Pete’s Gear: Marshall SupaFuzz fuzz pedal
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.
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!
Top view of Pete Townshend’s Marshall model 1975 SupaFuzz fuzz pedal, courtesy rockstarsguitars.com.
Bottom view of Pete Townshend’s Marshall model 1975 SupaFuzz fuzz pedal, courtesy rockstarsguitars.com.
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.
June 1967, Monterey Pop, showing two Super Beatles, with tops reversed on the chrome roller rack. Pedal is a Marshal Supa Fuzz.
Resources and Information
- D*A*M Stompboxes Sola Sound/Tone Bender history: stompboxes.co.uk/gpage1.html2.html
- Rock Stars Guitars: rockstarsguitars.com