Bell Bottom Blues: Five Modern Effect Pedals That Recreate Groovy '70s Sounds
From chorus to Leslie to distortion, here are five effect pedals that recreate hot '70s sounds.
Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion
From warm, fuzzy bass sounds to cutting lead sounds, the Big Muff PI from Electro-Harmonix is really the epitome of that classic '70s distortion sound.
While Woodstock-era heroes like Hendrix and Santana were among the first to get their hands on the original Big Muff, the pedal is most definitely revered for its place in the '70s as an integral part of the rigs of David Gilmour, Ace Frehley, Ronnie Montrose and countless others.
Built like a tank, the Big Muff PI features controls for Volume, Tone and Sustain, which may seem a bit limiting to button-happy guitar geeks, but is really all you need to produce a wide array of vintage distortion and fuzz tones.
MSRP: $108 | Check out this pedal at EHX.com.
Right now, with more than 40 years of design experience and musical experimentation to draw on, we're in the midst of a golden age for guitar effect pedal users and makers. You can choose the original, pioneering vintage models or souped-up clones from more contemporary designers. In his comprehensive guide, Guitar Effects Pedals - The Practical Handbook, Dave Hunter spells out the pros and cons of both. Check it out now at the Guitar World Online Store.
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