Electro-Harmonix has unveiled a recreation of the 1973 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff, a fuzz heard on many classic 70s solos. The pedal now comes in a reasonably-sized enclosure, for an extremely reasonable price.
While it features the same volume, tone and sustain knobs that will be familiar to any guitarist who has used a Big Muff, the Ram’s Head edition of the fuzz outputs a slightly more restrained sound with some more midrange presence and string separation than a standard Big Muff Pi. Yet the Ram’s Head is still unmistakably a Big Muff, especially when the knobs approach maxed out – with violin-like sustain and crunchy pick attack.
Luckily for guitarists with regular-sized pedalboards, the Ram’s Head comes in a compact enclosure, not the absolute behemoth that was the original’s casing. Also new for the reissue are true-bypass, an indicator LED, and support for a 9V power supply.
Mike Matthews, EHX’s founder, said “Prices of original Ram’s Head Big Muffs have reached astronomical heights. This reissue nails that classic V2 tone heard on legendary recordings and famous guitar solos, and does it at a price the working musician can afford.”
The much lower price of the pedal is a huge saving for those looking for this tone – the average price listed on Reverb.com for the ‘73 Ram’s Head hovers around $600-$700.
Watch Bill Rupert of EHX demo the pedal below:
The Ram’s Head Big Muff lists for $99. More information at EHX.com.