Boss FZ-5 Fuzz

September 20, 2011

$163 retail/$89 street

KNOBS Level, Mode, Fuzz

SOUNDS COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling) emulations of Fuzz Face, Maestro Fuzz-Tone, and Octavia pedals. Those who aren’t conversant with the precise timbres of the original pedals can still dig the versatility of the FZ-5’s three flavors: a tough and booming, yet buzzy wail (F mode); a fantastically snotty treble screech (M mode); and a blistering, dimensional scream (O mode— providing you don’t crank the Fuzz knob, thereby obliterating the ringing harmonics of the octave effect).

WHO’S IT FOR? Pretty much all fuzz fanatics— excepting, of course, zealots who adore analog circuits. Still, it’s rather hard to believe there are guitarists out there who wouldn’t want three hip, vintage- style fuzz sounds for under $90.


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