ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1960s GIBSON MAESTRO FZ-1A FUZZ-TONE EFFECT PEDAL
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"Beginning in ’62, Gibson launched the Fuzz-Tone FZ-1 pedal under its Maestro brand name with a retail price of $40. The company also used the circuit in several basses including the EB-0F, EB-SF 1250 and Epiphone Newport EB-SF – the F suffix indicating “fuzz.”
It’s even possible Gibson saw this effect as primarily for bass use. Either way, the company soon released a 7″ 33-r.p.m. demonstration record in ’62, promoting the FZ-1 for guitarists. Still, Gibson didn’t quite know what they’d use it for. As noted in the May 3, 1962 patent application, the Fuzz-Tone was designed “to provide a tone modifying attachment and circuit for electrically produced signals which will permit stringed musical instruments such as guitars, banjos and string basses to produce electrically amplified and reproduced tones simulating other instruments such as trumpets, trombones and tubas.”
Gibson expected huge sales from guitarists who wanted to sound like sousaphonists, and dealers responded by snapping up all 5,000 units produced in 1962. But players didn’t buy. The story goes that Gibson shipped only three more Fuzz-Tones in ’63 and none in ’64.
That all changed come ’65, when Keith Richards used an FZ-1 on the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and the Fuzz-Tone instantly became the “it” pedal. Ironically – or maybe not – Richards says he indeed used the Fuzz-Tone to emulate a horn.
Gibson responded in late ’65 by releasing the FZ-1A, and promptly sold some 40,000 pedals. The FZ-1 and FZ-1A used largely the same circuitry with three Germanium transistors, though the FZ-1 was powered by two 1.5-volt batteries whereas the FZ-1A relied on just one. The FZ-1 bore the manufacturing location of Kalamazoo, Michigan; the FZ-1A was built in Kalamazoo, then later in Lincolnwood, Illinois.