Maestro Fuzz Tone
As an interesting side note, this fuzz guitar tone on "Satisfaction" was only supposed to be used as a place holder for a horn section. According to Richards, "this was just a little sketch, because, to my mind, the fuzz tone was really there to denote what the horns would be doing." However the producer, engineer, and other Stones members voted to release the single in favor of the fuzz guitar sound.
The "Satisfaction" painting is complete. As mentioned in a previous post about this painting, I decided to invent my own sleeve for this one. So instead of a sleeve that has the record company's graphics, this has an electronic circuit schematic. The circuit is from the early 1960's Maestro Fuzz-Tone pedal, a simple electronic that created the distorted guitar sound on the record. The fuzz guitar tone is the result of Keith Richards plugging his guitar into this fuzz box that was then sent to a guitar amp. The tone is very distinct and it is the first thing you hear on the record. If you listen closely, you can hear Richards turn the Fuzz Tone pedal off and on throughout the song. Being a hobby guitar player, I picked up some knowledge of electronic circuits and came up with this schematic idea for this painting.
Here is the finished painting, 12"x 12", oil on panel. All that is left is to put a frame on it.
This painting is 100% done now that it is oiled out and framed. You can see in one of the images where I only oiled out the center of the painting. It has the same effect as varnishing a picture, but without the bother of a final varnish layer. Note that mid to dark tones only benefit from oiling out - I left the white foreground alone. My oiling out medium is 1 part stand oil and 1 part walnut oil. All oils can yellow with linseed being the worst. I like stand oil because it doesn't yellow as much, but it's too thick, so I thin it with walnut oil. I apply it using my finger and spread it around as thinly as possible. Alkyd mediums are a good option too, but they dry quickly, so work fast!
I stopped varnishing my work ever since a negative experience a few years ago. I always felt uncomfortable with the procedure. If something goes wrong, there isn't a good way to correct it... so I stopped varnishing. If I do want to add more protection to the painting, I will frame it behind anti -reflective glass or apply a cold wax medium. See my review of these products below.
I also submitted this piece to a large competition in Wisconsin -over $8500 will be given out in rewards. I have entered this show every year since 2013. Hopefully this painting gets in!
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