The friendly Bender
With its introduction in 1968 , the Sola Sound Tone Bender Mk3 offered what many guitar players hoped for; a tone control. Sola Sound built the MK3, like previous versions, as OEM for other brands, VOX included. The VOX Tone Bender MK3 had a unique look, in its big black box and attractive font.
Sola Sound supplied VOX with MK3 Tone Benders from 1968 and throughout the 1970s. During the years the models changed, with at least 3 different circuits known to exist. The one we have here is a 3 unmarked silicone transistor one, mounted into a reverse board.
The best Tone Bender?
Some say the MK3 Tone Benders are the best ones out there. Others swear by the Tone Bender MK2 while others claim that the MK1.5 Tone Bender, closely related to the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face, is the one to go for. Or perhaps it is the MK1 (which we do not have yet) to rule them all? In our opinion, you need them all (-: