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In an interview with Phil Taylor, David's guitar technician. He is quoted in the article as saying : "PT: It think it's just pretty much him. He is obviously using a couple of effects, like a Big Muff and a delay, but it really is just his fingers, his vibrato, his choice of notes and how he sets his effects." David Gilmour has been known to use the Big Muff on one of the most renowned guitar solos of all time, the solo from Comfortably Numb.more
At 9:58 in this video interview, J Mascis talks about his Big Muff Pi Pedal, saying, “I got it in '87 on our first tour. Before that, I was using a Deluxe Big Muff and then I got that on tour and then I started using both of them, but I really like that one. From then on, I just used that.” He provides more detail at 10:34 saying, “It seems a bit clearer. It's really easy to play rhythm. That’s my main distortion for rhythm sounds and lead. Some Big Muffs kind of get really mushy when you're playing rhythm, it's hard to articulate the notes. That’s the main thing I notice about it.” The Big Muff is demonstrated by J at 21:34.more