Fuzz to sound like tuba? LOL

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Spectrum, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. I was listening to public radio of all things, and they were talking about the advent of fuzz/dirt effects for guitar, and they mentioned something called the Maestro Fuzz-Tone and played part of an old commercial for it, so I looked it up on the youtubes and, well, this is fun to listen to. (And it kind of makes me want one LOL).

  2. Oh, BTW, they said this is what Keith Richards used on Satisfaction...
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
  3. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Chris Squire still uses it (I think it's the same one). Here's a link to his rig rundown.
  4. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    You know there were guys back in the sixties that said you could never ever make an informed decision about the sound of a pedal by listening to a YouTube video a phonograph record!
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  5. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    I'll have to download me one of them ;).
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  6. That's a nasty sounding fuzz tone on the fuzz tone section of the video.
  7. ichbin

    ichbin Guest

    Sep 30, 2012
    London, UK
    Nice! I love that the pedals we use to now to make a hell of a noise were originally being sold as being almost something your Nan would like.
  8. stambroker

    stambroker Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    I really love the first clip on electric bass - the sousaphone effect!
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  9. guitarflinger

    guitarflinger Not all who wander are lost Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Front Range, Colorado
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  10. Weberman


    Apr 8, 2014
    Nilbog, Ohio
    I used to work with a classical wind instrumentalist. He was an older fellow, and was really into early classical / renaissance music. He would always ask about electronics, and brought up the Fuzz Tone, specifically. He had been in a club sometime in the 60s, and heard a guitarist with this weird sound. He asked him about it, and the guy showed him a Fuzz Tone pedal. My coworker was apparently quite impressed with the thing, as he was bringing it up over thirty years later. He asked if it was a common thing, and if there was anything like it today. Like I said, he didn't delve much into popular music, so he was a rather naive about distortion / OD, particularly as a favorable effect (he was also sort of an audiophile, and obsessed with accuracy in reproduction).

    What is my point? Oh, yeah; people in the club were really impressed at all of the far-out sounds the guitarist was getting. He did comment that he was a little disappointed in the lack of dynamic range, though.
  11. PDGood


    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    A big part of the tuba sound is the slow attack. Put an envelope with slow attack on most any gentle fuzz and you can get something similar.
  12. Martin Beer

    Martin Beer

    Dec 4, 2004
    The Maestro company must have been quite attached to the notion that fuzz could imitate a brass instrument, since they came out with the Bass Brassmaster later on.
  13. I looked it up on musiciansfriend and turns out Gibson made a re-issue, but it's out of production currently.
  14. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    There are tons of clones and derivatives. North Effects in the UK makes one.
  15. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    No one recommend a clone reissue of the pedal yet??
  16. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    I ended up building my own. I also added a pre-gain control which, IMO, it made it a bit more versatile.

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