Boss VB-2W Vibrato

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Boss VB-2W Vibrato

The VB-2 Vibrato has been reintroduced by modern players looking to produce distinctive guitar textures using stompbox effects, despite being ahead of its time when it was released in 1982. This uncommon pedal has become one of the most valuable BOSS effects in the vintage market due to its expressive, one-of-a-kind sound. The Waza Craft VB-2W is a modern reincarnation of the VB-2’s progressive spirit. The VB-2W offers an innovative new vibrato mode and real-time control functionality for greater expression, as well as authentic replication of the actual pitch-shifted vibrato of the original pedal.

Features VB-2W

  • The ultimate BOSS tone experience is delivered by the premium edition Waza Craft pedal.
  • There is a completely new vibrato sound and filter wave in custom mode.
  • The VB-2’s original Vibrato sound is accurately reproduced by standard mode.
  • BBD (bucket brigade) vibrato line is used in this all-analog circuit.
  • With the option of an expression pedal, you can control the effect depth in real time.
  • To control the onset of the vibrato effect, spin the Rise Time knob.
  • Ideal for adding vibrato to certain notes and chords, unlatch mode turns on the effect only while pushing the pedal.
  • When the effect is off, bypass mode removes the BBD from the signal pathway to eliminate latency.
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Boss VB-2W Vibrato Waza Craft: The Art of Superior Tone

From the very beginning, BOSS engineers have been pushing to produce the best guitar tones using whatever technology available, ranging from vintage analog circuits to cutting-edge DSP. We are pleased to announce the Waza Craft series, which continues this enthusiastic spirit. The Waza emblem represents the pinnacle of BOSS design and craftsmanship, and these unique edition pedals proudly display it in Japan. The word “Waza” means art and technique. Through carefully selected analog components, refined circuitry, and meticulous attention to detail, the Waza Craft series delivers exceptional tone and touch response.

The Boss VB2 W Vibrato pedal is a versatile, high-quality pedal that can be used for a variety of applications. Whether you’re a guitar player looking for a new vibrato effect, or an bass player who wants to add more depth to your tone, the VB-2W is perfect for you. In this video, we’ll go over the features and benefits of this pedal, and show you how to get the most out of it.

If you’re interested in buying this pedal, be sure to check out the link below! This pedal is currently on sale at a discounted price, so don’t miss out!

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Conclusion

I bought this after seeing a version of the classic Boss VB-2 on Premier Guitar’s Rig Rundown feature of Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes, Middle Brother, The New Basement Tapes). He uses it as an “always on” option to give some character to his rhythm tones , since he’s often the only guitarist. When I’m playing with this pedal, I love the ability to switch between a classic sound, and a more modern, darker sound, which to my ears, is really lush and palatable. I think Boss has created a really tasty tool for players who want to add a little extra something to their soundscapes. It sounds great clean or distorted, and used in conjunction with chorus, I think its absolutely unbeatable. If you’re on the fence, definitely make sure to stick this on your board!

It’s not optic/bias/harmonic tremolo(which I also love), it’s a true pitch shifting vibrato! Beautiful dark analogue sound that can go from subtle movement to out of tune warble. I tend to use it more on the subtle side. I’m very happy with the sound and build quality. I was a little worried about adding a buffer to my pedal board but this Boss Waza buffer is quiet and doesn’t color my tone in bypass mode(this pedal does not have a true-bypass mode.

Boss VB-2W Vibrato Review
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The buffer is always on, but you can control whether the signal is passing through the Bucket Brigade Device or not. Having it pass through the BBD theoretically adds a very slight darkening to your tone but allows the effect to ramp up smoothly when engaging the pedal. I don’t notice any darkening of the tone when the effect is off. If it’s there, it’s so subtle that I can’t detect it in isolation let alone in a band mix. When in “bypass” mode your signal is still being buffered but it is not passing through the buckets.) The unlatched mode is great for adding a little movement to the end of chords. I sometimes leave it on slightly which adds an almost chorus/fattening sound. Overall I’m very happy. This one is a keeper.

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Benefits Boss VB-2W Vibrato

  • Amazing sound combinations between old school and new custom programing, switchable using a single 2 position toggle.
  • Excellent build quality (as with all Boss pedals).
  • The sounds and feeling of the original have been captured, and new layers and features have been added wonderfully.
  • Great value for great product.
  • Good variety of sounds. Fun way to expand your sound.
  • These are great pedals to have around the studio & work well along w/ asst vintage Boss pedals.
  • The Vibrato sound itself is great and the unlatched mode is super useful.
  • The most badass Vibrato pedal of all time!!

I’ve been through lots of chorus and vibrato pedals, and while there are other pedals that do lots more stuff, there’s just something about the VB-2 that just works. It doesn’t do the dark warped vinyl thing, it’s bright, but sits in the background really well as a little sweetener – or it gets really deep and fast! I do wish it went a tiny bit slower, though I’ve realized that too slow just gets lost, unless you’re really going for the super detuned warble thing. I also wish that the expression jack controlled the rate instead of depth, then I might be more interested in using it – it really does a passable leslie, it’d be cool to use a pedal to ramp up and down.

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