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2021 July Boss Month Pedal-Chain Update - Episode VII - Boss Level Endgame

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So this is the culmination of my first ever ’Boss Month’ concerted focus on everything Boss! I do hope you enjoyed the broad sweep of all those articles - and had some fun with my speculative projections and suggestions. The natural end to all of that is of course to set out the pedal-chain as a Peak Boss implementation - using what I have within my extensive Boss collection. I of course had to add a few more units - but only a handful really. I’m guessing some who don’t...

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Should Boss roll out more Dual-OverDrive Collaborations - and if so which two pedals should be combined?

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This post was prompted by an Instagram follower - stating that Boss should really do more Dual-OverDrive varieties like the JB-2 Angry Driver - including resurrecting the original SD-2 Dual OverDrive in some way - which was in production from 1993 to 1998. Lots of people love that pedal - the ’Lead’ voicing in particular - in fact that pedal has long been an acquisition target of mine, and this article finally pushed me into getting my own unit - where I’ve ordered a fairly ...

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Markus Reeves is Opening up his Order Book for the first time this year - for Waitlist Wednesday, Tomorrow 28th of July, 00:00-23:59 Hrs BST

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I’ve been a huge fan of Markus Reeves’ point-to-point-wired circuits - since having been alerted to them by Brian Wampler. I was lucky enough to secure a rare BlackHatSound MKI-style fuzz during that original production run - as per the below reference. And Markus seems to have been able to secure 22 more pairs of those rare TO106 TUN ‘Blackhat’ Transistors. He has made 20 more regular-sized / compact RedHatSound editions, as well as a couple of his big-box BlackHatSound...

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Björn Juhl's Legendary Hand-Made BJFE Pedals are Now Available at Joe's Pedals

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Readers of this site will know that I’m a huge fan of Björn Juhl’s pedals - which nowadays means Mad Professor, OneControl and of course his own iconic original BJFE brand as featured here. I believe this is the first time these pedals are made available directly in the UK - certainly in modern times and in this number.

 

Joe’s Pedals is now officially a BJFE stockist and carries 10 of Björn’s most celebrated pedals - which are all enduring classics. You...

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The Third Man Records Signature Jack White Pedals Capsule Collection is finally Complete!

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The 4 Jack White Signature Pedals

I’ve had some fun picking these up in sort of random order in the end! My first acquisition was the only limited yellow edition one I have, and that I obviously picked up at the right time - the Gamechanger Plasma Coil - which regularly puts an appearance on slot #15. Actually the third pedal in the series!

 

I had watched the TMR Mantic Flex come and go - as I already had the more capable Pro version of that pedal, and it was a similar story with the Bumble Buzz - which I wasn&...

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High Quality Near Equivalent Alternatives to the Boss TB-2W Tone Bender MKII Waza Craft Fuzz

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As promised, I’ve drawn up a list of suitable quality alternatives - for those who did not or were unable to snag one of the excellent Boss TB-2W 2N404 Waza Editions. I’ve already passed highly favourable opinions on said pedal, while I recognise that there weren’t nearly enough to go around for all of those who wanted one. This has resulted in ridiculous price gouging - which has long afflicted the Klon Centaur in a similar manner. For the Klon Centaur around 8,000 units were...

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A Brief Hobbyist Primer on Key Tone Stack Types and Circuit EQ Configurations - in collaboration with Master-Builder Adrian 'Thorpy' Thorpe

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Different Tone Stacks have endlessly fascinated me over the years. Exactly which Tone Stack each builder chooses to deploy on each of their specific gain pedal/s - how complex and impactful (range, focus, taper etc.), as well as how the overall frequency profile is default calibrated at the mid-way / noon mark. There are dozens of different variations across all the different compact edition type pedals - which serve as my visual references here. And of course some Tone Stacks are particularly ...

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Which Pedals will Boss revive next as Waza Craft Editions?

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So following on from my recent Waza Craft series overview - I said I would speculate as to what Boss might next turn its attentions towards.

 

I’ve said many times that Boss has its own agenda and 2-year production cycles - which means that most of what is imminently forthcoming is in the schedule already. I’ve noted before that the FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz is a likely revival - while we will probably see others in advance of that. So which ones are likely and why? ...

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Boss Celebrates the Launch of 10 Waza Craft Edition Pedals over the last 8 or so years

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So back in around 2013 Boss made the smart decision to start reviving and reissuing some of its earlier pedal editions. The process involved selecting typically Series-2 analog pedals and re-engineering and hand-assembling those in Japan - with superior and more vintage parts.

 

Boss’s mainstay pedals were all initially built in Japan, but then production mostly moved to Taiwan, and more recently Malaysia - where all those standard and core pedals are mass-manufactured. By contrast...

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Personal Polarbear Effects Capsule Collection and Range Overview

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I’ve had an odd sort of relationship with Polarbear Effects’ Darko Vadja since 2018, where in the interim I have acquired most of his pedals. In fact the only notable omission as far as I’m aware is the original BB-size Floral Drive - for which there was a plan - which never quite materialised in the end.

 

The early part of the relationship was relatively communicative - while I’ve not had a response from Darko - bar for a Christmas Greeting - in nearly two years...

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