Hot on the heels of announcing a reissue of its legendary HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal, Boss has unveiled the Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender, a new fuzz pedal the company developed in collaboration with Sola Sound.
Housed in the instantly recognizable Boss chassis, the TB-2W aims to recreate Sola Sound's legendary late-'60s MK II Tone Bender fuzz unit. A favorite of the likes of Mick Ronson, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, the Sola MKII Tone Bender also served as the basis for the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Dallas Rangemaster, Vox Tone Bender and other popular fuzz units.
The TB-2W was modeled, in exacting detail, after a “masterpiece” Tone Bender MK II (serial number 500) from Sola Sound’s archives, and features rare germanium transistors, a three-way voltage selector, selectable true/buffered bypass operation and a refined circuit design for more consistent pedal-to-pedal performance.
Visually, the Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender also pays homage to its predecessor, with the same knob designs and textured enclosure as Sola's Tone Bender.
The Boss Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender will be available in Q2 2021 in a limited production run, due to the availability of the components used for the pedal. A price for the pedal has yet to be announced.
For more info on the pedal, stop by boss.info.
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