Pete’s Gear: Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
Pete Townshend used a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face fuzz pedal on stage for a brief period in 1968. The only photos showing its use are from August 1968.
The Fuzz Face featured a “smiley” face round configuration of its two controls (volume and fuzz) and footswitch, housed in a red housing. The Fuzz Face was used by many, including Eric Clapton, but was made famous by Jimi Hendrix. This could explain why Pete went to that pedal first after using the Marshall Supa Fuzz in 1967–68. (Pete had advised Hendrix about Marshall and Sound City amplifiers.)
2 Aug. 1968, Singer Bowl, New York, with Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face. Amps are two customized Sound City L100 amplifiers, with four Sound City 200w 4x12s with herringbone grillecloth. Guitar is Fender Stratocaster.
2 Aug. 1968, at the Singer Bowl, New York, with Fuzz Face visible behind Pete’s foot.
Click to view larger version. 10 August 1968, Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Ill., tuning up. Guitar is Gibson SG Special (with Vibrola intact); pedal is Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face; amplifiers are Sound City. (Photo: Rick Giles)
For more, see The Who at the Jaguar, 10 August 1968.
13–15 Aug. 1968, Fillmore West, San Francisco, with Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face. Guitar is 1968 Gibson SG Special.