Fuzzboxes.org is an online resource that chronicles the history and development of the 1960s-era British guitar effects pedals.

Interacting with the various images below will take you to individual pages where each different model is discussed and illustrated in further detail. The ‘timeline’ link at the top menu of each page serves as an index, and displays the different fuzz boxes in (roughly) chronological order, for an alternative way of navigating the site.

Fuzzboxes.org is a non-commercial and collaborative effort, and as more information gradually is made available - through the discovery of new sources, testimonies, and surviving pedals - this website will continue to be updated.

Viewer contributions are greatly appreciated, and any feedback, queries or corrections can be submitted via the public comments section on each entry of the database, or by contacting me directly.

Selmer Buzz Tone

Selmer is a household name among brass and woodwind musicians, but for a brief period, the organisation’s branch in the UK offered equipment to electric […]

Rotosound Fuzz Box

Rotosound, well known for its guitar & bass strings, sold a variety of different fuzz boxes during the period spanning from approximately the mid-1960s, through […]

Kelly Amplification Fuzz Box

John Kelly (Sr) was an employee at Selmer’s Service & Repair Department during the early 1960s. At some point, likely during the mid 1960s, John […]

John Hornby Skewes Shatterbox

The Shatterbox was an early ‘multi-effects’ fuzz box that combined the Hornby Skewes Treble Booster with the Zonk II. Featuring two foot switches, the Shatterbox […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender ‘MK1.5’

History The odd model designation for the ‘MK1.5’ refers to the way that this model sits, chronologically, in between the first version of the Tone […]

Carlsbro Fuzz-Tone

Carlsbro was a British guitar amplifier manufacturer, founded by Stuart & Sheila Mercer in Nottingham, in 1959. Carlsbro was formally registered as a company on […]

Marshall SupaFuzz

History 1966: “SupaFuzz MKI” circuit 1966-1968: Tone Bender MKII circuit 1968-c. 1973: Marshall’s version History Marshall was one of a handful of companies with whom […]

John Hornby Skewes Zonk Machine

Zonk Machine fuzz boxes were manufactured during the mid-to-late 1960s by (or for) John Hornby Skewes’ now-famous musical instruments retail company in Leeds. The exact […]

Exel Shatterbox

The Exel Shatterbox (not to be confused with the John Hornby Skewes Shatterbox) was a compact fuzz box built from the late 1960s into the […]

WEM Project V

WEM was one of the first major companies in the UK to offer commercial fuzz boxes, and based on the number of surviving examples (and […]

Arbiter Fuzz Face

The famous Arbiter (later, Dallas-Arbiter) Fuzz Face was originally developed by J & I Arbiter Ltd., and was presented in August 1966 at the British […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

Sola Sound released the Tone Bender MKIV, approximately during the year of 1970, during which the model was regularly advertised in Beat Instrumental & Melody […]

Baldwin-Burns Buzzaround

The Buzzaround was developed by Jim Burns’ guitar company in the mid-1960s, and manufactured in relatively small numbers over the course of several years. Burns’ […]

G. P. Electronics Harmonic Generator

G. P. Electronics was a company in Bovey Tracey, Devon, created by inventor Gerry Pope. G. P. manufactured guitar amplifiers and PA units during the […]

Vox Distortion Booster

These small, rectangular units were designed as attachments to an amplifier, rather than as stompboxes. The Distortion Booster was originally designed in the UK, and […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII

The Tone Bender MKII was a three-transistor fuzz circuit that was introduced by Sola Sound in 1966. The circuit closely resembles the earlier two-transistor Tone […]

WEM Rush Pep Box

History Different versions Germanium transistors (black) Germanium transistors (silver) Silicon transistors Notable users History During the 1960s, Pepe Rush ran a recording studio on Berwick […]

Park Fuzz Sound

‘Park’ was a brand that was launched by Marshall during the mid-1960s, and along with a range of amplifiers, Park also sold its own fuzz […]

Sperrin Fuzz Box

This model was built by ‘D. Sperrin’, but little more is known about it. The Sperrin Fuzz Box was advertised various times during 1966, and […]

Vox Tone Bender MKIII

When it was introduced in 1968, the Tone Bender MKIII was the latest incarnation of the series of Tone Benders that Sola Sound had been […]

John Hornby Skewes Zonk II

The Zonk II was a fuzz box that Hornby Skewes offered alongside the ZZ.1 ‘Zonk Machine’ during the period of approximately 1967 through to the […]

Vox Tone Bender Professional MKII

One of the most well-known versions of the Sola Sound Tone Bender MKII is the one that was supplied, by Sola Sound (via Macari’s Musical […]

Gary Hurst Tone Bender ‘MKI’

History Notable users Significant surviving pedals History The earliest known version of the famous Tone Bender fuzz boxes was built with a three-transistor circuit, inspired […]

Rangemaster Fuzzbug

One of the lesser-known British Invasion-era fuzz boxes was the one that Sola Sound supplied to Dallas Music. Dallas sold a range of amplifiers and […]

Jennings Fuzz

Jennings Electronic Developments (JED) was formed by Tom Jennings, following his dismissal from Jennings Musical Industries (Vox) in 1967. The vast majority of the historical […]