The new Bad Passenger Fuzz MKII from Mattoverse is a little boutique box of filth. This new version brings with it even more brutal aggressive fuzz tones than its predecessor, thanks to its cascaded transistor and op-amp gain stages.
Mattoverse Bad Passenger Fuzz MKII
The Mattoverse Bad Passenger Fuzz MKII is a one-knob fuzz pedal based on cascaded transistor and op-amp gain stages that should enable it to get pretty damn filthy. This new updated version comes with an added character switch that toggles between what Mattoverse describes as “bright aggressive grind or a darker compressed filth”, basically providing a quick way to go between the two extremes.
A great raw fuzz tone is always a useful tool, and when used with a big riff, can really elevate a song. Or, of course, you can use it to add extra sustain and girth to your lead lines. The new circuit looks as though the MKII will have even more attitude than the previous version. And with its one-knob approach, all you really need to do is simply dial-in the filth to taste. The pedal is true-bypass and has top-mounted jacks for convenience. It runs via a centre-negative 9-volt power supply (not included) with an approximately 25mA draw.
Having a switch that gives you both extremes of either a bright or dark fuzz tone is a nice addition, as it makes the pedal more flexible, while still managing to stay uncomplicated. Some famous and legendary fuzz pedals, such as the D.A.M Meathead, are also simple, one-knob affairs, so the Bad Passenger Fuzz MKII is in good company. This new “one-knobber” looks like it could be a lot of fun, and is available at a more-than-reasonable price.
You can hear the pedal in action in the official demo video below, or click the link for more details.
RRP – USD 99