A Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff Pi can be seen next to Russell's [Danelectro Reel Echo](http://equipboard.com/items/danelectro-reel-echo-tape-simulator-pedal) in this image. You can confirm that this is Russell's board by checking out this [overhead](http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/blogs/1000words/2011/09/26/P1012322.jpg) shot of the same basic layout.more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip used an Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff Pi from 2007-2017. However the back plate which held the battery had fallen off and the version he had did not take a power supply. He decided to sell it to a friend down the street for pretty much a gift price $15. He needed $15 to buy a Christmas present and figured that price pretty much was a Christmas present to his friend. Luke only used the pedal live but a few times live and it appeared on no Positive Mental Trip recordings. That being said Luke loved the pedal and practiced with it a lot at home and if he could have powered it with a power supply would have used it a lot live. Luke currently uses an Way Huge Russian Pickle for big muff sounds. He had a Metal Muff but gave that to a friend also but plans to own another Metal Muff soon. “Although all Big Muff pedals are less like a fuzz and more like a distortion they are kinda grey area.The large box Metal Muff w/top boost I gave my friend is definitely the least like a fuzz and the most like a distortion. I love that pedal because it has 2 gain stages and the top boost can cut through a mix like a razor blade. Honestly though I love all the MUFF sounds. Eventually I plan to have some version of the triangle, rams head, op-amp, etc etc.. I borrowed the JHS Muffuletta for about 7 months and I really liked being able to compare the different sounds and really liked the JHS take on the MUFF as well. Getting it to cut through a mix can be difficult but that’s what ugh EQ is for right ? There’s a reason David Gilmour has all those BOSS GE-7’s right ?”more
I love this thing so much! It's hard to describe how it differs from the standard Big Muff; the fuzz is a little less thick (I mean that in the best way possible!). Just go look it up. The circuit in this thing is apparently nearly identical to the Bass Big Muff.
I use it to pretend to be Dan Auerbach...it's surprisingly versatile for other sounds/styles, though!
This unit's in & out jacks, the easily-loosened tri-pole switch, and the curved shell without interior support make it unreliable under solid stomping. The sound, however, is as good as the legend is inspired.
this was the first big muff I ever owned circa '96.... I gutted mine and built another effect into the box. I had the intact and function PCB in the wooden box for a long time and recently I took it out and housed it in a spare box... plugged her in and Is till hate this pedal. This is one of the worst sounding muffs. I've realized I don't actually like big muffs, but even going past that distaste these black Russian muffs sound like ass.
one of the best dirt pedals ever. not quite a fuzz, not quite an overdrive, not quite a distortion, but more of a mix of all of that in one with some outrageous sustain. Simply, I've got a ton of people listening to me play and wondering how im getting that really intense and then really gentle distorted sound that can get extremely fuzzy too. And when I say it's from the same pedal it blows people's minds. So glad I grabbed one of these back in the mid 2000s when they were 50 bucks and considered a cheaper, shittier version of the Big Muff. My my my how they were wrong.
I modified this fuzz by replacing a transistor or two with some from a 1969 Fuzz Face and it sounds like a freight train off the tracks with my Les Paul's 59 Standard Humbuckers. Its an incredible sound, i defy anyone to have a better fuzz sound than I do.