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 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 […]

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 […]

WEM Rush Pep Box

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

Carlsbro Fuzz-Tone

While the name of this model and the shape of its enclosure leave little to the imagination of where the designers looked for inspiration, some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 would offer alongside the ZZ.1 ‘Zonk Machine’ during the period of approximately 1967 through to […]

Vox Tone Bender Professional MKII

One of the most well-known versions of the Tone Bender MKII, built by Sola Sound, is the one that was supplied to Vox. According to […]

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 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 […]

Rotosound Fuzz Box

The famous strings manufacturer, Rotosound, was one of several companies for whom Sola Sound went on to produce fuzz boxes, as the OEM, during 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 […]

Marshall SupaFuzz

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

John Hornby Skewes Zonk Machine

The exact origins of the Zonk Machine (ZZ.1) are a little murky, but the circuitry and the shape of the pedal’s enclosure look suspiciously similar […]

Gary Hurst Tone Bender ‘MKI’

The earliest known surviving examples of the famous Tone Bender fuzz boxes were built with a three-transistor circuit, inspired by Gibson’s Maestro Fuzz-Tone, but adapted […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arbiter Fuzz Face

The earliest known reference to the Fuzz Face is from a report that the pedal was being demonstrated at the British Musical Instrument Industries Trade […]

Sola Sound Tone Bender ‘MK1.5’

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 Bender, […]

Baldwin-Burns Buzzaround

The Buzzaround was manufactured by Jim Burns’ guitar company, and is one of rather few pedals that came about in the mid-1960s, which actually doesn’t […]