You may not know Ed Sanner by name but you HAVE heard his fuzz circuit on countless recordings through the years. Ed was hired by Mosrite in 1965 to develop circuits for the all new electronics division of effects pedals and amplifiers which the company were eager to introduce to enhance their existing guitar line.
Ed soon completed the circuit and they named it the “Fuzzrite”. On the first run, 250 pieces were produced. After a relatively slow start to the release of this innovative sound, a somewhat popular band on the Atco label then changed everything. The band was called The Iron Butterfly. The song that changed the fuzz popularity was called In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. The movement was in, and the sounds were changing.
There were other bands using the new popular fuzz tones from London to California. From the Animals to The Ventures, everyone had to have that new crazy sound. Little did everyone know, Iron Butterfly was about to go where no band had gone before, launching into the fuzz stratosphere when the unlikely recording of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida hit pay dirt and was the first recording ever in history to reach platinum sales status. It just so happened you could see the fuzz box on the LP cover of this recording. Suddenly, sales for Ed’s fuzz went through the roof and solidified his place at the forefront of fuzz sound design.
Since then everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Buck Owens was heard using Ed’s fuzz design on popular recordings and in live performances.
By 1968 Ed moved on as a partner involved with the new “Rosac Electronics” company. It was formed by Rosenberg and Sacco hence the name Rosac.
The investment came from an unlikely source – the Sierra Bag company. They produced burlap sacks and industrial packaging for industry and war efforts.
The Rosac division was run by Ed Sanner, Ken Gilstrap, Ralf Scaffiti and Gerald Garvin. Ed handled the electronic design.
The first Fuzz pedal offered by Rosac was appropriately named the NU-FUZZ.
Ed set out to design a more usable fuzz than the Fuzzrite. Although the Fuzzrite sounded great, Ed said the problem was that is was lacking depth.
So in response, Ed designed a circuit in the NU-FUZZ similar to the Fuzzrite, but also included a tone knob to control the amount of depth. Ed said, “This is an improvement on the original design. You can really dial in the depth and is more versatile with a variety of tones now”.
The Rosac company shut down production by 1971 and not many NU-FUZZ pedals were produced.
This pedal has not lost any of its allure over the years – in fact if anything its mojo has increased with age. It drives a big and quite unique fuzz tone, while the classic seasoned case has that sought after vintage look. Today they are highly collectable among fuzz enthusiasts.
It is in great condition considering its age. No changes or mods, just the original real deal American fuzz. Definitely a fine addition to any vintage fuzz collection.