How do they stack up? The EarthQuaker Acapulco Power Amp vs the Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff

In this brief comparison, we are going to be putting two products head to head. Not sure which is right for you? Read on and find the perfect item for your needs. Click here if you would like to see more product reviews in the same category.

 EarthQuaker Acapulco Power AmpEveryone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the EarthQuaker Acapulco Power Amp.

 Electro-Harmonix Nano Big MuffThe second product we will be examining in this comparison is the Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff. Once you’ve got over the amusing name, there’s little doubt that this is a very accomplished pedal. While some of the units on this list have been designed to cater to a wide variety of styles, this one has one tonal goal: fuzz.

Let's take a closer look at the Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff

That said, there is some flexibility to be had. Make adjustments and you can actually move from an almost clean level of fuzz; perfect for a bit of jazz or even funk, to ridiculous levels of distortion that would be ideal for stoner and doom metal. Think Dopesmoker by Sleep. It’s a very entertaining pedal to play with despite its small size.


EarthQuaker Acapulco Power Amp

Electro-Harmonix Nano Big Muff


+ Awesome looks
+ Loud, no-nonsense distortion
+ Superb build quality

+ Great compact chassis
+ Suitable for all kinds of fuzz
+ Good price


Whether you’re looking for some serious stoner metal distortion, or you want something to give your blues the edge, there aren’t many better options than the Acapulco Gold. It’s a premium option, and the big knob might not be to everyone’s tastes, but the sound is simply awesome.

The Nano Big Muff makes our list because it offers a fantastic combination of premium micro packaging and awesome tone. You can get a lot of different sounds out of it, despite it being an out-and-out fuzz pedal, which makes it great fun to mess around with.

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You may also be interested in our article The Top Distortion Pedal for Heavy Metal & More in 2023.

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