This post will fall under Rock and Roll history and Gear Porn. We know that all…

Written by on May 11, 2018


This post will fall under Rock and Roll history and Gear Porn.

We know that all of our guitarist / musician friends will know what a “Fuzz Box” is. For this of you who don’t, a “Fuzz Box” is a device that goes between and electric guitar and an amplifier. It gives a distorted sound to the guitar. Here is an example of what it does.

On May 6, 1965, while getting ready to go to sleep in his hotel room in Clearwater, FL, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards was playing with his new Gibson Maestro “Fuzz Tone” fuzz box. Liking what he was hearing, he came up with a new guitar riff. In fact he liked it so much that he started his tape recorder and played it over and over until he fell asleep.

The next morning when he woke up, he played back the tape. Still really liking it, he took the tape down to the hotel’s swimming pool to play it for Mick Jagger. Using the riff on that tape, Jagger and Richards started putting together a new song that would become their breakthrough hit. The song was called “Satisfaction”.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also tell you that not only was the “Satisfaction” riff on that tape, there was also about 20 minutes of Richards snoring.

Here’s a picture of a Gibson Maestro Fuzz Tone.




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