The original germanium based Fuzz Face – we all know it. Jimi Hendrix saw to that. Woolly, swirly, with the ability to make a guitar scream or sing. Hendrix’s 1968 Royal Albert Hall performance is my favorite example of how he used this effect when playing live; the Royal Albert is designed with that same circuit in mind, but with a few changes.
I was sitting with Craig Northey (of the great Canadian band The Odds and one of Canada’s most respected songwriters and producers) in his home studio a few years ago, talking about the Klon Centaur.
FOR PETE’S SAKE
Pete Townshend is a titan of tone – he knew what he wanted from his gear and fought hard to get it. And boy, did he succeed. There are lots of great effects makers out there who have circuits that cover Townshend’s sound from the post-Tommy era, but our favorite period was the 1967-1968 era, where Townshend played through multiple Fender amps feeding into each other.