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Pete’s Gear: Big Muff Pi

Pete briefly used a mkIII USA-made Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi fuzz pedal in his rig occasionally in 1976, in the studio in 1977, and in the Gaumont/Shepperton gigs for The Kids Are Alright film. Rather than using this as a traditional floor pedal, the pedal was taped down on top of the Hiwatt amp rack, and was engaged by hand, as can be seen during Pete’s solo in Won’t Get Fooled Again in the The Kids Are Alright film.

Ca. 1978, Shepperton, close-up of Big Muff Pi pedal taped on top of rig next to Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1978, Shepperton, close-up of Big Muff Pi pedal taped on top of rig next to Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1978, Shepperton, view of Big Muff Pi pedal taped on top of rig next to Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1978, Shepperton, view of Big Muff Pi pedal taped on top of rig next to Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1976, possible use of Big Muff Pi, visible next to white-faced Gelf preamp below Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1976, possible use of Big Muff Pi, visible next to white-faced Gelf preamp below Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. late 1975 or early 1976, white-faced Gelf preamp visible below Hiwatt DR103W amplifier.

Ca. 1976, white-faced Gelf preamp visible above Hiwatt CP103 and DR103W amplifiers. Big Muff Pi fuzz pedal taped on top of rig next to preamp.

Click to view larger version. Ca. 1976/77, at Olympic Studios, recording Rough Mix, with Gretsch Chet Atkins, coil cable and Big Muff Pi fuzz pedal, and Peavey Vintage 4x10.

Click to view larger version. Ca. 1976/77, at Olympic Studios, recording Rough Mix, with Gretsch Chet Atkins, coil cable, Peavey Vintage and Big Muff Pi fuzz pedal.

Generic Big Muff Pi pedal

Generic MkIII Big Muff Pi pedal

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