The BYOC E.S.V. 2-Knob Bender is quite possibly the sweetest MKII Professional Tonebender clone you can get. What makes the BYOC E.S.V. 2-Knob Bender so “extra special”?
We started with a redesign of our PCB so that it would fit the larger axial leaded capacitors and carbon comp resistors and made the layout look nice and pretty. We wanted the E.S.V. series to be aesthetically appealing on the inside (the outside is up to you!). We also made the solder pads and traces as beefy as possible. Thicker traces mean better signal flow. It also makes the PCB virtually indestructible and makes soldering a breeze.
The next thing that makes the BYOC E.S.V. 2-Knob Bender special is the component selection. We used the highest quality and coolest looking vintage mojo parts we could muster up – carbon comp resistors, shiny blue Vishay aluminum electrolytics, and axial leaded film capacitors. But the heart and soul of any Tonebender is its transistors. The BYOC E.S.V. 2-Knob Bender kit comes with a set of N.O.S. Philips OC76 germanium transistors that have been tested for leakage and gain selected to produce the best tone.
Note that this pedal is + grounded. You do not need to use a reversed polarity adapter to power it, it’s fine with the common “center negative”. However, you can not connect multiple minus grounded pedals to the daisy chain, together with the Tonebender. The Tonebender must have its own power supply (or paired with other plus-ground pedals). Or you can run it with a standard 9V battery.
Because the components are so big and few (seven resistors and six condoms), this project can be seen as a relatively simple build.
Level of difficulty: 2 (of 5)
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