Vintage-inspired Fuzz Box
From the JHS Legends of Fuzz series of vintage-inspired fuzz pedals, the JHS Bender puts the celebrated tone of a rare Sola Sound Tonebender at your feet. When pedalmaker Gary Hurst first introduced the Tonebender, it was a game changer that was quickly embraced by the artists of the day, including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jeff Beck. Over the last decades, it has remained a perennial favorite of tonechasers, helping to define the sound of British Shoegaze in the late 1980s and early 90s, and now popping up on the pedalboards of revivalist psych rockers and vintage gear enthusiasts. The Bender replicates Josh Scott’s most prized version of the Tonebender, the 1973 MK3 Silver/Orange “Onomatopoeia” edition. The Bender retains the original three-germanium-transistor design but rectifies the reliability issues of that unit, giving you all of the tone with none of the hassles. Guitarists at Pimp Your Tone love the sonic flexibility the Bender has to offer along with its straightforward design and hefty all-metal enclosure. The Bender is a slice of rock ‘n’ roll history that is as relevant today as it was nearly 60 years ago.
Dynamic fuzz box with a huge tonal rangeUnlike some fuzz pedals, which are full onslaught all of the time, the Bender is highly expressive and sensitive to picking dynamics, going from a restrained crunch when picked lightly to a gnarly growl when you dig in. Three simple controls — Volume, Tone, and Attack — offer up a wealth of sonic flexibility, letting you tailor your sound from dark to bright and even dialing up a gated effect when the Attack knob is cranked. The Bender also has a new trick — a JHS Mode button, which amps up the gain and boosts the mids for extra howl. Like all of the Legends of Fuzz pedals, the Bender is housed in a stunning custom wedge-shaped bent-metal enclosure, with throwback knobs, and full-metal badge plates — an old-school look to match its old-school tone.