What is the best use for the Big Muff

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  1. Ides of March

    Ides of March Member

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    I am really close to pulling the trigger on this, but I would like to know for certain if the Muff is basically used for fuzz or not. I have a tubescreamer and a Rat 2 and I don't want to buy a pedal if my other pedals TS and Rat 2 does the same thing. And is it a good pedal or not.
     
  2. Burgs

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    Big Muff = Big stoner fuzz. You know J Mascis? He love's 'em. The Big Muff has a mega following. All of these will give you a good idea of its sound and I think you'll agree that it's a fair departure from your current two dirt boxes - TS and RAT.

    J Mascis' Big Muff collection (apparently).

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  3. Cado

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    Before you pull the trigger, check out some of the Muff clones out there. There are some great recreations of the Triangle & Ram's Head era Muffs on the market.
     
  4. teleman55

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    Muff=Fuzz? Kinda. Yeah it's a fuzz but it's a little different than my FUZZ fuzz. It's a Muff, almost needs it's own catagory. Put it in front of your tubescreamer and having that choice will make you smile.
     
  5. slacker

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    It's a cross between a distortion and fuzz. IMHO they sound better mellow. I had one for a few months and flipped it as it didnt suit the music I was/am making.

    Watch the video with the 65 amps bloke, that shows you what they can do.

    here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWDFOk2Amy0
     
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    Best use of Mig Muff is on drum kits in studio.
    They are extremely useful for much much more... But I'll go with a Mig Muff inserted on the snare drum in almost any mix...lol
     
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    The way I've always used them is to fill alot of sonic space, but without getting in the way of vocals.
    Every Big Muff or variant I've used has been extremely scooped in the mids. My guitar tone is inherently kind of middy to start with, so using a Big Muff kind of pulls it back and fills out the other registers. I was able to set the overall volume louder using the Big Muff, but it still was not overbearing.
    I used it strictly for rhythm playing.
    Does that make sense?
     
  8. drewl

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    paperweight?

    Seriously I have an old 70's one that I've tried tweaking, have returned it to stock over and over and although according to others it's a good sounding one, I could never get into it.
     
  9. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    I'd say a TS is good for some gritty overdriven solo stuff, a Rat is good for hair metal rhythmic distorted chops, but a muff? almost a pure noisemaker that will make you a little insane in the head. not that useful for "technical" stuff, think of it like an emotional rage booster, if anything.
     
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    I like my Muff for a huge, milkshake thick, endless sustain. And I paid $70 new for the NYC RI so I can't plead that it is too expensive.
     
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    Actually the most musical examples of the Big muff would be David Gilmours use of it on the Wall. Check out the solos on "comfortably numb" or the HUGE but razor tight power chords on "in the flesh" or the clasic rock tones on "young lust". These tones a million miles from the smashing pumpkins untamed wall -o- fuzz.
     
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    see Siamese Dream era Smashing Pumpkins tone...
     
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    I love the Big Muff Pi. I think a lot of guys that really dislike the pedal will put the sustain knob all the way up and at those settings it introduces a lot of compression, jmo. I like to use my TS-9DX before it to really push the ever-lovin' crap out of it. Muff handle pushing really well, imo. I really like the Frantone stuff. They're based off the muff but have some great improvments.
     
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    That is a GREAT description. I love Muff's. I don't use 'em all the time but they are really effective when used in the right places.

    AL
     
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    I've Been using a Creamy Dreamer, which is a moded muff, its great for Rythm, just roll back the vol and and bash out chords.. good wah fuzz combo as well. Great all around grunge era pedal, good for pumpkins, soundgarden rythm...So many bands use em', that being said, having one is a good thing.
     
  16. Ides of March

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    Thanks everyone, I think I am going to get one. My favorite style of music is grunge and alternative, hard rock too. The 90's type stuff. So it seems like a good choice for the price.
     
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    If your into Grunge and alternative, a big muff is mandatory almost :)
     
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    Yeah that's pretty much what I am into, AIC, Nirvana, Tad, Soundgarden, Pumpkins, Screaming Trees, Mad Season, that type of stuff. I am also into newer stuff like Down, Mastadon, Clutch, Crowbar... but I don't know exactly what they use for their sound.
     
  19. bloodlemons

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    A Big Muff is best used for killing your enemies. Especially if one of your enemies is silence.
     
  20. lifeinsong

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    I prefer a smaller tighter muff with as little fuzz as possible...sorry, I couldn't resist.

    As far as it's best use, I'll leave that one alone for now.
     

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