Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal

If you’re paying $82 off the bat for this pedal, then the only reason to do so would have been a recommendation, or because of excessive trial and error. If you’re new to pedal purchases, I would recommend you test out the lower priced ones, specifically so you can get a good taste for differences in pedal quality.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal
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Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Distortion Pedal
  • On/Off switchControls for Volume, Tone, and SustainDual outputsMini Switch for Bass BoostRugged metal chassisRuns on 9 volt battery or optional AC Adapter (sold separately).
  • The Bass Big Muff Pi Pedal features controls for volume, tone, sustain, dual outputs (effect and dry for recording), and a mini switch for bass boost
  • The Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi Distortion Pedal is powered by a single 9-volt battery or optional AC power supply (sold separately)

Many pedals listed here average between $30-40, and while many of those are of good quality, they usually do not last-long. Also, the quality (here we mean tone and distortion), tends to go sour overtime, especially since budget booster units tend to overheat fast, which may cause problems when the signals are received by your play. As such, if you want something to last for the long-term, in addition to providing you excellent quality, then this guitar’s perfect for you.

This distortion pedal can actually last you up to 5 years if you use it well, which means that the device should cost you less than $16.50 a year. I’d also highly recommend you factor in the accident protection costs, especially since paying for another $80 pedal within 3 years is going to be a pain. If I were you, I would save that money to buy used pedals, just for comparison with this one. The money may be worth the test.

One of the excellent features I like about this pedal, is that you can switch the knobs all the way to the max “especially the sustain and tone knob”, without getting much of a wheezing noise that sounds like a 1980s radio. This is a testament of the device’s quality, and I think it’s perfect as the wheezing noise can really mess-up the signal, especially if you’re trying to get maximum volume and sustain out of your guitar.

At the time I wrote this review, there’s around 60 of those that are available. I’m not sure why this is the case, especially when all the other pedal distortions sold here have less than 10 left available. I’m assuming it’s the need for a “budget” pedal unit that’s causing the lack of purchase. If you think about it, it’s laughable that some people would actually budget in guitar accessory purchases. Budget on your food, but not your tunes.

Now let’s not forget the main feature of the device, which is that this is a fuzz-box. If you’re playing punk rock, and trying to emulate the tunes of the 80s, then the fuzz is perfect. In fact, it’s the best I’ve ever seen, especially after trying out many other fuzz boxes that just didn’t seem to do the trick. I wouldn’t actually invest any more money (for a gig), beyond this unit.

The only problem I’ve had with this product was the attempt the lack of options when I switched to “Dry” mode. Turns out you can’t control anything other than the tone, so the guitar sounds aren’t changed that much. If you’re used to setting pedal units on dry during gigs, then this might not be the best for you.