Welcome to the Fuzzboxes.org blog!
The various articles on this page all relate in some way to the development of the fuzz-guitar sound in the 1960s.
I hope you’ll find something interesting to read or to look at. Feel free to get in touch with any comments or criticism, and also if it turns out that I borrowed one of your photos that you’d prefer credited (or removed for any reason).
Featured fuzz: Astrotone
Technical analysis of the vintage Astrotone & Fuzzz Boxx pedals, which were among the earliest overdrive pedals.
Tone Bender ‘MKI’ players list
A comprehensive list of artists and groups who were all photographed, filmed, or otherwise documented having used the 1965 Tone Bender ‘MKI’.
Spotlight: The Beatles
An in-depth look into the various different fuzz boxes that were used by the Fab Four during their rehearsals & recordings in the 1960s.
Boutique pedals of days gone by, 1964-1968
A glimpse of the boutique and custom-built fuzz boxes that were being sold in the UK, during the 1960s.
Mosrite Fuzzrite: A detailed history
A detailed history and analysis of the vintage Mosrite Fuzzrite fuzz box, as well as some of its distant cousins & ancestors from the 1960s & 1970s.
Projects for hobbyists: Sixties edition
A selection of electronics projects aimed at hobbyists in the 1960s, with instructions & diagrams about how to build a primitive fuzz box.
Two-knob Tone Benders compared
Analysis and comparison of 1960s-era Sola Sound & Vox Tone Benders.