The Tonemaster MK2

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.

Features include

 

  • Vintage style aluminium 'witches hat' control knobs

  • Durable antique copper bronze hammertone finish

  • Custom vero stripboard construction

  • Allen Bradley carbon composite resistors

  • High quality hardware & switching

  • Vintage Mullard/Erie/Ashcroft/Aerovox/Ero capacitors

  • Cliff Jacks

  • Vintage trio of transistors (Various brands such as GEC, Mullard etc).

  • Operates on a 9v PP3 battery or centre negative 'fully isolated' & regulated power supply @100m

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