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FZZZZZZ: In Celebration of the Fuzz Pedal

by | 9th, September 2014

Gibson Maestro Fuzz Pedal.


THIS week, in ’65, The Rolling Stones crash-landed at the top of the pop charts with a song that would become the band’s signature tune.

(‘I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ gave the group their 4th no.1 single in the UK, which Keith Richards came up with while in Florida. He recorded a rough demo of the riff in a hotel room. Famously, he knocked the riff out into a tape and then fell asleep.

The song started life as two minutes of acoustic fumblings and and “then me snoring for the next forty minutes.”

One of the main ingredients that made the song so memorable was the Gibson Maestro Fuzz Pedal. That FZZZZing, BZZZZZing noise would become one of the hallmarks of ’60s beat music and the Stones taking it to the toppermost of the poppermost only ensured that everyone was going to jump on the sound.

A plethora of other fuzz pedals hit the market, with bands gobbling them up and firing out records that had added attitude, thanks to their guitars becoming even more primal.

So with that, let’s look at the glory of the fuzz pedal, with some famous songs, and some less so.



The Rolling Stones ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

The most famous fuzz guitar of them all, which needs no further introduction.




The Kinks ‘Til The End Of The Day’

The Kinks would slash their speakers to get a fuzz tone and that can be heard on ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ and ‘You Really Got Me’. Another one from that period is the ferocious ‘Til The End Of The Day’.




Demonstration Record for the Fuzztone

Here’s a great demonstration record, which were commonplace for new innovations at the time. Around 2 minutes in, things really get going. It is lovely to hear ‘the tuba’ sound et al, which would soon be applied with wild abandon on psychedelic and garage records.




The Ventures ‘2000 Pound Bee’

The Ventures were quite possibly the first band to utilise fuzz guitar on a pop record and this absolute barnstormer is the finest example of a band pushing the guitar to new possibilities.




Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’

When they weren’t doing adverts for Vox Wah-Wah pedals, The Electric Prunes were making monstrous fuzz

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