Recommend a Tonebender style fuzz for bass

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Simorchid, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. I have decided that my fuzz collection requires a tonebender style fuzz.

    I'm looking for that sound that Justin Chancellor gets from his tonebender. :bag:

    I could get a Sola Sound TC Tonebender Reissue on ebay but would be interested if there are some other pedals that I should consider.

    The SFX micro fuzz looks like it could be worth considering as it is less expensive, smaller and designed for bass frequencies.

    Any other suggestions would be most welcome.
  2. Get the Tonebender
  3. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    doesn't the supercollider do a decent tonebender?
  4. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    I love the new MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe.
  5. BassIsFun17


    Jan 16, 2006
    definitely sounds similar to a tone bender to my ears.
  6. Skreddy Supa Tone fits the bill.

    BASS FUZZ: Supa Tone

    I just used one of these Saturday and I was amazed. The low end is massive with this guy.
  7. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010

    I know conventional wisdom says you can find something close enough on the cheap, but I can't say I've run into any other fuzzes that sound like a tonebender. The other route might be to get a decent fuzz and stick something like a VT bass or another preamp/EQ pedal after it to beef it up some. I actually like the sound of my DS-1 with the VT bass after's got a very crisp, aggressive sound without the compression of a fuzz pedal. For slower riffs, or where I want that compression, I am saving for a tonebender.

    EDIT: Please keep this in mind...Justin's Wal has a LOT to do with his tone overall. It helps if we know what kind of bass you are planning to plug into the fuzz pedal.
  8. My primary bass is a MM Bongo 6 HH.
  9. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    The Barber Trifecta offers two different versions of the Tonebender and both of them are very good. You get a Muff style option as an extra. Highly recommended.
    One of the best fuzz pedal available.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    If you want the tonebender sound, get a tonebender.
  11. I had a tonebender for a while and the mxr bass fuzz deluxe sounds extremely similar from what ive heard. Plus its true bypass, about 1/4 the size, and has the ability to clean blend.
  12. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I have the Retroman Lola, which is a very cool one. I love it with guitar, but it snuffs the low end on my bass (that's just the way they are), so I would want to use it in a blend loop. Check out the Lola though, if a Tonebender type is what you want. The bias, off-switch and true bypass are nice features. It sounds great and is very small.
  13. Also, don't sleep on the Earthquaker Tone Reaper. Fantastic fuzz.
  14. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Matt from SUF is awesome, he just released this:


    I have one on order now...
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Who was it again that makes(made?) the original tonebender?
  16. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    I believe Sola Sound
  17. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California

    I have one on order too.
    Knowing the quality of Matt's pedals this might be the ultimate one to get.
  18. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    SFX Micro Fuzz or MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe.
  19. bassvirtuoso

    bassvirtuoso My God, it's full of chrome! Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Just received mine in the mail last night, for the short time I played it: WOW.

    This thing is awesome on bass, retains great low end and still has that low gain Muff thing going on with a clean blend.

    I'd highly recommend this so far.
  20. The Colorsound/Sola Sound Tonebender reissue is pretty good, quite muff-like, kills mids a but but healthy low end.

    The Colorsound/Sola Sound Bass Fuzz is a Bass-tuned Jumbo Tonebender (i think) its got higher gain so can actually get pretty synthy, its got a big mid scoop but enough low end for me to actually have the tone control all the way up to 3pm and still have loads of bass.

    The SFX Micro Fuzz is somewhat similar to the Bass Fuzz, but much much smaller, has a switch to control Mids and has an on/off LED (Neither colorsound pedal offers this)