Discussion in ‘ Effects [BG] ‘ started by nathan , Apr 22, Apr 22, 1. Jul 16, Hey i’m sorry if this has been discussed before but I know there are three or four different types of “Big Muff” fuzz pedals Apr 22, 2. Nov 3, A Sandgropers’ City, Australia. Every muff I’ve ever tried has had some kind of difference – even when some of them looked alike – so I’d try before you buy.
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Gilmourish Electro Harmonix Big Muff reissues shootout. From late Great review of the Triangle Big Muff reissue here. The Gilmourish Traingle Reissue Review. Jump to.
Dec 19, – Offered for sale is this V2 Ram’s Head Big Muff vintage guitar pedal dating from It’s got the usual scuffs, scratches and dings you’d expect.
For a more comprehensive version guide, click on any of the icons above. There are several. The reason many people say the “Triangle is the best” is probably due to a few early circuit traces of a couple of uncommon circuit variants that circulated for several years. Most clones were based on those, so that is what people who never played an original thought a Triangle was supposed to sound like.
Considering that there were at least 18 different circuit variants used, there is probably more sound variance in the V1 than any other version due to this. The V1 and V2 Ram’s Head Big Muffs both spanned a similar range of circuit variants, so in that regard, some V1s sound the same as some V2s, and many do not. In general, I find that most of the V1 circuit varants in my collection cut through a band mix very well, are very articulate for leads, and have a nice, warm crunch for power chords and palm muting.
The very early, and VERY rare perf board V1 circuits had a really unique sound in the low end and lower mid range that most of the later V1 and V2 circuits variants did not have. They were not especially high gain, but had smooth, long sustain, and fat, warm bass frequencies. Then there are some attributes that define a “typical” V1, and I use that term loosely. The most common circuit variant used did not sound all that different from some of the more common circuit variants in the V2 enclosure.
The mid range was very “scooped”, or removed.
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I picked up a Bif Muff at my local shop today It was priced as used, and at first I thought it was just a NYC RI However, it was sitting in the.
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It produces a characteristic high distorted sound called fuzz. Ivor Arbiter took the round shaped enclosure idea from a microphone stand and it was the first pedal including a DPDT stomp-switch. The effect became very popular because Jimi Hendrix played it and there were not many distortion pedals around at that time. The gist of the Fuzz Face remains in the simple circuit that uses eleven components 2 transistors, 4 resistors, 3 caps and 2 pots and the astonishing tones created with them; delivering a soft asymmetrical clipping that changes to hard clipping in both semi-cycles under the fuzz pot action.
Arbitrer Electronics manufactured the pedal from to , Dallas Music Industries did a final batch in , after that the production stopped.
Electro-Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi Deluxe muff my good three knob Muff has kept one from staying on your board to date, the.
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Forgot your password? By Chris Loeffler February 18, The pedal features true-bypass switching and is powered by a standard 9v center-negative style power supply or a 9v battery. This circuit is known for having a fatter bottom, less mid-scoop, and less gain than the typical Muff variant. What it does well is knock off white noise in the idle space between notes and is especially useful with single coil pickups.
paperwork and other factual information I have in files dating back to when I began working with. Pink Floyd and Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi.
Lee Hazelwood was an early pioneer of fuzz tone, it seems he had a fuzz box created by a radio station technician for use in the recording studio. This is one of the first instances of an electronic circuit being used to create a fuzz tone. Also recorded in was Marty Robbins track “Don’t Worry”, though it wasnt relaesed until January A faulty preamp on the console caused Grady Martin’s 6 string bass solo to come out very fuzzy.
The recording engineer was Glen Snoddy, he soon devised a way to replicate the sound with a transistor circuit and pitched it to Gibson. This would go on to become the Gibson Maestro Fuzztone. Also in , Red Rhodes built a custom one off fuzz box. The first chart-topping track recorded using a commercially available fuzz box was the Rolling Stones track “Satisfaction” using the Gibson Maestro fuzztone. Despite the availability of the Maestro Fuzztone, Dave Davies of “The Kinks” achieved his fuzz sound using an old school blues method, a torn speaker cone.
In Davies case he had purposely slashed his speaker cone with a razor blade. The tonebender was designed by Gary Stewart Hurst. This fuzz derived it’s curious name from the designer designer Pepe Rush. WEM took over the marketing of the Rush Pep Box and shortly after modified it using silicon transistors instead of germanium.
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Order by:. Available to:. Time to let this bad girl go. Works great and in great condition! This is the bubble font version. It has a stomp bar installed on it.
The tried and true NYC Big Muff Pi from Electro-Harmonix. An all-time classic Fuzz circuit dating back to when the first “Triangle Muff” was designed and.
There are very few websites dedicated to the Big Muff Pi, so I created this site with all of the information and history I have gleaned from various sources over the years, including some good photo references pix from my collection, stolen from ebay auctions, and sent to me by other generous Big Muff owners and audio clips. I think it is the most comprehensive one on the web.
I have tried to sort out Muff fact from Muff fiction and clarify some confusing or contradictory details from other websites and articles, as well as include a comprehensive history about Electro-Harmonix and the story behind the origin of the Big Muff Pi for all you Muff junkies. Be aware that it is overly and obsessiveley detailed, to a level much deeper than the average person would care to know, and the person who put it together obviously suffers from some type of OCD!
It was their second best selling pedal in the s after the Small Stone phaser, and Mike Matthews said in that in terms of units sold for all versions, the Big Muff is their number one seller. Fuzz pedals like the Maestro Fuzz-Tone and Fuzz Face were very popular in the late s but the Big Muff was a very different and fresh take on the fuzz tone territory. The first well known recorded use of th e Big Muff was in on The Carpenters’ power ballad hit Goodbye to Love, with a hard rocking fuzz solo played by Tony Peluso, very ahead of it’s time for the pop music market.
The Big Muff used an independant four stage Silicon transistor based circuit that did not have the limitations of the typical guitar-into-fuzz circuits around at the time it was created. It could go anywhere in the signal chain, and the tone was not at the mercy of the temperature like the old style Germanium transistors used in Fuzz-Tone and Fuzz Face pedals.
The Muff had monstrous loads of gain and sustain, and a monstrous sound to go along with it, from thunderous mud to hammering treble.
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It is used by bassists as well due to the Big Muff’s squeaky frequency response. I wanted to come out with a three knob distortion unit in a bigger box. I asked my buddy, Bell Labs designer, Bob Myer, to design a unit, one that would have a lot of sustain. When I got the prototype from Bob, I loved the long sustain. This was done by cascading the circuit into additional sections, each one clipped by twin diodes.
However, when you clip, the tone can be a bit raspy. So, I spent a couple of days changing capacitors to roll off distortion in the highs, and eventually found that the best long sustaining tone that was a sweet violin-like sound was done by having three capacitors in different parts of the circuit rolling off the rasp. An earlier Electro-Harmonix pedal, the Axis Fuzz, was also manufactured for the Guild guitar company as the Foxey Lady and used a similar chassis as the early Big Muffs, but had a simpler two-transistor circuit.
It was available at least until the mids. Due to its reliability, its low price and its distinctive sound, the Big Muff sold consistently through the s and was found in innumerable guitarists’ pedal collections. For example, David Gilmour  and Carlos Santana were some of first famous users of the pedal.
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Very Good, $290.00
I’m asking because my only distortion pedals are the EHX Little Big Muff and the EHX Double Muff I actually prefer the Double Muff, because it seems to make everything a bit less fizzy; with the LBM I sometimes struggle to get ‘definition’ out of it, and it seems to turn everthing I play into the ‘same’ sort of featureless angry buzz. I suppose what I’m looking for is a nice pedal that I can put before these effects which gives me a bit of dirt, but doesn’t overpower the overall texture.
With the EHX stuff going into reverb with long tails, everything I play just comes out sounding like early Jesus and Mary Chain, which is fun I’m looking for an overdrive pedal Can anyone recommend one?