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While recording the Marty Robbins tune, "Don't Worry", a malfunctioning channel on the mixing board caused Martin's six string bass to be recorded with an insane amount of distortion, a sound that would come to be called fuzztone.  Despite the jarring sound, the record was released as it was originally recorded, fuzztone and all, which turned out to be a successful gamble. The record bolted to the #1 position on the Billboard country charts and #3 on the pop charts.

 

Glen Snoddy, the session engineer, saved the malfunctioning channel on the mixing board and brought it out upon request. Grady Martin (Nashville session player) used the effect on several other records including one of his own, The  Fuzz by Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five. Soon enough, Snoddy saw the commercial potential for a device that would produce the fuzztone effect on command and sold the idea to the Gibson Guitar Corporation, who marketed the Maestro Fuzz Tone in 1962, the first commercially available fuzz-type unit.

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