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
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.
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.
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.
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.