Entertainment Music Guitar fuzz pedal inventor dies, aged 96

Guitar fuzz pedal inventor dies, aged 96

The Rolling Stones hit Satisfaction uses a fuzz tone.
The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction is a well-known example of a riff with a fuzz tone. Photo: Getty
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A US recording engineer whose invention of a pedal that allowed guitarists to create a fuzzy, distorted sound most famously used in the Rolling Stones’ hit (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction has died.

Glenn Snoddy was 96.

His daughter Dianne Mayo said Snoddy died last Monday of congestive heart failure at his Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home.

Snoddy was helping record country artist Marty Robbins’ song Don’t Worry in 1961 when a malfunction caused the distortion in a guitar solo.

When other musicians sought the same effect, Snoddy couldn’t recreate it in the studio but invented a pedal where a guitarist could switch into the sound with a tap of the foot.

Keith Richards’ Satisfaction riff with the fuzz tone is one of the most recognisable ones in rock history.