UPDATED FOR 2023 – Sanded Silver Enclosure to match our Elektrika and Vindicator. Top Jacks are now standard
The Tonebender Legacy
The Tonebender MK3 is fuzz royalty. Essential to the guitar sound of 70’s UK Glam, it’s also the source of some of Jimmy Page’s iconic guitar tones, offers all the sustain and harmonic feedback you can dream of for guitar-driven rock styles, and has a texture that makes Stoner rock guitar amps exhale sweet clouds of fuzz. Less finnicky than a Fuzzface, it sounds great with humbuckers or single coils, with a balanced response across the guitar’s range, from chunky, brash lows to sustaining high notes.
The TB MKIII is also very close in design (and sound, of course) to the famous “Burns Buzz-Around” pedal. This was Robert Fripp’s fuzz of choice for many years, and with our “mid boost” modification, the JDM Hot Plate offers a thick lead guitar sound with extremely long sustain that fits beautifully into the mix.
Fuzz Glam Power
We’ve given the Tonebender Mk3 circuit our own treatment, and dug into our stash of vintage Germanium to serve up our own version of this iconic fuzz. The JDM Elektrika does those MK1 tones with our added “Gate and “Tone” controls, and the “Vindicator” cover the brash, thick MK2 territory. The Mk3 took a while to find the right formula, and over time turned into “that pedal that always stuck to the test board”. It sounded great at rehearsals and always fit in the mix when recording. The “Aha!” moment came when we spliced in a passive mid bump circuit and that “little extra something” was suddenly there and working really well.
The JDM Hot Plate uses vintage PNP Germanium transistors, but we’ve also added an analog voltage inverter on-board so you can daisy chain this fuzz with your other pedals running on +9vDC. Battery power is also possible, of course.
And it’s purple, because, well, purple.
Housed in a sanded and silkscreened 1590B enclosure, it’s s shining dose of vintage tone that You. Need. Yes, you do need this pedal. It’s that cool – a fuzz tone that’s a kinda like a distortion, but has that untamed fuzz feel. The tone knob ranges from truly skanky early 60’s buzzfuzz to Led Zep thickness, and the mid control takes all of that to a subtly cool other place.
Drop a line if you have any questions or features you’d like to see! We also do custom enclosures and circuit mods – just ask!
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