Electro Harmonix Germanium Big Muff

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by f59bassman, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. f59bassman


    Aug 2, 2011
    Chattanooga, TN
    I'm looking for a good overdrive for my bass rig. Something that I can set a low gain but still have a crunchy punch. For the bigger areas, I like to use my big muff pi. I looked at the reviews on the germanium big muff and it seems pretty cool. Has anyone else messed with this pedal on bass? I'd like some opinions before throwing down what little money I have on it and not enjoying it. I've tried it once at guitar center and it was cool and all, but also, I'd like more opinions and possible options for a pedal combo of distortion/fuzz and an overdrive. My pedalboard is extremely small, the way I want it. So, suggestions and opinions are very welcome. This is my first time really using pedals with bass, and yes I know it's a personal preference, but still not really knowing what pedals sound good with bass, I don't know much about it haha. My rig has changed a bit and it goes as follows;

    Ampeg SVT 200T classic series head
    Ampeg classic SVT 610HLF

    Sampson power conditioner
    Sennheiser wireless
    Fender RT-1000 rack tuner
    BBE maxcom

    Akai deep impact**
    Boss DD-20 giga delay
    EH big muff pi
    EB volume jr
  2. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Another option would be the English Muff'n. I've used mine quite a bit for some low gain growly type tone. It worked very well.

    I've got no experience with the germanium muff though...
  3. Germanium transistors tend to be temperature sensitive, so you might hear changes in tone and the way the pedal sounds if moving the pedal from a 30 degree car into the club. If you allow the pedal to always come to room temperature before playing it you won't have any problems.
  4. f59bassman


    Aug 2, 2011
    Chattanooga, TN
    Awesome!! I'll check it out. And on one of my other posts, you had told me about technique to reduce clicking, and that helped tons!! Thanks so much for the advice. I'm still somewhat new to the bass world haha. Although I've been playing bass since 2006 haha. I love this instrument more than guitar though. It's a never ending experiment of low end:)
  5. f59bassman


    Aug 2, 2011
    Chattanooga, TN
    Awesome. I'll look into it then. Thanks!!:)