Electro-Harmonix reissues classic Ram’s Head Big Muff Pi

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled a faithful recreation of the company’s original violet-colored 1973 Ram’s Head Big Muff fuzz/distortion pedal, a circuit known for its exceptional sustain and articulate string separation, and popularized by David Gilmour.

The new pedal shrinks the original’s circuit into a smaller, pedalboard-friendly enclosure, and adds several features, including true bypass switching, an LED to indicate effect status and the option of being powered by a 9V AC adapter.

(Image credit: courtesy of Electro-Harmonix)

Otherwise, there’s the same streamlined layout, with just three controls – level, tone and sustain, the last of which dials in the amount of distortion.

Best of all, while the new Ram’s Head offers up the same saturated tones and, if you desire, feedback-drenched sonic mayhem, it comes with a much smaller price tag – just $99 – than the originals you’ll find on the secondhand market these days.

For more information, head over to EHX.com.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.