Maestro, a division of Gibson Musical Instruments, today announced the availability of the Maestro FuzzTone (model FZ-1A) Reissue. With the exception of a few practical changes, the Reissue FuzzTone is a faithful reproduction of the original version that was introduced to the world in the early 1960s. As it was back then, it uses point-to-point wiring and NPN transistors to create its signature re-issue sound. To add to its vintage vibe, the FuzzTone is packaged in a reproduction of the original orange box and comes with a copy of the original instructions.
"If you were alive in 1965, you probably remember the first time you heard the FuzzTone," says Maestro representative Don Mitchell. "The Rolling Stones used it on their latest song, Satisfaction. After that, guitarists all over the world couldnt wait to get their hands on this new far-out effects device that looked like an industrial-grade doorstop. In many ways, the FuzzTone started it all."
The first Maestro FuzzTone was introduced in 1964 and was the model FZ-1. Changes to the circuit were later made and as a result, the FZ-1A was introduced in 1966. By adjusting the component values, eliminating bleed-through in the "off" position and reducing the voltage requirements from 3VDC to 1.5VDC, the FZ-1A was widely considered an improvement over its early predecessor and set the standard for the sound of the 60s.
Due to the scarcity of the original NPN and PNP transistors, the FuzzTone Reissue is a "Limited Edition" and will be available while supplies last. The FuzzTone is available exclusively over the Internet from www.MusicYo.com for $149.99.