The Tampco All-Bender is a new four-in-one fuzz pedal that arrives with a bold claim behind it. This, says the French boutique guitar effects pedal specialist, is “the only tone bending fuzz you'll ever need!”
But there’s reason for Tampco to be confident. As the name suggests, the All-Bender is an omnibus fuzz comprised four Tone Bender-inspired circuits, each available at the touch of a dial. Just turn that chickenhead rotary knob choose from the “acid bark of the MkI, the warm cushion of the 1.5, the harmonically charged screech of the MkII and the fluid, gain-laden Mk3”.
Besides the global Level control and four-way circuit selector, each of the fuzz circuits has its own independent gain control, with the Mk3 having its own dedicated tone control as per the original units.
The appeal of all this means you can journey through the evolutionary phases of early British Invasion-era fuzz pedals, and for a lot less money than buying vintage replicas with NOS germanium transistors. The silicon transistors will also be less sensitive to temperature changes.
The All-Bender is priced €199 and available direct from Tampco. Does it sound authentic? Check out the demo videos and judge for yourself.