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Electro-Harmonix

Few can deny the effect pedals such as the Big Muff fuzzbox have had on the sound of the guitar from its initial design in 1969 to this day. Its bass-heavy sustain, designed to mimic the fuzz tones of Jimi Hendrix would revolutionize fuzz in the sounds of many legendary players in the course of its life. Carlos Santana, David Gilmour, Metallica, KoRn, Jack White, The Edge, Billy Corgan would join the list of names whose sound the pedal became fus(zz)ed with. The band Mudhoney even titled their debut EP “Superfuzz Bigmuff”.

Founded in 1968, Electro-Harmonix was the brainchild of partners Mike Matthews (rnb keyboard player) and Robert Myer (electronic engineer) who set out to design a circuit which would create a distortion-free sustain ‘fuzz’, that was so popular at the time. The Axis fuzz pedal, sold under the name ‘Foxey Lady’ as a reference to Jimi Hendrix’s sound on the famous track and the Linear Power Booster (LPB-1), a simple line booster used by Matthews in testing to pre-amplify the guitar’s signal were the first pedals to go on the market. The LPB-1 massively boosted guitar signal to provide gain by clipping the signal, resulting in a raw, distorted sound, full of sustain and harmonics.

After a brief pause between the mid-80s and early 1990’s to develop re-branded vacuum tubes, Electro-Harmonix set to work with re-issues of their most popular models. It wasn’t till 2002 that their ever-expanding range of new models and pedal-combos began to emerge and further shape the sound of many of the industry’s most venerated musician’s sounds and processes. The Small Stone phase shifter would shape the sound of Jean-Michel Jarre, The Electric Mistress analog flanger; integral to guitar legend John Frusciante’s timbre. The Memory Man delay pedal was used by The Edge in “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. Electro-Harmonix pedals can be found everywhere in your favourite records and offer a wealth of creative possibility in crafting a unique sound.
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Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi V4 (1977)
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The Smashing Pumpkins fuzz. The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff has had many versions during its lifetime. The unit we have here is the V4 one which is associated with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. The unit uses the EH-1322 board and is all stock. As to sound, try it out for yourself using the TonePedia player, compare it to other models too. The EHX Big Muff Pi V4 was in production for approx two years, so it is relatively hard to find.

Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy
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Not a toy! The Memory Toy presents a pure analog delay for musicians who covet thick sound from a thin wallet. EH melds heritage with select components to present the musician with up to 550ms of delay. Not a toy but a professional tool that bathes your axe with organic depth and dimension. The selectable chorus is a lush bonus. No one does analog like Electro-Harmonix!

Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff Pi
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Big Muff Pi, a tick smaller. If you like the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi but prefer a little bit smaller enclosure, then the Little Big Muff Pi is what you need. Electro-Harmonix promises that the Little Big Muff Pi sounds exactly like the original Big Muff Pi so there are no down sides to this down-sizing. Load both to the TonePedia player and see how similar they are. Sound wise what is there to say?! The Big Muff is a rich fuzz / distortion pedal that delivers violin-like sustain. It is one of those pedals that shaped the face of Rock and Roll. If you need a much smaller version of the Big Muff Pi, check the Nano Big Muff Pi which can also be found on TonePedia.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Soul Food
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Give me more lows...The Electro Harmonix Bass Soul Food is an overdrive pedal for the electric bass guitar. It offers the following controls: volume, drive, treble, blend and a -10dB switch for active instruments. This overdrive pedal is building on the Soul Food and can also be used by electric guitarists who want to have an extra low end in their sound.

Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo
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An ultra great delay pedal for the ones who like to keep it simple. Electro-Harmonix has a reputation for quality delays and the #1 Echo is a prime example. The tone is ultra high quality up to two seconds of maximum warm analog-sounding delay. The feedback control sets number of repeats and how fast they fade. The blend control lets you adjust the balance of echo volume with straight through signal, putting your sound exactly in the pocket you want.

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi
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The legendary Big Muff. The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi is with no doubt one of the most iconic guitar pedals on the planet. You probably hear it on records all the time without even knowing it. There are a lot of different Big Muff versions which went in and out of production along the years and this Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi is the current standard, has been for a long long time now. The Big Muff is famous for it's violin-like sustain, creamy tone and simplicity vs versatility great ratio. It is also priced well, so no need to save up for months until you get yours. Size wise, it is big! If you lack space on your board check out the Nano and Little Big Muff Pi versions. They sound similar to the Big Muff Pi and come in smaller housings.

Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff Pi
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It's a shrunken Big Muff. EHX took their famous Big Muff Pi and shrunk it to a pedal board friendly size. Electro-Harmonix promises that the Nano Big Muff Pi sounds exactly like the original Big Muff Pi so there are no down sides to this down-sizing. Load both to the TonePedia player and see how similar they are. Sound wise what is there to say?! The Big Muff is a rich fuzz / distortion pedal that delivers violin-like sustain. It is one of those pedals that shaped the face of Rock and Roll. Glad to see it evolves.

Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff
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A huge tone in a mini pedal! The Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff from the '90s became a hit shortly after being released. the growling low ends, full on fuzz it delivers has such a distinct character that after all these years, it is still sought after. The Mini version of the green Russian Big Muff is based on the Tall Font Sovtek version from the mid '90s. This pedal roars all the way! Do not expect germanium-like cleanliness from it, it is a beast. We find the Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff musical. The switch from the slicing fuzz to a smooth distortion is smooth, and the tone control really comes handy. Load it and some other Big Muff versions onto the player to find the right one for you.

Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff
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A reissue of the one that started it all. The Electro-Harmonix V1 "Triangle Big Muff" (called after the layout of its knobs) was originally released to the market somewhere towards the end of the '60s. It made waves! This pedal was used on countless of records, you can here it played by Santana, David Gilmour, Steve Howe and more great guitar players. In 2018 EHX reissued this V1 Big Muff and named it the Triangle Big Muff, they claim it is a faithful reproduction of the V1. While we cannot compare it to the original, we can definitely say that the Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff is a magnificent distortion which delivers heaps of sustain and tone. It is one of these pedals where you really should read about less and play with more so add it to the TonePedia player and find out what it is all about.