Effects pedal Big Muff Pi Bass was released by famous company Electro Harmonix. This company proves itself as a high-quality equipment manufacturer. Big Muff Pi was created for using it with a bass guitar, and also as a part of a pedalboard.
This pedal’s sound is described as a renewed version of its older brother – Green Russian Big Muff Pi Pedal.
If you are a bass guitar player and you want to have a possibility to give your instrument some real fuzzy sound with good depth, this effects pedal is for you!
Available Modes of Big Muff Fuzz Pedal
You can choose from 3 modes (NORM, BASS BOOST, and DRY) using a special metal switch.
A metal switch in this position activates a clean bass guitar sound with a little bit of overdrive.
This mode gives you a mix of clean sound with a little bit of distortion.
BASS BOOST mode
With this mode, you gain more powerful bass sound with a transcendental distortion.
Functional features and scope
The manufacturer says that this pedal gives you a high-quality sound and a natural sustain for your bass guitar. Thanks to the convenient settings, designed according to the frequencies of a bass guitar, you get full control over the low-frequency spectrum and components of your sound.
The pedal control knobs are:
- SUSTAIN knob controls the duration of the sound, as well as the amount of overload in the final signal;
- TONE knob that controls the tone of the bass guitar;
- VOLUME knob adjusts the overall output level, the amount of overdrive in one of the pedal modes.
The effects pedal is perfect for creating saturated and fleshy solo parts on the bass guitar. It’ll add to the exceptional sound beauty and extreme power!
My experience and thoughts about Big Muff Pi Bass
In 2008 the Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi pedal was presented, based on black and green Russian muffs, with a weakened gain and adequate low-frequency transmission. Some features were also added, which make life easier for a bass player, but about them a little further.
Bass Big Muff Pi is made in one of the new cases of Electro-Harmonics, and not the smallest, the same standard MXR and Bosses are somewhat more compact. Why so, I don’t know, but probably it is due to the traditions, as the original Big Muff of the ’70s and the re-editions are large, they can be easily stuffed with a kilogram of Hawaiian cigars:)
But in general, I liked this design, and I have never experienced any inconvenience because of its size. The pedal weighs a little due to the light metal alloy. On the green (the symbol of the connection with the green Russian, I guess) front panel, there are three knobs: a red LED, one toggle switch of the modes, and a button for triggering the fuzz effect.
There is an input on the right, two outputs on the left, and a power supply connector on the top. The primary color is unpainted aluminum; the knobs are moving tightly. It’s got high-quality jacks and a button. Almost “built like a tank” and even made in NYC, USA. If you need to change the battery, you can not do it without a screwdriver – you need to remove the entire bottom cover. Using power supplies is right, but the fact that the EHX didn’t put the battery slot for half a dollar made me a little sad.
Big Muff Pi has three standard handles: volume, tone and sustain, and three modes of operation:
Norm – the pedal works like a regular guitar muff. Boooring.
Bass Boost gives a sound with a sharp rise in the low frequencies.
Dry mode is even more exciting. In this case, the Volume knob is no longer responsible for the output signal level, but controls the sub-mix of the processed signal to the clean one, i.e., it works like a Blend knob.
When you turn on your pedal, you’ve got the fuzzy signal from “Effect out” and a clean one from “Dry out.”
Thus you can use two bass guitar amplifiers with fuzzy and clean sound to get a lot of basses 🙂 It is not very useful, but you can try to experiment.
Sometimes you can find a combination of “bass distortion” in the description of this pedal. But it’s not right, and this is the Fuzz. It’s not overdrive, not distortion – it’s a fuzz with all the resulting sound effects. There’s no emulation of the lamp.
It is bold, juicy, textured, compressed, and a little bit of synthetic sound. In Norm mode, it seemed to me, that Tone knob is turned more than halfway. In the Bass Boost mode, low frequencies are too much dominating. Although for a guitar, both of these modes are very good.
And the most useful for a bass player, of course, is Dry mode. By balancing the knobs, you can receive an extensive sound palette, from a slightly tinted sound to an almost Muse-like.
Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi is multi-purpose, and it can fit for the bass tracks of different styles, except perhaps the extreme Metall.
So it is still my favorite bass guitar fuzz!
Specifications for bass guitar Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi Pedal
|Device type:||Effects pedal|
|Modes of the pedal:||DISTORTION \ SUSTAIN mode, BASS BOOST mode, DRY mode|
|Pedal circuit:||Fully analog circuit|
|Body type:||Fully metal case|
|Bypass pedal:||Cold bypass (true bypass)|
|Indication:||LED indicator (red)|
|Pedal control knobs:||SUSTAIN knob, TONE knob, VOLUME knob|
Features of setting and operation of pedal modes
The distortion level is adjusted with the SUSTAIN and VOLUME knobs.
|NORM mode:||A mode with a light overdrive (setting with the SUSTAIN control)|
|DRY mode:||Pure sound mixing mode with distortion|
|BASS BOOST mode:||The mode gives the gain of the overall output level|
|Button on/off effect:||Metal construction|
|Switch modes:||Metall three-position switch|
|Pedal supply:||Battery power (9 volts, CROWN), power adapter (~ 9 volts)|
|Pedal color:||Silver base with green top|
Commutation of the pedal
|Instrumental input:||INPUT 1/4 "Jack TRS|
|DRY OUT:||Signal output without processing (1/4 "Jack TRS)|
|EFFECT OUT:||Output of the processed signal (1/4 "Jack TRS)|
|Input for power adapter:||Not supplied (purchased separately)|
|Pedal weight:||600 grams|
|Manufacturer:||Electro-Harmonix, New-York, USA|