Boss Unveils New Vintage-Style Analog Fuzz Pedal for Guitarists – the FZ-1W Fuzz

Boss FZ-1W Fuzz
Boss FZ-1W Fuzz (Image credit: Boss)

Boss have today unveiled another of their now iconic silver machines. The FZ-1W Fuzz follows up the Japanese effects behemoth’s highly anticipated TB-2W Tone Bender fuzz unit released earlier this year. However, unlike the limited run of immediately collectible Boss/Sola Sound TB-2W pedals the new FZ-1W Fuzz is a regular production model that, in traditional Boss style, simply ‘does what it says on the tin’ .

Boss FZ-1W Fuzz

The new Boss FZ-1W Fuzz (left) and the Sola Sound/Boss TB-2W Tone Bender (Image credit: Boss)

While vintage fuzzes can be notoriously temperamental little gizmos the new Fuzz pedal from Boss seeks to limit those frustrations by introducing a rock-solid circuit coupled with a virtually bullet proof enclosure. No more worries about mid-20th century component tolerances, archaic battery type or surrounding air temperature – the FZ-1W gives you authentic vintage fuzz sounds along with the benefits of high-quality modern day effects building.

In line with a number of their existing Waza Craft pedals such as the DM-2W Delay and CE-2 Chorus, the FZ-1W Fuzz features a mode selection switch – in this case offering either Vintage or Modern functions (labelled "V" and "M" respectively.)

Boss FZ-1W Fuzz

The Boss FZ-1W Fuzz features two modes of operation: Vintage (V) and Modern (M) (Image credit: Boss)

In today’s press release, Boss described the FZ-1W Fuzz’s Vintage mode as “the classic fuzz voice with more gain and wider expressive range… raspy and assertive without being harsh.” Much like an old Fuzz Face the FZ-1W interacts with the guitar's volume control providing an extensive palette of tonal options.

Meanwhile, the FZ-1W Fuzz’s 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.” 

Along with its standard control knobs – Fuzz, Level and Tone – the Boss FZ-1W Fuzz promises to deliver an awesome range of fuzzed out electric guitar tones.

Boss FZ-1W Fuzz

Boss FZ-1W Fuzz (Image credit: Boss)

Priced $199 it is expected the Boss FZ-1W will be available in the U.S. within days. Pre-order yours now from Sweetwater here (opens in new tab).

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.