Glenn Snoddy, 96, Accidental Inventor of the Fuzz Tone, Dies

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  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Interesting article about how fuzz came to be. I never knew this. RIP Mr. Snoddy.
    The fuzz bass (accident) happens at the 1:26 mark...


     
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    Funny, the clip / advertisement for the Maestro, focuses on bass and guitar sounding like all these brass instruments. Still thinking "big band"...

    Thank you, Keith, for changing all that... :lol:
     
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    "Snoddy".....great name for the inventor of the fuzz tone.
     
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    RIP Mr. Snoddy.

    Also, LMAO at that demo record!

    Cheers!
     
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    That Marty Robbins song... what an odd place to find the first fuzz. It sounds amazing, I'm just surprised they left it in.
     
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    I know Keith had Satisfaction but when I think of fuzz I always think of Jeff Beck (Heart Full of Soul, Shapes of Things) and Jimi.
     
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    I don't know about Jeff, but Jimi had a different fuzz(face) sound, not the flabby sound of the Maestro - which is what Keith used. Also, it came later. Crap, I was only 8 yrs old when Satisfaction came out. Wow.
     
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    I was about 15! Beck probably used a Tone Bender.
     
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    Thanks for posting!

    As a kid back then, I know I thought a fuzz box was something only the Gods used. Us plebes just turned up to get any distortion we could find. Then wah wah came and we thought that was kinda cool, but not something you’d want to use all the time.

    The world before pedals became commonplace....
     
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    I bought a new Maestro FZ1 circa 1965. Here is a Grady Martin tube the predates the Stone’s riff that made the Maestro so famous. He was trying hard to sound like a big fat sax there. Attaining some sort of sustain has long been the goal of many guitarists and has led to many new tools with which to do it in various ways.
    Thanks for the thread, kranz.

     
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    That almost sounds like a torn speaker cone...
     
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    Some of those clips sound like the guitarist and bassist are using the volume knob or a volume pedal.
     
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    Link Wray lives!!!! Pencils through the cones.....turn it up....get nasty....
     
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    I had a Maestro Fuzz Tone. I lent it to a friend and it got stolen. Did he replace it? No. It sure was fun for cranking up the Jazzmaster and Bassman and blasting out horrible versions of "Spoonful" and "Interstellar Overdrive" when I was about 15.

    RIP Mr. Snoddy. Thanks for helping me unleash my inner guitar god.
     
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    Did he accidentally invent the fuzz? My understanding was that he deliberately invented it to recreate a sound that came about by accident. No matter, most of us guitar players will be eternally grateful.

    My most recent pedal buy was a fuzz. I already had a Keeley Fuzz Head, which I can get good sounds out of, but it isn't really what I call fuzz. To me it just sounds more like another distortion/overdrive. I wanted that nasty buzzy '60s sound like on Satisfaction, In A Gadda Da Vida, or some of that old Big Brother and the Holding Company type sound. I bought a Catalinbread Fuzzrite and it gets that flavor very well.

    My very first pedal was a Sears fuzztone.
     
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    IIRC the instruction sheet that came with the Maestro told you how to get saxaphone and trombone sounds.
     
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    Good choice for a fuzz! I use an old Jordan BossTone when I want to unleash my inner In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
     
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    I haven't heard one of those. It has that classic '60s sound?
     
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    That Sears fuzz I had may have sounded like this. :eek:It was so long ago I can't remember. I didn't really bond with it.

     
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