Posted on Apr 26th 2018
Define Fuzz Guitar Tone ?
Fuzz : noun : a distorted sound from an electric musical instrument, especially a guitar, produced by means of an electronic device.
Interesting ! Fuzz let's be honest is guitar tone that appears 1961 to 1964 depending on what book you read and literally changed the world. There where session players who got work just because they owned a fuzz pedal AKA: Jimmy Page who legend has it played the lead in "My Generation" by the Who because he had a Fuzz Tone. Till this time all guitar tone's where very clean and jazzy. Buddy Holly, Early Beatles, Elvis all have jangle happy clean guitar tone, but the time's where changing and people where pissed off. AGGRESSIVE TONE ALERT !
The early to mid 60s bring us the start of Fuzz Guitar Pedal design with Vox Tonebenders, Fuzz Faces, Maestro Fuzz, Colorsound, Solo, Marshall Supa Fuzz and many more clones of these pedals. The players of the time jumped on them and you can hear it in all the pop, rock and underground music of the day and really for the next 50 years. This aggressive full buzzy fuzzy sound change guitar tone from that day foward.
CLASSIC FUZZ #8 !! - WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER - The Doors (1967): Back to California we go, with the Doors' 11-minute-long "When the Music's Over," a standout track from 1967's Stange Days. "Fuzz distortion was all we had," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has said in past interviews. "We didn't have overdrive on our amps." [...]
Mullard OC81 - Now thats a vintage Transistor Mullard OC81, building a custom for someone. But shhhh OC75 standard sound better, more ballsy ! I just find the OC81 just not as hot as OC75s, also they seem to waver all over the place in strength and noise. SUPER expensive, OC75s are bad enough, but these [...]
Today in Fuzz Pedals Builds ! - Today I am building a Zoso Fuzz (as used by Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page) in Swirl and Gray, and a Colordriver (as used by Jeff Beck and David Gilmour) in standard Orange ! We build them for you custom, in about a weeks time and off they [...]
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Zoso Fuzz for Germany WE SHIP WORLDWIDE ! - built this morning, Candy Apple Red Zoso going to Germany, Gray version off to Boston. We love building Fuzz - these two Zoso Fuzz's with OC75 transistors we buit this morning and I played them in my studio as part of the testing we do on [...]
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Tru-Fi Guitar Fuzz Pedals Today we started building more Zoso Toenbender Fuzz pedals and we even got a custom order for a Swirl Paint finish. These pedals are just really bad ass, with OC75 black glass Mullard transistors like the original. You want to talk about fat thick Zeppelin like Page tones, stop !! It's [...]
WHAT IS A TONE BENDER? - The Tone Bender was one of the first fuzz tone boxes to come out of England during the booming London music scene in the mid 1960's - the British answer to the American Maestro Fuzz-Tone made by Gibson. There are numerous versions, each with different circuits and different characteristics [...]
What is Fuzz ? - reprint from Gibson GuitarsThe oldest and most dearest guitar pedal tone is the Fuzz pedal, it was the perfect sound for the times and has endurred tone for over 50 years. Other than the old cranked amp or faulty preamp channel, these are the grandaddies of distortion devices. Fuzzes were also [...]