Tonebender mki builds

I have been building a couple of Mki Tonebenders, using Smallbear’s trannies.
I must say it’s easier that way, but still i have a bucketload of trannies in my stash.. Lets say i will use these as templates and go from there testing some of my own by ear.

Preliminary build, using a set of Smallbear generic germs, these sound great.


It marked the first time using shielded dam style cable. It works kind of fine but eventually i set this build aside due to whizzing and hiss n pops and instead boxed this second build for my bass player Pete, bottom of stripboard insulated with a piece of vetronite (erm still making funny noises)..


And the one i built last with 5% tolerance new polypropylene caps + a nice Roederstein electro:



I picked up a mexican strat for real cheap! I must say its got just a slightly more presence than the squier classic vibe 60 i AB auditioned with it (great guitars!). Compared to the jaguar, vintage modified i have, this really lacks the bottom oomph, so i think i will try some tonecap changes and see how it goes.. I put a .056 tropical fish instead of stock cheapie .022 but didnt make a lot of difference-maybe i’ll try with a vitamin q sprague .01?!


This is my very first strat (i set out to buy a vm jazzmaster) so i was surprised at the different tones it gives me and how differently pedals respond to it. Wah wahs sound incredible!
Cheap price was due to scratches n bumps cos the original owner wanted to make it look roadworn (a debatable concept if i may say, but attuned to these times of tattooed rock types that have not lived even one second of rock n roll lifestyle or even life for that matters, ahahah they look like sailors but have really nothing to say, thanks fashion mags and mtv)!


I discovered a few days later, its loaded with 57/62 pickups. I put in a sprague vitamin q and changed strings, .10 and now it sounds GREAT.