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EH Big Muff: Green Box

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ODDBALL, Nov 6, 2012.



    Mar 2, 2005
    Salida, CA
    Hello All,

    This is my first post in the effects area so please be kind to a effects new comer. So I have done a pretty good search on this subject and found that a lot of folks do not like this pedal too much. Or should I say most say “it’s a beginner pedal”. So what I would like to do is have all the folks that like this pedal and use it please chime in, in its defense. :D


  2. satellite4


    May 23, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    It's been my fuzz for 2 years now. I love the heavy sound... and even though I only use it for 1 or 2 songs in my band's set list, I still play with it all the time during solo practice.

    Love to add my micro POG octaver with it, and click on the overdrive...nice huge heavy sound.

    Bought it $45 used here on TB.
  3. fitz420

    fitz420 Knows Lows

    Oct 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    As far as muffs go, the original tall font ones are just awesome. I've owned many boutique clones and settled on an original. Not sure who doesn't like em but they, and their clones, get lots of love around here.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    Love the green big muff. I've been playing for 23 years. I don't claim to be the second coming of Jaco, but I'm definitely not a beginner. :)

    Some people don't think they have a good pedal until they've paid $500 for something you've never heard of. But if you look at pro pedal boards, there's lots of Boss and EHX. I can't prove it, but I strongly suspect the market for boutique pedals is largely weekend warrior types.

  5. Oh man, the green Russian Big Muff is awesome. Scored one used a few years ago for $150. It's the original "tall font" one. I don't use it often, but it serves its purpose here and there and sounds great doing so. Sounds even better used in conjunction with a midrange boost of some sort (I use a Proco Rat with mine, keeping the distortion as low as possible on each).

    Seriously, really nice pedal. Not for everyone I guess.


    Mar 2, 2005
    Salida, CA
    Of course I am speaking of the newer Big Muff with the 3 way toggle.



  7. Oh. Didn't know there was a newer Muff in a green box. Apologies.


    Mar 2, 2005
    Salida, CA
    No worries, I am new to the pedal world. :)

  9. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    The current Bass Muff PI is a very good pedal; great bang for the buck. It will do 95% of what most people want.

    Once you've done that and want more, you may venture in something like the Wren and Cuff Tall Font or Sovtek Bubble Font. Love the SUF pedals too, the Civil War and Dirty Rooster are epic pedals.
  10. Klausklaerwerk


    Sep 5, 2012
    that's right, if you are a hipster, buy any muff which is 30 years old, halfway broken and sounds like **** for 500$ on ebay.
    if you want a good, nice sounding pedal, buy the latest bass big muff! it's just great, although it sometimes is a little hard to use it in a band setting. but some playing around with the dry-mode will figure this.
  11. nendo


    Apr 27, 2007
    You might want to be a bit more specific when talking about big muffs as there are loads available.

    If you talk about a big muff and associate it to a colour then more than likely people are going to assume you are talking about the old discontinued Russian big muffs by Sovtek (Sister company to Electro-Harmonix)

    Russian big muff - Black
    Russian big muff - Green

    But if your talking about the new one then you might want to mention its the Bass big muff PI

    Just so it doesn't get confussing and people start talking about the wrong pedals :)
  12. vbchaos


    Sep 5, 2011
    Groningen, The Netherlands
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    Japp! It always has to be spectacular and "I have found that one gear guru living up that high mountain where he creates stuff for the chosen ones". Seriously, it is just a bunch of resistors , caps, coils and potmeters.
    Got a bigmuff pi a couple of years ago. Bought it online without ever havng heard one in real. Used it, still like it. I tried some stuff in shops lately, but my muff became my sound, so... I am overdriven for 70 euros! I like that :)
  13. WoundFlat


    Mar 11, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    The bass big muff was the first pedal I ever bought, and it's still on my board three years later. That's not to say I don't have other fuzzes for different applications, but the BBM has worked well enough that I haven't looked to replace it with a tall font or the like. The "dry" mode serve me well for keeping low end at the start, but recently I put it in a wet/dry blend using a Boss LS-2, an it's even more awesome.
  14. Well I am a weekend warrior, yet my board is filled with Boss :D

    Tried the bass big muff, it's good. I just can't find how to use it with my current band. We're doing original, post-rock songs, yet out of the 10 songs that we've wrote none of them requires distorted or fuzzy bass
  15. I really like mine. Also, I'm a big fan of EHX pedals, particularly dirt boxes. I wasn't sure at first because I don't have much use for fuzz, but I've learned to use it. I used it just today as a matter of fact for a worship set. It was a youth group thing so there was room to be a little more edgy sound-wise.

    My only qualms with it is that there is a volume jump when used in the blend mode. I'm currently looking into modding a master volume control into it, it's floating around here somewhere. Other than that, my only wish is that it were lower gain, but it's nothing that can't be fixed by tweaking the sustain knob.

    From what I understand they modeled it after the original, and added some mods in with the toggle switch, like a bass boost and a blend mode. Their goal was to cram that circuit with the mods into a little big muff sized casing, hence the micro chips.