The Maestro Fuzz-Tone is back! Here are 5 other vintage-voiced fuzz pedals you need to try

The Maestro Fuzz-Tone is back! Here are 5 other vintage-voiced fuzz pedals you need to try
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It’s a great time to be a vintage fuzz fan, as the legendary Maestro Fuzz-Tone makes its long-awaited comeback – albeit in a funky modern enclosure. Gibson has released a full range of new Maestro stompboxes, including the Ranger Overdrive, Invader Distortion, Discoverer Delay, and Comet Chorus. Still, the pedal we are most excited about is, of course, the FZ-M Fuzz-Tone. 

Often credited as the first-ever fuzz pedal, this awe-inspiring black box was responsible for the aggressive, spikey tone of the swinging '60s, and most notably was the device used to achieve the iconic tone of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Now while the new version of the FZ-1 isn’t an exact replica of the original, it does boast a period-accurate all-analog design which will most definitely allow you to achieve the fuzz tones of yesteryear. That said, alongside the FZ-1-inspired circuit, the FZ-M also features a thicker, modern fuzz tone, available at the flick of a switch. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.