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.

John Hornby Skewes Zonk II

Background 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 […]

Gary Hurst Tone Bender ‘MKI’

History Origins These early Tone Benders were built with a three-transistor fuzz circuit, based on Gibson’s 1962 Maestro Fuzz-Tone. The Maestro Fuzz-Tone was an American […]

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 […]

Rangemaster Fuzzbug

Background 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 […]

Park Fuzz Sound

Overview ‘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 […]

John Hornby Skewes Shatterbox

Overview 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 […]

Rotosound Fuzz Box

Background Rotosound was (and still is) a British manufacturer of musical instrument strings. The company was founded by James How during the 1950s, and it […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender MKIV

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

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 […]

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 […]

Sperrin Fuzz Box

The Sperrin Fuzz Box was made by David Sperrin, in Southport, in the North of England. The model was advertised in the music press various […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vox Tone Bender MKIII

Overview Introduced in 1968, the Tone Bender MKIII was the latest incarnation of the series of Tone Benders that Sola Sound had been supplying to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

WEM Rush Pep Box

History During the 1960s, Pepe Rush ran a recording studio on Berwick Street in Soho, London. Pepe also had a workshop in a nearby mews, […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender ‘MK1.5’

History Tech specs Unusual variants Ronno’s Tone Bender Other notable users Distant cousins History The odd model designation for the ‘MK1.5’ refers to the way […]

John Hornby Skewes Zonk Machine

History Tech specs Different versions Notable users History Zonk Machine fuzz boxes were manufactured during the mid-to-late 1960s and distributed by John Hornby Skewes’ now-famous […]

Marshall SupaFuzz

History Marshall was one of a handful of companies with whom Sola Sound had agreements in place to build fuzz boxes. Early SupaFuzz pedals were […]

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’ […]