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BIG MUFF

Hi,
I wanted to know what everyone who's used either kind of Big Muff to let me know if it is worth the 50 dollars or not. I've been thinking about getting one, I just want to know how good they are.

Karl
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2/19/2005 12:01 AM

Dick Reed (1927) wrote:

Hi Karl,
Well I had one a year or two ago and I wouldn't get another one. Now doesn't mean I think it was a terrible pedal or anything but there are so many cool pedals out there today that I would probably look at other first.
For me it had the old 60's and 70's heavy fuzz, no tone just in your face fuzz. Which can be cool but where would you ever use it??? I thought i would and never did. Now that's just me, so let's see what else come in. By the way I had the green OD box.
DR

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2/19/2005 8:21 AM

Luke Price (934) wrote:

I played the new reissue.. Had it on loan from a friend for a good few months

Really liked the sound from it, good for lead or rhythm.

Easy to get a sound you like out of it, theres only one tone knob, and a sustain for the amount of distortion.

I used it lots and miss it now, I shal be getting one of my own at some point I guarantee...

It wasn't quite the perfect fuzz sound I was looking for, lacking a little something I couldnt put my finger on, but they're dead cheap, so I cant complain.

Luke



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2/19/2005 11:06 AM

Karl Haikara (2330) wrote:

I understand the Smashing Pumpkins used Big Muffs on their early albums, if it can get a sound that thick I'd be happy.



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2/20/2005 1:37 PM

Luke Price (934) wrote:

Theres alot of tricks to getting the smashing pumpkins sound...

Alot of it is studio trickery, on siamese dream they had 24 guitar tracks for one song, all overlayed to create that monster sound.

Anyway, the main live sound is basically a JCM 800, with the post gain cranked all the way up, and a ADA MP-1 or JMP-1 preamp used for different sounds and volume control. He also plugged into the low input of the head.

Billy corgan was a fan of the big muff in the studio, but felt it lacked something for live work, and I tend to agree. Although I havent had the chance to run one in a studio myself.

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2/19/2005 2:28 PM

Rick Willems (563) wrote:

Go to www.buzzfox.com and check it (and several other pedals) out. Great site.

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2/20/2005 10:34 AM

James Walczak (4510) wrote:

Hey Ya Karl,
Ok, I don't have one of the Big Muff's but I do have one of the older original "Muff Fuzz" units. It's not really a "pedal" as much as a little box that had an adapter so you plugged it into the input of your amp and then plugged your guitar into the box...twas my first distortion :-)

Now as to the sound...it was a very good distortion sound...lots of harmonics, overtones, yadda, yadda, yadda. My only gripe with the Muff Fuzz was that there was only one control and it was basically a volume control...there was no way to control the "amount" of distortion going into the signal...it was all or nothing basically. Now the older Big Muff, had the same sound and were really sweet...I just never got around to buying one. As far as the newer re-issues go, I haven't tried one...I've heard they're good, but you'd really have to play one to find out.

Like with most things guitar, I'd suggest takin your ax (and amp) to your local music store and give one a try and let your ears decide :-)

Hope this helps!
Bright Blessings,
Jim

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2/20/2005 7:51 PM

Matt Wood (2844) wrote:

for $50 I say yeah it's well worth it . I borrowed one for a while and i didnt use it much , but i was running it into a crappy little fender solid state amp . My buddy runs it into his ac30 and he gets some great sounds

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2/22/2005 3:00 AM

Karl Haikara (2330) wrote:

Thanks for all the info everyone
I need to find a store that carries them and try it out for myself.

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2/23/2005 3:07 PM

Bernardo Pires (4599) wrote:

hey Karl,
How are you?
Well about the big muff, I tried it a few years ago. The reissue model... Sounded ok to me, but I prefer distortion (not fuzz). It has a nice sustain. Another option is the dunlop fuzzface.
All the best
Bernardo



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2/24/2005 4:08 PM

Karl Haikara (2330) wrote:

Heythanks,
I'm good,I hope you are too.
I'm not sure if I like fuzz much myself, sometimes I think it is useful, for the most part the best distortion I have is my amps disortion channel lol.

Karl

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