Namm 2016: Boss VB-2W Vibrato, The Return Of A Classic


The Boss VB-2 Vibrato pedal, one of the brand's most rare and sought-after fx pedals, now makes a welcome return as the VB-2W Waza Craft Vibrato, announced at NAMM 2016.

Namm 2016: Boss VB-2W Vibrato pedal announced

For many years, the original Boss VB-2 has been one of the most rare and desirable Boss fx pedals from the early 80's. It didn't sell well when first released, but over the years reached quasi-mythical status, specially among the more left-field guitarists such as Graham Coxon (Blur) or Keven Shields (My Bloody Valentine), and Emily Kokal from Warpaint. Second-hand VB-2 couldn't be purchased for less than £300 or so on sites like eBay.

A so-called "vibrato" effect is often confused with other modulation effects such as tremolo or chorus, but offers a different sound: while tremolo represents a change in volume, the vibrato effect changes the pitch... it's similar to chorus, but not quite. Here's a demo of the original VB-2... pay attention at how the pitch changes, compared to traditional chorus pedals:

True to the original VB-2 Vibrato... with Added features!

If you ever dreamed of owning a VB-2 but never took the plunge to get a vintage one, consider yourself lucky - the new VB-2W is much better than the original! Besides recreating the sound of the original VB-2, also offers an entirely new "custom" vibrato setting, plus expression pedal input, to control the depth of the effect.

Boss VB-2W The new Boss VB-2W Vibrato... cheaper and better than the original!

The pedal will be available to PRE-ORDER from Wednesday 20th January.

view Boss VB-2W

Other Boss & Roland NAMM Releases Also Announced

The Boss VB-2W is just one of the many, exciting new releases Roland and Boss are showcasing at this year's NAMM Show. The Boss VO-1 Vocoder is a new take on the "retro" effect, and is driven by newly developed BOSS technology, featuring  four different modes that deliver sounds that go well beyond the range of typical vocoders.

Boss VO-1 Vocoder Boss VO-1 Vocoder

Vintage mode produces the familiar synthesized voice sounds heard on numerous pop and electronic music records, while Advanced mode offers an array of all-new vocoder tones. Talk Box mode provides the famous “talking” lead guitar tones first popularized in the 1970s, but without the complication and hassles of a traditional talk box rig. Finally, Choir mode creates rich, impressive vocal textures from a direct instrument input.

Boss also expands the Waza Craft series, going to the realms of guitar amplification. The Waza Amp Head is a very versatile guitar amp - going from 1-watt output to full-on 150-watts via rotary switch, and promises to deliver an authentic "Brown Sound", too! Also available, new Waza 212 and 412 Speaker Cabs.

Boss Waza Head Boss Waza Head Amp

And talking about amps, Roland, on their turn, are releasing the smallest ever Jazz Chorus: The JC-01 Bluetooth Speaker, which has that same retro look of the other Jazz Chorus amps, besides built-in microphone!

The Roland JC-01 Jazz Chorus Bluetooth Speaker The Roland JC-01 Jazz Chorus Bluetooth Speaker

Other hot new releases include the Boss BC-1X Bass Comp, and new Roland Blues Cube Hot amps.

The PMT team is at NAMM and to see some exclusive updates and demos of new gear, plus other of the NAMM 2016 highlights, check the link below.


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