Catalinbread Fuzzrite

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THE BACKSTORY

Taking on the task of recreating a legendary pedal – one of the first commercially available fuzzes in the US, was no easy thing…

The biggest obstacle in recreating the Fuzzrite was parts selection. The original units used several components that have long since gone obsolete – most notably, the transistors used. The original silicon Fuzzrites used a transistor that was labeled specifically for Mosrite so yeah – finding those in any quantity large enough to do production was going to be challenging to say the least. Luckily, we were able to consult Ed Sanner, the designer of the Fuzzrite. He offered us some insight into the transistor selection and that was extremely helpful in tracking down alternatives that were capable of recreating the sound and response of the vintage units. So Catalinbread’s Parts Czar, Bryan went to work sourcing vintage silicon transistors for the new production Fuzzrites. He managed to track down a good supply of vintage NOS silicon transistors that proved to be the final piece of the puzzle in capturing the true Fuzzrite sound and feel – thanks, Ed!

The Fuzzrite is a primitive, elemental circuit (and thank goodness for that!) – the types of parts used have a huge impact on the sound and feel of the fuzz. And because of high parts tolerances and 50 years of aging of the components, no two of the originals sound alike. So Bryan and Howard evaluated dozens of capacitor types and values and spent countless hours A/B testing the new prototype builds, honing in on the best traits of the originals and distilling them into an idealized recipe until ours sounded and felt just like a vintage Fuzzrite in a blind test. Groovy, baby!

But for us as fellow pedal geeks, the best part of this adventure has been meeting and collaborating with Mark Moseley – he has been so incredibly generous sharing his knowledge, his stories of working with his dad and uncle at Mosrite, and his career in Music for the past 40+ years. Mark has lived it, folks – several times over – and he’s still at it too which should be an inspiration to all of us. He still loves gear as much now as when he was a kid soldering those old fuzzes at the family business. We are so honored that he entrusted us with a piece of his family’s legacy and we sure hope we’ve done them all proud in bringing the Fuzzrite back in all its ragged glory.

What started as a friendship between Nicholas Harris and Mark Moseley has led to this incredible opportunity for Catalinbread to bring a legendary sound back to your pedalboard. The best part of this adventure for us pedal geeks has been meeting and collaborating with Mark Moseley – he has been so incredibly generous sharing his knowledge, his stories of working with his dad and uncle at Mosrite, and his career in Music for the past 40+ years. Mark has lived it, folks – several times over – and he’s still at it too which should be an inspiration to all of us. He still loves gear as much now as when he was a kid soldering those old fuzzes at the family business. We are so honored that he entrusted us with a piece of his family’s legacy and we sure hope we’ve done them all proud in bringing the Fuzzrite back in all its ragged glory.

To paraphrase Timothy Leary:

“Plug in, tune up, turn on.”

Dig it!