It’s 1973 in Berkeley, California, and a young electrical wizard named Craig Anderton has just developed his take on the envelope filter. He calls it the “Funk Machine”, and together with John Lang, starts an innovative and experimental guitar effects brand, Seamoon Inc. Hand-building each individual unit, they launch their new brand with one pedal and quickly the word starts to spread… Fast forward a few months, Anderton decides it’s time to expand, and with that, he develops Seamoon’s own version of the classic fuzz effect: the Fresh Fuzz was born.
It’s one of the most elusive and misunderstood fuzz pedals of the 1970s. It’s been discussed, debated and dissected, but never fully understood because so few people have actually held one in their hands. It was one of the first distortion units to substitute an operational amplifier (op-amp) for the typical transistor-driven fuzz. This allowed for a massive volume boost that no other pedal had at the time. On the spectrum of available fuzzes at the time (Maestro Fuzz Tone on one end, Electro Harmonix Big Muff on the other) the Fresh Fuzz would definitely lie closer to the Muff side, but it did have some of the great characteristics of those earlier boxes too.
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The Nash Guitars NGDP is an emulation of the Seamoon Fresh Fuzz, check out the video below.