Jimi Hendrix’s Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone

Jimi was seen using this pedal while he played with the Squiers. More specifically, the pedal was seen sitting behind Jimi on a photo taken of him at Cheetah club in New York City sometime in mid-1966.

It’s unknown whether he ever used the pedal aside from this one occasion.

Jimi with Curtis Knight and the Squiers, mid-1966.

The Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone is one of the first fuzz pedals to become hugely popular. It was first introduced in 1962, designed by recording engineer Glenn Snoddy and WSM-TV engineer Revis V. Hobbs, and manufactured by Gibson, but it didn’t become popular until a few years later. The magic struck when Keith Richard decided to it on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and the rest is, of course, history.

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