Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz
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Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz

FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz, Fuzz pedal from Boss.

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Hatsubai 07/04/2011

Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Crazy stoner fuzz"
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The Boss FZ-2 is not your standard Fuzz. While it can do those standard tones, it's much more ridiculous. After all, this is the famous pedal that helped take the stoner metal genre into a different level. Listen to groups like Electric Wizard to get an idea as to what I'm referring to. It features five knobs total: a level knob, a tone knob with a smaller knob to adjust the cut/boost frequencies, a gain knob and a three way rotary switch to select between Fuzz I, Fuzz II and Gain Boost.

UTILIZATION

Boss did an awesome job at putting everything inside of this pedal. It's housed in the famous Boss enclsoure, so it should be able to withstand anything you throw at it. The pedal uses a FET bypass which has a little bit of tone suckage, but it won't be much of an issue if you throw it in a true bypass looper. The rotary switch helps make things a bit more versatile, but it's still a ridiculously over the top pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

Fuzz I mode is like a normal aggressive fuzz tone. It's somewhat bland when using it as a normal fuzz, and it's definitely not meant for those lower gain tones. The tone knob with the shaping frequency knob really helps adjust the tone to where you want it. However, most people who get this pedal are mainly looking at the Fuzz II mode. It has this insane sounding speaker ripping kinda tone that can only be describing as ridiculous. Seriously, listen to some Electric Wizard, and you'll get the idea. That's what this pedal is mainly used for, and it excels at this genre like no other pedal out there.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking at this pedal for a normal fuzz, I highly recommend checking out a different pedal. However, if you're going for that insane stoner fuzz sound, this is the exact pedal you want. It's so crazy over the top and uncontrollable that it fits in perfectly for the slower downtuned stoner metal genre. Fuzz II is the mode you want, and it's best if you use something like a Sunn O))) or similar amplifier to really get that authentic stoner metal tone.