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Electro-Harmonix big muff PI with tone wicker

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Technical Details
Item Weight454 g
Product Dimensions15.9 x 14.4 x 8.1 cm
Item model numberBig Muff Pi with Tone Wicker
  
Additional Information
ASINB001NXDSK2
Best Sellers Rank 4,019 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight481 g
Date First Available12 Aug 2010
  
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Product Description

Original sound of Big Muff Pi with 2 additional functions Wicker switch to open up three high-frequency filters for raspy, sustaining distortion with top-end bite Tone switch to bypass the tone control for unabated tonal slam


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, but try before you buy 13 Dec 2010
The Big Muff is a famous sound even to people who don't play guitar, and the effect it produces is unique (or near as dammit): a kind of deep, warm hum with really long sustain - violently responsive to even the lightest touch. If your guitar has weak pickups, well, it doesn't anymore.

The distinctiveness of the sound is the pedal's strength and single great flaw: it sounds like nothing else, so it can get very wearing after a while - very samey. With practice and perseverance you'll find settings that work with how you want to play, and you'll find ways of working it into either your effects chain or your band without blaring over everything. But be prepared to take time over it.

One of the traditional limitations of earlier Muff pedals was that they effectively removed your guitar's middle range, leaving only bass and treble (and feedback). This Muff can be played straight, but it also includes a Wicker Switch, which reduces the extremes of the signal and puts the middle range back in. The resulting tone is more usable on a wider range of music, while still maintaining most of the pedal's traditional sound. This model's other novelty is a Tone Switch. Flipping it off basically kills any crosstalk with your guitar - what you get is the pure tone of the pedal. You also get a *huge* volume jump, and, unless you're careful, a huge feedback spike. I haven't really found a useful function for the Tone Switch, but hey, it's there and will terrify the innocent.

These features are nice to have, and it doesn't harm the pedal to feature them, but as aids to versatility they're only so-so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Jun 2012
By Chris
Couldnt be happier, great fuzz tone, the bypassed tone circuit work well with a bright clean fender clean sound, the tone on with wicker gets rid of the fizzyness usually associated with big muff pedals. with the tone circuit bypassed and the wicker off and the sustain around 12o'clock you can get some great fuzz face style tones from it, cleans up nicely as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pedal,Great Tone 7 April 2014
By KR Span
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This pedal is brilliant,a great variety of tones and textures a good solid pedal built to last and worth every penny,excellent service and quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Muff with the options 15 Feb 2014
OK, it doesn't have the Bigg Muffs uber cool huge case, but manages to get the same sounds and add options on top. I tend to use it with the sustain right down to drive my valve amp at lower volumes and that gets a sweet tone.

Having said that it is fun as hell to crank it up and knock out those smashing pumpkins and drenge sounds.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great choice for a versatile big muff. 19 Sep 2010
By Ian M. Mcclintock - Published on Amazon.com
As a disclaimer, I am not a Big Muff connoisseur. I've never owned one before this. I also tend not to like fuzz as an effect. I'd characterize this box as a cross between distortion and fuzz, maintaining enough definition for chord work. If you're reading the reviews, you've probably already done your research on the features, but I'll cover them anyway.

Three simple controls, Volume - Tone - Sustain, with the Sustain control being more or less a Gain control. The enclosure is a smaller, pedalboard-friendly size. The pedal incorporates two of the (supposedly) most popular Big Muff mods with switches, Tone and Wicker. When Tone is switched off, the Tone control and its tone-shaping circuitry are completely disconnected. In this mode, the distortion applies to the entire tonal spectrum evenly, and it also produces a significant volume boost. The Tone knob does nothing.

When Wicker is switched on, it removes three high-frequency rolloff filters that were added to the original Big Muff circuit to smooth out the sound. Disconnecting these makes the sound a bit raspier and rougher, with a high-end frequency boost.

I use this pedal running into a mild overdrive, the Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret, which "conditions" the signal. I play with the Tone off and Wicker on, and even with the Volume and Sustain controls set fairly low, this combination results in a wonderfully thick, massive distorted tone that is still pretty smooth.

If you're looking to get a Big Muff, and you're not a snob about which version, the switchable mods on this one are really great for experimenting to find your own sound. Not to mention that, at this price point, it will be much cheaper than some vintage Muffs. Highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funnest Muff 13 Mar 2010
By Boba Chux - Published on Amazon.com
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I've owned just about every muff. No Triangle or Civil War. But this is my favorite muff thus far. Way more versatile than any other muff. The switches involment in the the circuit really isn't too elaborate, but then again all bypasses aren't. I love wicker on and tone off. Cuts like a buffalo. I hate to have a bunch of fuzz's and distortions in my chain, but its there right next to a Keeley Fuzz Head, a Analogman Peppermint Fuzz, and a TS-9 modded to an 808 w/ Brown that I modded myself. I love this Muff! I can't wait to see what they do next. Plus... These new EHX pedals are build tough as nails and full true bypass. If you like muffs, you'll really like this one. If you didn't like muffs before, you'll probably like the wicker feature, it makes it far more clear and pronounced and less of a glob a goo and more distortion/ fuzz friendly. I give it four stars, because the five is only meant meant for devices that you just freak out and half to have, for me the Keeley Fuzz Head is a five, I love that thing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to define, harder to resist ... 20 Jun 2012
By Jeremy Kintana - Published on Amazon.com
The Big Muff has a unique place among pedals in that it just defies a category. It's like a thick swoosh (not like a phaser type swoosh) without real hard clipping fuzz. It has a different character than a regular distortion (whatever that is). It seems like it's going to be a fuzz, but doesn't get there. It takes a different road. It fills a room. You can make it sound a variety of different ways (especially with the wicker) with even the slightest of tweaking, but none of the sounds it produces are poor. Some pedals have to be tweaked carefully in order to sound good. It's the opposite with the Big Muff Pi with Wicker. You have to spend quite a bit of time tweaking just to make it sound bad. Actually, the only really bad settig I've found for this pedal is with its volume all the way down. It sound amazing through just about any type of amp (I play mine primarily through a Tech 21 Trademark 30 - a solid state). Listen to the White Stripes for an idea of what this guy can do. I've heard so many rock songs that I swear used the Muff. In fact I though Tony Iommi (whom I adore) of Black Sabbath fame used it in many songs, but I was told otherwise. Maybe he should have used one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sonic Atom Bomb 20 Jan 2014
By Kirby13 - Published on Amazon.com
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Holy fuzz!! This pedal is sooooooo cool!! I have been looking for a fuzz for some time now. After reading many, many reviews, I finally decided on this one; and I am so glad I did!! The sound is amazing! It can go from warm fuzz to wild strange weird robot short circuiting fuzz with the adjustment of a knob and the flip of a switch. The wicker and tone switches add the ability to dial in a large variety of sounds in my opinion, thus, making this an immensely diverse pedal. There is significant noise (especially on single coil pickup guitars like a strat). However, it's not like you're stomping on this thing to be quiet! I have not changed my power supply or its order in my signal chain to see if I can alleviate some of the buzz; and I might do that just to experiment. But again, this is not a smooth jazz mellow kinda pedal anyway! It is a caged monster ripping at the bars to get out and eat!!!
I play through a Peavy Classic 30 using a PRS Semi Hollow, Fender Strat(single coils), and Fender Jaguar with P90's. This pedal responds and colors the unique tone of each of my guitars. I just can't say enough good things about it! I am especially fond of decreasing the tone knob on the guitar and the tone knob on the pedal. It gives a smooth but powerful growl sound. Very QOTSA like.
This was the added texture that I needed for my pedal board.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Class Fuzz for under $100 11 Feb 2013
By Walter NYC - Published on Amazon.com
First things first, this is a fuzz pedal (and on the heavy side) which mean it provides thick ground shaking distortion and sustain. This is very different from normal distortion so noise is to be expected whether you are playing or not.

Second, a true bypass switch (like in the Big Muff)is a mechanical switch as opposed to Boss type pedals that have buffers which color your sound even when they are off. Mechanical switches make noise are are louder the more durable they are.

Ok so now to the actual sound which is amazing. This pedal has a tone of versatility because not only do you have a lot of options on the pedal itself but it reacts dynamically to the knobs on your guitar. Since I play a Les Paul with 57 classics I will often turn the volume down to 8 when using this otherwise the bass can be overwhelming (but awesome). Strat and Tele players probably wont have the same issue with single coils. In addition the Wicker and Tone features all for more sounds that just the original Big Muff or you can just turn them off to get the original sound.

Great for: Black Keys (they use a big muff), Weezer (think My Name is Jonas), certain Greenday songs, and basically anything where you need thick and deep fuzz with the option to tone it down if need be.
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