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Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
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Boss FZ-3 Fuzz

Fuzz pedal from Boss .

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« Fuzz 3 »

Published on 07/19/11 at 15:19
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.
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