Reviewed by: Gabriel TanakaRating:4.5On July 17, 2013Last modified:October 6, 2016
In recent years Electro Harmonix has taken the legacy of the classic Big Muff Pi to bold new places with guitar pedals such as the Metal Muff with Top Boost and Deluxe Big Muff Pi. The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker gets back to basics by offering the original Big Muff Pi sound while added some new tonal flexibility. Is it the best Muff ever? I hope to answer that question in my Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker review.
Let’s run the features of this pedal and dive into the review.
Control knobs for Volume, Tone, and Sustain (Distortion).
Wicker switch for activating 3 high frequency filters to provide a sustain that is raspy and defined.
Tone switch for removing the tone control from the circuit for completely uncolored Muff distortion.
Original Big Muff Pi sound with Tone switch on and Wicker switch off.
True Bypass switching for no tone coloring when disengaged.
Sound & Performance:
I fired up the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker with the Tone switch on and the Wicker switch off, going for that classic Big Muff Pi sound.
If you’ve ever played a Big Muff Pi, you’ll know what to expect as far as that the Muff’s thick, warm, and fuzzy distortion is concerned. The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker delivers that classic Big Muff Pi sound perfectly. Its value alone as a Big Muff Pi in a compact and attractive-looking enclosure make it a worthy alternative for those craving that original Big Muff Pi tone.
This pedal this seriously fun to play. There’s a reason people have been using the Big Muff Pi for over 40 years. If you still don’t know what the fuzz, excuse me, the fuss is all about, then this pedal is a great place to start.
Lead melodies and solos come through with a smooth saturation. Turn back the Tone knob to add some darker warmth, or crank it to cut through the mix with a searing lead tone.
Riffs and chords blast out of this fuzz pedal with a massive chunk. The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker is a great go-to choice for heavily distorted riffage. Tones are always thick and clear, yet warm and fuzzy around the edges.
Using the two switches unique to this pedal is where things get really interesting.
Flipping the Tone switch off removes the Tone knob control from the circuit, adding an instant surge of full-range girth to your tone with increased volume. This setting fills the frequency spectrum with even more Muffed out insanity. If you thought the sound of the Big Muff Pi was big, the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker sounds even bigger when you cut the tone knob from the circuit.
The Wicker switch adds a brighter top-end which serves to add even more tone coloring options to this versatile pedal. The noise floor comes up a bit when you turn on the Wicker mode, but Muffs are all about making noise. The Wicker setting is great for jangly, yet raspy clean sounds and provides a lush, hi-fi brightness.
I really like the Wicker mode with and without the Tone knob engaged. Any guitarist can surely find a home for the wide range of great usable distortion sounds in the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker. Also, it plays well with other pedals. Try putting this Muff in front of an Electro Harmonix Superego or using this Muff with the Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork.
Let’s have the final result.
The Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker adds even more tonal versatility to the legendary Big Muff Pi. With its classic sounds intact and ingenious new tonal options, this Muff is a worthy variation to the Big Muff Pi name. Its pedalboard friendly form-factor offers yet another reason to make this your Muff of choice. And it’s still True Bypass for tone purists. This just might be one of the best Muffs ever. Whether you’re looking for classic or cutting edge distortion, the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker should be at the top of your list. May this pedal carry on the Big Muff Pi legacy for another 40 years and beyond.
That concludes our Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker review. Thanks for reading.
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February 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm
I like the Muff, and had one of the early ones back in the day. This one, like the old one, still seems to have that ground hum. Could just be volume. But I loved the Muff anyway. The new case looks way better than the old sheet metal version, btw. Thanks!
November 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm
There is no way you can go wrong with a big muff! decent priced and great sound!