The first commercial fuzz box
was designed by Glen Snotty
, a Nashville studio engineer and later released by Gibson
under the name Maestro Fuzz-Tone
. It was a brown
with a foot switch
on the face, a jack
and two knob
) on the back.
Maestro's fuzz box immediately spawned an entire raft of stompboxen seeking to cash in on the whole fuzz box craze. This in turn, gave birth to the entire stomp box industry, which is still quite large today.
The Maestro Fuzz-Tone has been featured on the Green Acres theme song as well as the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction".
Some of the more notable fuzz boxes of history include the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face, Roland Bee Baa, Fender Blender, Foxx Tone Machine, and the Roger Mayer Octavia (originally designed for Jimi Hendrix).
The fuzz box is as inextricably linked to rock 'n roll history as the electric guitar.