Over on Effects Bay they’re talking about the Big Muff Pi (I can’t wait to see the kind of google visitors I get for having those keywords on my site. I’m not sure if it will be people interested in porn or fanatics of the number 3.14159265)
I don’t have any effects in my setup yet. I’ve been focused on trying to get a sound I like straight from my guitars and amp. I wanted to get familiar with the nuances of each guitar before throwing effects into the mix. But after seeing the video he posted comparing the different versions of Big Muff Pi through the years, I think I might have to dive in and get one.
In the video you can clearly hear the difference between the models of the same effect unit over the years. My favorite by far was the 1973 model. It had the warmest bluesy sound without a metal screech. The 1976 model sounded good too, but the ’73 unit really blew me away. The one I didn’t like much was the Little Big Muff. It sounded a bit shrill compared to the others (it did have that metal screech if that’s what you’re after).
Of course, this is all based on a YouTube video, so in person the results may be different.
I guess I need to start watching ebay for a vintage Big Muff Pi from 1973. Anybody got one?
What are your favorite effects? Do you prefer vintage or newer?