EHX Big Muff

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About EHX Big Muff

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 Electro Harmonix Big Muff was designed by Mike Matthews in the late 1960s and was the first pedal marketed as a ‘distortion’ pedal. Since then it has had several iterations, all with slight nuances and famous players. 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.

What Makes the EHX Big Muff Different?

  • Thunderous tone
  • Classic models throughout the decades
  • The original distortion pedal!
  • Frequently Asked Questions about EHX Big Muff

    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.