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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3 years ago

You forgot to include the fuzz face and axis fuzz… basically his most important and most used fuzzes. Really? Whoever wrote this probably also forgets the bowl when he’s eating cereal, or the bread when making a sandwich. I literally came for one thing—to figure out what fuzzes he uses on each album. You gave me three fuzzes he barely used and forgot the ones he’s known for. Speaking of the albums—you barely mention Electric Ladyland anywhere. Literally the album that uses the most diverse gear, meaning the album that needs the largest entry, is basically unmentioned except for one entry about the AC30.

3 years ago
Reply to  Ben

Stop being such a fagot, Ben

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