Face Bender
by Distorque
4.7 / 5     (25 votes)
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This is an emulation of a Fuzz Face and a Tone Bender MKII with added controls for tweaking. It runs in mono or stereo, and has selectable 2x oversampling.

The Fuzz Face was first made by Arbiter Electronics in 1966. It had a thick, fuzzy distortion and was made famous by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour. The Tone Bender MKII was also released in 1966, by Sola Sound. Compared to the Fuzz Face, it has a brighter, more distorted sound.

Sidebar :
  • Effect On/Bypass - This switches the effect on or off.
  • Tweak - This switches from the normal effect menus to the tweak menus. Note that the controls on the Fuzz Face tweak menu and the Tone Bender tweak menu are independent of one another.
  • Mono/Stereo - This switches between mono and stereo operation.
  • LQ/HQ - This switches between low quality and high quality modes. The high quality mode has 2x oversampling and slightly more realistic processing, but uses more CPU power than the low quality mode.
  • Master Volume - This is a volume control that applies to both effects.
  • Effect Type - This switches between the Fuzz Face emulation and the Tone Bender emulation.
Fuzz Face :
  • Volume - This controls the Fuzz Face's output volume.
  • Fuzz - This controls the Fuzz Face's distortion.
Tone Bender :
  • Volume - This controls the Tone Bender's output volume.
  • Attack - This controls the Tone Bender's distortion.
Tweak Menus :
  • Input Level - This controls the volume going into the effect.
  • Input Filter - This controls how much filtering is done on the input. Try turning it down for a brighter tone. To emulate the volume control clean-up of the fuzz face, turn down both the Input Level and the Input Filter controls.
  • Gate - This changes the bias of the effect, making a gated sound. This can be used as a noise gate, but works better for splattery fuzz sounds.
  • Clean Blend - This blends in clean input signal with the distorted fuzz.
  • Lo Cut - This controls the bass on the input.
  • Hi Cut - This controls the treble on the output.
Kevin Jan 19 2024
(5 / 5)
Jan 19 2024
This is so great tbh!
jared808 Dec 26 2023
(5 / 5)
Dec 26 2023
If you need a good fuzz for guitar or bass, get this as soon as you can. It has a great tone, plus you can blend the clean tone with the distorted one, though I wouldn't recommend that. they both sound awesome. The grey pedal has more treble but it sounds very good. The green one is more fuzzy
jared Jun 03 2022
(5 / 5)
Jun 03 2022
My go to for fuzz and distortion. Both of them are just great. The green one is a thicker fuzz and the grey pedal has more treble and more high end. I love both sounds and really love them for single notes, with reverb of course and a nice free amp vst.
Sato Apr 01 2022
(5 / 5)
Apr 01 2022
No way! I was thinking about buying a pedal but,,, I feel like this is enough...
Mr.Oda Mar 30 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 30 2022
Perfect. Be careful because the output can be really loud.
Chris Mckean Jan 05 2022
(5 / 5)
Jan 05 2022
Excellent Fuzz, thanks so much!!
jared808 Jan 28 2021
(5 / 5)
Jan 28 2021
The fuzz face (the green one) is excellent. Just great tone, and the control on the bottom is more than expected. It sounds awesome, and somehow there is a clarity of notes that couldn't exist on an actual pedal.
Potato Aug 28 2020
(5 / 5)
Aug 28 2020
This thing sounds as legit as you can for fuzz. Run it in front of your favorite low/medium gain amp, and cabinet sim.
Anonymous Feb 28 2020
(5 / 5)
Feb 28 2020
Very authentic sounding fuzz pedal emulation
Denis Feb 16 2020
(1 / 5)
Feb 16 2020
Sorry don't like it.
TuckyDaFox Aug 16 2020
Aug 16 2020
Okay, so uhm can you specify maybe?... You don't like Fuzz in general, or do you actually think that this is a VST worthy of 1 star based on something more objective than that? I don't like strawberry icecream... but that doesn't mean it should get 1 star. Because, if i just simply "don't like it" then i am not in the position to judge it's quality :D Thank you have a good day!
jared Jun 03 2022
Jun 03 2022
I love it. and with the extra controls on the back there are a lot of options. The clean blend is great. Both of them are just wonderful fuzzy tones.
Tangern Feb 11 2020
Feb 11 2020
This is the best vst pedal I've ever used!Despite it's looks it sounds amazing, and has a very used friendly interface.
Joe Aug 31 2023
Aug 31 2023
The GUI for each pedal looks like the actual thing
Stewart Aug 12 2019
(5 / 5)
Aug 12 2019
Fabulous. I'd forgotten how great it feels to wallow in rich muddy fuzz. Beautifully designed too. Cheers to Distorque.
Alan May 05 2018
(5 / 5)
May 05 2018
Great fuzz, very realistic. Lot's of tweaking available making it perfect for other things than just a guitar.
L@zarus Apr 17 2018
(4 / 5)
Apr 17 2018
Perfect for a full and fuzzy retro-guitar-style, it gives you the needed thickness to your sound; but be carefull....this thing can go really Voodoo! ;-))
Mal-2 Jan 02 2018
(4 / 5)
Jan 02 2018
Many of the settings are simply unusable, but there are a few really good sounds to be had. (The same can be said about the analog gear.) If you mix some of the clean sound in through the "Tweaks" menu, this can be used very effectively on bass guitar tracks as well.
Jose Oct 27 2017
(5 / 5)
Oct 27 2017
Just try this free guitar effect, I used it with an amp sim called softamp plus single coils telecaster recording single notes. Good for those whom prefer softer mellow bluesy effects, merci.
Jimi Himself Jul 09 2017
(5 / 5)
Jul 09 2017
Sounds great! Great controls and easy to use! Only free fuzz VST I like so far
Etobio May 27 2016
(4 / 5)
May 27 2016
Simply add to a sine and it's an INSTANT LEAD! :D
happy Feb 24 2015
(5 / 5)
Feb 24 2015
Gate is perfect for creating some noise fx.
TJ Jan 22 2015
(5 / 5)
Jan 22 2015
5 stars for this plug. Very good. User friendly and u have 2 pedals to choose from. Side note: Hendrix really did use the pedal (a red one) that the 'fuzz face' is modeled after, most notably at the legendary '69 woodstock fest. This is an excellent emu of both. 5/5 for sure
trololol Nov 17 2014
Nov 17 2014
Use it all the time. Can't stop tweRking.
sz520qm Sept 19 2013
(5 / 5)
Sept 19 2013
Use it all the time. Can't stop tweaking.