Some of the greatest distorted guitar riff s and licks ever were created using the unmistakable sound of fuzz. Marty Robbins’ guitarist Grady Martin is the man credited with accidentally discovering fuzz back in 1961, when a dodgy preamp gave his guitar the classic distorted tone. Fast-forward a few years and pedals that replicated the eff ect, such as the Maestro Fuzz-Tone, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff and the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face were catching on with Keith Richards, Carlos Santana and David Gilmour and many others. Fuzz has come a long way since those early days, so here we’re looking at four modern pedals and the fuzzed-out craziness you can wring that from each of them. Ranging from smooth, brass-like sustained notes to shrill, teeth-grinding velcro fuzz tones, it’s all here. Let’s dive in.