The Danelectro Nichols 1966 Fuzz Drive is the latest effect pedal release from the company. It is based on an old design by Danelectro owner and Foxx pedals founder Steve Ridinger.
The Nichols 1966 is based on Steve Ridinger’s first pedal design and is named after the Nichols Canyon, where Foxx pedals founder and current Danelectro owner Steve lived with his parents in the mid-1960s. The original pedal was made using a unique design, using the components he could lay his hands on as a teenager. Therefore, it has a unique voice, rather than being a take on another classic fuzz design.
It straddles somewhere between a fuzz and a distortion, depending on where the controls are set. Those controls consist of Fuzz, Drive, Tone, and Volume knobs, along with a Stock/Mid Cut toggle switch. Below is a demo video, and you can hear some good examples of what to expect from this 1960s-flavoured fuzz/drive pedal.
Originally named the Liverpool Fuzz when it was first released. Now this three transistor circuit is back as a modern recreation and renamed the Nichols 1966. I’ve never seen or heard Steve Ridinger’s original pedals from the late ’60s, so I cannot comment on how this new one compares to the original.
However, the demo videos that I have heard all sound pretty good. As it also comes across as being a lot more than a one-trick pony, which makes it appealing to me. I do enjoy a good fuzz/distortion pedal so would like to try one out when they are released. It does appear to have a pretty distinct drive tone and one that sounds pretty versatile.
Currently, they can be preordered now at Thomann.
- Danelectro Nichols 1966: Thomann