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Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal

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The Boss FZ-5 is a modern pedal built for the modern guitarist, but the sounds you can get from the FZ-5 are pure retro. Looking back at the glorious...Click To Read More About This Product

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Modern design, retro sounds.

The Boss FZ-5 is a modern pedal built for the modern guitarist, but the sounds you can get from the FZ-5 are pure retro. Looking back at the glorious rock sounds of the '60s and '70s, the FZ-5 recreates it's vintage fuzz through BOSS state-of-the-art COSM technology. Recall the fuzz-filled flavors of classic pedals, such as the Maestro FZ-1A, Fuzz Face and Octavia pedals, and kick 'em into overdrive with the FZ-5's Boost knob. BOSS' proprietary COSM technology allows guitar players to recreate classic fuzz BOOST control for more aggressive tone. The FZ-5 is the perfect weapon for players wanting to beef up their rigs with classic retro fuzz artillery.

FEATURES
  • Vintage sounds inspired by famous fuzz pedals of the '60s and '70s
  • Uses advanced COSM technology to recreate classic fuzz
  • BOOST control for more aggressive tone
  • Road-tough BOSS metal construction

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BossFZ-5 Fuzz Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent pedal, takes time to calibrate

I've owned several germanium fuzz pedals (Analogman white-dot NKT275 among others) and this comparatively cheap pedal from Boss can do everything those germanium fuzzes can do and a little bit more. I eventually...Read complete review

I've owned several germanium fuzz pedals (Analogman white-dot NKT275 among others) and this comparatively cheap pedal from Boss can do everything those germanium fuzzes can do and a little bit more. I eventually sold all my germanium effects (I also had a BSM Majestic Treble Booster) because they can be so inconsistent. You like the way they sound one day and then a week later you can't get them to sound right and it gets annoying. The advanced technology in this Boss pedal solves that problem.

With companies like Strymon introducing amazing modulation pedals over the last few years, I expect there to be more high-quality digital distortion pedals coming out throughout the next decade or so. The technology has finally gotten to the point where they can put a sufficiently powerful processor in a pedal and tweak the algorithms as needed. The Boss OD-1X and DS-1X are other examples of this.

This particular pedal, the FZ-5, did take me some time to adjust to the rest of my pedal board. I have it before the buffer close to the beginning of the pedal chain. I've also found it's basically necessary to keep the "Level" knob (on the left) relatively low, at about 9:00, and adjust your other pedals for overall volume. This keeps background noise to a minimum. I'm so glad I got this pedal...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Only BOSS pedal not worth the money.

First of all I would like to say I think BOSS has a wonderful line of quality pedals, however this is the only one I have ever disliked. It has 3 modes but honestly...Read complete review

First of all I would like to say I think BOSS has a wonderful line of quality pedals, however this is the only one I have ever disliked. It has 3 modes but honestly the Fuzz Face mode is pretty much the only usable mode. I was pretty dissapointed when I got home and plugged it in. The tone was wayyyyy to broken up and muddy, and had just about no clarity to it (and yes I realize thats usually the direction fuzz pedals take, just not like this). I am convinced however that the pedal would be excellent in the right rig, also I think a compressor might clean it up a bit. I am running through a Deville 410 with about 6 pedals (Wah->VOX big ben->Boost pedal->chorus->delay) and it just didn't mesh right at all and was very unpleasant to listen to. Also anytime I laid my palm on the bridge like to palm mute and then lifted my hand it gave a horrible sounding feedback. Needless to say I returned it and got a Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz and I am extremely pleased with it. If your a big fuzz player then Im confident you will be much happier with another pedal, however if your just looking for something to toy with this might do the trick. However I still say keep up the good work BOSS.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Close to Fuzz Pedals it's Emulating

By Mr. Fuzzy Gussy

from Canoga Park, CA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Fuzz Face
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Octavia
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

    I have the old vintage fuzz pedals that the Boss FZ-5 is emulating, fuzz face, Maestro fuzz and Octavia. The Boss FZ-5 comes very close in sampling those classic fuzz pedals, and the Boss FZ-5 is not very picky when you put a wah pedal in front of it, like the fuzz face. If you want those classic fuzz tones in a modern packaging, then this Boss FZ-5 will fit the bill. I laugh at many of the reviews here that say the fuzz tones of the FZ-5 are useless, I wonder if they've actually played or familiar with the old vintage fuzz pedals.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent pedal, takes time to calibrate

    By Some Dude

    from Columbus, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

      I've owned several germanium fuzz pedals (Analogman white-dot NKT275 among others) and this comparatively cheap pedal from Boss can do everything those germanium fuzzes can do and a little bit more. I eventually sold all my germanium effects (I also had a BSM Majestic Treble Booster) because they can be so inconsistent. You like the way they sound one day and then a week later you can't get them to sound right and it gets annoying. The advanced technology in this Boss pedal solves that problem.

      With companies like Strymon introducing amazing modulation pedals over the last few years, I expect there to be more high-quality digital distortion pedals coming out throughout the next decade or so. The technology has finally gotten to the point where they can put a sufficiently powerful processor in a pedal and tweak the algorithms as needed. The Boss OD-1X and DS-1X are other examples of this.

      This particular pedal, the FZ-5, did take me some time to adjust to the rest of my pedal board. I have it before the buffer close to the beginning of the pedal chain. I've also found it's basically necessary to keep the "Level" knob (on the left) relatively low, at about 9:00, and adjust your other pedals for overall volume. This keeps background noise to a minimum. I'm so glad I got this pedal...

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Fuzziness

      By Bill

      from Lawrenceville, GA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

          Nice Germanium fuzz that can be pushed to sound like a busted speaker. I like. My first pedal ever was the original Fuzz Face. This compares in a far more convenient package. The other settings are a bonus that I may use someday.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love This Pedal

          By TSMF / OC

          from Salem, OR

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          Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

          I've been using this pedal for a about 2 weeks now and I cant turn it off. It has the 3 modes for all styles, but the most useful is the Fuzz Face setting. I use this with my Vox wah and also a Boss DD-3 Delay and Im good to go! It gets a really heavy yet smooth tone with the boost dimed. I also enjoy using the Maestro setting for getting a really nasty nasel sound and makes your bends sound almost like your guitar is in pain. The Octavia setting is pretty fun too but I havent really gotten the chance to use it. So you pretty much get 3 pedals in 1 unit for only $90. I suggest you at least go to your music shop and check it out. Its just too much fun!

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          OK Fuzz but not the best.

          By Eldudeman

          from Fremont, Ca

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          Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

          I just got one of these pedals this past Monday. I use to have a Boss OD-20 and three other Boss Dist pedals (MT-2,SD-1,DS-1). I decided to sell the OD-20 and get other dist pedals for some more flavor so I bought 4 Digitech dist pedals (bad monkey,screaming blues,grunge, Dist Factory). All i needed now was some fuzz and I would be set.I thought that the BOSS FZ-5 would be a great fuzz pedal (currently owning 17 other Boss pedals). I heard some sample tones online and they sounded pretty descent. When I got the pedal though, I was pretty disappointed. This pedal has 3 settings and the only one that sounded good at the time was the very first one (fuzz face). The other 2 settings sounded like crap. After playing it on it's third day in my settup, I have fallen in love with the fuzz face setting. It has a pretty descent fuzz tone. Not what I was hopping for but pretty close. The other 2 settings still sound terrible. I can't believe that they let those two settings stay on the pedal the way that they are. Having only one setting that is good is not a reason to not own this pedal. Out of the 8 dist pedals that I own I use this one as much as the others.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fuzzedelic

          By FenderBender

          from Rose Barracks, Germany

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          Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

          This FZ-5 is my first Boss pedal, and believe me, it's convinced me to never use a Digitech again.I had a Hot Rod distortion before this, but there were too many problems with it. One being that it wouldn't work with a battery, so I had to use an adapter. Another being it sounded like crap.The FuzzFace setting is nice, sounds like a distortion should, and the Octavia setting is pretty heavy when you use it like they tell you not to, haha.But the one that absolutely sold me with this pedal is the Fuzztone setting. I've always wanted one, and I think this hit the nail on the head.Don't buy this pedal unless you know what a real Fuzz is. You're not going to find a 'creamy' sound with it, it's a FUZZ.I would also highly reccomend to use the Maestro setting with a Humbucking equipped guitar, single coils have a tendency to get kind of fizzy with it.That and use a nice tube amp, then you're set.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unique Fuzz Tones

          By oso

          from Miami, FL

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          Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

          This new fuzz from Boss is supposed to emulate 3 specific pedals from the 60s and 70s. Having only played re-issues of the Fuzz Face and the Maestro, and only emulations of the Octavia, I would have to "guess" that this thing does a decent job of coming close to sounding like those analog pedals it seeks to copy. The F.Face setting is smooth, fat and woolly and gets bass heavy as you turn up the gain. The Maestro setting is a lot like the re-issue I tried: thin and gnarly, very trebly and midrangey, no body- think Whole Lotta Love solo. And the Tycobrahe Octavia setting is just over the top, so much gain that notes swell into white noise glitch when the gain's turned up. This setting is very muddy, midrangey and nasal when playing sustained legato lines. When comping chords there's a touch of velcro tones around the edges. In the O setting you have to turn the gain between all the way down and 9 o'clock while using the neck pickup to get that ghostly octave to emerge effortlessly, but with higher gain settings the harmonics and pinched harmonics squeal up into octaves automatically. I've put it next to a Hyper Fuzz, Z.Vex Fuzz Factory, and Big Muff and what I get from it is a whole new flavor, unique and distinct in tone and useful in certain settings. Built like a tank and IMHO worth it.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          not bad

          By just another drum beating string picker

          from montana

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            Not what I expected but once I got it dialed in i'm very happy with it.

            (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bad, in a bad way

            By LeeRoyK

            from New York, NY

            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            Some pedals suck, but they do it in a good way .. this pedal ... just plain terrible! Now let me tell you, I love boss pedals, but this pedal was totally unresponsive and lacked any "feel" to it. There are 100's of fuzz boxes out there, no reason to settle on this one. Seriously, this might be the only stomp box I have not found a use for and I have tons of them ... don't buy this it sucks...

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Only BOSS pedal not worth the money.

            By Wish I could afford a GibsonSupreme

            from Missouri

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            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            First of all I would like to say I think BOSS has a wonderful line of quality pedals, however this is the only one I have ever disliked. It has 3 modes but honestly the Fuzz Face mode is pretty much the only usable mode. I was pretty dissapointed when I got home and plugged it in. The tone was wayyyyy to broken up and muddy, and had just about no clarity to it (and yes I realize thats usually the direction fuzz pedals take, just not like this). I am convinced however that the pedal would be excellent in the right rig, also I think a compressor might clean it up a bit. I am running through a Deville 410 with about 6 pedals (Wah->VOX big ben->Boost pedal->chorus->delay) and it just didn't mesh right at all and was very unpleasant to listen to. Also anytime I laid my palm on the bridge like to palm mute and then lifted my hand it gave a horrible sounding feedback. Needless to say I returned it and got a Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz and I am extremely pleased with it. If your a big fuzz player then Im confident you will be much happier with another pedal, however if your just looking for something to toy with this might do the trick. However I still say keep up the good work BOSS.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            FZ-5

            By FingerStyle01

            from Colorado Springs Co.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Maestro Setting Limited

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            it is Boss. I have but one Con for this pedal. I really enjoy the depth of the Fuzz sound.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Impressive

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            So I'm not going to lie, I've always loved fuzz tones from the nineties, like with the Pumpkins and such, but I've hated all the fuzz pedals I've ever played. I had a Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz, and hated it (too mid rangey), and I've played both Big Muffs and Double Muffs, but none of them did it for me. Then this thing came along. I only played it for about ten minutes but I was definitely blown away. I was messing around trying to find a new distortion pedal and working with all kinds of fakey overdrives and stuff, and I clicked this thing on and ...wow, the guitar just seemed so THICK. I was playing single notes and making more of a sonic punch than full chords in a lot of the overdrives. JUst epic. The thing is... I only found the first mode to be any good, the other two sounded really thin and tinny. Then again, I wasn't using my own amp and didn't try eq-ing it any, so it easily could have just been a fluke. Still, the first setting alone would be worthy of this price, and I'm sure the others could have uses. I really suggest you go check this out somewhere.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fuzzin awesome pedal

            By Pignose420

            from California

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            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            3 pedals for the price of one. COSM allowed Boss to immitate the sound of three famous fuzz pedal. My favorite is the Fuzz Face setting it really boosts my guitar and amp to the max. great for stoner rock to blues buy this pedal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great solid fuzz

            By Echoman-AAYcL

            from Undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            Wow! I never liked boss distortions, overdrives, never mind fuzzes but this one earns all my respect. They managed to create a pedal that gives a dead on impression of a fuzz face, maestro fuzztone, and an octavia. I've own reissues of the above mentioned pedals and this pedal sounds better. I'm a bit of a fuzz buff and having three flavors to choose from is terrific. My only gripe is the cost. I can believe they are charging this much...that's close to boutique cost. Although pricey for mass produced pedal, I am very glad I picked it up. It replace my big muff on my pedal board.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good, but not worth $90

            By Crossroads92

            from Atlanta, GA

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            Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

            The title says it all. I've had this pedal for a year now and though I've enjoyed it some, I really must say that it is waaaaay over priced. This pedal is worth $50 at best, maybe less.First I'd like to mention the strong points of the pedal. The middle setting (M) is pretty good, so long as you have the fuzz at least half way up. Under that the sound cuts in and out. It sounds something like the fuzz that Keith Richards uses in "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"Now I mention the bad aspects of this pedal. None of the three models work with the fuzz turned more than half way down. Also the other two models make way to much noise to be useable, especially in a studio environment. Also the pedal seems to have to much treble, and no matter how much i adjust my amp i hear to much high end for my taste.So over all its an ok pedal, but it is overpriced by about $40-$50

             
            5.0

            Great pedal! Great Hendrix sound

            By stapes

            from KY

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

                Great pedal!

                 
                5.0

                GREAT FUZZ BOX

                By samtalmadge

                from walpole, nh

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                Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

                I got this wonderful pedal at my local store new and love it. The fuzz face is great. It has more than enough gain to want. I play a Gibson Les Paul into an ME-50 into a fnder tube amp. If your having trouble with hum and hissy feedback, just push the volume on your amp or multi FX board and back off the FZ-5 level. The mistro is a setting i seldom use. I used it as an intro for one of my songs with some ambient delays. Its trebly and not very useful. The octavia is great, but picks up more feedback and hum than the other settings. It has a perfect mix of the two octaves. I just wish there was a way to switch from the fuzz to the octavia so i could use it as a solo. Now I have to use a makeshift octavia with my harmonizer. If your looking for a rich, warm, hendrixy sounds, this is a definite get!

                 
                5.0

                Great Pedal

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

                Recently bought this from a local music shop for the sake of getting another effects pedal. I didnt expect too many features out of it, since I got it on sale for about $90. I was surprised that it is essentially three fuzz pedals in one. All three modes work well and offer a lot of variety. I dont have the experience with other fuzz pedals to say how this one stacks up, but it is a great device if you know how to use it and certainly fulfills what I need it to. Boss is known for quality, and this little thing delivers.

                 
                4.0

                FZ-5 vs. FZ-2

                By Chris Stookey

                from Spokane, WA

                See all my reviews

                Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

                A few years back, I picked up a Boss FZ-2. Recently, I picked up the FZ-5...mainly to see what the differences were. Here is what I found:* The FZ-5 has a simpler control arrangement.* The FZ-2 offers a wider range of fuzz tones.* The FZ-5 sounds a little "fuller" than the FZ-2.* The FZ-5's second setting is a little weak.* All of the FZ-2 settings are quite good.* The FZ-5's first setting is fantastic and rich.All in all, the FZ-5 is a very good pedal and I really enjoy it. However, the FZ-2 is a much more versatile fuzz pedal. I kind of wonder if Boss just did the FZ-5 to reintroduce itself to the Fuzz fans out there.

                 
                5.0

                Nice

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Boss FZ-5 Fuzz Pedal:

                When I tested it out one day at guitar center, I was thinking "wow, this is good", but then again I was playing it alone using no other pedals. The next day I bought it when I was going in for a synth wah, I just really like the way it sounded. So I took it home, hooked it up with my metal master, and with it, the fuzz gave me great sound! so yea it really is a great new pedal.

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