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Analog Man Sun Bender MK1.5
Analog Man Sun Bender MK1.5


 

Please put a note in the order COMMENTS if you want one that works better at colder or warmer temperatures.
Our Price: $255.00


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Product Code: AM-SUNBENDERMK1.5

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Description
 
The Analog Man Sun Bender MK1.5 custom built fuzz pedal. Early two transistor Tone Bender circuit.
Features

This is an exact Tonebender MK1.5 pedal topology, but with a few part values tweaked a bit for better performance. We made the BIAS resistor adjustable on the BIAS knob in the center of the pedal, as there are some great sounds to be had by running higher bias than normal. It gets brighter and cuts through better when it's overbiased. Some people like the bias lower for a deeper but softer sound. There is also a blue BIAS trimpot inside to set the center setting of the BIAS knob. We set it at 5V at the shop and normally you should not need to use that. But at high or low temperatures it can come in handy if the bias changes.These are quite temperature sensitive, so if you usually play in cool or warm temperatures, please let us know and we can choose one for you that works well when colder or warmer than normal (our normal is about 73F or 23C degrees)

We also changed a capacitor value slightly to make it sound and work better. In addition, we added the CLEAN trimpot like our Sun Face, as it helps preset the pedal for cleaner, or less bassy tones that some people like, especially with hotter pickups. We recently changed a resistor value slightly to make them a bit louder. Some people, especially with humbuckers, were complaining that the normal MK1.5 was not loud enough for them, so this should help. Simply copying a schematic would have been easier, but we want to make the pedal as great sounding as possible, and allow it to work with various guitars and amps.

So this is our updated take on a MK1.5 Tonebender.

The FUZZ knob is more useful on the Sun Bender than on a Fuzz Face/Sun Face, you can turn it down as much as you like and still get great tones.

We have always used New Old Stock British Mullard transistors in this pedal:

The on/off FUZZ pot is optional to allow disconnecting the battery without having to unplug the pedal, great when mounted in the middle of a pedalboard. Turn it down all the way and it CLICKS and turns off the power.

SIZE : MXR style box, 2 5/16" x 4 5/16" 1290 / 1590B

We decided to make this 2-transistor MK1.5 instead of the 3-transistor MK-II as we don't have many of these awesome British NOS Mullard transistors. Also we tested them side by side and found that an average MK-II really didn't sound better. The MK1.5 is a bit easier to make consistent but they can still be tough as the circuit with NOS Mullards is very finicky. The MK-II is about the same circuit as an old Marshall Supa-Fuzz, you can hear the comparison below.

Here is what an original MK1.5 looks like, this rare pedal was on ebay at the end of 2012 for $5,000 but got no bids.


The DUDE!



Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 10 Write a review.

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Mk1.5 is a ten March 19, 2017
Reviewer: Todd from San Carlos, CA United States  
I've never played a vintage guitar through a vintage amp, and I've never owned any vintage effects. I have an ok ear and moderate guitar ability. I have played for 30 years and what keeps me playing is inspiration. You can't buy it, but it is around if you look for it.  The sound coming from the speaker and into your ear-straight to your mind (or soul).  I was inspired playing through the Sunbender, and I notice that happens a lot with Analogman pedals. I don't need vintage this or that, and I'll never be the next (fill in the blank), but this is why I play guitar.  Thanks for inspiring me, Mike. And to whomever reads this review, maybe you can't buy inspiration, but you might find it here just the same.

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Tone Heaven July 15, 2016
Reviewer: Joao Brandao from sao paulo, sao paulo Brazil  
Pretty much tone heaven with my Les Paul in the clean channel of a Two Rock Custom Reverb. You will get the classic tone from so many records! Can´t go wrong with Mike´s products!

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The cosmos is better with a Sun Bender February 29, 2016
Reviewer: Gary Luparello from Mint Hill, NC United States  
Been putting my new Sun Bender through the motions, and it is getting me back into the days of 70's King Crimson and other favorite Italian Prog guitar sounds. AM pedals always seem to sound as advertised, and the Sun Bender is no exception. The pair of germanium transistors really do offer plenty of gain on tap and the bias knob shapes the mark II tonality exactly where I want it. It has more treble and gain than a sunface NKT. Being a ProgRock player, I am finding many uses for this very musical pedal. Authentic 70's fuzz guitar tones.

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Analog Man Sun Bender MK1.5 October 5, 2015
Reviewer: Cisco C. from Ft Lauderdale, FL United States  
This pedal is one of the greats. Love it!

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Sunbender lights my life January 8, 2015
Reviewer: Jack Perry from Sydney, NSW Australia  
The Analogman Sunbender is the best!!!

That's a big call, I love all the fuzz pedals Analogman makes. When somebody asks me what fuzz they should buy I always send them towards Analogman fuzz pedals.
I've owned a Sunface, Sunlion and Astro fuzz and the Sunbender is the king of the fuzzy mountain.

It handles everything with all the fuzzy awesome I want. As to be expected it rocks at fuzzy warm leads and has beautiful light and shade for rhythm playing with a simple turn of the volume control.
It's the cream of the crop for me in terms of old school fuzz pedal. On all the time.

I can't rave on about this pedal enough. Makes my day.

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