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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, but try before you buy, 13 Dec 2010
This review is from: Electro-Harmonix big muff PI with tone wicker (Electronics)
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. The Big Muff still sounds best on the kind of music it's always sounded best on (psych-rock and sludge, basically), and will still work best with a slightly colourless overdrive pedal in front of it to calm it down (the Wicker Switch is only so effective in this regard). For most guitars and guitar style, I'd consider it a "use when needed" pedal rather than a default distortion box.

The only exception I can think to this is if you play a hardtailed/vibrato guitar like a Fender Jaguar or Jazzmaster. Those guitars have an angled neck-break and very little natural sustain, so the Big Muff works to increase the guitar's range without destroying its tone. Things that sound messy on a Telecaster have a weird clarity on my Jag, with almost any amount of distortion applied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Jun 2012
This review is from: Electro-Harmonix big muff PI with tone wicker (Electronics)
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
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This review is from: Electro-Harmonix big muff PI with tone wicker (Electronics)
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
This review is from: Electro-Harmonix big muff PI with tone wicker (Electronics)
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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