Musicians can still be a little fuzzy when it comes to describing the sound of a fuzz box. Some guitarists will tell you it sounds like a 2,000-pound bee trapped in a sturdy metal box — perhaps with a potentiometer installed somewhere behind the wings. And while many early fuzz guitar tunes and tones did indeed make the most of the original fuzz buzz, fuzz actually has many facets, many sides, many fuzz faces, if you will.
In this series of videos, Guitar World's Andy Aledort explores the classic Jimi Hendrix track "Freedom," as heard on The Cry of Love. After discussing Hendrix's tuning, Andy jumps into the intro, the verses and the solos.
Check out this cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" by 2CELLOS. These guys might look familiar; they're the Croatian cellists who had a taste of online success when their dueling-cellos version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" went viral a few months ago.
In a video posted back in November, a clip of a previously unreleased Hendrix track called "Somewhere" could be heard as engineer Eddie Kramer discussed the making of People, Hell & Angels, a collection of twelve previously unreleased studio recordings from the guitar legend.
Jim Dunlop is celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday (November 27) by releasing a limited-edition series of pedals, the Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series. It includes four effects that were a major part of Hendrix’s signal chain: the Fuzz Face, Cry Baby, Octavio and Univibe.