I was looking my next pedal to produce as a classic reproduction and decided on the Astro-Tone Fuzz produces by the Astro Amp/Universal Amplifier Corporation in ‘66 and ’67. These boxes were made in New York City and were also rebranded for another New York based company Sam Ash music as the San Ash Fuzz Box. They were known as one of the first American produced fuzz pedals to feature a tone knob. I wanted to produce this for both the historical significance of this pedal and the fact that I read a story about an original unit being on sale on eBay for $3,245. This is a very Bright\ trebly fuzz with plenty of top end. Personally I feel this fuzz lends itself more toward rhythm then lead work.
Here is what the manufacturer had to say about it in the original 1967 Instruction Manual:
The volume control adjusts only the loudness of the distorted signal and is usually turned up high enough to provide a dramatic increase in volume when the distortion is switched on.
The tone control adjusts the form of the distortion and can alter the tone color of the output signal to mimic the sound of almost any unit on the market. Almost all of the available distortion generators can alter the amount but not the type of distortion which is generated. The great advantage of the Astro-Tone is the control provided over the form of the distortion which can be adjusted from rich to bright. The Astro-Tone provides a wide range of expressive tone colors which can be adjusted to fit the mood of the music itself.
The attack control adjusts the amount of distortion, but not the type of distortion. It is usually left almost at maximum to provide a clearly distorted signal, but may be turned down to soften the sound. If the attack control is turned to zero, no signal reaches the distorter and the distorted output vanishes. To insure enough drive to the distorter, the output of the guitar should always be set near maximum.
- 3PDT True Bypass switch
- Neutrik Jacks
- Environmentally conscious strip board construction
- Uses 2.1 mm Boss style power jack, no internal 9V battery clip
- Hand-wired, boutique quality, made in USA
- Powder Coated Enclosure