• Buffalo FX M-1 Fuzz review

    Buffalo FX M1 Fuzz review

    What’s the best sounding, ultimate Big Muff on the market? Well, you tell me but I know you were probably as enthusiastic as I when Buffalo FX announced their new M-1 Fuzz a few months back. I’ve spent some time with it and here’s my review.

    Steve and Buffalo FX have become one of the more popular brands among us Gilmour fans. Not surprisingly perhaps, as most of his designs are clearly inspired by Gilmour’s choice of pedals and tones.

    Another reason might be that Steve seems to have an ear for good tone and what it takes to add something new to the classic designs, without completely changing them.

    In my opinion, most of his designs are improvements. A few tweaks here and there to meet the more modern demands.

    I’ve reviewed several Buffalo FX pedals over the years, including the Patriot, Powerbooster, Evolution and not least, the TD-X. I don’t think I’m biased. It’s more the case of having extremely high expectations.

    The M-1 is not a redesign of the old Ram’s Head NOS BC239c, which is now discontinued. It’s a brand new design, although still based on the Ram’s Head circuit.

    I did try an early version of the M-1 and after some back and forth with some comments (and I’m sure not only from me), the final version emerged, which what I’m reviewing here.

    Like all of Buffalo’s current pedals, the M-1 is housed in a sturdy box, with top mounted jacks, bright led and true bypass switching. No battery. Only 9V (negative tip) adapter powering.

    In addition to the familiar level (volume) and sustain (gain) controls, the M-1 also feature active treble and bass EQ controls allowing you to really fine tune the frequency range. 

While several Big Muff clones feature a contour/mid range switch or cut/boost control, the M-1 is designed with the classic Muff and Powerbooster stacking in mind.

    Plugging into the M-1 and switching it on, reveals that this thing is both loud and has tons of gain on tap. Still, the gain range is wide and, as you can hear in the clip, you can dial in pretty much anything from mellow overdrive tones to screaming fuzz. The huge amount of volume allows you to add a bit of boost and drive the front end of a tube amp, which adds to the smoothness and compression.

    A common issue with most Big Muffs is that they’re either too boomy or a bit on the thin side. The active bass control allows you to dial in just the amount of low end you need for your pickups and amp and even for a smaller bedroom setup, which often needs a bit of low end boost.

    The treble control behaves like kind of a mix between the treble on the Powerbooster and the tone control on a Muff, with noon as a good start for fairly neutral Muff tones. Unlike most Big Muffs though, the treble can be set quite high without any harsh overtones or thin sounds.

    The M-1 sounds huge. It’s a loud beast, with that familiar growl and uncompromised attitude of the classic Big Muff. But there is a definition and clarity that I’ve never heard from any of the countless Muffs that I’ve played. Even at the highest gain settings, you can strum a chord and hear every single string and the attack in your picking is crystal clear.

    The sustain is impressive and you can really hear the benefit of the mid range and slight compression that’s present in the tone. Increasing the bass and backing off the treble a bit, takes the M-1 closer to the Patriot and those early 90s Sovtek tones, with that throaty, almost hollow tone.

    So, I guess now you’re all asking “which Muff out there is the closest to the M-1”. The Electronic Orange red Pig Hoof and Skreddy Rust Rod are close. Both are based on the Ram’s Head, with lots of gain and that raw, edgy tone. Still, the M-1 has more mids than the Pig Hoof and more string definition and top end than the Rust Rod.

    The Thorpy Muffroom Cloud, with the same bass and treble controls, might be an obvious contender, but they sound very different from each other. The Muffroom, while still in that Muff category, sounds closer to a distortion, with a much more amp-like and pristine tone. The Muff, which still has the full Muff circuit intact, has much more of that vintage vibe and a more obvious link to the Muff and Powerbooster combo.

    I could go on describing the pedal in detail but I think you get the point. This thing sounds awesome. Definitely one of the best Big Muffs I’ve played and, if you ask me, one of the best available on the market today. Not only with David Gilmour’s tones in mind, but for Big Muff tones in general, whether that’s dark grunge stoner metall or silky smooth Strat tones. Nothing to put my finger on really just both thumbs up!

    Check out buffalo-fx.com for more details. 

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78 Responsesso far.

  1. Leo says:

    Hi Bjorn, very cool post.
    The fuzz m1 can be used after Wha Wha, or it can only be used before. because as you should know some Fuzz does not sound good after the Wha pedal.

    • Bjorn says:

      The M1 is not a fuzz as such so you can place it both before and after.

      • Gábor says:

        Is there anybody, who knows, what is the status of Buffalo Fx and Steve Painter? He and his website has been dissapeared from the net!,,
        I hope that he is OK, and difficulties due to PayPal and Corona should be solved!
        Pedals of Steve are awesome value added in our Gilmourish world!

  2. Luca says:

    Hi Bjorn, great job and site! It s amazing! I need a new big muff, between buffalo fx patriot and buffalo fx m1, what s you re favourite? This muff sound HUGE! :). Thank s a lot


    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Luca! Depends on your amp. How well it can handle Muffs and how it responds to each of them. My fav is the Patriot.

      • Luca says:

        Thanks a lot! I have a supro Comet amp(great amp). The patriot Is a great pedal, but the m1 Is more versatile?

  3. Pier says:

    Hi, I have this pedal, it sounds great!
    My only concern is that it seems to have little volume. I reach unity gain with the volume knob set at 2 o ‘clock.
    Is It normal according to your experiece?
    Thank you!!


    • Bjorn says:

      Sounds about right.

      • Pier says:

        Thank you Bjorn!
        Steve from Buffalo fx also says It Is right.
        I’ m new to the “muff world” and your site is full of interesting things to learn.
        I was expecting more volume maybe because I’m more used to overdrive pedals with a lot of headroom.
        Congratulations for your work!!


  4. matt says:

    hey bjorn. great work as always. I already have the buffalo rams head,and a vick v2 and vick violet rams. I love collecting gimour type pedals,but is the m1 different enough to warrant buying one.

    • Bjorn says:

      The M1 is no doubt close to the old Buffalo RH and Vick. The M1 is brighter than the old RH but the Vick has the 3-way mid range switch which is very useful. The M1 sound bigger and more balanced I guess but whether or not you really need one is up to you. They’re all Big Muffs :)

  5. Saul HUDSON says:

    Hi Björn,

    I’m still one of your fan. Amazing job ! Because of you (defendant please rise) i bought a Buffalo M-1 Fuzz and TD-X but not only. Two great pedals for sure ! I’m trying to replicate David PULSE tone (my favorite !) on a Fender Bassman 59 ltd reissue (love this amp !) with a Fender equipped of EMG DG20.
    I have a few questions for you :

    – What would be the best settings with the M-1 for a PULSE tone (à la Civil War) ?
    – An idea for the settings of my amp ?
    – Does the M-1 need an overdrive after (like you have done on this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtsLWEDlV4c) ? I can use my TD-X instead of the Power Booster ?
    – What is the main delay David use on PULSE : time / repeats / mix ?

    Thanks for your help !



    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Saul! Thanks for your kind words! I usually don’t recommend settings because how you set the amp depends on your pedals and vice versa and, you have the pickups, the room or venue… What I do recommend is that you start with the amp and set it up for a nice and fat clean tone. Try to find the balance where the tubes start to heat without breaking up and be careful with the EQ controls. You want a bit of mid range but too much treble and bass on a Bassman can produce a harsh and flabby tone. As for the M1… again, it depends on the amp and your pickups. Try the settings I’ve used in this review and make the needed adjustments. Trust your ears :) Check out David’s delay settings for PULSE here.

  6. Richard McEntee says:

    Hi Bjorn, just hopped over here from the Buffalo PB page as I have an M-1 arriving shortly. I was expecting the Wall/Animals and Sorrow-like tones, but am pleased to see that Echoes gets an outing :) as that is usually reserved for more traditional Fuzz demos.

    I am impressed always by your choice of samples as it shows you do not have to have 20 pedals for 20 songs!

    I use my EQD Hoof for more fuzzy tones (life is easier that way than a true Fuzz Face!) for Echoes/Time/Money, and that can also be dialled a in for nearly anything, Wall/Final Cut….so I can’t wait to check out the M-1 in comparison.

    At the moment my Screwdriver is covering OD like Poles Apart or Marooned..

    Time will tell if I have a gap that needs an Evolution….

  7. Renaud says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    How would this one compare to the JMB Experience Classic 70, which is also a great pedal in this category?

  8. Simon says:

    Hi Bjorn! Great review! I would like to buy a new muff. I have a d alle echoes with buffalo tdx and buffalo powerbooster, in your opinion is better buffalo m1 or pig hoof ?? Thanks a lot


    • Bjorn says:

      My favourite has always been the Pig Hoof but it depends on the amp. Both pedals are fairly scooped (lack mid range) but the M1 might be easier to dial on different amps. The Pig Hoof is, to my ears, the closest I’ve come to David’s late 70s Muff tones but you need the right amp for it.

  9. Jerome says:

    Thanks Bjorn. I think my consensus is going to be to get the Pig Hoof and the Patriot, and just use them separately, for different tones. I fell in love with Floyd as a kid from the Animals album, and shortly thereafter fell more in love with the Division Bell album and concurrent Pulse tour. Since I am one loop short, ill just run my Electric Mistress through the effects loop of one of my amps. It will probably sound better than way regardless. My 78 mistress, although it sounds phenomenal, is still too dominant over the tone. Running it through one amp will probably sound much closer to the wall tones. BTW, the ChorusLab that I got (because of you!), does a nice fake of a chorusy rotating speaker effect… such an awesome chorus pedal!! Thanks for taking the time to respond!!

  10. Jerome says:

    Bjorn – you can disregard my last post. Modified question. I run 3 amps through a Cornish ABC Box. Fender Blues Junior with JJs and a Weber Thames Speaker, a Rivera Chubster 40 with JJs and a Weber Thames Speaker (more midrange than a Fender, but not quite as much as a Hiwatt), and I have a Hiwatt Custom 50 (stock).

    so basically a scooped 20 watt, a bit of midrange based 40 watt, and a middy 50 watt. Great, great clean tones(I voice them slightly different to achieve a massive clean tone).

    I have had great success getting my Butler Tube Driver and ss-3 sound great through them. I do use a Cornish linear boost (not a power boost, but a boost none the less).

    Based on the above, would you just suggest me going with a Buffalo FX Patriot for muff tones going forward? Should I just forget about getting a Pig Hoof or Vick Audio 73 rams head? Based on your experience, let me know what you think. Thanks for your time bud! (Quite tired of spending cash on pedals that just don’t work for my setup :) )

    • Bjorn says:

      Sorry, I didn’t see this one before replying to the other… anyway. What it ultimately comes down to is taste and preference. You have a very versatile amp setup so any Muff would do just fine. Personally I think the red Pig Hoof MkI is the closest I’ve ever come to the Gilmour tones I like from the late 70s (and the tones I have in my head that I want to achieve) but it’s very scooped and can drown completely in a band mix on a scooped amp. The Vick Audio ’73 is perhaps one of the more versatile, with the 3-way mids switcher and the vintage tone. The Patriot is by far the best replication of the Civil War Muff that I’ve heard but then again, it does sound different from the more vintage voiced Muffs.

  11. Jerome says:

    Hey! Hope you are well Bjorn – clip sounds fantastic. Only one question – I know this is based on a ram’s head circuit… and obviously can be voiced to sound more like a Civil War. Can it cover a bit brighter v2 rams head? Or does it have an inherent darkness to it, in your opinion? I have constantly been searching for a pedal that can get the Animals/Wall tones, but then be voiced to sound like a Civil War, but in one pedal (lack of switcher inputs).

    The P19 was ok for me, but too compressed for my tastes. I did try the Buffalo RH-X but I i didn’t prefer the inherent darkness of the pedal for the earlier Gilmour stuff. Don’t go to the trouble of more clips. You do enough! your word is good enough for me.

    • Bjorn says:

      The M1 is considerably brighter than the RHX and it’s much more open sounding, or less compressed, than the P19, which is designed to sound like a stacked Muff+overdrive combo. The M1 is very versatile and you can get a wide range of different Muff sounds with it. You might also want to check out the Vick Audio 73 Ram’s Head, which has the classic tone, the brightness and a 3-way mid range booster switch, which can take the pedal closer to a Sovtek era Muff.

  12. Daniel says:

    Great demo!
    How would you compare this one with the Musket in terms of note definition and versatility?

    • Bjorn says:

      Hard to say… The Musket is more mid range and perhaps a more modern flavour but both are very versatile, with lots of details and definition. Depends on whether you want a classic ram’s head or the more modern Sovtek-ish sounds.

  13. Alex Mossel says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Your demo sent shivers down my spine! Being a big Gilmour fan, I have been looking exactly for these sounds, so this is the box I’m going to buy! Unfortunately they are out of stock right now. I just have one question, what reverb or delay are you using, because I hear the sound almost doubling? If you are interested, I have a colour picture + article from a Gilmour (live?) setup with a Cornish board and an array of stomp boxes that are listed in the article. Just tell me where to send it to, and I will put it trough the scanner for you. Keep up the good work man, excellent site!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Alex! Thanks for your kind words! I’m using reverb and delay in the mix, with Apple’s Logic.
      I think I have just about every guitar related article there is about David but I might have missed a few :) Please send it to post(at)gilmourish.com with WeTransfer or similar. Thanks!

  14. bluestubes says:

    Hi Bjorn , How would you compare the M1 to the P19 .

  15. Sutil says:

    Great review as always… and great tips from bjorn… but got to admit I agree that he is a little bit biased about Buffalo pedals… while it definitely sounds amazing… I don’t think it quite reaches the greatness of the Muffroom Cloud , or Fallout Cloud as it is called now… granted, they sound very different as they are based on different circuits… I actually preffer the Rams Head circuit than the Triangle… but I think even the Muffaleta’s version of the Rams head sounds better… but that’s just my esr and my opinion… Bjorn definitely knows what he’s talking about… but for the price… There are better Rams heads out there…

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Sutil! I love Steve and Buffalo’s stuff, so I’m sure I’m a bit biased :) Video clips and reviews are always subjective. It’s impossible to write and do something like and being fully objective. I like the pedals that sound good on my rig and that suits the style and tone that I prefer. The Fallout Cloud is, I’m sure, a more impressive pedal and some of the clips out there are really good. My “issue” with it, is that it’s just a bit too perfect. If that’s what you want, then great but I think there are other Muffs out there, including the M-1, that sounds closer to the 70s models and the tones I like. It’s just an honest opinion and doesn’t have to mean that I’m biased. Keep in mind too that sound clips can give you a fals impression… good or bad. I always recommend that you try the pedal yourself or get as much info as possible from different sources, before deciding and buying. Cheers!

  16. Chad Baglin says:

    I went ahead and purchased the M1 and love it. Also found a buffalo power booster and purchased it. Can you demo the power booster with some recommended settings. I’m using a Marshall 410 JVMhjs.

    Thank you sir, I find your pages and articles to be outstanding

  17. Jorge says:

    Hello I am writing from Chile, it is amazing what you do, I learned a lot from your advice, forgive me but I am using a translator to try to understand. My query is: this pedal M1 is very noisy for a configuration of bedroom?, is versatile for any type of amplifier?. Thanks

  18. Chad Baglin says:

    That is some OUTSTANDING Playing. So I’m a HUGE Gilmour inspired player and I have been working my way up to have my dream pedal board. Im now more confused than ever. I was looking at the Skreddy P19, The Top Tone DG1, The Top Tone DG2, and now the M-1 FUZZ. I have read your reviews so my question is out of these four which is better? Would you have more than just one of these on your board. PLEASE help me with some advice.

    • Bjorn says:

      Very sorry for my late reply, Chad. Thanks for your kind words! The P19 and M1 is somewhat similar, both being so-called stacked Muff+booster type of pedals. The DG1 is perhaps the purest Muff of them all, while the DG2 is more a distortion pedal. Depends on what you’re looking for and how that pedal fits in with your amp. I think the M1 is amazing but all of these sounds great.

  19. KEITH says:

    Wonderful review, Buffalo FX seems to really put a lot of thought, and quality componts into everything they make.

    Now to address the use of your name to scam people out of gear, money or whatever. Bjorn Riis is a man of unquestionable integrity, and has treated me like a friend for several years. Obviously this attempt to rip people off has come from someone who reads this site, and has likely benefitted from the knowledge Bjorn gives freely. I find this repugnant, and since it is a criminsl act in most countries, I hope you are found, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You have betrayed a man who could keep his vast knowledge to himself, which would likely save a great deal of his money, and time, yet he chooses to share his time, and experience with us all, asking only for donations to pay his exoenses, but never pushes for those donations. I have been a professional musician since 1981 and have a great amount of experience, yet through Bjorn’s site, I have learned more about tone, and effects than my resl life experiences taught me, and I’ve been playing longer than him, yet he showed me things I never thought about, and inspired me to research pedals extensively, developing relationships with seversl builders, and have become somewhat knowledgeable about guitsr effects pedals, and the minute detsils that can affect your tone a great deal. So it makes me angry, and sad to read about this scammer, and his, or her desire to gain at the cost of casting a cloud over a brilliant, and very kind and caring gentleman that I have the honor of calling my friend. If the perpetrator reads this, you are a piece of human gabage, and I hope KARMA catches up with you, and gives you a swift kick in the ass!!

    My rant is done, thanks for your sacrifices Bjorn, you deserve better.

    Your faithful Padawan as long as there’s a breath left in my body, KEITH ” UNCLE EBBRAMONE”Clarke

  20. Craig Hylwa says:

    Hi Bjorn

    Where would you recommend this pedal position in relation to a Cali76 Compact Deluxe compressor. Before or after?

  21. Alex Mircica says:

    Godamn it Bjorn!
    Was just about to order a Rust Rod this coming weekend!
    I do love Steve’s stuff though, and it sounds great here, so I might have to order both!
    Thanks for review, great playing as always!

    • Bjorn says:

      Ha ha! Yeah well, what can I say. This thing sounds amazing :) I do like the Rust Rod too and they compliment eachother well. The Rust is perhaps a bit more uncompressed, dirtier and a tad darker.

  22. Brad Roller says:

    I guess its safe to say you can nail animals tones with this one easily?

    • Bjorn says:

      I think so, yes. I’ll try to do more clips.

      • Brad Roller says:

        I know we shouldn’t be asking anything of you, you do so much for us and its truly appreciated but, an article on the colorsound powerbooster would be AWESOME. Like, maybe how you did the electric mistress article? Comparing models and clones. You could even demonstrate all the tones you can get from one. IMO, its one of the most versatile pedals of all time. Its a clean boost, equalizer, overdrive and fuzz/distortion. Its awesome. Btw, have you ever tried creating a big muff tone with just a powerbooster? With my 18 volt, IMO I get very very close. Let me know what you think! And Thank you for your time and all you do bro!

  23. Kevin kopriva says:

    buffalo fx powerbooster + M1 over $5oo US
    Vick audio overdriver + 73 ram under $300
    buffalo fx powerbooster + Vick 73 Ram $400 USD approx

    What would you do?

    • Bjorn says:

      You could go for any of the three and get great tones. The biggest difference here is the Powerbooster and Overdriver. The Powerbooster has more headroom and a smoother breakup, while the Overdriver has much more of that true vintage flavour.

    • Clive says:

      Thing thats confusing me is if the M1 is a mix of Muff and Power booster then (partly in answer to Kevin’s question) would you actually need the power booster AND the M1? I was under the impression that the M1 covered both pedals in one?
      What do you think Bjorn?

      I have a Vick 73 Ram and am buying the Buffalo power booster, I think that way I’ll have more sound options available

      • Bjorn says:

        True. It does have the tone stack of both and with the huge amount of gain available, I don’t think the M1 needs a booster. It’s not 100% the same as adding a PB with a non-modded Ram’s Head but very close. The Vick has three different mids options, including scooped, which is default. Adding a PB after that will get you very close to the M1.

  24. chad chacchia says:


    As always thank you for all you do. I have a few questions and points, but I will try to be as brief as possible. First off, I finally gave in and bought a Butler Tube Driver. I found an offer way too good to pass and pulled the trigger. Although I thought about changing the tube to an AU7, I have read that you went back to the stock, so I stayed with it. All I can say is that your site has been immeasurable in preparing me for how to use the thing. Had I not know the tendencies, I would have been lost, but instead, I have dialed in some incredible clean and dirty sounds. In short I love the thing, although I have only had about an hour of time with it. I am sure I have only touched the tip of the ice burg with it. One quick question about it, then on to the M1. Is there any basic advice for using it on a Mesa Lone Star Classic?

    About the M1, the demo you have sounds incredible. Every Buffalo effects pedal you play sounds incredible, leaving one to ponder which one to buy. I my band, the other guitarist is looking to get an upgrade on his base drive tone. He is playing through a Laney Lionheart L20T 410. I recommended it based on your high regard for the lionhearts. If you had to advise one out of the Patriot, Evolution and the M1, with the Laney, which would it be. We cover much of the Wall, Darkside and a few of the later pulse era stuff.

    Lastly, I am really enjoying the latest Airbag album and the autographed CD is very cool, thank you. Your tones are great and I really dig the wah usage. Sounds incredible.

    Cheers from Texas!

    • Bjorn says:

      Hi Chad! Thanks for the kind words! I’m not that familiar with the Lone Star but whenever I use a Mesa, I tend to roll back the TD’s treble quite a bit. Onbiously, it depends on the pickups and how you’ve set the amp but in general, those Mesa amps needs a bit of mids boost and high end roll off on the TD (you get more mids by rolling off the treble and bass). I also often set the TD, regardless of the gain setting, for a slight volume boost to make it sound smoother.
      Again, depending on how the amp is set, the Lionheart can sound a bit too dark with the Patriot. The Evolution works nicely though. As does the M1, which is probably more accurate for the late 70s Floyd.

      • Chad from Dallas says:

        Bjorn thank you for the reply. I am using the fat 50’s, 69, Sl-5 combo. The conclusion I have come to is simply that I have to crank the amp. When I open it up, the pedal sounds incredible. At lower volume it sounds like a fizz box.

        Thank you for the the M1 recommendation. I am still using the SoothSayer with a Wampler Euphoria to boost it. The combo sounds great on the Lone Star. Would the SoothSayer be a more versatile option then the M1 for the Laney?


  25. Lucas says:

    Best standalone muff ive ever heard, the last setting was really close to the civil war +td

  26. Carlos-Brazil says:

    Hi Bjorn! Any comparisons with the Buffalo FX’s PATRIOT pedal?

  27. Matthias says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Thank you for this great review.
    Though how would you compare the M1 to a Ram’s head big Muff (for example Pig Hoof)+Powerbooster combo? Is the result much different? After all, that’s seems to be the basis of the M1 design.
    Thank you in advance,

    • Bjorn says:

      Somewhat similar yes. As I said, the M1 reminds me of the Pig Hoof and Rust Rod and blending these with a fairly mild setting Powerbooster, provides a similar tone.

  28. Hi Bjorn! Been waiting for this review for a while! Sounds amazing and great playing – it’s great to see Gilmour’s inspiration blend in with your own voice and your own melodic sense on these videos.

    I have an Evolution and Patriot on my board currently. It’s a great combo, for sure, and I’m sold on Buffalo FX for life. The M1 seems to take the Patriot a step further and offer a unique voice that captures the way people often use two particular pedals – the Ram’s Head and Power Booster – in one pedal.

    And while the Evo is out of this world, the TD-X was my first choice as it seems to provide a little more low-gain versatility – something that would compliment the Patriot and my selection of amps (Mesa Express 5:50+, Orange AD30, Marshall JCM 800 all set clean or with a small amount of gain) quite well.

    So, my question is this – I’ve been thinking about swapping out my Evo/Patriot combo specifically for an M1 and TD-X, as both pedals seem to offer a bit more versatility and cover the same ground as the Evo and Patriot, but in a more nuanced type of way. What are your thoughts on both setups, in terms of versatility and tone? Or should I keep the Evo on my board, just for fun? ;)

    • Bjorn says:

      Well, that’s the big questions, isn’t it. The Evo is unique and there’s no overlapping between it and the other Buffalo pedals. The Patriot and M1 are somewhat similar. Both being Muffs and with a bit of tweaking, you can achieve the Patriot tone with the M1 but perhaps no so much the other way around. Personally I would say that the TDX and Evo combo is the most versatile, both in terms of recplicating David’s tones and other styles. The M1 is perhaps the most versatile of the two Muffs but as always, it depends on what you’re looking for and how these behave with your amps and guitars.

      • Christopher Dondoros says:

        Thanks, Bjorn.

        From my experience so far, the Evolution can handle just about anything you throw at it set with the contour fully clockwise and gain set midway. The problem in my setup, for versatility’s sake, doesn’t seem to be getting a fatter or more gain-heavy sound, but a dedicated lighter overdrive/boost.

        The Patriot does seem a hair “dark” on my setup. To me, not just being a huge DG fan but also a huge Alex Lifeson and Andy Summers fan, having the “right” flange and chorus pedals (in my case, a Mooer E-Lady and Keeley-modded Boss CE-2, respective) has been perhaps more important than laboring over whether the Patriot/Evo/etc. are “best.”

        I’ve always been a huge, huge fan particularly of tones from ranging from Final Cut, to Pulse, and especially 06-present. Personally, the tone DG got at New York City’s Madison Square Garden shows was incredibly three-dimensional and “alive,” so it’s probably my default favorite due to being there.

        It seems as if perhaps the best combination would be the Evolution and TD-X, as you said, with the M1 as a good bet too.

  29. Simone says:

    Hi Bjorn, very cool post! In your opinion, is better the buffalo m-1 or vick audio ram’s head? (i have a strato with dg20, tube driver and hiwatt ht20)
    thanks a lot!!!



    • Bjorn says:

      Two differents sounding Big Muffs. The Vick has a 3-way mids switch and perhaps an overall more vintage flavour. The M1 has more mids and compression, typical of the Muff and Powerbooster combo.

  30. Stéphane says:

    Sweet review, what a huge tone ! How does it compare in terms of versatility and adaptability with the Large Beaver Ram’s Head ?

    • Bjorn says:

      The LB is brighter, with less mids and compression. Depends on what you’re looking for. The BYOC is perhaps more true to the original specs, while the M1 is a combo of the Muff and Powerbooster cirquits.

  31. Dmitry says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    Great review and great pedal!!! I`m using a Pig Hoof but I want to get M-1 now)) That sound on Sorrow is amazing! By the way, how did you get that feedback on a bedroom volume level? Or it was very loud?


    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! I recorded the demo in our studio using my Reeves Custom 50. It was VERY loud…

    • I tried both in an A/B and preferred the Pig Hoof. But thats just my opinion. The M-1 was great though, loved it.

      • Well nearly three months after my previous reply, I’ve replaced the Pig Hoof and Cornish P-1 with the M-1 Fuzz. I gave it another go and I’m glad I did, it is hands down the most versatile of the three and sounds incredible. The others were great too, but the M-1 gave me more of what I wanted – PULSE as well as the old school stuff, it was the former which the others struggled with.

        I take it all back!

  32. Gary Jarvis says:

    Nice review Bjorn! I was excited about this when I heard a few weeks back. Have one on the way and am really looking forward to trying it out! Even more so after reading your review! Cheers!

  33. JD Riley says:

    Nice demo. Sounds just as good as the record.

    Also, there’s a pedal coming out from Deep Trip called the Muffasaur, which is a Big Muff, but with controls to fine-tune the mids and the lows. I think you might be interested in trying it when it comes out?

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