The Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi
Built to replace the former model, The Bass Big Muff, this Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi version is the Darth Vader to the predecessors Obi-Wan. It looks cooler, has way more functionality, and is generally more of what a self-respecting bass player is looking for.
Electro-Harmonix know their stuff. After all, they’ve got an effects pedal for just about everything and they have been making them since the sixties, so they aren’t just some new company that need to prove themselves.
There are a lot of good things about the Deluxe Big Muff Pi. It’s got a an input range of 0dB and -10dB which means it works just as well with either active and passive pickups. It has three separate outputs to make sure you’ve got as much control as humanly possible over your sound and can filter out any of that annoying hum that sometimes comes through with using effects pedals, which is a godsend if you ask me. And as well as those, it has two footswitches for the diverse bass player to help refine their sound. Great if you need multiple tones in one song and ideal for just about any genre of music due to its versatility. Just clamp down on that second switch and you’re there.
As well as looking pretty badass, with its black and green décor, the Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi is made of solid die-cast metal, so as far as touring with it goes, you’ll be fine. Electro-Harmonix seem to recognise the need for durability. Not only does it spend its life getting stomped on by heavy-footed musicians in the throes of a set, it also gets shoved into bags, the back of cars/vans and generally knocked about like a Roman slave. These things take a beating, but now, they’re designed to. I’m not saying you should drop it off your roof, or launch it at the fence, or use it as a coaster, but you can rest assured it won’t fall to pieces after a couple of weeks on tour. That being said, if you look after it, it will continue to look after you.
Lastly, the whole device is powered by a 9volt battery (the square ones). Personally, I’m not a fan. Being a cautious fellow who’s always afraid the battery will die mid-set, I always take a 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter with me. Just plug it into a socket and there you go. Unlimited power! So long as the venue pays their bills that is, but that’s not yours or my concern.
All in all the Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi is designed to take the thick tone of its predecessor and infuse it with more control for you, the user. Thickness is great and all (especially for a thundering bass player), but I for one am grateful for that extra personalisation.
I was quite impressed by the price of this thing to be honest as it’s only $152.20, which isn’t a lot of money when compared to other brands’ gear. As I said, Electro-Harmonix seem to know their stuff.