Re: R & G 1966 1 oh 1
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:18 pm
I'm so bummed I did not get on the list nor got lucky in the BINs: these are absolutely marvellous!
What a tonebender to try first! You are in for a treat.molokaio wrote: finally try a tonebender and the superersuper bee! :D
In early 1966 the Tone Bender received its first major changes; the folded steel case was replaced with a sleeker more futuristic looking sand cast aluminium design finished in a grey Hammerite paint. It featured a newly designed two transistor circuit that used two Mullard OC75 devices. The name Sola Sound again did not appear on the case and the silk screening just stated the unit as a Tone Bender. This particular two transistor circuit is said to have been leaked/loaned to Arbiter who went on to release the legendary Fuzz Face later that very same year. This is also the circuit type that was used by Vox in their Italian production, again of the same year, for the Vox Tone Bender.
These are the words I was searching for! Exactly my thoughtsSickle wrote:Not sure, but if David were looking for feedback on it, I would have to say the new mod is a huge success! It feels to me like the pedal nearly doubles in output, not just in frequency, but also amplitude as well. Interestingly, you can hear a very clean separation on the highs and lows with the Superbee mode, I wanna say its almost like a scooped mids thing, but its not, its way to clean sounding, but hard to describe. It kinda reminds me of the FZ-1B a little with some of its Blend control dialed back.
The Superbee mode is gonna make rhythm guitarists wet themselves.
The 1966 pedal for me is one of the nicest sounding musical fuzzes I've ever heard, its not compressed, pushes through really nicely in a mix without needing surgical EQ, and has enough fuzz on tap to rival the MK II to a good degree. For anyone out of sorts over David closing down production of the MK II's, I would STRONGLY suggest you consider grabbing one of the 1966's new or old, when and where you could.