MAESTRO Gibson FUZZ-TONE FZ-1A 90s Vintage Re-issue Distortion Overdrive Pedal


Regular price $399
Reissue of the 60s classic overdrive pedal.
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Description
This is a Maestro by Gibson Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A distortion pedal. A re-issue of the original 60s pedal made in the 90s. It has a very signature sound used by Keith Richards on Satisfaction. It takes your guitar tone and compresses it into a very intense band of distortion hot in the midrange for a searing sound. It won't be something you use on every song, but it's another color to add to your sound palette. And for the song or two you use it on, your guitar tone will jump to the front of the mix and turn heads. Yea, it's that kind of pedal. Totally distinctive and like no other distortion you have. Condition on this pedal is excellent as shown in pics. Works perfect. One non-original screw. Thanks for looking.

Wiki Info
Gibson introduced the Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone in 1962, the first commercially available fuzzbox to gain widespread acceptance. It was the most popular device of its kind for several years.[4][5] In May 1965 Keith Richards used a Maestro FZ-1 on his guitar riff in (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, later claiming it was originally meant to be played by a brass section.[6] The song's success greatly boosted sales of the device, and all available stock sold out by the end of 1965.[5][7] It became a favorite of many garage rock and psychedelic bands.

The Maestro FZ-1 sported a three germanium transistor circuit with RCA 2N270 devices, powered by two 1.5-volt batteries, and a lead cable to connect it to an instrument (bass as it was originally intended, or guitar). Germanium devices are temperature sensitive, and the effect responds to the incoming signal's amplitude (volume) consistently. Upon release, Gibson/Maestro made a demonstration disc available, featuring sound samples of the different settings of the pedal and guitar combination, emphasising the "brass-like" quality of certain tones. The circuit made its way into the body of Gibson's EB-0F "fuzz basses" (circa 1964). Before the Rolling Stones' hit, Fuzz Tone's sales were abysmal. In late 1965, when the original units sold out, the circuit was revised, using 2N2614 or 2N2613 transistors, with pertinent biasing network, powered by a single, 1.5-volt battery.[5] The model was re-designated as the FZ-1a, keeping the same wedge shaped enclosure as the FZ-1.[5] In 1968, an updated model with a different look and sound was introduced, with a circuit designed by Robert Moog using a 9 volt power supply and alternatively 2 or 4 silicon transistors, and labelled the Maestro FZ-1B. It went through 3 circuit revisions.[5]In the 1970s Maestro came out with the FZ-1S Super-Fuzz, which had a distinctly different look and sound than previous models.[5]
Guitar Setup
My setup on guitars includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. I spray out any pots that are noisy. I turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. I don't claim to be a trained luthier, but I'm able to set guitars/basses for a reasonable out-of-box experience and have had very few complaints. If you're looking for the perfect setup on a used guitar, please expect to take it to a trained luthier who is familiar with your individual playing style and preferences. ps: basses get the same setup minus the new strings. Thanks!

Packing
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