There are several versions of the Big Muff, changing values and graphical designs, but they are not as incoherent as it's usually said.
An interesting bit of Big Muff history is the legend that Jimi Hendrix got his sound from the Big Muff. This story was perpetuated by Electro-Harmonix in their own marketing literature throughout the 1970s, claiming this as the pedal Jimi relied on for his "electric-lady" sound. As a Big Muff fanatic, I was always interested in this claim, so I decided to do some digging
The big muff is really versatile, just make sure you try different eqings and gain settigns on your amp and different tone, gain settings on the pedal, you can get some pretty interesting fuzz tones if u try. If you mess around you can even get pretty close to some neil young fuzzyness too. You complain about the Fuzz Factory lacking mids, and then go on to praise the Muff? . I sold my Big Muff and got a Fuzz Factory, and missed the muff until I got a new one (bass muff, same thing though). The two pedals have radically different sounds, getting the FF to sound like a muff is near impossible. If you like the way the muff sounds, get that, because you won't get that sound with a FF.
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KoRn "Blind" - Guitarist Head used the Big Muff to get the grinding tone. He may have used it on other songs such as "Need To". Metallica - "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "The Call Of Ktulu" and "Orion" all feature a bass run through a Big Muff pedal. Misfits - used on the entire "Static Age" album. David Gilmour uses a Sovtek Big Muff live and as part of his signature tone. David Gilmour also uses it in the intro to the song "Sorrow" on the Momentary Lapse of Reason album. The Big Muff has been David's main distortion unit from 1977-present. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Used on several songs from Stadium Arcadium for the guitar solos, notably "Strip My Mind" and "Wet Sand" by guitarist John Frusciante, also used on several other albums such as Californication and most of his guitar solos on live recordings.