The relatively short history of the electric guitar features many unforgettable milestones — legendary players, timeless riffs, and of course, iconic sounds that have changed the way guitarists have approached their instruments. And while the foundation of any electric guitar sound is a combination of the player, the guitar, and the amplifier, effects pedals quickly became many players’ path toward sonic excellence. Let’s take a look at five effects pedals that changed guitar forever.
Maestro Fuzz-Tone fuzz pedal
While guitarists had been experimenting with distorted tones for over a decade, in 1962 the Maestro Fuzz-Tone became the first commercially available fuzz pedal. Before that, fuzzy guitar tones were usually the result of a ripped speaker, a broken preamplifier, a faulty transformer, or a custom-made circuit in a studio. As artists like the Beatles, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and of course Jimi Hendrix pioneered the use of fuzz, it soon became synonymous with the sound of rock ‘n’ roll.