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A 1965 Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A, one of the first commercially available fuzzboxes.
A 1965 Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A, one of the first commercially available fuzzboxes.

For the 1980s rock band see We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It Front image of a 1966 Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1A. Contact me if youd like a larger version. ... Front image of a 1966 Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone FZ-1A. Contact me if youd like a larger version. ... Weve Got a Fuzzbox and Were Gonna Use It (shortened to Fuzzbox for the U.S. release of their first album) were an all-girl Birmingham, England based, pop punk quartet that was loud, gaudy, and mildly controversial. ...


A fuzzbox (or fuzz box) is a type of stomp box comprising an amplifier and a clipping circuit, which generates a deliberately distorted version of the input signal. As opposed to other distortion guitar effects pedals, a fuzzbox boosts and clips the signal sufficiently to turn a standard sine wave input into what is effectively a square wave output. This gives a much more distorted and synthetic sound than a standard distortion or overdrive. Fuzzboxes were the first distortion devices not based on vacuum tubes.[dubious ] It should be noted that the term "fuzz box" is often used generically to refer to any effect pedal that produces a distorted sound. The TS9 Tubescreamer from Ibanez, a popular stomp box adding vacuum tube-like distortion to the output signal from electric instruments. ... A distortion is the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of an object, image, sound, waveform or other form of information or representation. ... Guitar effects are electronic devices that modify the tone, pitch, or sound of an electric guitar. ... The picture shows an oscilloscope screen of an amplifier clipping. ... In trigonometry, an ideal sine wave is a waveform whose graph is identical to the generalized sine function y = Asin[ω(x − α)] + C, where A is the amplitude, ω is the angular frequency (2π/P where P is the wavelength), α is the phase shift, and C... A square wave is a kind of basic waveform. ... Structure of a vacuum tube diode Structure of a vacuum tube triode In electronics, a vacuum tube, electron tube, or (outside North America) thermionic valve or just valve, is a device used to amplify, switch or modify a signal by controlling the movement of electrons in an evacuated space. ...


The fuzzbox first came around when Roger Mayer, who later worked for Jimi Hendrix, approached Jimmy Page and announced that he worked for the Admiralty in the experimental department, and that he could make Page whatever sort of gadget he wanted. Jimmy said he wanted an effects machine which enables him a more distorted and synthetic sound. Then the Pretty Things got one as well as Jeff Beck, and it really swept through. Roger Mayer is the electrical engineer who developed several electric guitar effects, most notably the Octavia, an effects pedal which reproduced the input signal one octave higher, and mixes the two sounds with some added fuzz. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... The Pretty Things is a 1960s and 1970s rock and roll band from London. ... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, Greater London) is an English rock guitarist. ...


As clipping is a non-linear process, intermodulation will occur, leading to the generation of an output signal rich in extra harmonics of the input signal. Intermodulation distortion also produces frequency components at the various sums and differences of the frequency components of the input signal. In general, these components will be not be harmonically related to the input signal, leading to dissonance. For this reason, power chords are often used when using fuzzboxes to reduce dissonance. To do: 20th century mathematics chaos theory, fractals Lyapunov stability and non-linear control systems non-linear video editing See also: Aleksandr Mikhailovich Lyapunov Dynamical system External links http://www. ... Intermodulation or intermodulation distortion (IMD), or intermod for short, is the result of two or more signals of different frequencies being mixed together, forming additional signals at frequencies that are not, in general, at harmonic frequencies (integer multiples) of either. ... This article is about the components of sound. ... In music, a consonance (Latin consonare, sounding together) is a harmony, chord, or interval considered stable, as opposed to a dissonance, which is considered unstable. ... In music, a power chord is a bare fifth, or a similar chord, usually played on electric guitar with distortion. ...


Early fuzzboxes used germanium transistors. By the end of the 1960s, these were replaced by silicon transistors. Silicon transistors are desirable for a number of reasons. They are generally less affected by changes in temperature and offer more reliable performance than germanium ones. Warm conditions (such as the heat generated by stage lights or sunlight in outdoor performances) can adversely affect the tone of germanium fuzzes. Also, fuzz boxes that employ germanium transistors do not work well when placed after another effect pedal that uses "buffered bypass." This is because the buffer on effect pedals converts the guitar's signal from high to low impedance (to retain high frequencies and signal strength). Low impedance signals that pass through germanium-equipped fuzzes tend to suffer from a pronounced drop in volume and bass response. Today, some fuzzbox builders offer pedals with germanium transistors again, as they are typically associated with "classic" fuzz tones of the 1960s. Additionally, some units employ both silicon and germanium transistors. General Name, Symbol, Number germanium, Ge, 32 Chemical series metalloids Group, Period, Block 14, 4, p Appearance grayish white Atomic mass 72. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silicon, Si, 14 Chemical series metalloids Group, Period, Block 14, 3, p Appearance as coarse powder, dark grey with bluish tinge Standard atomic weight 28. ...


The fuzzbox is associated with rock music, particularly artists such as Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Mudhoney, the Smashing Pumpkins and George Harrison. Famous examples of fuzzboxes include the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, the highly-sought Mosrite FuzzRITE, the Fuzz Face (originally made by the Arbiter Group) used by Jimi Hendrix, the Big Muff Pi (made by Electro-Harmonix) and the Vox Tone Bender. Given the raunchy, unsettling sound of the fuzzbox and its similarity to the aggressive sound of a motorcycle engine, it has also became strongly associated with a genre of psychedelic, antiestablishment biker rock popularized by Davie Allan and the Arrows. For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Mudhoney is a grunge band, formed in Seattle in 1988. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... NYC Edition Re-Issue The Big Muff is a famous fuzzbox/stompbox produced in New York City by the Electro-Harmonix company, along with their Russian sister company Sovtek, primarily for use with the electric guitar. ... The Electro-Harmonix logo Electro-Harmonix is a company that makes electronic sound processors based in New York. ... Vox is a musical equipment manufacturer formerly based in Britain, and now owned by Japanese electronics giants Korg, which is most famous for making the AC30 guitar amplifier and the Vox organ. ... Davie Allan was a 1960s surf guitarist-musician, specializing in [[surf rock]] and psychedelic music, used in numerous teen and biker movies. ...


A fuzz box used by Colin Greenwood of Radiohead, the Shin-ei Companion FY-2, has been compared to the sound of a chainsaw. Colin Greenwood also uses the well-known Lovetone Big Cheese. Colin Greenwood (born Colin Charles Greenwood, 26 June 1969, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), also known as Coz, is a member of English rock band Radiohead. ... Radiohead is an English rock band that formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... The Shin-ei Companion FY-2 is a discontinued fuzz box which was made by the Shin-ei company in the 1960s in Japan. ... The Lovetone Big Cheese is a discontinued true bypass fuzz pedal which was made by the Lovetone company in England from 1995 to 2001. ...


The Ventures had the first chart single to utilize the fuzzbox on guitar,[citation needed] "2000 Pound Bee" (December 29, 1962); this track utilized the Mosrite FuzzRITE.


Fuzzboxes gained wider popularity after a distorted sound was popularised by Dave Davies of British Invasion band The Kinks. He played through a small 8 or 10 watt amp whose speaker cone he had slashed with a razor blade, distorting the signal. In 1964 he plugged the doctored amp into a Vox AC30 to record You Really Got Me, the band's first No. 1 single and the first popular rock 'n' roll song using a distorted power chord riff.[citation needed] Fuzzboxes became popular as a much easier way to create a distorted sound. Dave Davies (born David Russell Gordon Davies, 3 February 1947, in Muswell Hill, London, England) was a singer and guitarist with the English rock band The Kinks, which he founded with Pete Quaife in 1963. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... The Vox AC30 is a guitar amplifier manufactured by Vox. ... You Really Got Me is a rock song written by Ray Davies and performed by his band, The Kinks. ...


Hold Me (1964) from P.J. Proby was the first big hit to feature a fuzzbox (made by Gibson).[citation needed] Hold Me is the fourth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... P.J. Proby, born James Marcus Smith (November 6, 1938), is a singer, songwriter, and actor noted for his theatrical portrayals of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison and interpretations of modern standards in the vein of Tom Jones. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Clean and fuzzed guitar
Several power chords: 1) "clean" (without distortion), 2) with bass-heavy fuzz, and 3) with treble-heavy fuzz.
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See also

In the world of guitar music and guitar amplification, distortion is actively sought, evaluated, and appreciatively discussed in its endless flavors. ... Overdrive in the field of rock music, is a term used for an electric guitar amplifier when turned up, usually deliberately, to the point where distortion (clipping) is clearly audible in the output signal. ... Guitar effects are electronic devices that modify the tone, pitch, or sound of an electric guitar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Effects unit. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

External links

  • History and Photos of Vintage Fuzz Pedals.
  • Tons of Tones !! : Technical site with information on distortion stages in Guitar Amplifier Models and Effect boxes

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