The Fuzzrite was one of the first fuzzboxes on the market, and in 1962, The Ventures wasted no time putting it to work on The 2,000 Pound Bee. Technically, it first showed up in a series of amps, but that didn’t last long. Soon, the Fuzzrite was single and looking to mingle.
Fast forward 53 years later (!!!) to 2015 and Catalinbread is bringing the circuit back. The sound is so important to the annals of rock that there’s no way it can stay under wraps for over half a century.
If you’ve never heard a Fuzzrite, you’re in for a real treat. Assuming you’ve heard the prerequisite listed above, the Fuzzrite has shown up in several other rigs over the years. The Black Keys use a Rosac Nu Wah Fuzz which features the Fuzzrite circuit front and center. “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” wouldn’t sound nearly as psychedelic without the Fuzzrite.
For the unitiated, the Fuzzrite is a raw, splatty, decidedly “sixties-sounding” fuzz—half surfy, half balls-out rock machine. Original units used germanium transistors, but manufacturing soon switched to silicon devices. “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida” used the germanium version, but every other recorded instance—including The 2,000 Pound Bee—of the Fuzzrite uses the silicon version. For all intents and purposes, the silicon version is now a certified classic.
That classic circuit is now available today—in the only box good enough to carry the name Fuzzrite. All the hairy, woolly tone of the original flows from the new Fuzzrite, and after a few seconds, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.
Catalinbread Fuzzrite Features:
• Faithful recreation of the original classic circuit
• Raw sixties fuzz for both guitar and bass
• True bypass
• Hand-made in Portland, Oregon, USA
• Accepts standard 9v center-negative power