The Tone Bender has never ceased to be a “hot” circuit among fuzz lovers, but BOSS’s recent announcement of an upcoming replica in its signature compact case is sparking fresh interest around the best clones that are already out there.
The Ramble FX Twin Bender Fuzz is a particularly interesting take on the circuit, offering a series of fine-tuning options plus the ability to replicate two early versions of the original, through a two-way toggle: the venerable MKII, based on a three NOS Germanium transistors circuit, and its predecessor, MK1.5, which uses only two of them and therefore doesn’t reach the latter version extreme fuzziness.
Another three-way toggle switch allows for two extra EQ flavors, with a Mid boost and a Fat option (the center position delivers the stock tone).
Two small black knobs open up extra possibilities: the Bias sets the operating voltage of one of the transistors and at low levels makes the fuzz more sputtering.
The Impede mini-knob, on the other hand, allows Twin Bender to be used after a wah, buffer, wireless, etc., something that most vintage fuzzes cannot do very well.
Here are the latest videos of the Ramble FX Twin Bender:
Two vintage fuzz circuits in one!$199.99
Twin Bender uses the same circuit of Sola Sound’s legendary Tone Bender™ MKII Professional that Jimmy Page and many others made famous. The first time you engage Twin Bender you’ll know why the Tone Bender circuit is the holy grail of fuzz. It’s an explosion of harmonics and infinite sustain that melts into feedback.
?Twin Bender has a long list of features that make it the most versatile and user friendly Tone Bender available. The MKII Pro/MKI.V switch makes it two ‘Benders in one. MK1.5 mode uses one less transistor for less fuzz. The ‘impede’ (impedance) mini-knob allows Twin Bender to be used after a wah, buffer, wireless, etc., something that most vintage fuzzes cannot do very well. It also has a built-in voltage inverter, bias control, and relay-based true bypass switching.
Dec 9, 2020
Thanks for the write up Paolo!