Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff Guitar Distortion Effects Pedal Review
Take the power of the classic Big Muff Pi condensed into a lightweight, compact effects pedal and you will have the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. If you need the same uncompromised fuzz, overdrive, and distortion quality, then look no more.
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Effects Pedal Details & Specs
- Rugged enclosure with a 9.6 DC-200BI EHX power supply
- Includes a 9-volt battery
- Three adjustable knobs for volume, sustain, and tone
- Maximum signal integrity with True Bypass
- Lightweight at 12 ounces; retailed at $84.99
Electro-Harmonix’s slogan is “effects + inspiration,” which could very well be why they’ve integrated the legendary Big Muff onto a smaller power source. The Nano is convenient in the sense that it takes up less space on the pedalboard, and that it has an almost identical soaring sustain to the Big Muff. If you’re touring around a lot, you might want to check this one out.
The Big Muff is known for its menacing tone – thick, aggressive, and versatile; perfect not just for metalheads but for the distortion-loving musicians as well. The Nano doesn’t try to “impersonate” this tone; it’s almost flawlessly capable of the same quality, except that it does have a tiny bit of brightness or sting to it.
We tried it with different customized tone and gain settings and were delighted to discover it could achieve a high headroom clean boost on its own. This also comes with a tiny, barely-there-for-the-untrained-ear hint of over-the-top Hendrix fuzz you might also be expecting. Any more demanding purpose you might have in mind, this pedal is bound to do. Crunch sounds, smooth square waves, synth-like modulations – we’re now confident you can do anything with it as you’ve done with the older counterparts.
In terms of build, the Nano is purposely designed to be more rugged, so you can be completely comfortable using it. It may be called a Nano but it’s not exactly the smallest out there. Call it a mid-sized pedal if you will since it’s not anywhere close to the standard sizes. At 12 ounces, however, we like how easy it is to carry around, set up, and store away.
We recommend the Nano mainly for its uncanny ability to mimic the Big Muff Pi. We won’t exactly recommend it for the Hendrix-esque needs, although a bit of experimentation might help you achieve a wide variety of 70s and 80s tones.
Is it for you?
Depending on what you might need the Nano Big Muff for, we always try to advise musicians to do their research first before they make a purchase. If you’re a simple distortion lover, however, then chances are you might have made your decision by now.