This is a vintage 1968 Marshall Supa Fuzz (model no. 1975) guitar pedal. While not the absolute first variety Marshal Supa (with the more angular case construction and the MK II circuit) this next version Supa is extremely rare, and features: a very early perforated circuit board, a non-raised/non-script silk-screened âMarshallâ logo, and (3) OC75 germanium transistors. This rare pedal also features simple controls for Volume and Filter, is housed in a cast aluminum housing with a classic hammerite finish, and was manufactured using point-to-point wiring.
Tones from this pedal range from a subtle and natural over-driven sound, to a monstrous, rich wall of full-range fuzz. Most vintage fuzz connoisseurs consider the Marshall Supa Fuzz to be the most musical and expressive fuzz pedals ever made. Similar to a Sola Sound MKII, the Marshall is a one-trick pony (in the best sense of the expression) with a best-in-show trick, as it absolutely masters and dominates a full-range and evenly balanced fuzz spectrum. Displaying some splattery and feedback-provoking fuzz, the Marshall Supa is less sharp, and more round than a MK II. With natural lyrical qualities, the Marshall Supa is as good as it gets for leads. You can reference Pete Townshend’s early fuzz tone, as well as, Ron Asheton’s (The Stooges) to hear the Supa Fuzz in a more recognizable context.
This particular example is in fine cosmetic condition, and exhibits very little wear. Because this pedal is in such excellent condition, it is important to detail those things which are not. Firstly, the rubber feet (although fitting perfectly and being vintage themselves) are not original to the pedal. Also, the pedal was professionally converted from the use of a PP4 English 9v battery to a modern 9v battery. The circuit board is also secured with only 1 screw, and is missing one.