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Electro-Harmonix Op-Amp Big Muff

As the famed black sheep of the Big Muff family, the Op-Amp has fewer classically Muffy attributes—mostly the pillowy bottom end that gives Muffs their “smooth” reputation. The new Op-Amp Muff, with its tone bypass switch can still sound bassy and smooth, but it favors a savage, grinding, more mid-forward distortion spectrum that cuts with a vengeance. It’s a screaming deal too.

$80 street
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