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Modern Tone Bender-Style Fuzz Pedals


Published 7 Aug 2020

So you want a Tone Bender inspired fuzz pedal? Here are a bunch that you really should hear

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The Sola Sound / Colorsound Tone Bender sits right up there alongside the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face among the most influential fuzz pedals of all time. There are a whole bunch of modern variants from the original maker – we looked at some here – but what about the plethora of TB-inspired pedals from other brands?
In this episode, Dan and I run through a selection from a diverse range of names. We use classic single-coil and humbucker guitars – a Strat and a Les Paul – as well as clean and dirty amps so you can get a feel for them. What are our favourites?
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Pedals & stuff in this episode
• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Tuner (link for the ST 300 Mini)

• Colorsound Freakenbender

• Pigdog Prosecutor

• Creepy Fingers Hod Tight
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• Kingtone MiniFuzz GE

• Dan Drive Secret Machine
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• BAE Audio Royaltone
Union Tube & Transistor Tour Bender

• JHS Pedals Bender
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• Reeves Electro BlackHatSound

• Diamond Memory Lane Jr

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections
- Intro playing: 00:00
- Background & context: 01:05
- Today’s amps: 04:20
- Today’s key questions: 06:40
- Why these & Rainger Freakenbender: 07:18
- Pigdog Prosecutor: 13:05
- Creepy Fingers Hold Tight: 18:07
- Zonk? Kingtone MiniFuzz: 22:25
- Dan Drive Secret Machine: 30:42
- BAE Audio Royal Tone: 36:25
- Union T&T Tour Bender: 43:50
- JHS Bender: 51:30
- Reeves Electro BlackHatSound: 57:10
- What are our favourites?: 1:04:00

Guitars in this episode
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard

Amps in this episode
• Victory Sheriff 44 & Marshall 1960Ax cabinet with Celestion Greenback speakers
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• Tone King Imperial MkII & 112 cab
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