Suggest me a mid heavy version of Tone Bender's clones

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  1. Rococco

    Rococco Member

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    I've yet to find a perfect fuzz. I'm looking for that great raspy textures and kinda velcro-ey sound that COULD REALLY CUTS THROUGH THE MIX. Some benders are just fizzy and trebley, I want a mid-rich one. Which clone is good and which MK?

    Btw, I've owned Scarab Deluxe, twice. Couldn't bond with them. Kinda looking at the big box Soul Bender and Ramble FX Twin Bender.

    Any inputs/thoughts is welcome. Thank you!
     
  2. la noise

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    Good question to pose to the TGP faithful. :)

    I'd say--having owned all 3--that if you didn't like
    the Scarab Deluxe then you probably won't bond
    with the Twin Bender or the Soul Bender. To my ears
    both had even less mid-content than the Scarab Deluxe.

    In fact, even though it is not a proper Tone-bender clone,
    the SD has the most mids of virtually any Bender-wanne-be
    I have tried.
     
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    Hey La Noise, thanks!

    I kinda suspect, that Twin sounded scooped from the videos. Too bad, cos I really love how it grinds. But somehow, the Soul Bender sounded kinda darker and mid rangey on some demos. Mind you, they're all YouTube, so that could be misleading.

    I thought finding a perfect delay pedal was the hardest. I was wrong.
     
  4. la noise

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    I feel your pain. I've yet to find the perfect Tonbender. Had some pretty good ones, too.

    Lots of love for Paul Trombetta's new MKI based Bender. Though they are hard to come by.

     
  5. AXXA

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    You may want to look outside of the tone bender camp. If you really want a fuzz that cuts with a lot of character, you might consider the RML Electron Custom. It has one particular setting that is quite extreme and cutting, somewhere between a vintage tone and a modern tone (that's how I use it at least). May not be what you're looking for, but it's worth a look

    If you really want heavy midrange, I think a Rangemaster is best. Especially one like the AM Beano, with a 'mid' setting. Fuzzes just don't have that kind of midrange, especially ones with Velcro type character (which are the ones I usually like)
     
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    I had the Scarab and didn't like it much at all. I have an old Soulbender and it's wonderful, those have the mids and richness you want.
     
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    The Fulltone Soul Bender's got a mids knob
     
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    Deep Trip Hellbender - super fat & tweakble.

    According to the maker: It was born as our modded Colorsound Tonebender mkII, for personal use. The goal was to make a very responsive higher gain fuzz, because we didn’t want to get stuck with those fuzz pedals that have no dynamics whatsoever.
     
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    Skreddy Lunar Module Deluxe.
    Can wind the bass out for more mids.
     
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    i have an old MJM Brit Bender that fits the bill. it's one of the early, label-maker adorned ones. i have no idea if the newer ones sound exactly like it.
     
  11. la noise

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    I thought it was a "Tone" control. :huh

    I think it is the 70's Fuzz that has the dedicated
    "Mids" control.
     
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    That's right. The 70 does indeed have a "Mid" control which allows you to boost midrange.

    However, the Soulbender's tone knob (both MKII and big box version) isn't a high-cut. Turning it up boosts the bass and mids.

    Don't know if running the tone knob all the way up would give the OP what he's looking for, but I love my big box Soulbender. Great fuzz.
     
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    I liked the big box Soulbender, but
    not the MKII Soulbender nearly as much.

    Didn't the big box versions have NKT275 trannies?
     
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    Mine does (at least they say "NKT 275" on them).

    Not sure about all of them though. Fulltone has used different transistors in the 69, 70 and Soulbender over the years.

    I think only the MKII versions are consistent with respect to what transistor is inside.
     
  15. Carter88

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    You might want to look into the Spaceman Sputnik. I wouldn't describe it as "velcro-ey", but it's satisfied most all my Tonebender needs. It cuts though any mix at any volume while still sounding like a real fuzz (some vintage-style fuzzes just end up sounding like weak overdrives to me in a band setting).
     
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    Marshall Supa Fuzz type?
     
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    Might want to take a look at the Suhr Rufus. It has that tonebender , rangemaster ,TB thing going on. More like a distortion to me with slight fuzziness. Love it with single coils. Nice clarity and touch response.
    https://youtu.be/jr5JmSzr5Bo
     
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    This. I haven't tried any other Tone-Bender variant, but it's certainly true that the Soul Bender's mids knob can add a little or a lot mids, especially lower mids. It can be smooth or be like a buzz saw. Don't expect cleanup like one gets with fuzz face type pedals; it's pretty dirty till your guitar volume is off. But it cuts, and it can sound like velcro. I think it's a great pedal.
     
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    I also have the first big box version...the best to me...
     
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    Lumpy's Tone Shop MK2 Tonebender well-made, well-priced, sounds sweet
     

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