The Stompbox: A History Of Guitar Fuzzes, Flangers, Phasers, Echoes And Wahs

The Stompbox: A History Of Guitar Fuzzes, Flangers, Phasers, Echoes And Wahs

The Stompbox: A History of Guitar Fuzzes, Flangers, Phasers, Echoes and Wahs

A colorful time warp back to when a weird little gadget fuzzed the lead guitar on a certain Rolling Stones hit and made history in the sonics of rock and pop-- The story of the device that created some of the most famous sounds of the '60s and '70s-- Includes 200 photos of these wild, sound-shaping inventions-- Appeals to the millions of guitarists who use stompboxes todayThe Stones' "Satisfaction". The Beatles' "Taxman". Jimi Hendrix' "Star-Spangled Banner/Purple Haze". These historical songs plus thousands more from the '60s and '70s owe a huge debt to a little gadget called the stompbox.Stompboxes are fuzz boxes, talk boxes, wah-wah pedals, reverb and tremolo bars, and other add-on devices electric guitarists use to distort and sculpt their instrument's sound, creating outrageous effects. Stompboxologist Art Thompson describes the development of these odd little units with the unique analog tones, and shows how they're making a powerful comeback today -- even over digital effects.Tracing its roots to the 1948 invention of the transistor, Thompson reveals how the stompbox's creators, manufacturers, and guitarists created weird, riveting effects that enticed more and more players to innovate.Readers go...

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