How To Strip and Tin Wire (450k,pdf)
Introduces the new builder to preparing wire for your projects.
Transistors For Fuzz (100k,pdf)
A Simple List of Transistors in Famous Fuzz Pedals
An early 2nd edition transistor handbook published in 1954 written by Louis E Garner, Jr. for Coyne Electrical School. Louis E Garner, Jr. maybe the father of transistor DIY. A hats off for the influence he had on all of us.
Maestro FZ-1 Patent (333K,pdf)
The patent awarded May 3, 1962 to Glen Snoddy and Revis Hobbs for the "Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz" Often called the "Satisfaction" fuzz because it was used by the Rolling Stones on that song. Also perported to be the first commercially available pedal that started it all. There are known errors in this patent involving component values.
Popular Mechanics Article Nov 1957 (1.57M,pdf)
This is the article quoted in the Maestro patent as reference for the invention. Written by none other than Louis E. Garner, Jr. Perhaps we owe more to Mr. Garner than we think! He uses the newly available CK722 transistor. You can see where some of the circuit topology made it into the FZ-1.
Patent US2649006 (420K,pdf)
This is the patent quoted by the examiers for the Maestro FZ-1 patent as reference for the invention. I'm not sure what a musical instrument oscillator has to do with fuzz but here it is anyway.
Alternating-Current Circuits, pp121-123 (473K,pdf)
This is the article quoted in the Cry Baby Wah patent as reference for the invention. Written by Kerchner and Corcoran, 3rd Ed. 1951. This is a college level text book that must have made an impression on B J Plunket at some point in his career. This book has lots of math and analysis. All relevant today.
Patent US3530224 (420K,pdf)
This is the patent for the Wah Wah pedal invented by B J Plunket for Warwick Electronics. The best I can tell Warwick Electronics may have been under contract to Thomas Organ. Thomas Organ was the USA manufacturer and distributer of VOX in the 60s. Checkout The Vox Show Room for an outstanding lesson in the history of VOX.
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