Classic gear: Fuzz Faces

Fuzz Face
(Image credit: Future)

Transistors are the heart of the Fuzz Face circuit. And though the inventors of the transistor probably didn’t have guitar effects in mind at any point, fans of the Fuzz Face may be pleased to discover they did receive a Nobel Prize in the mid-1950s for their efforts. 

Transistors enabled the consumer electronics industry to flourish in the post-war years, and with electric guitars becoming ever more popular in the '50s and '60s it was only a matter of time before devices like fuzz pedals made their way into music shops.  

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.