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The fuzz pedal, also known as a fuzzbox (or fuzz box),
produces a rich form of distortion that adds a unique, edgy
flavor to your musical instrument (or even your voice). It's
an effects pedal, most often used on guitar, which generates
a clipping, distorted version of the input signal. Although
the term "fuzzbox" is
often used to refer to any effects device which produces
a distorted signal, fuzz pedals have a more distorted and
synthetic sound than typical overdrive or distortion pedals.
For a fairly inexpensive price, a garage band rocker can
usually afford the same model as his favorite famous rock
The earliest "fuzz sound" was born several decades
ago, by accident, due to various unintentional situations.
Some distorted sounds were due to overdriven or malfunctioning
amps and tubes. Some because of
a faulty recording console or microphone preamplifier circuit. In some cases
the distorted sound was the result of a damaged guitar amp
speaker cone. Though the distortion may have been annoying
at first, it didn't take long to realize how "cool" it
sounded and thus began the quest to reproduce the effect
in pedal form.
the first custom fuzz box was made by Red Rhodes (b. 1930 - d. 1995). Rhodes
was an American pedal steel guitarist who worked as a session
musician, and was also an electronics wizard. In 1962, The
Ventures asked him how they could reproduce the sound of
Marty Robbins' 1961 song "Don't
The fuzz sound in Robbins' song
was due to a faulty recording console preamplifier circuit. So, a new sound
was born by accident, and later recreated with a fuzz pedal.
The fuzz pedal really hit it's stride in the mid-60s after
being used by the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles,
The Who, The Kinks, and Jimi Hendrix, just
to name a few. Paul McCartney even used a fuzzbox on his
bass for the Beatles' 1965 Rubber Soul track "Think
for Yourself" (written
and sung by George Harrison). The fuzz pedal sound burst
onto the scene in the sixties and it's here to stay!