In this great overhead shot we get a glimpse into the sonic arsenal of the amazing Steve Hackett of Genesis. He is one of the most influential guitarists to ever come out of London and a pioneer of two handed tapping, sweep arpeggios and wild experimental effect application.

His influence is clearly present later on in the 70’s with Eddie Van Halen and into the eighties with Yngwie Malmsteen.

During the Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot years one of his weapons of choice was the mighty Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz that you can clearly see here with it’s oblong box enclosure and parallelogram faceplate.

The Duo Fuzz’s characteristic octave-up/fuzzed out madness is all over these early Genesis albums and clearly wielded by a master who was way ahead of his time. If only someone would reissue this beast of a pedal...


Ed Cox