Talk:Fuzzbox (disambiguation)

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Satisfaction was the first song to use a fuzzbox? I don't know that it's wrong, but it doesn't sound right. Jon Seitz 06:21, August 25, 2005 (UTC)

Shouldn't the punk band be We've Got A Fuzzbox & We're Not Afraid To Use It???????????????????????????Lee M 02:44, 25 Apr 2004 (UTC)

No, it's definitely We've Got A Fuzzbox & We're Gonna Use It. Pelago 28 June 2005 12:28 (UTC)

I'd like to see some more evidence for the Satisfaction claim too. I've read that the fuzz sound on the song was actually just a guitar played through an amp with one dead power tube. I'm not claiming that it's true, just that the existing claim needs some backing up in the face of various doubts.--Electricdruid 02:17, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

I've read on gibsons site,, that stones used one of their maestro fuzz-pedals

i've put "Satisfaction" in the "types" section, since even if it wasn't the first use, it's certainly a very notable early use and deserves a mention somewhere in the article. also added a citation for that after figuring out how to create a "references" section - hope that's some help. Sssoul (talk) 14:47, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Folks can check out Tom Hughes excellent resource - Analog Man's Guide to Vintage Effects. Pages 22 and 23 have a full look at the Maestro unit and verifies it's use by Richards. There is a link - which I don't have at the moment - to Tom's site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:50, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Sound sample[edit]

This page could benefit from a brief sound clip contrasting some guitar playing with and without a fuzzbox. Perhaps a Wikipedian musician could produce such a file. Psychonaut 01:01, 3 May 2005 (UTC)

  • I think I can handle that. Barring technical problems, it should be up today. Deltabeignet 20:20, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
  • It's up. Deltabeignet 20:58, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
Umm, yeah. I think the fact that there is a soundclip is good, but if theres somebody who has like a better amp or recording setup who can redo it that would be great. Because the tone on that guitar sounds pretty low quality before & after the fuzzbox effect. --Samhed (talk) 10:37, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Industrial Music?[edit]

The fuzz box was used a vocal distortion unit by many early Industrial artists. Should a reference be added for this?

Vocal distortion is a production technique not specific to fuzz boxes per se, so it would seem a little awkward and out of place, IMO. Tremspeed 08:54, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
I disagree. It was a staple through out the 80s and 90s for Industrial music; so much so that it almost became a cliché. I can think of at least one print periodical article that makes reference to the phenomenon. A short mention wouldn't hurt, imho. Surv1v4l1st (Talk|Contribs) 17:09, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

"See also" moved to head.[edit]

I've moved the reference to We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It, the punk band, to the top, as a disambiguation (sort of).

Also, there was a reference to Fuzzbox Voodoo from the Antenna album of ZZ Top. I removed that, because it had no separate link to Fuzzbox of any sort - only a link to ZZ Top themselves.

--Cyhatch 18:38, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Germanium diode[edit]

The geremanium artikle states :Vintage effects pedals known to contain germanium transistors have shown marked increases in collector value for this reason alone. But I cna finde no reliable source for this fact. Has anybody a source for this?--Stone (talk) 14:05, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Beatles Fuzz[edit]

"...the Vox Tone Bender, used by Paul McCartney on George Harrison's composition Think for Yourself, and featured on many tracks throughout Rubber Soul, Revolver and many other Beatles albums and recordings."

The Vox Tone Bender wasn't even available in 1965, when Think for Yourself was recorded. There are speculations if it could have been a Maestro Fuzz Tone (they had one, there are pictures that prove it), a Gary Hurst/Sola Sounds Tone Bender (no pictures to prove that one, but it is a Tone Bender and it was available at that point in time), a prototype of the Vox Tone Bender (pure speculation) or a WEM Fuzz unit (can be seen in several pics). Sources are contradictory and memories have faded. There is no photo from the Rubber Soul sessions that would show the fuzz unit they used, so we can only speculate now.

The Beatles sure had some kind of Tone Bender, as a picture taken during the Revolver sessions proves. It was most likely an early Sola Sound Tone Bender (known as the Tone Bender MK1.5; this is not the same unit as The Hurst/Sola Sounds pedal, which is known as the Tone Bender MKI), that was available in early 1966.

Many of the Beatles' Fuzz Sounds came from the early solid state Vox amps. The had 7-series amplifiers during the Revolver sessions and Conqueror or Surpreme amps later on (Magical Mystery Tour, White Album). These have inbuilt Fuzz circuits. --Starman1984 (talk) 01:09, 22 December 2009 (UTC)