Three Germanium Transisor Handwired Distortion
A Fantastic Evolution of a Holy Grail Tone
A fantastic evolution of the Tone Bender Professional MKII, the 65amps Colour Bender fuzz pedal re-creates the heavy British rock sound of late-'60s germanium pedals that was made famous by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and many others. And thanks to modern innovations, the Colour Bender is able to transcend the original Tone Bender's limitations, providing you with an amazingly loud, powerful fuzz tone that can range from overdriven blues to vintage rock to modern, grinding distortion. When we first heard the 65amps Colour Bender fuzz pedal at Sweetwater, we were blown away by its touch sensitivity, response, and powerful, classic tone (which was delivered without all of the wildness and noise of the original pedals). If you're searching for a holy grail tone, here it its!
Modern innovations deliver classic tone with modern quality
Although its tone is legendary, the classic Tone Bender circuit is too wild and grainy for modern high-output pickups and high-gain amplifiers. Fortunately, 65amps has tweaked the Colour Bender fuzz pedal so that modern players can enjoy the fantastic voice of this classic circuit. First of all, the Colour Bender gives you 2 distinct modes - the classic wild germanium distortion of the stock circuit and an adjusted mode that accommodates modern guitars and amps. You also get a "Colour" notch filter that gives your guitar a midrange boost, making it jump out of your mix.
Quality construction delivers top-notch sound
The 65amps Colour Bender fuzz pedal is made with premium germanium transistors and amp parts, rather than cheaply made pedal parts. In fact, the Colour Bender uses some of the same components as 65amps guitar amplifiers! In typical 65amps fashion, the Colour Bender is a well-built modernization and improvement of a classic design.
Sola Sound Tone Bender MKII - a brief history
Produced between 1966 and 1968, the Sola Sound Tone Bender MKII's distinctive 3-transistor germanium design shaped Jimmy Page's guitar sound during the early days of Led Zeppelin, as well as Eric Clapton's famous "Woman Tone," that was featured prominently on the Disraeli Gears album by Cream. The MKII featured 3 germanium Mullard OC75 transistors (although some reportedly used Mullard OC81D transistors). The 65amps Colour Bender fuzz pedal is a re-creation of the classic 3-transistor germanium fuzz circuit that improves on the original design while preserving its legendary tone.
65amps Colour Bender Fuzz Pedal Features:
- Classic 3-transistor germanium circuit gives you a versatile, powerful fuzz tone
- "Hi/Lo" switch adjusts global gain level to accomodate high-gain guitar amps
- "Colour" notch filter gives your guitar a midrange boost
- "Level" knob adjusts the output of the germanium transistors
- "Attack" knob adjusts the level of distortion in the circuit
- Quality construction delivers top-notch sound
- The 65amps Colour Bender fuzz pedal gives you a classic, powerful fuzz tone with a modern kick!
Pedal Type: Fuzz
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V