NAMM 2016: Boss Announces Waza Craft VB-2W Vibrato Pedal
Just announced at last week’s NAMM 2016 in Anaheim, California: Boss releases the VB-2W Vibrato, the latest addition to the acclaimed Waza Craft lineup of special edition pedals.
Based on the classic Boss VB-2 Vibrato pedal from the 1980s, the VB-2W uses 100 percent analog circuitry to completely recreate the original’s distinctive, sought-after sound.
Originally produced from 1982 to 1986, the VB-2 Vibrato is a rare Boss pedal that has become highly prized on the used market through the years. This innovative analog stompbox creates vibrato with true pitch modulation, enabling guitarists and bassists to achieve rich, expressive effects without physically bending their strings.
Some effects that can be easily produced, are controlled vibrato sounds similar to fretless string instruments, and even apply natural vibrato to chord without using the whammy bar. The pedal is even capable of producing warble sound and other dramatic special effects.
The Waza Craft VB-2W has recreated the original pedal while adding more range and control. In Standard mode, the VB-2W faithfully reproduces the warm, BBD-driven analog tone of the VB-2. For example, the user can adjust the vibrato rate and depth, and also control the time it takes for the effect to reach full intensity. Flipping the VB-2W’s mode switch to Custom produces a newly developed vibrato tone that offers more depth than the original effect. In addition, a low-pass filter moves along with the pitch for bold low-range tones. The VB-2W also features a jack for controlling the effect depth with an optional expression pedal, or via the Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System.
Here are two video demonstrations of the VB-2W Vibrato. This first video is a short and concise commercial that demonstrates the sounds very nicely.
This second video is from Better Music of Australia, spends more time walking the viewer through the pedal and its different sounds and settings.