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fuzz bass on Mean Mr. Mustard

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tightbidness, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Does anyone know how Paul McCartney achieved the fuzz bass sound on the Beatles' "Mean Mr. Mustard?" Has anyone been able to cop that awesome sound?
  2. emor


    May 16, 2004
    Don't know about that tune, but Think For Yourself (Rubber Soul) incorporated one. According to Beatles gear, "Ken Townsend, ex-Abbey Road technician, explains that the studio's owner, EMI, built their own distortion boxes, which at times the Beatles would use. However it is possible that the fuzz-box used on the bass for this song was a prototype Vox Tone Bender unit.
    "Dick Denney of Vox says that he delivered the first Vox Tone Bender prototypes to the group in the early part of 1965...Harrison and Lennon had fiddled around with a Maestro Fuzz Tone unit as early as 1963. Denny recalls that Vox's Tone Bender began life around 1962 when the company was given a Maestro to try out."
  3. Thanks, emor! Great info. Those cats at EMI were amazing. I read somewhere that they designed and built their own DI boxes as well.