Astrotone (Fuzz) (1967)

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“The very rare vintage 1967 Astro Amp
Astrotone fuzz pedal by the Universal Amplifier Corp. More commonly
recognized as the red, less sculpted, Sam Ash Fuzzz Boxx, this early
version was produced at the same time as the Sola Sound
MKII Tone Bender, and is equally as impressive, attractive and

“While mid-60s germanium
transistor fuzz pedals are splattery, mean, uncontrollable and awesome,
the Astrotone is most likely the first to use a schematic that really
enhances a focused and naturally gated fuzz with a refined sensibility
that sounds ridiculous for chords and really quite refreshing for single
note solos.”

“With a super linear sustain quality, playing through the
pedal, and into a clean amp is really a fantastic sonic experience. The
pedal is simply superior to others in this sense, and it different
enough from a Tone Bender to really offer a naturally desired
alternative. Similarly, this pedal is really great with the volume on
the guitar turned back a bit, and it really cleans up with more
presence, creating the illusion of a total different style pedal.”

Well said!

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