Model: TZ-2 The Fuzz
Power Supply: 9v boss style
Size: Aprox. Aprox. 2.75″ Wide x 3.875″ Tall x 2.0″ Deep (jacks/knobs etc included)
Available from:Dealers Everywhere
From the maker:
We all know there are plenty of digital multi-effect units out there, but how about an analog one that’s so small it can fit in your shirt pocket? The TZ-2 Fuzz may appear simple at first glance, but once you plug it in you’ll discover it’s multiple uses.
A retro-style fuzz effect based on the vintage Univox Superfuzz, the concept behind the TZ-2 was to create distortion using methods other than waveform clipping. Unlike standard distortion and fuzz pedals, the TZ-2 produces a sawtooth waveform that yields a much ruder and cruder tone with a whopping low-end that makes it perfect for use with Bass as well as Guitar.
So where do we get off calling the TZ-2 a multi-effect? Well, its circuit contains a diode ring. Diode rings are used to add upper octave tones to an input signal (think Dan Armstrong Green Ringer or Tychobrahe Octavia). The TZ-2′s upper octave tracks particularly well and is smoother and more subtle than most “boutique” octavia clones currently on the market. It even tracks well on Bass, creating a very unique, synth-like tone on upper register notes. In addition, playing double stops or chords through the TZ-2 will produce atonal, clangorous tones similar to a ring modulator, making it great for special effects and more unconventional applications.
The TZ-2 Fuzz: Distortion, Octavia, and Ring Modulator – Three great analog effects in one pint-sized powerhouse!
|TZ-2 THE FUZZ|
|Input Impedance:||470K ohm|
|Input Jack:||1/4 Inch standard phone jack|
|Output Impedance:||1k Ohm|
|Output Jack:||1/4 Inch standard phone jack|
|Max Amplitude:||+30dB||Power Supply:||9V Manganese dry cell battery or special AC Adaptor|
|Power Voltage:||DC9V (Battery) / DC9 V (AC Adaptor)|
|Current Consumption:||6 mA|
|AC Adaptor:||Guyatone AC2 (optional) Input: AC120V Output: DC9V/200 mA (Center -/Sleeve +)|
|Dimensions:||2.75″ W x 3.875″ L x 1.5″ H|
|Weight (w/o battery):||8.0 oz|
|Accessories:||9V Manganese dry cell battery, User’s Manual, Warranty Card|
This is a pedal that has been on my radar for awhile, but for whatever reason never made a move on it despite it being inexpensive. A used one fell in my lap for $45 and I figured it was time to give it a go. I’ve enjoyed the superfuzz varients I’ve tried and this one is no different.
The wife fiddled with it for awhile and was aghast when the whole thing came apart when she accidently removed the rubberband and the battery fell into her lap. I got a good chuckle out of it as she was apologizing for messing with my stuff and breaking it.
Positions for Testing (in o’clocks):
- Vol 2, Depth 7 (min)
- Vol 2, Depth 12
- Vol 2, Depth 5 (max)
Note: Headphones or good speakers required. Bass samples!
Construction and cosmetic concerns:
Well if you aren’t put off by the rubberband holding the bottom on, the iffy bypass switch, and the plastic jacks there is a pretty
decent sounding pedal underneath.
It easy to change the battery if needs it, but you have to be concerned about how long the rubberband will hold up. I don’t mean just today and tomorrow, but for a lifetime of changes. The circuit board inside is wedged in between the switch and the jacks. The whole thing rattles a little when shaken.
All that said, I’ve heard from a few people who use them and non have reported any breakdowns.
For the $45 I spent on this pedal I couldn’t be happier. It’s got a big aggreesive sound, small footprint, and a simple knobs. Sure there is some low end loss, the bypass is a little dodgey, and I fear I might snap it half when I stomp on it. But it’s cute, fun, and it sounds like it might explode and rip the face off half the people in the neighborhood.
As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or let me know
Note: A rating of 5 = acceptable and should considered a ‘good’ basic score