After a year or so of wanting to buy a Big Muff Pi, I finally bought one. The fuzz pedal was and is still used by many famous musicians and idols of mine today, including some of the greatest guitarists that ever lived Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jack White, from the White Stripes.
Is it fuzz or is it a distortion pedal?
Many people are confused about whether the Big Muff Pi pedal is a distortion or a fuzz pedal because it has traits of both. This pedal is perfect for playing grunge, indie and rock.
Sound and Tone of the Big Muff Pi
Volume, Tone and Sustain Controls: The controls are easy to use, allowing you to set your output, colour your sound, and crank up the saturation with ease.
True-Bypass Footswitch: This lets you pull this beast out of your signal chain when disengaged for pure, uncoloured guitar tone.
9-Volt Adapter or Battery Operated: You can Power up this timeless classic with an EHX battery or power adaptor.
This old school pedal was designed in 1970 by a man called Mike Matthews and is popular for its rich and creamy violin like sustain. Hendrix and Santana were among the first to get a piece of the Pi, and for over 40 years the Big Muff Pi has been defining the sound of rock generation.
The Design is a ridiculously big and takes up a lot of room on my pedal board; however, it’s worth it to have the original NY Big Muff Pi instead of the smaller reissue or the Small Big Muff. This timeless distortion/Sustainer Pedal has three controls that allows you to dial in the finest harmonic distortion/sustain ever produced. The Volume control adjusts the output level. The Sustain control optimises the long sustain with just the right amount of harmonic distortion. The Tone control provides a range of sounds, from warm bass to crisp treble.
You need a Diago Blue adaptor which plugs into the back of your Big Muff pedal, and you also need one if you have a ProCo Rat pedal, a DOD pedal and older Electro Harmonix pedals with a Diago station. These adapters will set you back around £6.49 each, and you can purchase them online. All you have to do is plug the Diago adaptor into your daisy chain cable. Don’t make the same mistake as me and buy the pedal without ordering the Diago station.
I would give this popular Big Muff Pedal 4 stars out of 5. I purchased this pedal so I could play some of my favourite tunes, by some of my favourite guitarists. This musical box fits well on my pedal board alongside my other pedals and despite the pedal being large in size; it’s also big in sound and worth the money.