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Fuzz was the first type of distortion pedal, and the retro sound of vintage units from the 1960s remains coveted by guitarists to this day. Realized through deep analysis of many legendary pedals and detailed Waza craftsmanship, the all-analog Boss FZ-1W delivers the inspiring tone, feel and vibe of classic fuzz in a reliable modern design. And like all Waza Craft pedals, FZ-1W features premium components for top-quality performance and extended range for maximum tonal versatility.
Premium Waza Craft pedal for the ultimate Boss tone experience
Redefined fuzz sounds that combine classic tone and response with modern versatility and stability, realized through Boss Waza innovation
Vintage mode delivers a retro fuzz experience with aggressive tone, dynamic touch response and extreme sensitivity to input volume
Modern mode provides a fatter sound and more mid focus to suit a wider range of music styles
Tone knob provides deep sound-shaping control tuned for each mode
Consistent sound and reliable performance with silicon transistor circuitry
High-quality buffer for clean and clear tone when bypassed
Boss five-year warranty
Discovering the heartbeat of vintage fuzz
While developing the limited-run TB-2W Tone Bender, Boss explored and analyzed many vintage fuzz pedals and gained deep knowledge along the way. This experience inspired them to reimagine the classic fuzz effect with their unique Waza craftsmanship and expertise. Unlike previous Waza Craft models, FZ-1W does not provide a reproduction of a past design. This pedal is Boss's modern interpretation of vintage fuzz, and it carries the number '1' in its name to show their great respect for the classic circuits that helped shape the sound of rock guitar and launch the effect pedal industry that we all love today.
The best elements of vintage fuzz in a modern pedal
The simple circuits of the most sought-after vintage fuzz units produce bright and aggressive tones with long sustain. They're very sensitive to playing dynamics, as well, and the best designs allow you to clean up the sound by rolling back the guitar's volume knob. But these classic pedals are also famously inconsistent – even among models of the same design – and variables like age, battery type, temperature and more can have a dramatic effect on their sound and performance.
Backed by Waza innovation
FZ-1W lets you enjoy all the great musical characteristics of vintage fuzz without the downsides. While inspired by historic circuits, this pedal presents an all-new Boss approach fueled by forward-thinking perspective and deep knowledge of effect design. Using top-quality silicon transistors, Boss created a unique circuit that delivers authentic tone and response while maintaining stable performance in any temperature or operating condition. In addition, this modern approach greatly expands the sound possibilities over vintage designs, offering higher gain, lower noise, deeper tone-shaping control and more.
Vintage mode: classic fuzz, wider expression
With FZ-1W's Vintage mode, Boss has redefined the classic fuzz voice with more gain and wider expressive range. The sound character is raspy and assertive without being harsh, and you can smoothly transition from heavy fuzz to crunch to crystal clean simply by riding your guitar's volume. The powerful Tone knob simultaneously adjusts the high and low frequencies, allowing you to dial in a variety of different fuzz colors. And by turning down the Fuzz knob and cranking the Level, FZ-1W works great as a boost for your amp and other gain pedals.
Modern mode: fat and focused
Modern mode delivers a more refined and versatile fuzz voice with focused midrange and fatter tone, making it ideal for all types of current music styles. The gain range is even wider than Vintage mode, and cranking the Fuzz knob past three o'clock conjures rich, singing sustain for inspired solo playing. The Tone knob offers a different tuning that lets you tweak the brightness without altering the midrange, ensuring your sound always cuts through. And when used as a boost, Modern mode dishes a heap of girth with rich, mid-driven character.
Waza Craft: the art of superior tone
Since the beginning, the engineers at Boss have been committed to achieving the finest guitar tones using any technology necessary, from old-school analog circuits to high-tech DSP. This enthusiastic spirit continues on with the Waza Craft series, bringing you exceptional tone and touch response through carefully selected analog components, refined circuitry and meticulous attention to detail. In Japan, 'Waza' is the term for art and technique, and these special edition pedals proudly carry the Waza symbol to represent the pinnacle of Boss design and craftsmanship.
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