Fulltone Soul-Bender Overdrive Pedal

Overdrive/Distortion Pedal with Volume, Tone, and Dirt Controls, and True Bypass Operation
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Inject Some Soul Into Your Tone

The Fulltone Soul-Bender distortion pedal is based on the sound of the classic Colorsound and Vox Series III ToneBenders from the late '60s, heard on many recordings from artists like Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. The Soul-Bender uses three gain-matched germanium transistors for tube-like saturation that responds impressively to every nuance of your playing. Roll off your volume and the Soul-Bender cleans up nicely - hit it hard, and you get everything from smooth overdrive to hard-edged fuzz. It's a versatile effect, enhanced by the wide sonic range of the tone control. Whether you're looking for enhanced sustain, tube-like overdrive, or trashy distortion, the Fulltone Soul-Bender has the tone your soul has been searching for.

Fulltone Soul-Bender Overdrive/Distortion Pedal at a Glance:
  • Amazingly responsive
  • Germanium tone
  • Built by Fulltone means it's built to last
Amazingly responsive

The Fulltone Soul-Bender doesn't just give you a wide range of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz tones to play with, it responds dynamically to your guitar and your playing. Roll off your guitar's volume knob, and the Soul-Bender cleans up just like your favorite tube amplifier. Dig into it, and the germanium transistors give you vintage distorted tones without the vintage noise and hiss.

Germanium tone

Germanium transistors were the first choice for guitar pedal manufacturers in the '60s and '70s, and are known for their smooth, warm character when overdriven. The Soul-Bender uses three gain-matched germanium transistors for vintage tones, with the reliability and low-noise operation gained by modern manufacturing techniques.

Built by Fulltone means it's built to last

Fulltone pedals have earned the trust of guitar greats like Eric Johnson, Robin Trower, Steve Hunter, and many more. Working pros don't use pedals they can't rely on, and Fulltone pedals have earned their trust. Not only will you love the sound of the Fulltone Soul-Bender, you'll love how reliable it is as part of your rig.

Fulltone Soul-Bender Overdrive/Distortion Pedal Features:
  • Overdrive and distortion pedal with incredible sustain and a wide tonal range
  • Internal trim pot allows you to shape the sound of the distortion, from smooth sustain to square-wave distortion
  • Germanium transistors provide smooth overdrive with a warm, vintage vibe
  • Tone control has a wide range to cover huge tonal territory
  • True bypass operation

Additional Media

Soul-Bender Overdrive Pedal User Manual
What is the Correct Power Supply for the Fulltone Soul-Bender?

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Overdrive/Distortion
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.1"
Width 2.5"
Depth 4.5"
Weight 1 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number SoulBender

Customer Reviews

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Great Tonebender Style Pedal

I have tried more than a few Tonebender style pedals and this one is by far the best one I have found. I have never had any complaints with any Fulltone gear. Everything they make is a high quality product that's both great for the ameature and professional musician. If you like the old British Invasion sounds then this is a great pedal especially when paired with a British style amp and a Tele. Of course Sweetwater is fantastic as always!

MK-III and MORE- Perfection!

This is THE ultimate fuzz pedal. Admittedly, I am not an expert on fuzzes, but this one is supposed to be like an MK-III type, I guess. It has ridiculous sustain, and crazy fuzz sounds. Once I plugged it in, I couldn't stop playing it for several hours. Infinitely tweak-able, it has the full range of fuzz sounds with the reliability and smoothness of the OCD. Just really ridiculously well made-reminds me of my Soldano for quality level-made in the USA. Works great with a battery. Thankfully, it has built-in "polarity protection," so if you plug in the wrong adapter, it just won't work and won't fry itself like regular fuzzes with reverse polarity would. The reverse polarity adapters DO NOT WORK, and won't work in the same power line, either- they will hum loudly. My only minor issue is that the FPS power adapter should be included. Anyone selling this product should make it clear that without the FPS, this thing won't plug in with anything else (although the manual says Voodoo labs is ok). Small issue to resolve for another 25 bucks, which makes it a $185 pedal that is STILL worth it. My second Fulltone pedal, and surely won't be my last- the OCD blew me away, too! Love the high level of service at Sweetwater, and if I had taken a moment to chat with my service person, he no doubt would have told me about the minor power adapter issue. I like that the staff are musicians, and I'll be back in the future.
Music background: Weekend Rocker

A most excellent 3-knob bender

It doesn't matter how you set it, you will get a good sound. Start off with all knobs at noon. At up to about 2 o'clock on the dirt, the pedal is extremely sensitive to your guitar volume. Even with tone fully counterclockwise, the treble is not harsh. At full clockwise, you get a smooth sustain that is usable in a band setting, not muddy crap. Buy the power supply for it, as it sounds better like that than with battery power. The build quality is obvious the moment you pick it up. Comes with a cool sticker, battery, instruction/info sheet, and nicely packaged. Sounds absolutely glorious between an SG and a Vox. This should end your search for a Tonebender!
Music background: Blastov

This Soul Bender is great for my needs. Love it

I really love my Soul Bender Pedal
Music background: Hobbyist

70's Fuzz

My overdrives (Tube-Screamer, Lovepedal Kalamazoo) give great crunch from my Strat through a Vibrolux, but the Soul-Bender delivers fuzz and dirt, plain and simple. This is the way to channel classic fuzz tunes (No Time - The Guess Who, for example). Very sturdy, well-made, the only downside being it doesn't work with standard 9v power supplies (the germaniums need reverse polarity), but that's hardly a problem.
Music background: 40 years of amateur jazz, blues, rock
See also: Distortion Pedals, Fulltone, Fulltone Distortion, Overdrive, Boost & Fuzz