The model was advertised in a product catalogue from 1970 (credit to the WEM-owners club guy for finding/sharing).
edit: found this scan in my files too. The Project V was also listed in Bell's 1969 catalogue. Think this might've been shared by the WEM-owners club guy as well, but can't remember.
Mine was (allegedly) bought brand-new in 1970 from Anderton's in Guildford (decades before the family would become synonymous with that utterly cringe-worthy YouTube channel).
There's a rumour that WEM had some sort of formal scientist of sorts involved with their R&D during the mid/late 1960s. Haven't been able to substantiate it yet though.
I'm not sure when exactly they started/stopped making these things, but most of the known surviving pedals are rather crudely numbered, and the date codes on the pots seem to work their way up in accordance with the numerical sequence of the pedals. This paints a limited picture of the time-scale (bearing in mind that these pedals were being built alongside WEM's mass-produced amps, PAs, guitars, Copicats etc). The numbers do show a wonky jump, that I can't make much sense of, because when you compare how infrequently these pedals resurface to the confirmed 5000 FZ-1's, it's difficult to believe that 1000 of these WEM boxes were built.
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Serial number Brand of pots Date codes PW0046 2x AB (Allen Bradley?) unknown (possibly B8?) 78 AB + Morganite unknown date codes <unknown> AB + Morganite B8 + 368 103 2x AB C9 + D9 128 2x AB C9 + D9 968 2x AB unknown (likely D9?) 977 2x AB unknown + D9 <no visible s/n> 2x AB D9 + D9 <unknown*> 2x AB D9 + D9 *because the owner elected to saw his fucking pedal in half (lol), thereby sacrificing the part of the enclosure that could have revealed a number
Happy to report that I've had this pedal since 2016 and it's still mind-blowingly awesome. One of my favourite sounding fuzz pedals ever. Funny to think that while WEM were selling this monster of a pedal, all that Sola Sound were doing were cheap copies of the Burns Buzzaround
Anyway, pr0n time: