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Tone Bender question...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by TB72, May 18, 2011.

  1. TB72

    TB72 Member

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    I've been searching old threads for an answer to this question, but it's getting confusing and frustrating...mainly due to the great number of pedals that bear the "Tone Bender" name.

    My question is regarding the early seventies 3-knob model from Sola Sound...like this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N9CXOUnNrk

    I don't know how this one is categorized (mkii, mark IV, Mark McGuire, Marky Mark, etc.) I just know I like the way it sounds.

    Does anyone make a clone of this circuit, and does it come in a smaller enclosure than the original? (Pedalboard space is at a premium, ya know?)

    Thanks.


    Later...
     
  2. cubistguitar

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    That is most likely the MKIII fuzz, I would try the MJM 3 knob Bender. It has a full warm sound, maybe not quite as ripping. The current Sola 3 knob sounds very ripping but not as warm. The EQD Tone Reaper comes close as well, but it is a hybrid transistor bender, not quite as warm either. For something just as cool or maybe cooler, the Skinpimp MKIII should cover those tones and more.
     
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    Skinpimp makes a fantastic MKIII.
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    I believe that one is a MKIV.
     
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    This is/was a MKIII. Most likely a Rotosound branded MKIII and featured on "My Girl, She Got Long Black Wavy Hair". Not quite the same pedal as in the youtube video from the 1st post, which is a MKIV/MKV circuit.
     
  9. TB72

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    What's up with all the different manufacturers? No one trademarked the "Tonebender" name? So far I've counted Vox, Colorsound, Park Sola Sound, Rotosound (did I miss any?)

    Is there a chart somewhere with a timeline of the different circuits, and who made them?
     
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    They were all made by Sola Sound, even the early Vox's (they were MKII's) Later 2 tranny Vox's were made in Italy and kept the Tone Bender name. You missed all the variants, but that's another thread.
     
  11. TB72

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    That's what I was afraid of.:bonk

    Thanks Cado.
     
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    The Vox Tonebender is not a MKII - it only has 2 Transistors (even MkI's have 3 transistors) info on Vox tonebender info on MKII
     
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    There were Vox branded MK2s, which is what I think he was referring to.
     
  14. TB72

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    Thanks for all the replies.

    So far, I'm leaning towards an Earthquaker Devices Tone Reaper.


    Later...
     
  15. Cado

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    Here's an excellent place to start considering variants. I've played through 4 variants extensively and though all are great, none are perfect. It's best to determine what you're after first and consider your guitars and amps too. These fuzzes react differently with different rigs.
    http://www.stompboxes.co.uk/History.html
     

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