Combining four classic germanium transistors, the Germanium Big Muff Pi is the result of a focused modern design dripping with EH analog heritage. An independent overdrive and distortion each have their own sets of two germanium transistors as well as independent controls. The ability to stack and use both the overdrive and distortion together delivers the power of a four germanium transistor circuit with ultimate control flexibility.
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Individual overdrive and distortion with the ability to stack them together
4 individual Germanium Transistors
Each mode of drive mode uses its own 2 germanium stack
Overdrive and distortion can be stacked utilizing four germanium transistors
Bias and tone control define the tonality in overdrive
Volts and Bias define the way the distortion will react
Starving battery sound through volts control adds character
Battery equipped with optional 9.6DC-200 power supply
Dimensions in inches: 4.75 (w) x 5.75 (l) x 2.5 (h)
"EHX’s Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi is a veritable playground of tone sculpting possibilities for the tireless germanium fanatic. It’s a great pedal, and it’s pretty damned cheap. Get one!" | Tone Report Weekly
Germanium is an element like carbon or gold. Germanium transistors were used extensively back in the 1950s and ‘60s. Eventually they were replaced by components that were considered “better.” The EHX Germanium OD and Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi use these old school transistors. They have a distinctive sound, some say smoother or “spongier.” You be the judge, hear the Germanium OD here.
Bill Ruppert breathes in the dew of a fine morning in old Eire. With a sly wink and a nod, Bill recreates the mystery of the old Ireland using a little Elvin magic and the power of EHX pedals.
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The new Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi is reviewed in the February 2011 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. Their conclusion? “The Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi is the most versatile version in the pedal’s lineage, and does its predecessors proud.”
Guitarist magazine recently reviewed the Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi and the Freeze. They said the Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi delivers, “separate overdrive and distortion for the price of a single stompbox…” and described the Freeze as, “a creative idea that can add a really interesting new dimension to your playing.”
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“This Germanium4 Big Muff Pi is one of the more versatile of the lot!” It offers not only two distinct drive and distortion setups but it utilizes two uniquely different control panels. Use individually or stack them together for ultra-powerful, pure germanium analog edge and drive.
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