The Fuzz guitar effect was the first effect to ever be made into a ‘pedal’ form for guitarists. The sound, or what we recognise as the fuzz tone has been around for over 50 years, but is still one of the most used effects today. Through the years some people have altered and tweaked the early fuzz circuits into massively different effects while others have maintained the original circuits whilst shrinking them into smaller enclosures.
For a long time guitarists had been trying to get their amps to distort by either turning them up or by poking/ripping holes in the cones of their amps speakers. This would lead to the sound distorting in a manner. Obviously though it wasn’t exactly convenient to be poking holes in speakers and having to carry replacements for when the speaker would fail completely because of the holes. Something more reliable was needed, something that could be turned on and off at will without using any of the aforementioned techniques.
In 1961 country singer Marty Robbins entered The Quonset Hut Recording Studio in Nashville to record a song called Don’t Worry. Playing as part of Robbins’s backing on that track was the studio & session ace Grady Martin. The Quonset Hut had recently taken delivery of a new custom built mixing console. Grady Martin had been tasked with providing a bass solo and outro for the piano-led ballad. However when Grady Martin started playing one of the transformers in the mixing console started to go bad. This led to the first ever fuzz effect.
From that happy accident Fuzz had been born. Glenn Snoddy the engineer on that recording quickly set about designing a simple circuit that could replicate the effect. This circuit was then housed in a box and given an on/off switch. This was then taken to Gibson who developed it into a prototype and then into a proper production unit. This was to be sold under Gibson’s Maestro brand name.
In 1962 the Maestro Fuzz-Tone F-Z 1 was released. Initially the unit sold well to the dealers. Unfortunately however, guitarists weren’t buying them and there were apparently very few sold in 1963 and 1964. All this changed when a Mr Keith Richards used one on a Rolling Stones song to give a horn section a guide as to what they would play as the Maestro Fuzz-Tone had given his guitar a more horn like tone than a regular guitar tone. Keith Richards always imagined his famous guitar riff in (I can’t get no) Satisfaction would be replaced by a horn section. Thankfully it was decided that his fuzz guitar riff would stay.
JOYO Pedal Fuzz guitar effects will open up a whole new experience when playing the electric guitar.
- Overdrive guitar effects are the mildest of the three, producing warmer overtones at quieter volumes and can achieve a harsher distortion as gain is increased.
- Distortion guitar effects produce approximately the same amount of distortion at any volume, and its sound alterations are much more pronounced and intense.
- Fuzz guitar effects alter the audio signal until it is nearly a square wave and will open up a whole new experience when playing the electric guitar.