Reuss Musical Instruments

Reuss FZ-01 'Vintage Three Volt Fuzz'

IN STOCK

Based on the first guitar pedal ever made, The 1962 Gibson Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone

The Reuss FZ-01 Vintage Three Volt Fuzz is based on the world's first guitar pedal, the 1962 Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone (not the later FZ-1A or the FZ-1B). It's built with 2N270 germanium transistors and runs on 3V like the original old pedal.

It's a quirky sounding fuzz. Very grainy and lo-fi, with a healthy dose of that 'dying battery' quality. The nasal voice is due to the very limited bandwith of the 2N270 transistors. This is not the fuzz to end all fuzzes (check out the FZ-02 for that), but it has some unique sonic qualities, not found in more popular vintage fuzz circuits, like the tonebenders and fuzzfaces etc.

The new Reuss FZ-01 Vintage Three Volt Fuzz is available from early April 2017. It's completely redesigned compared to my old 'Kleiner Scheisskerl' version of this classic circuit. Only 75 pedals in this batch.

I have replaced one of the resistor values of the original circuit with a trimmer pot. This is for calibrating the pedal to fit the unique electronic properties of each matched set of transistors. They are all different. The trimmer is not a ‘bias pot’, and I adjust it before the pedals ships. This is a new feature, not in my old 'Kleiner Scheisskerl' version, and it's a great improvement, giving a much better range to the 'ATTACK' control and an overall better response and playability. Still a weird pedal, though.

Since November 2017 I am shipping the FZ-01 with one of the three 2N270 transistors replaced with an AC125 or GC301, due to a lack of 2N270s with satisfying properties for a great match of three. The unique voice and indiosyncrasies of the pedal remains the same.

Download the Reuss FZ-01 Vintage Three Volt Fuzz manual here

Youtube demos:

Reuss FZ-01 features and specifications:

  • Original 1962 FZ-1 circuit (which is a quite unusual and weird sounding one)
  • Gloss brown finish with 'cream' silk screen printing
  • New old stock 2N270 and AC125/GC301 germanium transistors (rare and expensive parts)*
  • Carbon film resistors
  • 100% handmade in the European Union (Denmark & Bulgaria)
  • High quality Neutrik jacks, wired by hand
  • 'Pro' upgrade footswitch (good for at least 15000 stomps)
  • True bypass-switching
  • Orange LED pilot light (resembling a vintage control lamp)
  • Runs on 3V (two 'AAA' batteries included)
  • Positive ground - external power supply not possible - pedal may interact unexpectedly with other pedals
  • Ships in a 'reuss' box and linen draw-string bag
  • Fast worldwide shipping via DHL from Denmark. Your pedal is only a few days away, no matter where you live. Great rates too.

Another demo from the Reuss youtube channel (please subscribe):

Check out this fun 1962 Gibson Demonstration Record (youtube):

PLEASE NOTE: Prices at the webshop are listed without VAT. For customers in the European Union 25% VAT is added at check-out.

*EU-customers also please note: Your pedal ships with the AC125 germanium transistor removed. This one sits in a socket, and you’ll be receiving it separately to install yourself. This is in order to ship a product which complies with EU environmental regulations (CE-marking/RoHS compliance).