Throbak Stone Bender fans...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by musica23, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. musica23

    musica23 Supporting Member

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    I own a Stone Bender but didn't really try it out thoroughly until recently. Anyway, since there's the option to mess with internal trim pots, I did. Now I can't seem to get a great sound out of it at all. Good, but not great. And the pots are back to their original settings. The bias isn't right and sounds too velcro-y. I can't get as much sustain as I want.

    I see a lot of positive comments about this pedal here and I'm wondering what folks are using it with (guitar, amp, etc.). I have a number of fuzz pedals and haven't had this problem before. I'm running it through a stock Blues Jr. and using humbuckers.

    I read somewhere here that running it through a dirty Marshall is the way to go, but all the fuzzes I have (and there are many...even other benders) have sounded fine through my clean Fender.

    Any comments, suggestions, etc. will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. musica23

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    :bumpbump

    Where y'all at???
     
  3. telepunk

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    Aren't tone benders susceptible to temperature changes because of the germanium transistors? Has it been exposed to extreme temps?
     
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    Yes. And no. Thanks anyway!
     
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    Just got an email from Jon already, so never mind, folks.
     
  6. Stratm69

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    Plug into your rig and adjust the bias pot with a screwdriver while playing the Stonebender, you won't hurt anything. Just be sure NOT to touch anything else inside of it.

    Make sure it's the only effect your running through. Guitar > Stonebender > Amp.

    Dial in the Bias trim-pot to where you think it sounds good or appropriate.

    Then, let the pedal sit idle for roughly 10-15 minutes. It's like changing tubes in your amp, it just needs a little time to acclimate. Next, test the pedal again to make sure it's still where you want it at. It may need minor adjusting afterwards.
     
  7. musica23

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    Thanks, Stratm69. That's pretty much exactly what Jon said to do. And that's what I did except that I adjusted and then played, adjusted and then played, etc. Tomorrow I'll adjust as I'm playing and if that doesn't work, off it goes to Jon. A 5-year warranty is a heckuva deal!
     

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