I have rarely, if ever, received so many requests for a review. The pedal is already legendary, it seems, blowing one competitor off the field after another. I’m talking about the Muffroom Cloud from Thorpy FX. So, here it is, my review.
I’ve lost count over how many Big Muff inspired pedals I’ve reviewed over the years but it’s quite a few. I must admit that it takes a lot to impress me these days. I mean, how is it even possible to offer something new and exciting on that circuit?
Well, the Muffroom Cloud certainly offer something new when it comes to design. The super cool box both look and feels like it could withstand an atomic bomb and the details in the engravings are beautiful. Another new feature is the fact that the tone control is replaced by a powerful two-band EQ controlling the bass and treble.
David Gilmour is known for his silky smooth Big Muff tones. It’s the combination of his Strat, the mid rangy Hiwatts set to near breaking point and the addition of a booster. All this, adds an amp like character to the Muff but it also makes the Muff sound less like a fuzz and more like a modern distortion.
The Muffroom Cloud can certainly do both. Whether you’re looking for that violin-like sustain or creamy fuzz saturated with harmonics, the Muffroom has tons of character and dynamics.
It’s a very quiet circuit. Perhaps the quietest I’ve ever played. It’s not a very loud pedal although it can certainly make your ears pop. The gain ranges from warm overdrive to classic Muff and beyond. What really makes the Muffroom Cloud unique is how well it separates each string and adds clarity and presence to every single nuance of your tone.
Apparently, the goal with the Muffroom Cloud was to design a high end triangle era Big Muff. It certainly has that early 70s character but there’s also a bit of the Sovteks in it as well, with a hint of mid range and a fairly saturated gain.
I’ve always thought that the tone control on the Big Muff is a bit limited as in it either sounds very bright or dark. The Muffroom Cloud feature one control for treble and one for bass much like a Powerbooster. You can really tailor your tone to perfectly match your amp and create the tones you need for each song. It makes the pedal much more versatile and crates a much wider tonal range.
There really isn’t much to point my finger on here. The Muffroom Cloud is no doubt designed with much care for detail and understanding of the true Big Muff tone.
Purists might find it just a bit too pristine and smooth. It doubles easily as a fuzz but for that uncompressed raw tone you might want something a bit more vintage sounding. However, this thing sound equally awesome on your small bedroom amp as a large stack and if you want one fuzz that nail all of David Gilmour’s lead tones then look no further.
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