Turns out, the Instagram tease from Boss Europe wasn’t an FZ-2 after all… Instead, we have a new limited edition Boss Waza TB-2W Tone Bender, slated to arrive in spring 2021. This partnership with Sola Sound was the big reveal, and a great way to start the new year, as this classic fuzz is much sought after by players around the world. And now you’ll be able to buy a Boss version!
Boss Waza TB-2W Tone Bender
Based on the original Tone Bender MK II fuzz from the 1960s, and in collaboration with Sola Sound London (the company that produced the originals), the new Boss Waza TB-2W Tone Bender is going to be one hot release when it comes out in spring 2021. It has a three-way voltage selector for shaping the overall tone and response of the pedal, combined with either true bypass or buffered bypass options, which are useful modern enhancements.
With two controls labelled Level and Attack, this new pedal will be familiar territory for any Tone Bender fans out there. But thankfully, it is also way more pedalboard friendly in this new, compact format. The originals, designed by Gary Hurst and sold through Macari’s Musical Exchange shops in London, were used by just about every famous guitarist in the world and have garnered a legendary status. The pedal’s simple control layout belies a massive amount of tonal possibilities. They truly are a classic design.
This new pedal is based on an original Tone Bender MK II – with serial number 500 – taken from the Sola Sound archives. Each Boss TB-2W features rare germanium transistors and will be available as a limited edition run, purely because parts will be hard to source for this little grey fuzz pedal.
If you don’t know much about Tone Bender pedals, check out the That Pedal Show‘s video that I’ve added below. It covers the basic history and tone of these legendary fuzz units from the ’60s. Are you as excited as we are? Let us know in the comments section below.
RRP – TBC