some fuzzlike color. I crank it up all the way with a Tele through a couple old tube amps in stereo. If you play through that and it doesn't sound good, you need to reassess your playing style.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WORKS FROM GILMORE TO CROSSROADS

By Arch69er

from Clinton, MO

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I purchased both this and the Nano "Big Pi" version to give them an A/B for certain covers, and to provide an alternate tone to my frequently used MXR Hendrix Fuzz, which is germanium-based. I position this pedal just ahead of my fuzz, behind an MXR Custom Compressor, and my modded VOX 847 Wah. The pedal has an incredibly low noise floor, noticeably less than the Nano "Big Pi" version, and when you adjust your compressor's sustain and output higher, you get an incredible singing OD tone with a low-frequency harmonic..."Comfortably Numb" solo. Sounds thick and almost growls with a hot set of P90's or more vintage humbuckers. No doubt this pedal will please anyone looking to replicate those early 60's fuzz/distortion tones on it's own, but IMHO, the real value of this pedal doesn't shine until it is behind a good optical compressor with controls that will let you adjust the interaction between them. EH's website demo's this pedal with their Soul Preacher compressor, which gave me the motivation to go this direction. I am not sure, but am doubtful that single knob compressors, like even the revered MXR Dyna-Comp's would produce the full palate of sounds possible, because of lack of adjustment on the compressor itself. Considering the very low cost of this pedal, you owe it to yourself to experience a bit of retro guitar history and expand your arsenal. This is a great value, now in a very pedal board-friendly size.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By Matt Allen Man

    from Allendale, MI

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    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal has become a main staple on my board. I use it in conjunction with my Dunlop 105Q and it just snarls. The only dirt pedal I will use with my wah.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Versatile Distortion Tones

    By Wannabe Bassist

    from Boston, MA

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    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Overall great little pedal for the money. I found it really responsive to picking dynamics and EXTREMELY responsive to the guitar's tone control. You can go from snarling nasal distortion to thick chucking crunch just by turning your tone knob down. I bought this to use almost like two distortion pedals. I recently joined a 50s & 60s cover band. So I needed something that would clean up and play nice on stuff like "Johnny B. Goode," (single Muff) but also be able to fuzz it up for some "White Rabbit," and "Purple Haze," action (double muff). This distortion isn't exactly dynamic and nuanced but put a clean boost in front of it and you can get some satisfying sustain on it. This sucker pairs up very well with my wah pedal too. Someday I'll probably drop serious coin on something a little more "elegant" but for now this pedal will scratch the itch. It's simple to operate and you can get a lot of variety out of it based on how you play, but you have to know what you're doing. If you're a "set everything to 11" kinda guy this pedal's not gonna do it for you.
    I like the two Muff circuits. That is a cool idea. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but that's what I want... simplicity. I'm not the kind of guy who needs to be able to surf the web and file my tax returns on my effects pedals. I just want decent sound without breaking the bank. I also dig the smaller "nano" size, fits easily on even the most cluttered pedal board.
    Seems to be rock solid so in that aspect it gets hight remarks. There are some things that could be beefier, like the switch to select between single and double Muff circuits for example. I like to switch this with my toes. Looks like it won't stand up to much abuse. The pedal also makes an audible "thud" noise when you switch it on. If you time it correctly it actually sounds really cool. But it's not exactly "smooth" in operation. There is also a bit of hiss or noise but nothing you can't work around. I found that rolling the guitar's tone knob down a bit does a LOT to reduce this.
    The price is right!!! This is plenty of distortion at an easy price tag.

     
    5.0

    yes

    By tony

    from south carolina

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

    yes I would buy this product again

     
    5.0

    The simplest really IS the best

    By Granthambeard

    from The north-west of England

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I use this with a fender champ II (18watts, similar to a Princeton but without reverb and trem) set to a medium overdrive, and the pedal (set to single) at about three-o'clock, back off the guitars volume a bit and it's a wonderful driving rhythm sound, back off the guitars volume a lot and it's sparkly clean, push the guitars volume up all the way and it's absolute sonic joyful mayhem! I love this pedal!

       
      4.0

      Nano Muff

      By Cody-miNc.

      from MO

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I purchased the nano muff about two months ago. For two months I tried to make it sound good. Finally I found a combination that works for me. I put the nano muff behind a ts-808 and then a lpb-1. Before I did this the muff sounded really terrible. Now it sounds like I thought it should

       
      5.0

      great pedal

      By deckles

      from georgia

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      In the overall game of pedal comparison... and 8 is great. This doesn't do leads very well on just a clean amp, unless its a quiet sort, but on my dirty amp, it just sings.
      I am a sucker for simple pedals. I don't like having even tone knobs, just a simple function that has the essentials. So as far as that goes, this pedal is great. However, a volume knob seems strange, I would have put a gain knob. Then again, this pedal reacts to your guitar and the input into the pedal, so you can clean it up with your own knobs and maybe I'm just overlooking the volume knob. being me... I keep it cranked.

      It sounds great with a tube amp. Very dark, very even, good grit, not saturated, just real overdrive. My germanium overdrive has a nice brightness so I have either or to go with for option. Apparently if you put a compressor into it you get a sweet boost of volume, gain, and sustain. Through a clean amp, you could add another dirt pedal and actually create some good usable fuzz
      Overdrive? And its ehx? I mean c'mon. It is a seriously useful little toy/gadget that is not overpriced and bland or unnecessary.
      I kinda mixed up the two value and the quality. But to elaborate, it is essentially perfect. And not that there cant be multiple types of perfect, like a fulltone ocd, but for what this is and what you pay, i have the urge to buy 4 more...just because.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good pedal, doesn't seem to work with my amp

      By Ethan Lewis

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I received this pedal as a gift from a relative and it has just the sound I'm looking for - nice and scooped. However, playing it through my amp (a Line 6 Spider IV 15) I got a truckload of unwanted hiss. Figuring I wouldn't need it, I gave it to a friend of mine, and when he played it through his Fender Frontman amp, no hiss whatsoever. Not sure why, if anyone can help that would be great.

       
      3.0

      Close, but no cigar.

      By Bysshe

      from Fort Worth, TX

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      One setting, you only control the volume. I can live with that. This pedal hisses (as does the Nano Clone). I have to run it in front of a Para EQ to remove the hiss. I do like the sound of the distortion. Doesn't work well with pedalboards either. If you plug in a Boss Pedal the EH quits, plug in a Marshall the Marshall quits. It has to have it's own powersource or share a daisy chain with other EH pedals. This is annoying, especially considering that it shouldn't be happening by the power specs. You really have to work around this pedal, so you better love the Muff sound (which I do). I don't however, love the power hassle and noise problems.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      excuse me if my muff is dirty

      By harvestmars

      from redlands, CA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      this pedal could be better, but i like it anyway. its very compact and punchy. i wish there were a volume and tone control mainly because its simply too loud!!!! whenever i use it wich isnt too often i have to lose some tone by turning down my volume knob a little, and if you were too try to get the full volume gain sound i think your band members will kick you out and smash all the tubes in your amp. i actually just recently turned against electro-harmonix because their pedals simply arent versitile enough they are noisy, and kill tone. the nano muff isnt too noisy in comparison to some of their other pedals, and i found it to be the only electro-harmonix pedal out the the three i own to be board worthy. i personally wouldnt use this as a main distortion, but as a boost perhaps fore some of your musical desires. it sounds really weird when you route your wah before the muff. i cant explain what it sounds like... well not too much like wah, but i kinda think its unique. i most likely have a defective pedal like i usually buy. basically for being an inexpensive muff ist 'aight. i also hope musicians friend doesnt alter this review in any way because i am a good customer and always reffer any musician to them.bye.

       
      4.0

      good classic sound

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Before digital OD, Nano Muff is mediocre fuzz. After OD, look out. EH prides itself on just on the edge out of control dynamics and this pedal does so in spades. It turns my OD into Fuzz. The sound takes a while to appreciate. Virtually, it makes your amp sound liike the speaker was stabbed with a pencil, but the harmonics produced makes your speaker sound vintage quality. If you like OD and cascading with 2 sets, I suggest this pedal. You get the sound that personifies the 70s.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Broke after light use

      By perfection

      from Atlanta, GA

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I had it for about a month...then it broke. Just flat out stopped letting the guitar signal through, then stopped making any noise at all. It sounded good while it lasted...the very short bit it lasted.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      EH

      By Slashsguns

      from Cleveland,Ohio

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      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Not the best pedal just real simple one volume control very cheap sound yet good, great for cheap beginner's, but I don't even use this as a booster!!!I use a Bad Monkey instead with a Big Muff and other stuff like Boss', only good for cheap beginners.Very weak.

       
      5.0

      Electro Harmonix Muff Overdrives are awesome.

      By little_wing

      from Corvallis, OR

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      First off, if you don't want to mess with your amps modeling channel, this isn't your overdrive. The muff is a true overdrive, it doesn't model the sound, it overdrives it. If you use it in circuit with a distortion or wah, it will overdrive that sound. Don't just plug it in by itself and expect it to fuzz up and scream, you have to use other pedals/effects. If you use it right, play around with it, and find the tone it's capable of, you will be flabbergasted. This thing is absolutely awesome. But like I said, it only shines in circuit. Get a digitech if you want things easy...but be warned, you also give up the ability to combine sounds seamlessly. I use it through a Behringer with a BOSS DS-1 and a Vox v847, and I play a '58 Epiphone Explorer through it, usually on the bridge humbucker. With the amp's gain all the way down (not the clean channel, it's utterly undistorted through there), it gives a nice sound for soft leads, put it through the clean channel with the ds-1 on, you get an absolutely raunchy sound. Stop reading and get this pedal. I would have no other.

       
      5.0

      Nano Muff lives up to my expectations

      By keithb7

      from Kamloops, BC

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      There needs to be an update on this nano muff pedal. There are no issues with using a power plug with other FX, especially boss. I mixed and matched pedals on one daisy chain. No issues at all. Worked perfect. The pedal on it's own is not anything special. However add a LPB-1 (linear power booster) and it really comes alive. You can check out a video I uploaded on UTube. Search for Nano Muff.

       
      5.0

      Pretty cookin

      By exploringtheriffs

      from Corvallis, OR

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Nano Muff Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I tried out every pedal in the music shop, none had that classic sound and feel to it. This pedal, when used alone, has the sound you look for when you wanna play purple haze, with distortion it just screams at you, and with a wah it reeks of hendrix. If you want a good overdrive that you can do anything from saosin to hendrix with, go for this one. It's excellent.

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