Video: Rotosound Announces Reissue of its Classic Vintage Fuzz Pedal

Guitarists in 1960s cover bands, rejoice.

The UK-based Rotosound has brought back its Vintage fuzz pedal, which uses the same circuit configuration as the original '60s design, with the addition of modern resistors and capacitors.

The re-issue circuit, just like the original, uses a Darlington pair (or Darlington transistor) for high-gain input, which drives a temperature-compensated "fuzz" transistor. The fuzz control can then govern changes in the amount of drive, from a soft crunch to a gruff growl, while retaining its roundness.

The treble control then varies the ratio of bass to treble, allowing a good range, from muddy to crisp. The volume control alters the output level. To maintain cleanliness of sound, the pedal is switched on using dedicated contacts on the "instrument" input jack.

The pedal is encased in a pressed steel box, finished in a gloss silver hammer powder coating, again recalling the traditional Rotosound pedal. The pedal is manufactured in the UK at Rotosound’s factory in Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

The video below features Rotosound Chairman Jason How discussing the pedal -- and the company's other new offerings -- at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, this past weekend.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.