Mojo Hand FX based its Colossus Fuzz on the Sovtek Big Muffs of the early ’90s, which until recently tended to be regarded as the homely stepsister of the Big Muff family.
More Mojo Control
Unlike an old Sovtek Muff, which has controls for Volume, Sustain, and Tone, the Colossus has four knobs—Tone, Gain, Volume, and a fourth labeled Mid, and each has a considerable impact on the tone. The Colossus will get very bass heavy when the Tone control is turned counterclockwise, but will serve up plenty of treble on the opposite end of the dial. Players who’ve been frustrated by the lack of tonal range in some Big Muffs will be especially excited by the Colossus’ Mid control. Some Muffs— especially the Sovtek versions—can get lost in a band setting, but rolling up some of the Mids on the Colossus finds the pedal cutting like a firebrand through the mix. You won’t be at a loss for level either. At 75-percent full, the Volume provides more than enough output for burning leads.
Apart from the Mid control, the real secret weapon on this fuzz ship is a 3-way voicing switch mounted between the four knobs. Flipped straight up, there’s a hint of bass cut. The middle position emphasizes the mids and seems to give the Mid control itself a little more focus, and the down position gives a kick to the low-mids. This extra control is great if you move between amplifier types or singlecoils and humbuckers, and the switch helps you compensate for low- or high-end emphasis in your rig without sacrificing any of the fuzzy heft in the Colossus’ voice.
Mojo Hand FX took some care in designing this piece, which is evident not only in the psychedelic art and rugged construction, but also under the hood as well. The guts aren’t too cluttered, there’s ample space for the 9V battery (the pedal also has a 9V barrel input), and the jacks are well shielded. This is a totally roadworthy pedal.
I tested the Colossus with a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender ’65 Twin Reverb Reissue. Starting with the toggle switch in the downmost position and a boost in the Mids and Tone, I was treated to a very explosive, classic Russian Muff lead—big across the whole tone spectrum and huge in the bottom end. Pulling down some of the Gain rounds off the tone, which is a little more reminiscent of older Muffs. The Les Paul was perfect for this pedal, with the hot humbuckers jetting the fuzz into desert-rock bliss. Flicking the toggle switch up and adding some extra gain was like taking a trip on Ted Nugent’s tour bus in the late ’70s.
At $149, the Colossus is a great find and a pretty solid deal for anyone on the hunt for Sovtek Muff tone in a sturdier package. But when the EQ toggle and Mid control are used carefully, the Colossus also does a fair job of approximating older Muff tones. It may not quite be the beall, end-all in the quest for vintage Muff replacement as Mojo Hand claims, but it’s much more affordable than vintage units. The Colossus will cough up the goods for everyone from Gilmour fans seeking butter smooth Pulse-era tones to stoner-rock aficionados who jam in basements adorned with black-light posters, making this one very wide-ranging fuzz.
you’re fed up with a shadowy midrange in Muffs.
you like the archaic vibe of vintage Muffs.
Street $160 - Mojo Hand FX - mojohandfx.com
|<<< Previous Review: Black Cat Bee Buzz||Next Review: Mid-Fi Electronics Demo Tape Fuzz >>>|
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
Mystery Stocking is coming soon! Sign up for PG Perks below so you don't miss it.
Sign up for PG Perks on the form below to make sure you don't miss the launch announcement!
About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
- Have your credit card ready to go before you refresh the page. Paypal is not available. Autofill may not fill in your information.
- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.