VINTAGE TWEED OVERDRIVE
All the vintage tweed tube crunch you'll ever need!. The Vintage Tweed pedal features not one, but three amplifier settings in one pedal, plus an added boost switch for 10dB of gain lift. Finished in a custom genuine Fender aged tweed cloth tolex, this pedal offers many tones from full out Neil Young's 'Cinnamon Girl' to the overdriven juke joint blues amps of the 1950's. It's perfectly voiced for Blues, Rock or Country, or just about anything. If you're into Keefs tonal palate, Neil Young, ZZ Top and many more, this is a must have device that will have you totally addicted. This pedal also interacts great with your guitars volume and is very dynamic with regards to pick attack and how hard you dig into your strings. It can give you anything from a light tubey overdrive to full out singing sustain with Humbucking pickups. With some careful tweaking of the controls, there are many different settings that will bring out the best in this pedal and will inspire you to play more. Use it as an overdrive or a booster, the choice is yours.
At sometime in 1966 a new an improved Tone Bender arrived on the market. This is the rare version we all know of as the MKI.5. This was a new design and different in a few ways to the MKI both in appearance and construction. My version is based on the MK1.5 circuit but has been modified and tweaked for the best sonic qualities possible. It uses two NOS 1960's Mullard OC75 matched & tested germanium transistors which were commonly used in the original unit, has a very neat tagboard circuit layout design, housed in a Hammond 1590BB enclosure and custom powder coated in a 'Bullion' gold finish. The sound and tone from this pedal is verging on insanity and on maximum sounds as if your amp is about to blow up, with a colossal wall of thick fuzz which will send your tube amp into maximum overdrive. It's voiced differently to the MK2 I make and has the nasal tone of a cocked wah wah and find it a bit more aggressive and less smooth than the MK2. With a Les Paul cranked into a tube amp with one of these you get an instant Mick Ronson tone and a sound identical to early Jimmy Page on the first Zep album. With a bit of careful tweaking of the controls there are many different settings that brings out the best in this model of fuzz pedal.
The Tonemaster MK2 is my faithful recreation of the highly regarded Tone Bender pro ® MK2. It was used by many guitarists such as Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton during his days with Cream, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page throughout his career, so it certainly has a great pedigree. But as far as delivery of amazing fuzz tone and sustain, the Tonemaster is unbeatable and really is a phenomenal sounding fuzz pedal. I took the original circuit from and managed to squeeze together all the components neatly onto a small vero-board layout and spent time tuning, tweaking & swapping component values until It sounded perfect, Powered by a PP3 9v battery only it uses three NOS 1960's Germanium transistors that have been especially selected & tested for gain and leakage. The transistors give it a different voicing and tone to the Fuzz Face, which was of course hugely popular at the same time due to Jimi Hendrix, who was busy re-writing the book on great guitar tone and how to use it to devastating effect. I personally find that these Germanium transistors are very 'organic' sounding and there really is something special about these British made beauties!!. So how does it sound? The tone is unique and phenomenal, and some say very tube sounding, but it's not too harsh and a very smooth sounding tone. Crank one of these through a tube amp for instant 'whole lotta love'. Even with the ‘attack’ control turned right up it to maximum, it will push your amp into overdrive and give it a superb and unbeatable sustain that goes on, with lush overtones and harmonics. In fact it sounds like the perfect cross between fuzz and a distortion pedal in many applications. Built by hand one at a time, this will last a lifetime of playing.