65amps Colour Bender Germanium Handwired Mark II Bender Fuzz Pedal

Distortion/Fuzz Pedal with Level and Attack Controls, 2 Modes, and Notch Filter
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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!

65amps Colour Bender Fuzz Pedal at a Glance:
  • Modern innovations deliver classic tone with modern quality
  • Quality construction delivers top-notch sound
  • Sola Sound Tone Bender MKII - a brief history
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!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Fuzz
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Manufacturer Part Number COLOUR BENDER PEDAL

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Very Nice

At first I had some issues with this pedal, but they were all my mistakes. It drains batteries way too fast and it won't work on a power supply unless it's dedicated to this pedal only. With batteries I could never get a consistent tone out of it. Sometimes it would be amazing and others it would be crap. After I got a Truetone 7-Pedal Isolated Power Supply it worked great! Low fuzz is great for just that little touch when you get on it, High fuzz has that mean growl with low tones with electricity coming of the edges and the highs have that near alien sound to them. Voice 2 pulls up the mids for darker guitars. I tend to get some background noise when I turn the level past 1/4, but it boosts my volume too high after that anyway. I love the tone! Gives me happy feelings in my chest. :)
5/5

Colour Bender

This is the one pedal I cant live without. I have been looking for this sound for many years but couldn't find it.... that Marshally midrange throbbing rattle with just the right amount of gain as to not compress the fundamental tone... Ive heard it on countless hard rock records but could never find a way to attain it ... not until I bought this wonderful little box... Thank you 65Amps for making it and thank you Mike Godlove and Sweetwater for service above and beyond !
Music background: Semi Pro Guitarist
5/5

Nice!!!!

Saw this pedal being demo'ed by Peter Stroud of 65 Amps at NAMM 2015 and it just rocked. Called my sales man Mark Magdich and we made it happen! Been rockin with the 65 Amps pedal on my board ever since. Pedal is even more impressive inside, all quality BIG amp parts.
Music background: Semi pro
See also: Distortion Pedals, 65amps, 65amps Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz