Having a tough time finding an MKI tonebender clone

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  1. stella was a dive

    stella was a dive Member

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    I'm really not finding much in the reasonable price range (150ish).

    what do you guys think of the scarab deluxe and or the gnarly fuzz as MK1 variants? I've never been a fuzz guy but this is a sound that is appealing to me as of late, but the other tonebender tones not so much.
     
  2. MBT74

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    Scarab is a Tonebender variant and the Gnarly is a Fz-1 variant. Having said that, the Scarab is pretty versatile with its bias and fat knobs but from memory it won't get splatty like a mk1. Gnarly would be a bit closer. Basic Audio Zonk might be worth you trying for a Mk1 variant.

    Klinger make a decent Mk1 and they pop up in the emporium for around $150 second hand.
     
  3. corbs

    corbs Supporting Member

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    I have had both and I never saw them as variants to the sizzling/gated fuzz beast that is a germanium-fed MKI. I must say that they are both excellent pedals in their own right.

    I love MKI's. :boxer
     
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    Aren't they called fuzz faces? or is that the 1.5..
     
  5. stella was a dive

    stella was a dive Member

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    that's what I was fearing hearing.
     
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    Bazaboy33 Supporting Member

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    There is a Jimmy Behan Super Electric MKI on eBay right now for around $175...and a Ghost Bender. There is also an LIC MKI on Reverb for $155. Please buy them, so that I do not.
     
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    The basic audio stuff is silicon so it won't get you there - I own 2 Mk1's - Fuzzfaceless and Klinger - both are fantastic fuzzes - also worth checking out is Jimmy Behan - I have a germ fuzzrite of his and build quality and functionality is awesome.
     
  8. PlexiFuzz

    PlexiFuzz I know karate. Voodoo, too.

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    Silicon can get you there if it's done right. The basic audio pedal that is probably closest to the Mark 1 pedals I've played is the Zonk. Of course, Mk 1s are all over the place --- some of them are spitting and sizzling and gated and some of them actually have some decent sustain --- it all depends on how it's tuned and with the builder is going for.
     
  9. stella was a dive

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    how about the smith mki's?

    the other two you listed I can't find on reverb
     
  10. Bazaboy33

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    The Behan (http://www.ebay.com/itm/321647076060?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) and Ghost Bender (http://www.ebay.com/itm/251815113965?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) are on eBay, the LIC is on Reverb (https://reverb.com/item/431436-lic-...onebender-2014-oc75-tone-bender-free-shipping). I had the Behan, but foolishly sold it. I will get one again someday. The LIC has been on my radar for awhile, but I am waiting to find one of his with an OC81D and a pair of OC75's for under $200. I can dream...

    Oh, I have no experience with the Smitty Bender, but they are readily available for under $100 used.
     

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