Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz and Bender MkII

Buffalo FX comes up with two fuzz pedals - Bender MKii for classic tonebender fuzz, and the Germanium Fuzz pedal, a versatile '60s style fuzz.

Buffalo FX Bender MkII
Buffalo FX Bender MKII

Buffalo FX aims to provide vintage quality pedals for modern players, and they build these Fuzz Pedals from France.

The Bender MKii is based on the original circuit of the iconic Tone Bender MK2, it uses three tuned NOS germanium transistors with external bias. The original Tone Bender started the whole UK Fuzz craze back in '65. The most popular of which is the Tone Bender MKII version which many pedal builders have been trying to mimic. Buffalo's attempt uses the same circuitry but with added features like the external bias knob, which adds tonal variety to the sought after MKII design.

A cool additional feature of this pedal is its tool free battery compartment, which lets you quickly change your batteries without the hassles of bringing screw drivers. Other features include top entry signal jacks, screened signal wiring and a super bright LED. This pedal is meant to provide smooth tones that ring and sustain for a long time.

Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz
Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz

The Germanium Fuzz is a hand wired pedal that has matched NOS Germanium transistors. It is designed to produce '60s era germanium fuzz with added versatility of pre-gain and external bias controls.

This effect lets you to dial in a wide range of tones, from overdrive to all-out fuzz. You can clean up your tone by rolling off the volume knob while the Pre-gain control allows you to roll off the thick bottom end or pull it back even further for classic overdrive tones. External bias compensates for temperature changes without having to adjust internally. It shares the same added features like the tool free battery compartment and top mounted signal jacks. This fuzz pedal is designed to provide a thick and biting fuzz tone.

Here is a demo of the Germanium Fuzz:

The Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz is currently being sold for 145 Euros, while the Bender MKII clone is priced at 155 Euros.

For detailed information about these fuzz pedals, you can visit Buffalo FX.

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