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Boss FZ-3 Fuzz
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Boss FZ-3 Fuzz

Fuzz pedal from Boss .

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Hatsubai Hatsubai

« Going back to that classic fuzz sound »

Published on 11/28/11 at 19:26
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.
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