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Pete’s Gear: Marshall SupaFuzz fuzz pedal

Pete Townshend’s Marshall model 1975 SupaFuzz fuzz pedal, courtesy rockstarsguitars.com. Used 1967–68 on stage, often paired with a Grampian reverb.

The Supa Fuzz was made for Marshall by Sola Sound, the maker of the original Tonebender fuzz pedal, which Pete had used in 1965 and 1966 on stage (the Tonebender MkI). The Supa Fuzz was based on the Sola Sound Tone Bender MkII.

Note: this stenciled logo model differs from the generally available 1967 raised lettering model.

Following the use of the Marshall Supa Fuzz, Pete would go on to use a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face briefly in August 1968 before switching permanently to the Univox Super Fuzz in late 1968.

On the pedal pictured below:

From rockstarsguitars.com: The pedal was given to a guy who helped haul gear at Wolverhampton, 1973. He was given a small amount of cash and the pedal (not functioning at the time) for his help. It must have been at the bottom of a case for some time!

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Marshall SupaFuzz – top

Top view of Pete Townshend’s Marshall model 1975 SupaFuzz fuzz pedal, courtesy rockstarsguitars.com.

Marshall SupaFuzz – bottom

Bottom view of Pete Townshend’s Marshall model 1975 SupaFuzz fuzz pedal, courtesy rockstarsguitars.com.

Ca. 1967, Marshall Supa Fuzz, with Marshall Super 100s and Grampian Reverb.

4 May 1967, European tour, Marshall Supa Fuzz, with Marshall Super 100 amplifiers and Grampian Reverb.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits. Effects pedal appears to be Marshall Supa Fuzz.

25 Aug. 1967, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo., with Fender Showman amps with 2x15 cabinets, likely borrowd from the Herman’s Hermits. Guitar appears to be a Rickenbacker 330, also likely borrowed from the Herman’s Hermits. Effects pedal appears to be Marshall Supa Fuzz.

1967, showing two Super Beatles

June 1967, Monterey Pop, showing two Super Beatles, with tops reversed on the chrome roller rack. Pedal is a Marshal Supa Fuzz.

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