Family Tree, Muff Style

Got Muff?

Please pardon the expression but I’m talking about the Big Muff from Electro-Harmonix.  The Big Muff is one of the classic fuzz circuits that was originally developed in NYC back in 1970 or so.  While the Big Muff fuzz pedals available today have a different circuit than the originals, many people say that the basic sound remains somewhat unchanged.

What’s cool about the Big Muff is that there are many different flavors of the fuzz pedal so that if you take some time, you’re sure to find a Muff that suits your taste.

EHX Big Muff fuzz pedals

EHX Big Muff fuzz pedals

From L to R we have the:  Big Muff Pi; Double Muff, Little Big Muff, Big Muff with Tone Wicker, Bass Big Muff and Nano Muff Overdrive.  Missing from this picture is the recently discontinued Russian Big Muff which came in a dark blue steel enclosure.

How to decide which Muff is for you?  Take some time and use your ears.  The overlying characteristic of the Muff style of fuzz is a smooth, even fuzz that can sustain well.  You won’t find that crazy stuttering gated fuzz sound here.  I think that the Russian Big Muff is the smoothest and handles low frequencies well.  As a bass player, I currently have the Bass Big Muff on my pedalboard as it’s the closest in sound to the Russian.

The best part about the Big Muff family is that all these pedals come in under $100.

Big Muffs at Fat Tone Guitars


2 responses to “Family Tree, Muff Style

  1. id rather not say

    i believe you are also missing the English Muff’n

  2. Do not forget the Deluxe Big Muff. Several versions exist. 🙂

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