After weeks of intense speculation from pedal enthusiasts, Boss has finally lifted the lid on the new Waza Craft pedal that it recently described as “like nothing we’ve ever created before”.
Teaming up with Sola Sound – the creator of the iconic Tone Bender fuzz pedals – the Japanese effects giant has unveiled the Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender.
A recreation of Sola's iconic late-'60s MK II version of the Tone Bender, the all-new TB-2W features carefully optimized germanium transistors, a three-way voltage selector for overall tone shaping, selectable true/buffered bypass operation and a refined circuit design for consistent performance from pedal to pedal.
Housed in Boss's classic compact chassis, the Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender has been realized using a “masterpiece” Tone Bender MK II from Sola Sound’s archive as a benchmark reference. Visually, it remains true to Sola's original design, with the same textured enclosure and knob designs.
Sola Sound's MK II version of the Tone Bender is regarded as one of the most important fuzz pedals in history. Its circuit served as the basis for Vox Tone Bender, Dallas Rangemaster, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face and more.
It's been used by an impressive list of high-profile guitarists, including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson, and Pete Townshend.
Due to availability of the components that make up the pedal, the TB-2W will have a limited production run. More information is yet to be revealed, but Boss has told us that it will be available in Q2 of 2021.
For more information, head to Boss.
That's not the only major new release due from the Japanese effects giant next year, either, as last week, it confirmed an HM-2 Heavy Metal reissue is finally in the works.