Keith Richards’ Gibson Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone

Used most famously on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”).

(Commenting on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”): It was down to one little foot pedal, the Gibson fuzz tone, a little box they put out at that time. I’ve only ever used foot pedals twice–the other time was for Some Girls in the late ’70s when I used an XR box with a nice hillbilly Sun Records slap-echo on it. But effects are not my thing. I just go for the quality of sound.

Keith Richards, Life

Keith’s use of this pedal, and the huge success of the song, played a major role in making the fuzz guitar sound widely popular. This eventually led to the development of the now legendary pedals such as Tone Bender and the Fuzz Face, which all were of course ancestors of the modern distortion pedals that we all use today.


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