I’ve been a huge fan of Buffalo FX for years. They make amazing sounding pedals and I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing most of them. A couple are staples on my pedalboards. So there, I’ve set the standard for this review of the Patriot MkII.
The Patriot is Buffalo’s take on the early 90s so-called Civil War Big Muff for Sovtek – a version of the Big Muff that went through several changes during the 90s and that was recently released by EHX as the Green Russian.
I did a review of the Patriot a few years back and as then, I am now equally impressed by its low noise floor and authenticity towards those old pedals. The Sovteks has always been my favourite Muffs and the Patriot captures that thick fuzz-like character, with lots of harmonics and sustain.
What’s new this time is the addition of a mid range boost and low end or bass cut. Big Muffs are notoruous for lacking mid range, which is what you will need to cut through a band mix. Especially if your amp lack of bit mids too.
Increasing the mids adds a nice presence and punch to the tone, allowing the Patriot to cut through. The low cut rolls back some of the low end, cleaning up the tone and allowing even more mids and presence to cut through.
Having both these controls really makes it easy to dial in a tone tailored for any amp and pickups.
What I’ve always loved about those early Sovteks is their ability to deliver dynamic and useful tones on low gain settings. The Patriot cleans up well, although not entirely – this is a high gain Big Muff after all – and it can easily be doubling as an overdrive both for rhythms and lead.
At full gain it gets that almost throaty character you can hear on Pink Floyd’s Pulse. It responds very well to low output single coils in particular and the sustain really allow you to shine thoughout a lead part.
So again, the Patriot MkII is highly recommended if you’re seeking those classic early 90’s Big Muff tones and particularly if you need a bit of extra controls to perfectly match the pedal with your amp and guitar.
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