The Electro Harmonix big muff is a true classic in the world of guitar effects and loads of pedals have been based on it. The Big Muff has been heavily featured on songs by classic artists as varied as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana to Billy Corgan and Thurston Moore. So what have Electro Harmonix done to create the new Big Muff Wicker? Let’s dive in and take a look!
The Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker taps into the sonic power of the original pedal but creates new tonal possibilities at the flick of a switch, this basically means you have an iconic sound at your finger tips but with the option of tweaking it even more radically to meet your own needs .
With the Wicker control off and the tone on, you're getting those classic big muff sounds. Crank the sustain all the way up and your Strat gets that gorgeous saturated nasty fuzz sound that will get you dusting off your Hendrix licks in no time. Drop the sustain control down and it gets less hairy and adds extra body to your sound (and hair! No, not really!). This is the standard Big Muff Pi tone.
With the wicker on your sound changes so that you have more high frequencies in the mix making it great for screaming leads or really grinding alternative rock. With the tone toggle switch on, it means the tone control is back in the signal chain adding even more control over the fuzz.
Coming in at under £70 (when this article was written) the Tone Wicker puts classic Big Muff fuzz sounds within the everyday guitar players grasps. Add that to the new tonal possibilities that the Wicker has over the original Big Muff, it makes this a pedal to be reckoned with. I heartily recommend the Electro Harmonix Big Muff with Tone Wicker, definitely check one out!