Examples of early use of FUZZ on bass guitar?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by soma89, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    I know there`s "Think for yourself- Beatles" but any other examples of early 60`s recordings with fuzz bass? I`m not really looking for someone trying to be jimi hendrix with a bass but I always found the subtle fuzz basslines to be the coolest.

    In this Bob Dylan DVD they were talking about a folk group that played Greenwich Village around the time Dylan played there and they had what I THOUGHT was a fuzz bass sound. Sadly, it was just somebody blowing into an empty jug..REALLY cool sound tho.


    May 4, 2006
    Courtenay, BC, Canada
  3. mentalstampede


    Sep 16, 2011
    There's a fuzz bassline buried low in the mix in Jefferson Airplane's "She Has Funny Cars" off of Surrealistic Pillow. That was recorded in '67 IIRC.
  4. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
  5. grvthang


    Feb 6, 2012
    The Stones' cover of the Solomon Burke tune "Pain In My Heart" (on the US lp "The Rolling Stones Now") had what sounds like a fuzz bass on it. That was in '65.

    Also, a few Stones songs on Aftermath (US release): "Flight 505", "Think", and "It's Not Easy". Probably used a Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone.
  6. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Old thread but would like to see if anyone else would like to tune in :D
  7. Curtis Mayfield - 'If there's a hell below, we're all going to go'
  8. Brookdalebass


    Jan 15, 2009
    Northern CA
    Hey CHILDISHGAMBINO...that's Jack Bruce on Zappa's Apostrophe. Great solo, IMHO...
  9. Here's me in 1965/66. Homemade fuzz box made by a local electronics guy called Bernie Bisphan, who also made our valve amps. The bass and lead guitar both using fuzz.
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  10. fenderphil


    Sep 1, 2006
    Houston, TX
    Supposedly, Marty Robbins band in the 1960's accidentally recorded the first bass fuzz/distortion. The song is called 'Dont Worry'. the story goes that the recording console had some wires touching causing the bass to 'fuzz out' and they decided to keep it..
  11. Jordan S.

    Jordan S.

    Mar 25, 2012
    Blacksheep Effects Pedals
    Dunno what the first song with fuzz in it was, but I wish I could've been there... would've been an awesome experience.
  12. Damascus


    Aug 9, 2008
    Sly and the Family Stone has already been mentioned but "I Want To Take You Higher" (1969) is the song that i think of when i think of early massive bass fuzz tone. It really dominates the low end of the song whenever i listen to it.
  13. soma89


    Jan 7, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Really cool
  14. sonic 7

    sonic 7

    Aug 10, 2011
    Queens, N.Y.C.
    Felix Papilardi (probably mispelled his name ) of Mountain played his Gibson violin bass through some kind of distortion pedal. I recall a live Mountain album from my youth that had the most awesome sounding bass I had ever heard.
  15. rymiraflores


    Jan 17, 2009
    Felix didn´t use a pedal, he did the same thing that jack Bruce did...he had a simple silicone diode wired into his bass...and yes the bas tone at Filmore east was amazing..still my favourite bass tone and player too incidently
  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    1969, awesome fuzz at 00:40
  17. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    I believe Think For Yourself is the first...
  18. otherclef


    Aug 10, 2011
    Aftermath , Under my Thumb I believe was the first song recorded by a major act with intentional bass distortion. 1966. There was other tunes on there with da fuzz but I hear that it was the first song recorded and the first hit.
  19. mpoppitt


    Mar 28, 2005
    Austin Texas
    One of my favorites is this '68 psych jem:

    Stereo Shoestrings - - on the road south

    Fuzz and wah!