Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
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Boss FZ-3 Fuzz

FZ-3 Fuzz, Fuzz pedal from Boss.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 7 reviews )
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Hatsubai11/28/2011

Hatsubai's review"Going back to that classic fuzz sound"

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
The FZ2 was an extreme fuzz. You could get some ridiculous sounds out of it, and it's a staple in the stoner metal community. However, not everybody wanted that extreme fuzz sound. Boss revised their main fuzz pedal to be more like the classic 60s style fuzz that you're used to hearing. The pedal features a level, tone and fuzz knob for shaping the sound, and it also has a FET buffer installed in it to help boost your signal and keep it a bit consistent.

UTILIZATION

The pedal is housed in the famous Boss enclosure. These have been proven throughout time as being some of the most reliable pedal enclosures out there. I've toured with Boss pedals throughout my entire career, and they rarely ever fail. If they do, they're also easy to fix. The finish on this is a nice, hammered style silver that looks great. Mine had a few scuffs on it, but it was no big deal as it was a used pedal. The controls are easy to get to, just like every Boss pedal out there. It sucks a little bit of tone with the FET bypass, but it's not too terrible. There are worse pedals out there.

SOUND QUALITY

The fuzz in this is a very classic style fuzz. If you wanted that old school Hendrix style fuzz tone going on, this can do it. It's not quite as good as the old Dunlop fuzz pedals, but it gets the job done when you need that classic fuzz. I actually like modifying these a bit to help make them a bit more organic sounding. If you're interested in that, search the internet for a few mods out there for these pedals. They can really make this thing come alive and make it a bit more useful.

OVERALL OPINION

If you need a solid fuzz that's not going to cost a ton of money, this could be exactly what you're looking for. It's a solid fuzz; not the best, but far from the worst. Great if you just need something basic to get you going, but I'm not sure if it would suit those guys out there who are looking for that experimental/industrial kind of sound.
iamqman07/19/2011

iamqman's review"Fuzz 3"

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
This is the revised Fuzz box from Boss pedals. This would have come right after the finalized Boss FZ-2 pedal. This pedal had a short life span and only lasted on the market for two years. Pretty much the same lifespan of the previous Boss Fz-2.

This pedal is a lot simpler than the Boss Fz-2. Not that the Boss FZ-2 was difficult but this pedal simplified it down to three control knobs. You had a level for the overall volume of the pedal. Next you have a tone knob that would control how bright or dark the pedal would get. Finally, you had a Fuzz control knob that would give you distortion/fuzz. This is basically the same operation as the famous Electro Harmonics Big Muff. On that pedal you had a sustain knob for the fuzz.

UTILIZATION

Specifications

Controls: Level, Tone, Fuzz
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 6 mA (DC 9V)
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


SOUND QUALITY

This pedal doesn't use any integrated circuit so the tone is a lot more pure and natural. This pedal will sound much better than the previous Boss Fz-2. You will get a purer signal and a clarity that will be retained within the natural voicing of the unit.

This pedal goes great with a single coil guitar. If you use this is a clean Marshall plexi type amp with a Fender Stratocaster then you will get some great Jimi Hendrix type tones. The pedal breaks up nicely as you dial up or in the fuzz knob. It gets thicker and chewier the more you give it.

OVERALL OPINION

These pedals have been discontinued so the used market is the only way to go at this point. I have seen them for right around $100 or so. They are not as easy to find as the Boss Fz-2 but they are definitely out there and at a good price point. If you have the room on your pedal board then I would go with an Electro harmonics Big Muff. That to me is still my favorite fuzz box on the market today.
moosers05/25/2010

moosers's review

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
The Boss FZ-3 is a fuzz pedal designed for use with electric guitar. You can definitely use it with other electronic instruments if you wanted to since it just has simple 1/4" connections for input and output. I've only got experience with the pedal with electric guitar, which is what the pedal is originally intended for. Like all Boss pedals of this size, you can power this either with a nine volt power supply or battery. It isn't rack mountable as it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

There isn't anything difficult to understand about the Boss FZ-3 when it comes to using it. It's got all of the standard parameters that you'd expect with a distortion, overdrive, or fuzz pedal, and nothing else. Those parameters are for level, tone, and fuzz, and as experienced distortion pedal users will tell you, this is a pretty common make up. Since it's so easy to use, a manual isn't necessary.

SOUND QUALITY

While the Boss FZ-3 doesn't have the type of fuzz sound that I usually go for, it still sounds quite good. It's overall a pretty dirty sounding pedal, but you can keep it in check if you want to by keeping the 'fuzz' parameter down at like two or three. I've used the pedal in the recording studio with a Fender Strat and a '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp. While the pedal certainly did the job well, there are other fuzz pedals that I like over this one. I look for a whole lot of grit when it comes to fuzz pedals, and there are other ones out there that have more than this one.

OVERALL OPINION

While the Boss FZ-3 fuzz pedal will definitely do the job more times than not, I'd encourage those interested in picking up a fuzz pedal to explore your options a bit. There are plenty of fuzz pedals out there, as well as other overdrives and distortions, so having an idea about what you're after is really half the battle. If you do decide you're looking for a fuzz pedal like this, I'd recommend also checking out the Dunlop Fuzz Face and some other fuzz pedals before making your choice...
MGR/Spiffy Crispy12/04/2002

MGR/Spiffy Crispy's review"Boss FZ-3"

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
George's Guitars and Music - Cobourg, ON
-- $80

This pedal is amazing. The richest fuzz tone ever -- my favourite by far. A wide range too from very little fuzz to the sound of an exploding speaker cabinet. Very good.

If there was only an EQ....but how many fuzz pedals have that....

True by-pass, no noise, very good quality!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
8oris09/29/2007

8oris's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
Boss Fuzz pedals .. typical boss: solid, switch resistant, stable. knob version big buttons. There's 3: hard to easy: Tone (Tone), Fuzz (Fuzz: D) and Level (Output Level) ...
I put 10: it's plug and play and in 2007, the time for multi racks, and other plants "gas";) is still appreciable

UTILIZATION

- The configuration gnrale Is it easy?
Easier does not exist
- The edition of sounds and effects is it easy?
Easier does not exist. It is the rule with the fuzz knob is turned more ddi more sound is filthy, and the rule Tone!
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Yes there are even examples of SET lot!

SOUND QUALITY

Being given the fact I do not know if we can talk about sound quality ... so it is a fuzz fuzz sounds, its STRs dirty so ...
The setting of the fuzz still allows to qualify the first quart left knob overdrive as more typical, then a slight rev range distorstion (which can be found playing on the Tone and 2 / 3 typical of the race remaining fuzz ...

OVERALL OPINION

I know of no other fuzz ... I know that the most cost a rputs up to 250 euros (Royer Mayer, Bif Muff, etc.), this one cost 5 times less and yet my ears sounds good .
Maybe the lack of momentum, but his characters too!
The sound has a somewhat muffled but the pedals did a good job even low volume ...
Essay on MG30DFX (gasp shame: D) and a Valbee, I am satisfied on t 2, with preferences for valbee (but that's another subject s) .. .

If you want a fuzz and not you choose to take the lead, rush!

I put 8 because I am far from knowing all the fuzz!
exhauster09/21/2005

exhauster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
The pure sound of the Fuzz .. Amateur surplus, go your way .. Here it is dirty, it is the goal, right??

UTILIZATION

Can be used as Fuzz guitar, suitable for low and as a booster as rglages donns in the records, mainly used as Fuzz and bass.
The manual, a small booklet of 8 pages I think .. It is far from countrv multi-effects ..

SOUND QUALITY

It is dirty?? This is normal ...
With a copy of Les Paul, Start or a copy, the sound is always drooling as it should ..
A particular grain trs .. Must love is my case.

OVERALL OPINION

I have a few months, I prefer my other distortion, but it has found its way into my set, I'll lend it to my bass player for the next record .. and possibly the use boost for solos .. .
Less than 50 .. It's good!
nibla01/03/2005

nibla's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
Fuzz base with three knobs: tone, level and gain ...
nothing at CHARACTERISTICS trs innovative, but it's really something to try for lovers of sounds grimey

UTILIZATION

What can I say except that you die easier

SOUND QUALITY

Super vintage effect with the low gain rglage and normment cradingue (style nirvana etc ...) with the gain background

OVERALL OPINION

TOP !!!!!!!!!