EHX Big Muff

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About EHX Big Muff

The EHX Big Muff is one of the most celebrated guitar pedals of all time. Their impressive range of pedals cover a wide range of fuzz and distortion sounds, making them a popular choice for guitarists across nearly all genres of music. The Electro Harmonix Big Muff set a standard with its recognisable sound, making it a hugely popular fuzz pedal. It was designed by Bob Myers and Mike Matthews in the late 1960s and was the first pedal marketed as a distortion pedal. Big Muff has since gone on to have many different versions including the Deluxe Big Muff. Its great sound has been used by artists such as Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd and Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.

Known for its thunderous bass-heavy tone, the EHX Big Muff is one of the most celebrated guitar pedals of all time. Played by anyone and everyone over the last 50 years, the Big Muff always sounds contemporary and relevant. The legendary Big Muff Pi with its sustain control allows for dialing in the perfect sound. The volume control adjusts not only the volume but the overall character of the tone, meaning there is a lot fun to be had. Whether you are looking for a crushing distortion sound or a classic fuzz tone with long sustain, you'll find what you're looking for in the EHX Big Muff pedals. The most sought after Big Muff is the ‘Ram’s Head’ Big Muff Pi of the early 1970s which was famously used by David Gilmour on Comfortably Numb.

In the late 1970s, Electro Harmonix started using op-amps rather than transistors. These weren’t particularly desirable at the time but was used extensively by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Electro Harmonix briefly relocated to Russia in the early 90s and operated under the name Sovtek. Sovtek Big Muffs (or Green Russians) were used by Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Eventually the brand returned to New York, where the modern day Big Muff is made. These new pedals are most famously used by Jack White on all the White Stripes records.

Why Should I Choose the EHX Big Muff?

  • A range of iconic fuzz and distortion sounds
  • Thunderous tone
  • Used by the likes of David Gilmour, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan and Jack White
  • Classic models throughout the decades
  • Made to high standards and designed to go the distance
  • The original distortion pedal

Frequently Asked Questions about EHX Big Muff

Question: Is EHX Big Muff any good?
Yes! The EHX Big Muff can produce a wide range of fuzz sounds making it great for heavy tones and lead passages.
Question: Who invented the Big Muff?
Bob Myers and Mike Matthews designed the Big Muff in the late 1960s.
Question: Is the Big Muff a fuzz or distortion?
Both! These days we think of the Big Muff as a fuzz pedal because it's a simple transistor based circuit. Electro Harmonix originally marketed the Big Muff as a distortion pedal however - in fact, it was the first pedal ever to be described this way. It doesn’t really matter - just plug in and rock out!
Question: Which bands use the Big Muff?
The Big Muff has been used by scores of players over the years. In the 70s, it was used by Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy and Santana. In the 80s and 90s it was used by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Mudhoney. In the 00s, it was used by The White Stripes and The Black Keys.
Question: Did Kurt Cobain use the Big Muff?
Yes! Kurt Cobain reportedly used the Big Muff for sections in the song Lithium, along with some other song during the In Utero-era.