We love it when a classic vintage pedal is made accessible for more players; and we've got Boss to thank for the Tone Bender fuzz pedal (opens in new tab)'s resurrection as a new addition to its premium Waza Craft range. Now available to preorder.
The company worked with Tone Bender creator Sola Sound for the Japan-made Waza Craft TB-2W (opens in new tab) and its typeface and finish reflects the original.
Boss's blueprint reference was a “masterpiece” Tone Bender MK II (serial number 500) from Sola Sound’s own archive. The Waza Craft recreation will be available in Spring in a limited production run, each TB-2W pedal featuring rare germanium transistors.
The pedal features a a three-way voltage selector, selectable true/buffered bypass operation, and a "refined" circuit design for consistency.
All this authenticity and upgrade comes at a price though: $349.99, to be precise.
And if you're after more Jimmy Page-esque Tone Bender thrills, we'd advise checking out our review of the SolidGoldFX Communication Breakdown (opens in new tab) that features two circuits inspired by Tone Bender circuits.
There's also the newly-released innovative Germanium Fuzz (opens in new tab) from Benson amps too.