Friday, 30 August 2013

Time Out - Life, death and resurrection of the Fuzz Face

Whilst I was researching the many uses for Germanium Diodes earlier this year, I found a rather good article about the Fuzz Face effects pedal, also known in guitar speak as a "stomp box".
More than a few stomp boxes have earned their historical stripes under the feet of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Eric Johnson, and other legendary guitar slingers. These guys made household words out of pedals with names such as Tone Bender, Octavia, Tube Screamer, Tube Driver, and, of course, Fuzz Face. Introduced by London’s Arbiter Electronics in 1966, the Fuzz Face wasn’t the first fuzz on the market—that distinction goes to the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, a wedge-shaped wonder that created the buzz on the Stones’ hit “Satisfaction” a year earlier. But the Fuzz Face quickly became the distortion pedal of choice (among the few existing at the time) after Jimi Hendrix demonstrated to the world how awesome the pedal sounded with a Marshall and a Strat. Hendrix created a recipe for sonic majesty that enshrined the Fuzz Face as one of the most important guitar effects of all time. Some 45 years later, more players than ever are still digging what it does...
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Image of the top view of a vintage "fuzz face" pedal
Fuzz Face - one of the most important guitar effects of all time


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