Mojo Hand Colossus review

October 5th 2012 | Posted in Big Muff Reviews | 41 Comments

It seems that the early 90s Sovtek Big Muff at last has gotten its long awaited renaissance. More and more clones are appearing and a new generation of guitarists gets the chance to discover this beast. Mojo Hand has tackled the mighty Civil War Sovtek and the Colossus promise to deliver all the classic tones and more. Here’s my review.

The Colossus is housed in a rugged MXR-sized enclosure with one of the coolest finishes I’ve seen in a long time. True bypass switching, a tidy circuit and power feed from either 9V battery or Boss-style 9V adapter. Like the old Sovtek, there are controls for volume, gain and tone but the Colossus has two additional weapons up its sleeve – the mids booster and a mini toggle allowing three different tone modes.

Rolled all the way down, the mids control produce what appears to be a flat mid response, much similar to the Civil War. Perhaps even closer to the older Ram’s Head. Rolling it all the way up produce a considerable mid boost allowing your solos to cut through the band mix like a knife. Personally, I keep it around noon, which is slightly beyond a typical Sovtek tone.

Setting the mini toggle switch in the top position slightly cuts the bass which works really well for cleaning up the tone when using humbuckers. The middle position produces a mild mid boost and a bit more presence when you roll the mid control beyond noon. The down position boosts the low mid range, which is ideal for single coils and home setups.

The Colossus is not a straight clone of the Civil War, so if you’re a purist you might want to track down an original off Ebay. However, you will appreciate the wild temper of the Russian tank. The Colossus lives up to its name with a huge and fat character and rich sustain. Whether you’re looking for Gilmour’s silky smooth PULSE tones or Iommi’s thunderous wall of sound, the Colossus will deliver.

Like most Big Muffs, the Colossus needs a loud tube stack for it to open up and reveal all its nuances. However, if you’re bedroom player with a smaller setup, you’ll appreciate the additional tone shaping features and the mid range boost in particular. With a Strat, roll the mid boost all the way up and flick the toggle switch in the down position for a smooth, fat tone even on the lowest volume levels. The YouTube clip was recorded at a volume that even your neighbours can tolerate.

So, as you can understand – I really love this pedal and highly recommend it! The Colossus reminds me of why I fell in love with Big Muffs so many years ago and why the Sovteks always will be my favourites. Check out MojoHand.com for more details.

The Colossus was tested for both stage (Strat with Reeves Custom 50 tube amp) and home (Strat with Laney CUB12 tube amp) setups with David Gilmour’s tones in mind. See the YouTube clip for more details on the recording setup.

41 comments so far

  1. Marc-André Paquette says:

    Damn you! Now you’ll make me spend money again!!

    Nice review, well done as usual and I must admit the tone in the clip is jaw breaking!

    Thanks for sharing!

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  2. eggws94 says:

    First!!!

    Good Review as always. I’ve found a guy in Berlin who builds similiar pedals as the BYOC series. Next month I’ll buy a Ram’s Head, Phase 90 and Fuzz Face (BC108) clones. Maybe I do a little Echoes Solo Cover on my channel for you. so that you male your own opinion about it.

    [Cool! What’s the brand name? – Bjorn]

  3. Chris says:

    Not a bad sound but it has something weird although your last part of the demo (lots of pedals working together) sounds good but unusually bassy, at least to my ears.
    A demo is only a demo and I trust your appreciation of the pedal’s tone.

    [The pedal do have a lot of bass but so does the early Sovteks. I’m sure I could have recorded it differently but the clips are quite honest to the pedal. – Bjorn]

  4. Kevin says:

    Hi Bjorn! What are your opinions comparing this to a Musket ?

    Many Thanks!

    [Two different pedals really. The Colossus sounds fatter and more vintage I guess, while the Musket has a few additional controls that can clean up the wild Muffs tones pretty well. Both works nicely on home setups also. I don’t know, it’s all about taste but the Musket is perhaps a bit more versatile. – Bjorn]

  5. Thomas M. says:

    Nice review Bjorn. All these Muff clones you recently have are great. I was having such a hard time trying to figure out which one to get. I scored a Blackout Effectors Musket on ebay for a good price. Great pedal I love it! I can dial in pretty much any Gilmour tone. But at the same time I’m like hmmm, I wonder how these compare to the Musket lol

    [Yeah, it’s not easy to decide :) The Musket is based on teh Sovteks but it has a couple of additional features, like the focus control, that makes it very versatile and unique. The Colossus sounds more bassy and perhaps closer to the original Sovteks though. – Bjorn]

  6. Giorgio says:

    Hi Bjorn, great video, I like your demos with just the muff on, the sound is pretty good already. Is this the ultimate bedroom muff?

    [Thanks! Depends on your amp and guitar but it’s definitely one of the better bedroom Muffs I’ve tried. The clip is a little bassy but as you can hear, it’s incredibly smooth and it has lots of sustain. All the clips were recorded at home at a very low volume. – Bjorn]

  7. martin says:

    maybe it is just me – but i dont like the sound of that pedal except the last sample.

    [Well, pedals are always about taste :) The clips are a bit too bassy but you can hear the smooth character and rich sustain. Keep in mind though that Muffs alone rarely sound that good… at least not for David’s tones. You really need a booster and some modulation for it to sound right… as the last clip demonstrates. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  8. Nick says:

    Woa, very cool pedal Bjorn.. How does it compare with the Musket tonally? Is it worthwhile swapping out a Musket for this pedal, or would that be unneccesary expenditure for little benefit? (hmm, my wife would say that about all my gear!). Cheers, Nick

    [Thanks Nick! I think they’re two different beasts. Both are based on the early Sovtek pedals. The Colossus is perhaps closer to the original with that same fat harmonic tone. The Musket has a more unique tone and you could very well say that it doesn’t quite sound like a Muff. Its Focus control in particular makes the pedal very versatile. They serve different purposes and as with all Muffs, you need to have the right setup for the pedal. Apples and oranges I guess :) – Bjorn]

  9. Keith says:

    I have always liked the Sovteks, but to be really honest, I didn’t think the pedal had the sustain, or smoothness of most of the clones you’ve reviewed. The last “dry” clip, and the “wet” clip were great, but the other dry clips sounded like the sawtooth frequency was really wide, and sounded more like a puntured speaker cone than a great Muff. I think it probably has alot to do with the lower volume, and the lack of a foucusing boost, but like I said, the last two clips definitely sounded much better. As usual, the guitarist was awesome, who is that guy? ;-/
    Love ya Obi Wan, Uncle Ebb

    [I’ve been wondering about that my self. Some fine playing LOL! We’ll I might have screwed up the clip and used the wrong mic for the recording. The Sennheiser 906 is rather dark. Works nicely for cleans and milder ODs but obviously not for Muffs. The Colossus is dark but not that dark. I might do another clip with a SM57. Anyway, apples and oranges I guess :) – Bjorn]

  10. Steve says:

    With most of Bjorn’s demo’s, honestly, every pedals sounds great to me. I guess you can say that Bjorn can pick up any guitar and any pedal and he’ll still sound like Bjorn, and thus still feel very Gilmourish. ;-)

    That said, I have to agree with some of the previous comments. I was really surprised I did not like the sound of this pedal at all. And as Bjorn points out, there is a lot of stuff besides this pedal that sets the tone you hear in the recording, so the recording could be misleading.

    Part of it may have been that we hard core Gilmour fans expect a fuzz tone on Time, not a Muff. The recording just sounded too dark.

    That said, Empty Spaces sounded quite good, but of course this is a Muff song, and was the only clip with a full pedal and effect suite which goes a long way to making the tone sound more familiar.

    [Thanks for your kind words, Steve! I will try to make a new clip and hopefully bring some justice to this awesome pedal. – Bjorn]

  11. Keith says:

    Funny thing about this review, before you posted the first comment, I knew that there would be the Musket comparison question. I bet you foresaw it too. I bet you’re right about using the 57 too, it will take away most of the loose, and boomy bottom I described. If you liked it, I’m sure it sounds great, but definitely not the same pedal as the Musket, which doesn’t sound all that Sovtek to me, but as you described it,” Somewhere right in the middle of every Muff”, but not really a Muff. Apples and Oranges!
    Peace my brother, Uncle Ebb

    [Indeed :) – Bjorn]

  12. Freddy says:

    Cool review Bjørn, I would like to buy one but can’t find a dealer in Sweden plus they don’t sell through their website ,are you familiar with a trustworthy dealer I could order from?

    [Thanks! Check out ProGuitarShop.Com. Fast and safe. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  13. Mike says:

    Leaving aside the discussion about whether the clip is dark or not, I would like to say that I really like the approach you use here to demoing the pedal — building the tone from clean guitar+amp, adding the pedal by itself, adding the other pedals + logic effects. If you could leave off the logic “sweetening” for a bit in the last phase, it would be perfect.

    Come to think of it, the tone building process with sound clips would make a great article! I’d really like to hear how you build the final tone, starting with setting the clean amp EQ, tweaking the muff+boost, adding modulation and delay, etc. etc.

    As for the pedal itself, it sounds a lot like my tall font Sovtek with the tone a bit lower than I would set it. I love it!

    [Thanks for the kind words and tip! – Bjorn]

  14. Stephen Ford says:

    HERE! HERE! Mike,

    I have made the same suggestion…Tone building would be a great addition to the Gilmourish site. I think it benefits all the players using similar but not identical pedals (ie: Fuzzes, Muffs, Flangers, Choruses, Delays, Univibe’s) to try and dial in each effect a bit closer to hear them alone and then how they interact with each other to create the final tone. As always Cheers to a great site Bjorn. Best of wishes to you and your family!

    [I’ll see what I can do :) Any suggestion on what would be the first song or tone? – Bjorn]

  15. Stephen Ford says:

    hmmmm, so many great choices. I think there are 2 songs that are always recognized for their tone and are most often played by others wanting to learn Pink Floyd songs…Time and Comfortably Numb. I love early Gilmour so I am always up for songs like Echoes.

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond is another great choice.

    Run Like Hell often gets covered and would be a good choice…I think Another Brick in the Wall part I would be cool…just a few of my suggestions:)

    I am sure Dogs will get mentioned as well…

    Cheers!

    [Thanks for the tips! Any of these would make a fine example. I have a couple of things coming up but I’ll try to post a tutorial soon :) – Bjorn]

  16. Mike says:

    “Any suggestion on what would be the first song or tone?”

    Any song where one might use a modulation (flange/chorus) to substitute for the doppola/leslie contribution. Sorrow?

    [Thanks for the tip! – Bjorn]

  17. Keith says:

    Pigs(Three different ones) The solo that stats out with the voice box, Wauh, wauh ,wauh,…waah, waah!, as close as I can phonetically spell the sound, I think you know exactly the solo I mean. It has the best of everything David uses tonewise, and while definitely pure Gilmour, I think it is among the best tones, and unique solo’s he’s ever done!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, Uncle Ebb
    PS- My neck is finished, and all hardware is ordered and should be here in a day or two, then it’s just assembly, wiring, and the Rodriguez will finally be in my waiting hands!

    [Cool! Looking forward to see the finished result! – Bjorn]

  18. Keith says:

    I want to ask the readers a quick question that you said you had no experience with. A tech commented on one of my posts a few weeks back, I can’t remember his name, hopefully he may know. If I have either the Fuzzface, or the Musket on, and turn the volume on my Tele to the off position, I get major radio, or TV bleed. I thought it was the house, but the FF is battery powered, and it still does it, but only when I have on a high gain pedal, and only when the pot is all the way off. Anyone who knows wiring please respond, I can’t seem to find an answer, and I don’t want to take my luthiers mind off finishing my new DG Strat with repairs, he’s already to slow because he does everything himself, no help, no automation, or CNC machines. It’s driving me crazy, and I think it’s the pot, or a ground to that pot, but I’m stumped.
    Thanks in advance, Please HELP, if you have an idea, Uncle Ebb

  19. Stephen Ford says:

    @ Keith…

    I had no more eloquent way to put it so here is a quote from “Earthtonesaudio” a blogger on diystompboxes.com link at http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=87821.0

    Always start out with trying a few different cables between guitar and pedal…this may already solve the problem…

    “Most fuzzes that have this issue employ a common emitter gain stage, which is a really good way of making a simple radio receiver. If you want it to not be a radio, you have to either stop the stage from rectifying the incoming signal, or reduce the gain at radio frequencies. Since the rectification is often part of the desired sound, the only remaining option is reducing the gain at RF.

    One way that does NOT work reliably is to put a capacitor from the input to ground.

    !!! In fact, when the OP turns his volume down, that’s exactly what he has done. The guitar lead (Cable)becomes a capacitor to ground at the input, and the result is he tunes in a radio station. !!!

    The cap does shunt frequencies for some stations (which is why this is often suggested as a fix), but for other frequencies it may tune them in stronger. So it works for some people, some of the time, but it is not a cure.

    Several things you can do to cut down generalized RFI: Adding a small input resistor and relying on the Miller effect can form enough of an integrator to bring the radio sound below annoying levels. If the resistor alone is not enough, consider adding a small cap from collector to base, i.e. making a more purposeful integrator.”

  20. Stephen Ford says:

    Hey Bjorn, for the Tone Building series…it would be great to not only hit on the solo sections but the great rhythm tones in the song as well.

    “Time” for instance has many different guitar tones throughout the entirety of the song. The intro licks, the hard sharp rhythm part, the solo tone and the final verse with the univibe. Perhaps that becomes a bit too grand an idea but it would really be cool to see your take on these classics pulled apart and reconstituted.

    Cheers

    [I’ll see what I can do :) – Bjorn]

  21. Alex says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I must agree that the Musket appears to me less Muffish overall, at least than my Royal Beaver… at least in my chain. So the Colossus might be interesting for me, as I’m rather into PULSE tones.

    One thing about the boomyness. Wasn’t that what you didn’t like about SUF’s attempt on the Ram’s Head..? But on the Russian one you like it or is it just a different, more appealing boomyness? :) I’m wondering because I’m still searching for a Ram’s Head, too. The SUF (violet) gets a lot of praise but you dug the Pig Hoof over it. Hmmm… hard to get both of them just to check them out… but really no other choice in order to find out I guess… Have you had the chance to check SUF’s attempt on the Russian Muff?

    [It’s apples and oranges… I like this and you like that :) The SUF violet is a ram’s head clone and I prefer them to be brighter, more aggressive and with less mids and bass than the SUF. The Colossus on the other hand, is a Sovtek, which is quite the opposite. The boosted bass and mids suits this pedal simply because it’s voiced quite differently than the ram’s head. The Colossus is based on the Civil War Sovtek that David used on PULSE, so I think you’ll be very happy with this one. – Bjorn]

  22. Keith says:

    Morning Bjorn, haven’t had much Zen time for a couple of days, a cold snap has business booming! Just wanted to say how much I like the new look, the black header is great, makes the whole page look better! Definitely easier to see on hand held devices.
    Thanks for your time, and effort, Uncle Ebb

    [Glad to hear business is going well. I’m sure there are hard times on your end as well :) Glad you like the new header. I’m trying out new stuff and will be performing several updates during the next couple of weeks. Cheers! – Bjorn]

  23. Bibz says:

    Hey Bjorn, nice review as usual.
    I currently have the Jam Red Muck pedal as my main muff. Do you think this Colossus would be worth a try? What would be pros and cons for each against the other?
    I am mainly playing at low to medium volume into an all-valve combo.
    Thanks.

    [Thanks! The Colossus has much more gain, mid range and an overall darker tone compared to the Red Muck. Depending on your amp it can go either way. I think the Red Muck fits David’s 70s and present tones while the Colossus is dead on PULSE. – Bjorn]

  24. Keith says:

    OH, just saw a new TC Electronics Flashback Delay/Looper, the salesman hadn’t even seen it till I asked about it. I didn’t have time to check it out, but it looks awesome, so many different delays, plus 4 tone print settings, and the looper has 40 seconds! it’s the familiar blue of the flashback, but quite a large footprint, true bypass, and tap, micro switch for quarter, eigth, and quarter+eigth. But it’s bigger than a DD20, but looks to be possibly the most versatile stomp delay I’ve seen. If anyone’s played through it, I’d love to hear about it. It’s street price was $249.00USD.
    Paece Y’all, Uncle EbbRamone

    [It sure looks promising! – Bjorn]

  25. martin says:

    there is also a new delay by vox – called vox delaylab. anyone tried?

    http://www.thomann.de/de/vox_delaylab.htm

  26. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, just a little trivia, that is of special interest to me because of the location, and guitarist involved. Since I started leaning the Dave Reeves story I’ve been researching both Gilmour, and Townsends use of his amps, and found some interesting facts about the WHO’s use of Reeves designed amps. The first Reeves amps Pete used, were Sound City L-1oo’s, with Hi-Watt Badges, and then Dr103’s, both were customized to the CP 103 setup. Here’s my favorite part, “The first known use of a Sound City amp in the US was July 20, 1968, at the Va. Beach Dome”! Less than 100 miles from my front door, the Dome hosted some iconic shows, such as one of the earliest Hendrix shows, opening for the Monkees? Hendrix didn’t go over well with the mothers of the teeny bopper girls there to see Davy Jones. Here in 1967, a Black entertainer, in a small southern resort town, basically making love to his guitar in front of a bunch of 13-16 year old girls. Need I say more? Hendrix’s set went over like a lead brick! The Sound city’s Townsend used, of course became the Hi-Watt CP-103, which can still be purchased to the same specs of those early customized L-100’s from Reeves Amplification. He, like Gilmour used 3 100 watt heads, one as a spare, and the other two powering 2 4×12 cabs loaded with 50 watt fanes. Entwhistle used the exact same set up, so “the sound would be balanced. Just a little Sound City, Hi-Watt, Reeves trivia, with a local connection I thought some may enjoy!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, KC

    [Thanks for the insights, Keith! Ha ha, I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at the Hendrix show. I can imagine the face expressions on those mothers in the audience when Hendrix cranked out what must have sounded like the fires from hell! Too bad rock n roll doesn’t have that effect anymore :) Anyway, I did a lot of research on Dave Reeves, Sound City and Hiwatt when I did the feature on David’s Hiwatts – read it here. Check out Mark Huss’ amazing Hiwatt page as well. As far as I’ve managed to figure out, David must have bought his first Hiwatts sometime in July 1969. There were some speculations on whether he used Sound City at one point as well, since there are a couple on the Ummagumma album cover. I don’t think he did but rather that they were either Roger or Rick’s or used as spares. – Bjorn]

  27. Brad says:

    Hey Bjorn. I was wondering, when using the Boss RT-20 in a chain like mine, DG-1, North Effects violet rams head, Boss bd-2, hartman flanger, volume, and MXR delay(carbon copy) will it effect the sound very bad? I used a ce-5 like a rotating speaker, at the end of my chain for a while but noticed it made my tone kinda “thin”, probably because of the buffer in it. I was wondering if the RT-20 would be any better because I read where you said some boss pedals dont effect the chain too bad. I wanna use it at the end of the chain like I did the ce-5. Sorry for not being on topic but I wanted a second opinion before I decide to buy that thing. Im shooting for, The Wall live rotary, flanging tones. Thanks!

    [The CE5 has a fairly bright tone so that may have been the issue. I’m using the RT20 at the very end of the chain my self and my experience is that it adds a nice, warm chorusy flavour to the overall signal. I keep the effect mix very low, just enough to notice that the effect is on. You can also roll off any harsh overtones by turing the Balance just a hair towards the darker side. – Bjorn]

  28. Bibz says:

    Thanks for your answer Bjorn. I plan on using it also for Hendrix-like tones, what would be your choice in this case? I know a good fuzz would be better for that overall, but i only have space for one pedal on my board…

    [Depending on your amp and guitar I think I’ll go for the Colossus. Especially when you want to nail other tones as well. The fact that it has much more gain than the average Muff should fit Hendrix nicely. – Bjorn]

  29. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, finally got around to reading the Mark Huss HIWATT history, and what a great experience it was, (and from all of the info, plus links, it will be for quite some time,Haha.). I thought I knew alot of bands that were HIWATT users, but didn’t realize just how many of my favorites used them. King Crimson for God’s sake, one of the greatest of the greats, Deep Purple during The Tommy Bolin days, and the list goes on! Thanks for the link, so much history behind this Iconic brand, and I can’t believe I’m actually hoping to have one by January! Now I have to get Tom Rodriguez build me an exact copy of my ’63 SG Special that got stolen so I can pretend I’m Pete, (Sans the nose!), while posing in front of the mirror! LOL
    Peace, Love, and of course Gilmourish, KC ;-)

    [Yeah, it’s a rich history. I guess it’s partly being at the right pace at the right time… Hiwatt, WEM etc appeared at a time when the British music scene went from clubs to huge arenas and outdoor festivals. Lots of new bands were emerging that spoke loud and clear to a new generation and I think several of these brands knew how to endorse and promote their stuff. At the time you also had Fender, Vox, Marshall etc – all that had quite a characteristic tone but Hiwatt were very transparent and not least very loud. They fit any genre and the high quality made them stand up to any other brand. I love my Reeves to death and I think you’ll be very pleased once you get yours :) – Bjorn]

  30. Howard FORTON says:

    My colossus arrived today and Iam over the moon with it. I had a p2 which was too bassy for home use and iam selling my Black Russian muff on eBay as it was good but not good enough for home use. The colossus is everything I hoped for and more. Thanks for the guidance Bjorn. You are right. 10 /10 for home use. Awesome.

    [Glad to hear, Howard! – Bjorn]

  31. Chris says:

    I’ve got the Colossus coming in the mail soon. I want to compare it with my EQD Hoof. I’ve read where Kit Rae thinks the Hoof is more like the Violet Ram’s Head than a GRM. The Colossus, on the other hand, is more of a high-gain Civil War Muff? Is the Colossus deeper & woolier sounding than the Hoof? What makes the Hoof more like a Violet Ram’s Head?

    [Agree with Kit there, although I think the Hoof definitely has some of that Sovtek flavour. Not as aggressive and raspy as the violet. The Colossus has much more lower end and an overall darker tone. High gain CW is a good description. – Bjorn]

  32. Chris says:

    Just got the Colossus a few days ago and I’m very impressed. I stack it with my Timmy and it’s smooooth as butter. I like to call it my “Vol. 4″ Muff, because it nails that classic Sabbath album in tone. I’m playing it with my Gibson SG into a ’65 Fender Twin RI. For all the Gain it has, it is very quiet (major plus). This pedal truly exemplifies that “sweet singing violin-like sustain” cliche, because it delivers that in spades. In fact, it definitely has more sustain than my beloved Hoof. What’s really awesome is how well it sounds with my Fulltone Clyde Wah. With the toggle switch in the bottom position, the Wah sounds so fat it could open up & swallow Mother Earth. I actually prefer how it sounds at moderate levels, before amp breakup, because it sounds very controlled and full. It handles power chords with great articulation and doesn’t sound flubby to me. The way the Mid pot interacts with the Mid boost of the toggle switch is quite amazing and very useful in a live band situation. You can’t help but notice these boutique companies are taking the best recorded examples of the classic Big Muff sounds and exploiting, correcting and making them more consistent & versatile. They are very utilitarian in design, allowing for better application in live band settings. It’s a new & improved Muff generation we’re living in. Plus, the Colossus is very affordable.

    I’m wondering if it would be redundant to get something like a Wren & Cuff ‘Box of War’. What do you think, Bjorn? I really like that one too.

    [Thanks for your comment! Couldn’t agree more with your observations :) In regards to the BoW… I guess the BoW is more authentic to the Civil War. The Colossus, although very close, has more of a character on its own. Personally, I would think the BoW is redundant but I have both and love them both. Depends on severe your GAS is :) – Bjorn]

  33. Howard Forton says:

    Hi Bjorn
    My Colossus is the limited edition “Red Guard” variant. I understand only a few were made. According to mojohand it has more gain available than the standard model. I love it but I wonder how it compares with the Iron Bell?

    Have a great holiday Bjorn.

    Howard

    [I haven’t tried that much, so I can’t really tell. The Iron Bell has considerably more gain than the current Colossus anyway. Enjoy the holidays! – Bjorn]

  34. David says:

    Bjorn,

    Likely a dumb question, however I’ve looked and can’t find the answer. Does the Colossus have Germanium or Silicon transistors, or perhaps both?

    Thanks,
    Dave

    [It’s silicon as far as I know. – Bjorn]

  35. Josh says:

    So i have a dilema, I read one of your articles that said the boss bd2 and RAT setup was great for bedroom setups, so i was set on purchasing that. However, now I have my mind set on either the colossus, or Iron bell. If I were to purchase either of these would I still need the boss bd2? I conisder myself a beginner, and i have a small orange amp, i just dont know witch muff pedal combo will be best for my gilmour tones. I understand its really personal refrence, but still, any advice would be great….thanks for all you do. Id be lost in the world of gilmour without this site.

    [What Orange do you have? My experience with Orange, is that they’re a little low on the headroom, so I think you’ll be better off with a RAT+BD2 combo or something similar… at least for your Gilmour tones. Muffs do work too but you might experience that they sound just a bit too dark and aggressive on the Orange… I might be wrong. If you do decide on a Muff, then the Colossus and Iron Bell stands well on their own and doesn’t really need boosting. – Bjorn]

  36. Josh says:

    I have the Orange crush pix cr12l. And the RAT setup would be alot easier on my wallet so thatll work out perfect actually. I just got caught up in the whole the more you pay the better the product idea, however, i really just want whats gonna work best for my setup.

    [Well, I think you’ll be very happy with the RAT :) – Bjorn]

  37. Josh says:

    THanks man, I really appriciate the time you take to answer all of our questions. Being new to all of this, its a huge help.

    [Glad to help :) – Bjorn]

  38. Paul T says:

    Hey Bjorn, just wanted to thank you for bringing the mighty Colossus to my attention just when i was looking for a distortion pedal. I’ve had it for a month now and have got a good feel for it. It is a dark sounding pedal, i have to bring my tone up when using it but that’s not a problem. It has a very thick ’roundness’ to the tone and creates a lovely ‘comfortably numb solo’ sound. Very rich!!

    The nice thing about it is it sounds good with chords too; and you can hear lots of pleasing harmonics – not a messy sound at all. Quite the beast when it comes to gain – very pleased with it, the best pedal I have! :)

    [Glad to hear, Paul! – Bjorn]

  39. Alex says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    what settings would be best to match an actual Civil War muff? With your descriptions in mind, I would have the toggle in the middle position and the mids fairly low.

    Cheers,
    Alex

    [Depends on your guitar and amp but try the different settings shown in the clip and listen to which sounds best for your rig. – Bjorn]

  40. Alex says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    I don’t have problems to make it sound right in my rig :)
    It’s just that I thought there must be one setting with the toggle and the mids knob, that makes that thang behave and sound closest to an actual Civil War muff. I don’t have a CW one, so I don’t have a reference…

    [The down position works best for me. – Bjorn]

  41. Clive says:

    Hi Bjorn…

    Great review…

    Seems like I need THE Colossus ….

    I already have the musket… In your humble do you think I can get different sounds out of the Colossus which will make this pedal worth the buy?

    ..or do your think teh musket and CF have too much similar sonic territory ….hence the overlap in sounds….Im based in United Arab Emirates hence I really dont really have a chance to demo the CF

    [Both are based on the Sovtek Muffs. Lots of gain and midrange. The Colossus is perhaps the most authentic sounding of the two, very similar to the early civil war and green. The Musket has a slightly brighter tone and a bit more of that classic distortion character. You might feel that they overlap eachother so I guess I’d choose a different model like the Iron Bell or Pig Hoof. – Bjorn]

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