Rarely have I received so many requests for me reviewing pedals as with the Floyd Fuzz and Colordriver from Tru-Fi. Perhaps because they’re so obviously aimed at David Gilmour fans but there’s also a buzz out there suggesting these are worth checking out. Here’s my review.
As probably all of you know, David Gilmour started using Big Muffs and the Ram’s Head in particular, around the recording of Animals in 1975-76. It’s been his main distortion ever since in various forms.
In early 1972 Pink Floyd premiered a new suite called Eclipse, which would later turn into Dark Side of the Moon. The piece was worked out during their extensive touring the same year and part of the sound was David’s new booster/overdrive pedal, the Colorsound Powerboost. The pedal was used throughout the 70s and later replaced by a Cornish ST-2 and the Tube Driver.
Tru-Fi is new to me. I understand they’ve been around for some time but I was introduced to them sometime last summer and the first thing that caught my eye was the super cool pedal designs. Very original and man do these look great on the pedalboard! Size-wise they’re slightly bigger than a Boss pedal.
Both pedals are based on original specs. This is authentic and vintage all the way, with familiar controls and sounds. Both runs on 9V and feature true bypass switching.
The Floyd Fuzz is slightly more mellow sounding than some of the other Ram’s Head clones out there. Perhaps somewhere between the old BYOC and the new reissue from EHX. You won’t get that overwhelming sensation when you turn it on but that’s not a bad thing.
It’s got an impressive definition and perfectly balanced highs and lows. It’s definitely mids scooped, like the original, but the fact that it’s slightly flatter frequency-wise, makes it stand out more and it blends nicely with most types of amps.
The fairly controlled gain makes it easy to use this Muff with humbuckers and stack it up with a booster and overdrive like the Colordriver. It also responds well when you roll back the guitar volume a hair or two, which is what Gilmour often would do to control the gain to create dynamics in a solo or certain parts of the song.
The Colordriver is unmistakably vintage sounding, with a glassy bright character and growling low end. This one’s got a master volume as well, which allows the pedal to do pretty much everything from massive clean boost to overdrive and fuzz.
Like all Powerboosts, this one needs an amp with a bit of compression and mid range but an EQ will also do the trick when you want to roll back the bright overtones and add a little 800Hz mids.
To my ears, these two pedals were made for each other. It can often be hard to combine a wild Muff with a booster that’s got too much mids or lack the headroom but the Floyd Fuzz and Colordriver is easy to set up and match with the right amount of gain and character.
See tru-fi.com for more.