Mid 1960's, fuzz was all over the radio and the records, people wanted more and more. More gain, more dirt, more sustain! Sola Sound had decided to change its first Tonebender circuit, the mkI, for a simpler, less gainy two transistor circuit, sim...
Scott on the Deep Trip Pedals: "For a guy who has played through a fairly astounding amount of fuzzies... I was pleasantly surprised by how kick ass and right up my alley your creations are! You nailed it." This is his current pedalboard 2016, posted by Salvage Custom and reposted by Deep Trip, where you can see Deep Trip BOG and Hellbender.more
Mid 1960's, fuzz was all over the radio and the records, people wanted more and more. More gain, more dirt, more sustain! Sola Sound had decided to change its first Tonebender circuit, the mkI, for a simpler, less gainy two transistor circuit, similar to the Vox Tonebender and the Arbiter Fuzz Face. Mr. Gary Hurst, designer of the original Sola Sound circuit, was crazy about long sustained notes and didn't like that new circuit at all! (That short lived transitional circuit is now known as the mkI.V.) Instead, he put back the third transistor and came up with the classic Tonebender mkII. That legendary box took the guitar world by storm, surely one of the longest lasting fuzz sounds in history!
Our Hellbender is designed to start by recreating those tones, like early Led Zeppelin, early Jeff Beck and such, but go much beyond that and invading completely new 21st century musical territories. Looooong sustained notes or gated, short decay effects. Sharp edgy trebly razor or warm, deep, bass heavy tones. All the way from mid gain fuzz to unbelievable crazy fuzz mayhem! A fuzz sound you can shape and transform any way you like, here it is, and it's called Hellbender!
The Deep Trip Hellbender was reviewed by Michael Molenda and got the Guitar Player "Editor's Pick Award" in the March/2016 issue. In this video you can see some Led Zeppelin classics through that fuzz.
Andy from ProGuitarShopDemos did a fantastic job demonstrating all the possibilities of Hellbender, playing stuff ranging from Queens of the Stone Age all the way to Jethro Tull with a nice variety of guitars and settings.