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post Feb 1 2010, 09:44 PM
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If you were looking to simplify your pedal board, would you include both a Rat and a Big Muff in your rig -- or do you think that you can get more or less the same effect from one alone?
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post Feb 1 2010, 09:52 PM
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I think the RAT and the Big Muff are two very different effects. The RAT is more of a distortion type, and the Big Muff is a fuzz.. What genre do you play?

Personally I would go for the Big Muff.. But I do not think you would be able to get the tone from them..
My advice to you would be to go to your local music store and try both out or check out some videos on youtube..


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post Feb 1 2010, 11:43 PM
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If you're going to test fuzz versus od or some other method of distortion, you'll also want to test it on a guitar similar to your own. Most importantly the pickups.

Fuzz doesn't behave the same with humbuckers as it will behave with singles.


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post Feb 2 2010, 04:24 AM
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that's true, i find the fuzz to thick with humbuckers.
i would go with the big muff 100%, the rat is cool but too "transitored" foe my taste smile.gif.


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post Feb 2 2010, 07:22 AM
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I used both of them and they are very different, RAT has much less gain and has kind of "sweet" distorsion suitable to blues stuff, while Big Muff is more for screaming Hendrix leads.... Nowadays I use Boss OD-20 instead that is a "twin"-pedal with BOSS cosm-techmique that emulates some 20 boxes or so (these two included), it sounds really cool imo. I've done a review of it in the WIKI....

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post Feb 2 2010, 09:58 AM
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Not sure for blues... But for leads (especially on bass) The Muff works like a dream for me!


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post Feb 3 2010, 11:30 PM
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It depends what effect you like the most, this one you can keep. If you ask my opinion, I wouldn't choose any of those, possibly a vintage muff if I could find one, but that type of distortion doesn't appeal to me that much.


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post Feb 3 2010, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Feb 3 2010, 11:30 PM) *
It depends what effect you like the most, this one you can keep. If you ask my opinion, I wouldn't choose any of those, possibly a vintage muff if I could find one, but that type of distortion doesn't appeal to me that much.


Agree, the best distorsion/overdrive is by the amp itself, even that there are some devices that works....

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yeahm I think it depends on what type of stuff you are going to play because fuzz and distortion really feel different to the ears and the fingers


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