Happy Belated New Year all you bedroom rockers, may Peace be with you, if you of course live in peace where possible! Okay, I am very guilty as I promised Mr J to do more reviews, but unfortunately I have been busy painting my house and doing many other put off jobs that only seem to get done at the end of the year!
Anyway… on with the review of the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker.
The Big Muff Pi needs no real introduction, I have reviewed the standard Little Big Muff already, which to summarize I felt was a great unit for the Big Muff tonal range. It worked very well with the Little Vox AC4 amp I had at that time and did my Gilmour thing really well.
Now a slight variation in this model is the tone wicker. This pedal still has the standard Big Muff Volume, Tone and Sustain knobs but adds a ‘Wicker‘ and ‘Tone‘ toggle to it.
So… What is a Tone Wicker? you ask…
Well the premise of this pedal is that it allows greater versatility, with the “Wicker” mode giving enhanced presence and sustain to an already cool pedal.
Actually being able to add extra presence can be a good thing for a Big Muff that can get dark and a bit ‘heavy‘, so some extra presence can certainly help you cut through a bit better.
You also have a tone switch that allows the tone stage to be bypassed for an even more scooped middle tone and some reviews claim a chunkier distortion. I would definitely say that when the Tone switch is off there is a big volume jump, a real boost and a more edgy ballsy fuzz sound.
It gets a little less smooth, a bit more raspy but yet still usable and fun. So really you have 3 or so tonal options, and for a fairly cheap pedal (around $100 which is not bad for USA made) it will satisfy most fuzz heads.
So how about my perception of it?
Well I liked it, but not enough to keep it over a more simple fuzz pedal!
For me, I honestly felt it was really nice but strangely enough the fuzz on the Little Big Muff just had a better tonal range, it just hit that elusive fuzz tone ‘sweet spot‘ You know, where the pedal is just perfect for your axe and amp!
I kept trying to tweak or bring out a bit more treble, but then it would seem to get thin. However if you want very think slightly dark and stormy fuzz, but yet still in the Gilmour ‘smooth fuzz‘ territory, as opposed to some Germanium and vintage fuzzes, then I think you would be happy with this pedal.
Honestly I am probably nit-picking and maybe expecting too much from this pedal, but for the money, I really like the fuzz on the Biyang Fuzz Star, which is a Big Muff Pi variation. I am not much of a tweaker and within 30 minutes of mucking around and getting used to the pedals tonal range the pedal either sounds good or it doesn’t.
However, on the plus side, the Big Muff Tone wicker was really quiet, so it would make a great live pedal… very low hiss and solidly built, and I don’t think you would be too disappointed with it, but for me I just didn’t gel with it.
Pedals and tone are so subjective, and the variations are endless aren’t they?
To finish allow me to pass on some words of wisdom… Try not to go down the road of never being happy with your sound at the detriment of your love of playing music. Honestly pedals, amps and guitars can become so distracting that we (and I am always going through this) can actually lose our joy in just playing guitar, instead we end up spending hours on the web reading reviews like this when we could be happily making music! Okay philosophy and religion over!!
All the best for 2014 and keep Rockin!!!
End Date: Tuesday Jul-14-2020 9:00:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $131.94
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
End Date: Sunday Jul-26-2020 20:03:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $177.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list