Inspired by the classic Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone, the first widely marketed fuzz distortion guitar and bass effect.
This unique, versatile fuzz circuit from the early 60s is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something different than the usual Fuzz Face or Big Muff. Are you craving a classic with a wide range of tones? This is the right pedal for you!
In 1962 Gibson introduced the first mass-market fuzz pedal: the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone, a dirty, saturated pedal that forever changed the history of music. Before that, the mainstream music listener had rarely even heard guitar saturation beyond a dimed tube amplifier.
It wasn’t until 1965 and the release of the Rolling Stones’ hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction that mainstream audiences began to experience fuzz in full effect. The famous riff launched the Maestro FZ-1 sales into the stratosphere and started the fuzzy dominoes effect. The plethora of fuzz pedals that we know today exists due to this iconic pedal!
For further analysis on this circuit, take a look at this thread on Free Stomp Boxes Forum.