Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-M review

Gibson brings back a revamped version of the fuzz pedal that started it all – and satisfaction is very much guaranteed

Maestro FZ-M Fuzz
(Image: © Future / Adam Gasson)

Guitar World Verdict

A versatile fuzz that's built like a tank and nails the classic sounds, and a lot more besides.


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    Keef fans will love it.

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    Modern/Classic modes extend its appeal.

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    Solid build and cool design.

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    Sensibly priced.


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    A little bulky.

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It’s 1965, and the Rolling Stones have released a new single. (I Can’t Get No ) Satisfaction is an instant sensation due to Keith Richard’s unforgettable riff, which introduced the sound of a fuzz pedal to a worldwide audience. 

While there had been records featuring fuzz before, this was the one that really put it on the map and sparked a demand from guitar players for the sound. The fuzz pedal that Keith used was the Maestro FZ-1, which first saw the light of day in 1962 and, 60 years on, Gibson have revived the Maestro brand name for a series of new pedals.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.