Syd Barrett's fuzz (by nck.s)

With the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's psychedelic debut comes a resurging interest in Syd Barrett's equipment and techniques, along with a new generation of commercial entities seeking to profit from all the excitement. What has remained a constant force over the years of discussion has been a handful of rumors and myths that, when repeated often enough by seemingly authoritative figures, almost become fact. With this small piece of writing, I'll be challenging some of the allegations about Syd Barrett's effects pedal habits with facts in the hope that it will help guitarists to make informed decisions about their spending, as well as potentially ease some new historical evidence out of the woodwork. Discussing and criticizing makes for a healthy and knowledgeable community.


Selmer pedals

Syd Barrett's alleged use of the Selmer's Buzz Tone and (Fuzz-)Wah is one of the stories perpetuated by the Internet that seems to originate from Julian Palacios' biography, 'Lost in the Woods'. We know the band was using Selmer amplifiers early on, so it's certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that they experimented with the pedals too, or that Selmer may have simply put the group's name in advertising for the pedals that are yet to be digitized in the modern age.

The classic riff from 'Interstellar Overdrive' sounds incendiary when coupled with a Selmer Buzz Tone (or any fuzzbox for that matter), but the following video shows that the sound from the album can be nailed with just the Selmer Treble 'n' Bass amplifier.

I'm satisfied with my original Selmer Buzz Tone (and I'll be happier if it ever comes back from being repaired) but I would very much like to see the proof that this model is even remotely connected to the band. At the moment there is nothing tying the two together.

Weekly overview (2017, week 28): 2 new brands and 43 new pedals

collage of this week's updates

2 new brands

  1. 3rd Power Amplification
  2. Nanolog Audio

43 new effects

  1. 323 Effects Ridges - Reverb
  2. 3rd Power Amplification Roosevelt Drive
  3. Alexander Pedals Clang - Championship Edition Overdrive
  4. Alexander Pedals Radiacmeter Dist-O-Drive
  5. Alexander Pedals Radical Delay II+
  6. Alexander Pedals Syntax Error - Audio Computer System
  7. Amptweaker Bass BluesFuzz Jr.
  8. Amptweaker Bass TightFuzz Jr.
  9. Amptweaker BluesFuzz Jr.
  10. Amptweaker TightFuzz Jr.
  11. ApolloFX Timekeeper
  12. Classic Audio Effects Aloft - Shimmer Reverb
  13. Classic Audio Effects Space Cadet - Pitch Bend
  14. Cusack Music Tap-A-Delay Deluxe
  15. DigiTech SDRUM - Strummable Drums
  16. Dwarfcraft Devices The Curse - Tap Tempo Delay with CV
  17. Electro-Harmonix Expression Pedal
  18. Electronic Audio Experiments µ Blaster - FET Boost/Overdrive
  19. Electronic Audio Experiments Longsword
  20. Electronic Audio Experiments Model feT - Model T Preamp
  21. Epigaze Audio Ascension Reverb
  22. Ernie Ball VP - 40th Anniversary Edition Volume Pedal
  23. Ezhi & Aka Terverb
  24. Fuzzrocious Pedals LunaReclipse
  25. Greer Amps Moonshot - AC-128 Class-A Germanium Treble and Mid Pre
  26. Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Geezer Butler Signature Wah
  27. Keeley Electronics Caverns 2 - Delay + Reverb
  28. Keeley Electronics Neutrino Deluxe
  29. MXR M-xxx Carbon Copy Deluxe
  30. MXR M-xxx Mini Booster
  31. Mythos Pedals Dædalus - Overdrive
  32. Mythos Pedals Erlking - Overdrive
  33. Mythos Pedals Golden Fleece - Fuzz
  34. Mythos Pedals Herculean - Overdrive
  35. Mythos Pedals Mjolnir - Overdrive
  36. Nanolog Audio The WaveFunction - Overdrive
  37. Neunaber Technology Inspire - Tri-Chorus Plus
  38. Old Blood Noise Endeavors Whitecap - Tap Tempo Tremolo
  39. Pigtronix Mothership 2 - Analog Synthesizer
  40. Stomp Under Foot Mud Creek - Dual Fuzz Machine
  41. Wampler Pedals The Doctor - Lo-Fi Delay
  42. Way Huge WHE-xxx Doubleland Special - Overdrive
  43. Yellowcake Lida Machine - Resonant Filter

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